Applications for UniVol 2020 are now open!

The UniVol programme is a collaboration between VSA and Otago, Victoria, Massey and Auckland Universities. The programme aims to provide personal and professional development opportunities for selected candidates as well as contributing to existing VSA programmes and improving international development education in New Zealand.

The UniVol programme has been operating for 12 years. To continue this proud tradition, we are looking for adaptable and tenacious young Kiwis prepared to take on their own life-changing UniVol adventure in 2020.

If you are accepted on to the programme you’ll be offered a 10-month field placement with one of VSA’s partner organisations during the academic year, beginning in early 2020.

You will be eligible if you are:

  • enrolled in your final year of university studies (bachelor degree or higher) in either Development Studies, Geography, Marketing, Communications or related disciplines at the following participating universities: Otago, Victoria, and Massey. We will also be accepting applications from Development Studies students from University of Auckland.
  • a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident
  • aged 30 years or under on July 31 2019

Please note: partners or dependent children cannot accompany UniVols on assignment.

 Update Key dates:

  • Applications close: Monday 27 May 2019
  • Video Interview for longlisted candidates: 31 May – 6 June 2019
  • Selection interviews:  3 & 4 September 2019
  • Pre-departure briefing:  02-05 October 2019 or 20-23 November 2019
  • Departure: January/February 2020

Find out more:

To find out more download the 2020 UniVol brochure or see our FAQs

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