FAQs Returned Volunteers

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VSA speakers

Each year, dozens of returned volunteers give talks about their experiences to several thousand New Zealanders in service and community groups, schools, and professional organisations.

If your organisation would like to hear from a VSA speaker >

Jane Rutledge Probus Mt Hobson 4 Aug 2015 ed

Jane Rutledge talks to Mt Hobson Probus about her Vanuatu assignment

If you are a returned volunteer, you might find that talking about your assignment can be a great way of re-living the experience.

You’ll enjoy having an audience who is interested in what you have to say. Their interest can be a pleasant surprise, and a good antidote to the day-to-day indifference reported by many returned volunteers.

If public speaking isn’t your thing, we can help. Our resources include:

  • a video clip of ‘top 10 speaking tips’ made especially for VSA by renowned speaking coach, Maggie Eyre.
  • a powerpoint presentation template in which you can easily insert your photos, video clips or text.
  • a guide for powerpoint presentations (2pp pdf, 50KB). It includes tips on story telling, and do's and don'ts when using powerpoint.
Shifani Sood Auckland 16 March 2016 2 ed

Shifani Sood talks to NZ Planning Institute members about her Kiribati assignment

Host a VSA speaker

If your organisation would like to host a VSA speaker, please email VSAConnect administrator Madeline McNamara.

We’ll do our best to provide a local speaker, at no cost (although donations are always welcome!). A speaker profile can be provided in advance for publicity purposes.

Host organisations typically provide a projector and screen so that speakers can talk to a powerpoint, or show photos or video clips of their VSA assignment.

Purpose

The aim of our speaking programme is to:

  • inspire more New Zealanders, especially young people, to volunteer with VSA.
  • promote the leadership, personal and professional benefits of volunteering with VSA.
  • make VSA known in every household as a trusted and successful New Zealand development organisation.
  • increase our support base and engagement with stakeholders.