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VSA in Partnerships Programme

VSA is working with businesses, not-for-profit organisations and international agencies to help communities in the wider Pacfic.


Our NZ-Based Partners


ADRA New Zealand

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) was initiated by the Seventh-day Adventist church. ADRA works on food security, economic development, primary health, emergency management and education in 125 countries.

Visit their website.

ChildFund New Zealand

ChildFund New Zealand works to improve humanity by creating opportunity for the deprived, excluded and vulnerable children of the world. ChildFund supports communities to find their own solutions to the problems they face. ChildFund New Zealand works in Kenya, Sri Lanka, Timor-Leste, Vietnam, Zambia and in emergencies worldwide.

Visit their website.

Downer New Zealand

Downer provides engineering and infrastructure management services in market sectors including minerals and metals, oil and gas, power, road and rail infrastructure, telecommunications and water, and operates in New Zealand, Australia and the Asia Pacific region. Downer is committed to the safety of its employees and the sustainability of the communities in which it operates.

Visit their website.

GHD New Zealand

GHD New Zealand is part of a global network of more than 6000 professionals (architects, engineers, environmentalists, planners, scientists, strategists and technicians) providing solutions to infrastructure challenges.

Visit their website.

Rotary New Zealand

Rotary members are business and community leaders who carry out service projects in local communities and abroad, to address such critical issues as poverty, health, hunger, illiteracy, and the environment.

Visit their website.

Save the Children New Zealand

Save the Children New Zealand works to make a positive difference for children through work in child rights, advocacy, leadership, resilience building, disaster risk reduction and education. It is part of a worldwide organisation working in 120 countries, in the areas of education, health and nutrition, child rights, child protection, HIV and AIDS and emergencies.

Visit their website.

Secretariat of the Pacific Community

The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) is an international organisation that works in public health, geoscience, agriculture, forestry, water resources, disaster management, fisheries, education, statistics, transport, energy, human rights, gender, youth and culture to help Pacific Island people achieve sustainable development. SPC’s members are the 22 Pacific Island countries and territories that are the beneficiaries of its services, along with four of the original founding countries.

Visit their website.

Society for Local Government Managers

The NZ Society of Local Government Managers (SOLGM) is the professional organisation for local government management in New Zealand. SOLGM represents and supports its members, local government managers and staff through professional development and networking opportunities, membership support services, good practice resources and advocacy work.

Visit their website.

The Himalayan Trust

The Himalayan Trust is Sir Edmund Hillary’s official Trust. The Trust works with the peoples of the Nepal Himalaya to realise their educational, health, economic and cultural aspirations.

Visit their website.

The Tindall Foundation

The Tindall Foundation is a private family foundation that gives to organisations and communities throughout Aotearoa New Zealand by way of donations, training, capacity building and research, and by partnering with others. It partners with VSA to add value and support to projects that VSA volunteers are working on in the Pacific. 

Visit their website.

UN Development Programme (UNDP)

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the UN’s global development organisation, advocating for change and connecting the Pacific to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life.

UN Population Fund (UNFPA)

UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, delivers a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every birth is safe, every young person's potential is fulfilled. UNFPA partners with governments, other United Nations agencies, communities, NGOs, foundations and the private sector to raise awareness and mobilise the support and resources to achieve its mission. UNFPA has five regional and six subregional offices in the field that help coordinate work in about 150 countries, areas and territories through 129 country offices. VSA works with the UNFPA in the Pacific region.

Visit their website.

UN Women Multi-Country Office

UN Women was created in July 2010 as a dynamic and strong champion for women and girls, providing them with a powerful voice at the global, regional and local levels.

Visit their website.

World Child Cancer Charitable Trust

The World Child Cancer Charitable Trust is a private non-taxable trust management company in St Heliers Auckland. 

Visit their website.

World Vision New Zealand

World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organisation dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome extreme poverty and injustice. World Vision serves all people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender.

Visit their website.

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In-country partner profile

The Pacific Community (SPC)

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Quick facts


  • Since 2011 VSA has been establishing Partnerships with NZ-based organisations, businesses, and international agencies :

    • Last year there were 37 volunteers working on assignments as a result of these Partnerships with VSA

  • • The first Partnerships volunteer was Jane Rutledge. She worked as a Marketing Adviser with World Vision in Vanuatu from November 2011 to November 2013

  • • Some Partnerships volunteers have worked in countries where VSA does not have an established programme, such as Cambodia, Nepal, Malaysia, Nauru and Indonesia.

