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Remembering Jesse Summers

Published on 21st November 2016


The VSA whānau has been saddened by the passing of volunteer and friend Jesse Summers. Read More

World Toilet Day 2016

Published on 19th November 2016

Today is World Toilet Day. While the subject matter might seem slightly comical, the point behind the day is a serious one. Read More

VSA's award for excellence in international journalism winner announced

Published on 6th November 2016

Volunteer Service Abroad (VSA) was pleased to award its third annual award for excellence in international development journalism at its annual Congress on Saturday, November 5. Read More

Partnership key to bat conservation in Bougainville

Published on 4th November 2016

Partnership key to bat conservation in Bougainville

Conservation of endangered bat species in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville has seen exciting progress in 2016, thanks to a partnership between Bougainville Bureau for the Environment, Bat Conservation International (BCI), Rotokas Ecotourism (RET) and Volunteer Service Abroad (VSA). Read More

International Volunteer Managers Day 2016

Published on 3rd November 2016

“International Volunteer Managers Day” is a mouthful – but that’s appropriate, given the size of the job our Country Programme Managers (CPMs) do. Read More

Fond farewells and new beginnings

Published on 31st October 2016

It's been a special week at VSA, one of fond farewells and new beginnings. After nearly a decade in our heritage office building in Waring Taylor Street, we packed up and shifted to new premises at 77 Thorndon Quay, Pipitea. Read More

Matchin Bay's Maiden Voyage

Published on 24th October 2016

Matchin Bay's Maiden Voyage

Peter Bellingham is a volunteer Boat Building Adviser for VSA at Nazareth Rehabilitation Programme (NRP) in Chabai, Bougainville. Read More

Birgit takes out Tour de Timor

Published on 21st October 2016


Last month Timor-Leste based volunteer Birgit Hermann finished on top of her category for one of the most gruelling mountain bike races in the Southern Hemisphere - the Tour de Timor. Read More

Hooked on PNG

Published on 4th October 2016

Hooked on PNG

Rob Algar and Janna Haan are a couple assigned to Papua New Guinea’s National Fishing College. Janna’s working on aquaponics - a technique that combines aquaculture with hydroponics - in an assignment that will help increase resilience and food security. Read More

Frangipanis in bloom – mental health in Kiribati

Published on 16th September 2016


Mental illness disproportionately affects people living in poverty and hardship, yet as many as nine in 10 people in developing countries go without the mental health care they need. VSA volunteers are working throughout the Pacific with local organisations to lift the stigma and provide support. Read More

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