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Welcome to VSAConnect

Welcome to VSAConnect, the alumni association for returned volunteers and accompanying partners. Content here (see tabs above) includes:

  • Returning home: what to expect on coming home to New Zealand, and how to deal with it.
  • Stay connected: how to stay in touch with other volunteers, VSA and your country of assignment (register here to access the two restricted parts of this section).
  • Alumni news: stories and events, with the latest news below. Email us to subscribe to the bi-monthly E-nius.
  • About: the people behind VSAConnect, contact details, and how to access the member-only areas of this site.

 

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Values the key to VSA's future, says new chief executive

Published on 19th October 2017


Values the key to VSA's future, says new chief executive

The key to VSA’s success in a fast-changing world, says VSA’s new chief executive, Stephen Goodman, is to never lose sight of VSA’s point of difference as a values-based, partnering development organisation. Read More

School leaver in Sarawak: volunteering in a different era

Published on 18th October 2017


School leaver in Sarawak: volunteering in a different era

"Can you ever fully know the long-term outcomes of any educational endeavour?", asks Susan Michell (nee Cheeseman), who was a VSA school leaver volunteer at a school in Serian, Sarawak, nearly 50 years ago. Read More

Timor-Leste volunteer to speak at Manawatu AGM

Published on 20th September 2017


Timor-Leste volunteer to speak at Manawatu AGM

Susan Kelly, a recently returned volunteer from Timor-Leste, will be the guest speaker at the Manawatu VSA branch AGM on Saturday September 30th. Read More

VSA Quiz Night in Christchurch 18 October

Published on 30th August 2017


VSA Quiz Night in Christchurch 18 October

The popular quiz night run by the Christchurch VSA branch is on again in October... Read More

Former volunteer to walk 3200 km for PNG women's refuge

Published on 16th August 2017


Former volunteer to walk 3200 km for PNG women's refuge

On the morning of Saturday, 19 August, former volunteer Finn Egan takes the first step from Cape Reinga to walk the length of New Zealand to raise funds for a woman’s refuge in Kokopo, PNG. Read More

Sam Mehrtens to talk in Dunedin on PNG research

Published on 10th August 2017


Sam Mehrtens to talk in Dunedin on PNG research

Sam Mehrtens will talk about his masters research in Papua New Guinea at the next meeting of the Otago VSA branch on Sunday 1 October. Read More

VSA joins NGOs urging MPs to act on climate change

Published on 9th August 2017


VSA joins NGOs urging MPs to act on climate change

Alarmed by what they see through their work in the Pacific, 14 NGOs are jointly urging all political parties to agree on action against climate change. Read More

Timor returnee to speak at Top of South meeting 29 August

Published on 3rd August 2017


Timor returnee to speak at Top of South meeting 29 August

Guest speaker Marjorie van Gessel and a potluck dinner at Top of the South VSA meeting on 29 August. Read More

Manawatu VSA Quiz Night 19 August

Published on 3rd August 2017


Manawatu VSA Quiz Night 19 August

Manawatu's VSA branch and Engineers Without Borders are hosting a quiz night on Saturday 19 August. Read More

RNZ to broadcast Helen Clark, Gill Greer conversation

Published on 1st August 2017


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RNZ to broadcast Helen Clark, Gill Greer conversation

During August Radio NZ will broadcast their recording of a conversation between former PM and head of the UN Development agency, Helen Clark, and VSA chief executive Gill Greer. Read More

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