Former volunteers have experience and resources that could be a big help to today’s VSAers.

VSALink puts returned and current volunteers in touch. Across many specialist subjects, the returned volunteers listed below have a range of training modules, templates, planning documents, guides and manuals from past assignments that could be adapted to support today's volunteers.

They also have experience, which they are happy to share in an e-mentoring role via email or Skype.

How VSALink works

VSAConnect acts as the scheme's facilitator, a go-between to connect current and returned volunteers.

  • If you are a returned volunteer who has resources to contribute and would like to be part of this scheme, please email VSAConnect.
  • If you are a current volunteer who would like online support in the subject areas below, please email VSAConnect and copy in your Programme Manager.

Returned volunteers involved in the scheme include:

  Subject area Countries volunteered in
Bede Amarasekara IT, hardware and networking infrastructure development PNG
Andrew Baker Building, building trades and teaching building skills Tokelau, Samoa, Nepal, PNG Bougainville
Tony Bray IT, databases, intranet and web design, open source software Vanuatu, PNG, Tonga, South Africa
Bill Hardie Finance, accounting and Xero support Timor-Leste
Arnold Hawkins Building trades, planning and drafting PNG, Vanuatu, Bhutan
Jan Lewis Sexual and reproductive health Bougainville
Pat Martin Communications, editing, writing Timor-Leste
Dana MacDiarmid Communications and marketing Timor-Leste
Chris Smart Small business advice and training, auditing Vanuatu
Dr Hilary Smith English as a second language, teacher education Lao, PNG, Tonga
Laurie Williams Education management and governance, school development planning Solomon Islands

Here's the full list of returned volunteers (0.2 MB pdf, 3pp), their expertise and the resources available.