  • • Partnerships with NZ-based businesses work well because they allow and support their employees to undertake volunteer assignments through VSA

  • • Partnerships with other development organisations are worthwhile because VSA volunteers can contribute to the Partner’s well-planned initiatives

  • • Partnerships with international agencies are exciting because VSA volunteers can get involved in long-term international social change projects

  • • In the 2014-2105 financial year VSA Partners contributed over $100,000 to assist with the support of VSA and the assignments that resulted from the partnerships

  • • Partners also contribute to VSA generally by promoting volunteer vacancies through their networks, and offering technical advice and recruitment expertise when required

  • • The Tindall Foundation provides grants of up to $NZ15,000 through VSA volunteers in the field, for projects that need specific resources to improve results

Contact

If you are interested in discussing a Partnership with VSA, contact Elizabeth Owens eowens@vsa.org.nz.



Charlotte Welch-Cropp

VSA volunteer profiles

Charlotte Welch-Cropp – Infrastructure Adviser

Charlotte Welch is volunteering as a Infrastructure Adviser with the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development (MEHRD) in the Solomon Islands as part of the VSA Partnerships Programme. She will complete her assignment in December 2016. View Profile


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Partnership has always been at the heart of what we do. Our Partnerships Programme allows VSA to work with like-minded organisations to create volunteer assignments in countries outside our usual scope, and on a broad range of issues.

“What is important with development is: do it as part of a partnership.”

– Hon Helen Clark, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme.

 


News


Bridget Cassie from VSA introduced volunteer Nicola Nicholl to Jessica Kay and Trisha Nally at Save The Children recently. From April, Nicola will live in remote West Timor in Indonesia where she’ll be working for 12 months on a Save the Children literacy project in schools and early childhood centres.

Save the Children staff with Bridget Cassie of VSA and volunteer Nicola Nicholl

From left to right, Bridget Cassie, Nicola Nicholl, Jessica Kay and Trisha Nally


 

 

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VSA Chief Executive, Dr Gill Greer signing the MOU with Pacific Community Director-General, Dr Colin Tukuitonga

 VSA recently signed a three year Memorandum of Understanding with the Pacific Community (SPC) to work together to assist Pacific Island countries and territories with achieving their development goals.

Listen to this Radio NZ interview with VSA CEO Gill Greer about the alliance.

VSA has been developing our partnerships programme since 2011. We have 50 years of recruitment experience and expertise in sending New Zealand volunteers to work throughout the wider Pacific. We work closely with our in-country partners overseas to make sure that New Zealand and Regional Partnerships assignments will help them meet their goals.


 

In her first blog post from Vanuatu, UNFPA volunteer Bronwyn Hale shares with us her thoughts on Ni-Vanuatu orientation and the concept of community. 

 

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UNFPA volunteer Bronwyn Hale rests on a canoe during orientation in Vanuatu

 


Benefits


Our partnerships offer benefits for everyone involved:

  • NZ-based partners have the opportunity to motivate, up-skill and retain staff. It also helps to build their reputation as a responsible organisation in the Pacific and New Zealand.
  • In-country partners find that a Partnership volunteer adds value to existing projects, by providing focused and specialised input to ongoing work. We can also provide follow-up support to ensure lasting impact.
  • Volunteers get the professional and personal benefits of volunteering: developing skills and life experience.

 Find out how to become a VSA Partner

 

Our Partnership Programme volunteers

 

“I have really valued the opportunity given to me by VSA to volunteer in Timor-Leste for a month and can’t wait to be able to undertake another assignment! I worked hard, was constantly challenged (in a good way), had fun and was given a chance to re-evaluate my own priorities. The experience was life changing. I would recommend it to anyone with a sense of adventure!”

– Chris Meade, the first VSA/Downer volunteer.

 

Julian Heyes blogged during his short-term Partnership assignment in Vanuatu. His assignment directly connected Massey University with the Vanuatu Agricultural Research and Technical Centre. Read his blog.

 

Sean Toland was a GHD volunteer supporting our existing programme in Vanuatu. He worked on waste management with the Sanma Provincial Council and Luganville Municipal Council in Vanuatu. Read about his assignment.

 

Jane Rutledge worked with our partner, World Vision. Read about her work as a Marketing Adviser.

 

Simon Bloomberg is volunteering as a Geotechnical Adviser to the Department of Geology, Mines and Water Resources (DGMWR) in collaboration with the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, based in Vanuatu and will complete his assignment in 2017.

 

“By co-operating in new ways we can create new opportunities together –
partnerships really are the way of the future.”

Gill Greer, VSA CEO

 

Our NZ-Based Partners


ADRA New Zealand

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) was initiated by the Seventh-day Adventist church. ADRA works on food security, economic development, primary health, emergency management and education in 125 countries.

Visit their website.

