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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.

 

What's new



Membership drive to re-connect with 'Missing Millions'

Published on 21st June 2017


Membership drive to re-connect with 'Missing Millions'

A major membership drive is underway to re-establish contact with former VSA volunteers. Read More

Front-page firefighter and VSA volunteer

Published on 20th June 2017


Front-page firefighter and VSA volunteer

A splash in the local newspaper unmasked a VSA business advisor who enjoys volunteering in a range of roles. Read More

'The Olive Tree': popular VSA Wellington film fundraiser on 18 June

Published on 23rd May 2017


'The Olive Tree': popular VSA Wellington film fundraiser on 18 June

Spanish movie The Olive Tree will feature in the popular annual film fundraiser hosted by the VSA Wellington branch. Read More

From the Solomons to the Arctic Circle

Published on 17th May 2017


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From the Solomons to the Arctic Circle

On 28 May, six weeks after flying out from his VSA assignment in hot and steamy Solomon Islands, Lindsay Gault will board a plane for Canada to begin a 12,000km bicycle trip. Read More

UniVol focus for Otago event

Published on 4th May 2017


UniVol focus for Otago event

Otago VSAers are invited to a finger-food meal and discussion at the Geography Department, University of Otago, on Friday 2 June. Read More

Election draws volunteer back to Timor-Leste

Published on 1st May 2017


Election draws volunteer back to Timor-Leste

Former volunteer Del Bovill spent a 20-hour day in tropical heat as an observer in Timor-Leste's recent presidential elections, an experience she would not have missed. Read More

Overseas volunteering has broad impact beyond volunteers: UK study

Published on 26th April 2017


Overseas volunteering has broad impact beyond volunteers: UK study

Overseas volunteering has an impact that ranges well beyond the personal changes that affect volunteers, according to a major study released in March by the UK agency Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO). Read More

Bhutanese administrator remembered

Published on 20th April 2017


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Bhutanese administrator remembered

Former volunteers Alan and Joan Reader, and Spencer and Julie Nicholls remember Rinzin Norbu, a “very caring man who did a fine job of looking after all of us who spent time in Bhutan”, Alan says. Read More

Kiwi volunteers reap 50-year reward

Published on 5th April 2017


Kiwi volunteers reap 50-year reward

Treating people well 50 years ago paid an unexpected dividend for Robin Stewart and David Mitchell. Read More

Duncan Green visit to New Zealand

Published on 15th March 2017


Duncan Green visit to New Zealand

Oxfam's senior strategic advisor, Duncan Green, is coming to New Zealand to promote his new book 'How Change Happens'. Read More

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