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Our Volunteers

VSA has more than 70 volunteers working in Melanesia, Polynesia and Timor-Leste at any one time. Their assignments vary widely, from agriculture, law, education, health, and public sanitation to management, business development, sports development and communications.

Gill Greer, VSA’s Chief Executive Officer

Dr Gill Greer joined VSA as CEO in July 2012 and leads the implementation of our international development work.

Dr Greer, a Wellingtonian, spent five years in London as director general of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF). She was previously executive director of the New Zealand Family Planning Association. She also chaired the Asia Pacific Alliance and the New Zealand NGO-Ministry of Health Forum, and spent a term as Assistant Vice Chancellor at Victoria University.

Dr Greer was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to family planning and literature in 2005 and was awarded a CBE in the January 2012 British New Year’s honours list for her work on international health and women’s rights.


Quick Facts

Who we are

  • VSA is New Zealand's largest and most experienced volunteering agency working in international development. Our Kiwi volunteers share skills with people in the wider Pacific to help them build a better future for themselves and their children.
  • VSA has 85-100 volunteers in the field at any one time. During the 2011-2012 financial year, volunteers undertook 150 assignments.
  • Over the past 50 years we have recruited more than 3500 ordinary New Zealanders to achieve extraordinary work with our in-country partner organisations.
  • Our volunteers come from a wide range of backgrounds, from business mentors and lawyers to IT advisers and eco-tourism operators.

How we work

  • We work with our in-country partners overseas to make sure that all our assignments are locally identified, locally relevant, and locally delivered.
  • Our goal is to transfer skills and knowledge so that the changes achieved during an assignment are sustainable once a volunteer returns to New Zealand.
  • We have both long (12 months and over) and short-term assignments and currently work in Melanesia, Polynesia and Timor-Leste.
  • We also work with our New Zealand partners to provide innovative volunteering opportunities, making it possible for more New Zealanders to volunteer and contribute to lasting change.
  • VSA is a registered charity and is non-religious, non-political and non-governmental.
  • VSA needs ongoing financial support so that we can continue to send Kiwi volunteers to share their skills with communities in the wider Pacific.

Press Contact

If you’d like to get in touch with any of our volunteers, CEO Gill Greer, or simply find out more about the work we do, contact our media advisor Sarah Barnett, 04 495 8549, sbarnett@vsa.org.nz.

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