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Welcome to VSAConnect

Welcome to VSAConnect, the alumni association for returned volunteers and accompanying partners. New content on the site (see tabs above) includes:

  • Returning home: what to expect on coming home to New Zealand, and how to deal with it.
  • Stay connected: how to stay in touch with other volunteers, VSA and your country of assignment
  • Alumni news: stories, books and events, with the latest news below.
  • About: the people behind VSAConnect, and how to join.

 

What's new



Corruption in Tonga investigated

Published on 9th November 2016


Corruption in Tonga investigated

 Tonga, home to many VSA volunteers over the years, features in a sobering Stuff investigation into corruption and drug running in the Pacific. Read More

Bay of Plenty returned volunteers' get-together on 19 November

Published on 25th October 2016


Bay of Plenty returned volunteers' get-together on 19 November

All returned volunteers in the Bay of Plenty are invited to a VSAConnect gathering in Tauranga on Saturday 19 November. Read More

New Green MP recalls VSA past

Published on 18th October 2016


New Green MP recalls VSA past

The Green Party’s new MP, Barry Coates, spoke warmly of his VSA past when giving his maiden speech to Parliament on 13 October. Read More

Huge surge in VSA's social media reach

Published on 11th October 2016


Huge surge in VSA's social media reach

VSA’s digital reach has surged in recent years as the organisation increasingly uses social media to engage younger New Zealanders. Read More

Environmental change causing widespread hunger and thirst across Pacific

Published on 4th October 2016


Environmental change causing widespread hunger and thirst across Pacific

Hunger and thirst were widespread across the Pacific in 2015/2016, according to the Caritas State of the Environment Report for Oceania launched at Parliament on 4 October. Read More

New mentoring scheme draws on past volunteers' experience

Published on 4th October 2016


New mentoring scheme draws on past volunteers' experience

VSA chief executive Gill Greer says she is delighted to see a VSAConnect initiative to link past and current volunteers underway. Read More

Support to attend VSA Congress on 5 November

Published on 22nd September 2016


Support to attend VSA Congress on 5 November

Recently returned volunteers have their travel and accommodation paid if they attend the VSA Congress in Wellington on 5 November. Read More

Nominations for VSA life membership

Published on 13th September 2016


Nominations for VSA life membership

Nominations are now open for life membership of VSA. Nominations must be with VSA by no later that 20 September 2016. Read More

A chirping Vanuatu gecko highlights more work to be done

Published on 7th September 2016


If you're missing the sound of geckos, listen to this radio jingle put together by Sean Toland's waste management team in Vanuatu. They are now seeking support for the next stage of the project. Read More

Tracey Wemyss R.I.P.

Published on 6th September 2016


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Tracey Wemyss, a volunteer in Timor-Leste in 2013, passed away peacefully on Wednesday 31 August 2016 at the Mary Potter Hospice in Newtown, Wellington. Tracey, 53, had been diagnosed with cancer six weeks earlier. Former volunteer Trisha Dwyer recalls their time together: Read More

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