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National Volunteer Week

Published on 15th June 2014

National Volunteer Week starts Sunday June 15, and Volunteer Service Abroad (VSA) is celebrating the work our volunteers do in international development. In the last year, we have had nearly 200 volunteers working with our Asia-Pacific neighbours to make a positive change.


Vol Week 2014

Naku te rourou nau te rourou ka ora ai the tangata – With your food basket and my food basket, the people will live.

In this photo: Leinte teaches Dianne Hambrook how to weave a basket in Paunangisu Village, Vanuatu.

As the international community begins hammering out the Sustainable Development Goals that will replace the Millennium Development Goals next year, volunteering is recognised as being vital to good development – internationally, it’s been calculated that if volunteers formed their own country, it would be the 9th most populous in the world.


New Zealanders have always been generous volunteers: 40% of Kiwis volunteered their time in the last year, and VSA has a record number of volunteers currently working.


We will be sharing our volunteers’ stories all week, and continuing to celebrate the good work they do.


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