ChildFund New Zealand

ChildFund New Zealand works to improve humanity by creating opportunity for the deprived, excluded and vulnerable children of the world. ChildFund supports communities to find their own solutions to the problems they face. ChildFund New Zealand works in Kenya, Sri Lanka, Timor-Leste, Vietnam, Zambia and in emergencies worldwide.

Visit their website.

Downer New Zealand

Downer provides engineering and infrastructure management services in market sectors including minerals and metals, oil and gas, power, road and rail infrastructure, telecommunications and water, and operates in New Zealand, Australia and the Asia Pacific region. Downer is committed to the safety of its employees and the sustainability of the communities in which it operates.

Visit their website.

GHD New Zealand

GHD New Zealand is part of a global network of more than 6000 professionals (architects, engineers, environmentalists, planners, scientists, strategists and technicians) providing solutions to infrastructure challenges.

Visit their website.

Rotary New Zealand

Rotary members are business and community leaders who carry out service projects in local communities and abroad, to address such critical issues as poverty, health, hunger, illiteracy, and the environment.

Visit their website.

Save the Children New Zealand

Save the Children New Zealand works to make a positive difference for children through work in child rights, advocacy, leadership, resilience building, disaster risk reduction and education. It is part of a worldwide organisation working in 120 countries, in the areas of education, health and nutrition, child rights, child protection, HIV and AIDS and emergencies.

Visit their website.

Secretariat of the Pacific Community

The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) is an international organisation that works in public health, geoscience, agriculture, forestry, water resources, disaster management, fisheries, education, statistics, transport, energy, human rights, gender, youth and culture to help Pacific Island people achieve sustainable development. SPC’s members are the 22 Pacific Island countries and territories that are the beneficiaries of its services, along with four of the original founding countries.

Visit their website.

Society for Local Government Managers

The NZ Society of Local Government Managers (SOLGM) is the professional organisation for local government management in New Zealand. SOLGM represents and supports its members, local government managers and staff through professional development and networking opportunities, membership support services, good practice resources and advocacy work.

Visit their website.

The Himalayan Trust

The Himalayan Trust is Sir Edmund Hillary’s official Trust. The Trust works with the peoples of the Nepal Himalaya to realise their educational, health, economic and cultural aspirations.

Visit their website.

The Tindall Foundation

The Tindall Foundation is a private family foundation that gives to organisations and communities throughout Aotearoa New Zealand by way of donations, training, capacity building and research, and by partnering with others. It partners with VSA to add value and support to projects that VSA volunteers are working on in the Pacific. 

Visit their website.

UN Development Programme (UNDP)

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the UN’s global development organisation, advocating for change and connecting the Pacific to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life.

UN Population Fund (UNFPA)

UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, delivers a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every birth is safe, every young person's potential is fulfilled. UNFPA partners with governments, other United Nations agencies, communities, NGOs, foundations and the private sector to raise awareness and mobilise the support and resources to achieve its mission. UNFPA has five regional and six subregional offices in the field that help coordinate work in about 150 countries, areas and territories through 129 country offices. VSA works with the UNFPA in the Pacific region.

Visit their website.

UN Women Multi-Country Office

UN Women was created in July 2010 as a dynamic and strong champion for women and girls, providing them with a powerful voice at the global, regional and local levels.

Visit their website.

World Child Cancer Charitable Trust

The World Child Cancer Charitable Trust is a private non-taxable trust management company in St Heliers Auckland. 

Visit their website.

World Vision New Zealand

World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organisation dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome extreme poverty and injustice. World Vision serves all people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender.

Visit their website.

Our NZ-Based Partners
ADRA New Zealand

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) was initiated by the Seventh-day Adventist church. ADRA works on food security, economic development, primary health, emergency management and education in 125 countries.

Visit their website.

ChildFund New Zealand

ChildFund New Zealand works to improve humanity by creating opportunity for the deprived, excluded and vulnerable children of the world. ChildFund supports communities to find their own solutions to the problems they face. ChildFund New Zealand works in Kenya, Sri Lanka, Timor-Leste, Vietnam, Zambia and in emergencies worldwide.

Visit their website.

Downer New Zealand

Downer provides engineering and infrastructure management services in market sectors including minerals and metals, oil and gas, power, road and rail infrastructure, telecommunications and water, and operates in New Zealand, Australia and the Asia Pacific region. Downer is committed to the safety of its employees and the sustainability of the communities in which it operates.

Visit their website.

GHD New Zealand

GHD New Zealand is part of a global network of more than 6000 professionals (architects, engineers, environmentalists, planners, scientists, strategists and technicians) providing solutions to infrastructure challenges.

Visit their website.

Rotary New Zealand

Rotary members are business and community leaders who carry out service projects in local communities and abroad, to address such critical issues as poverty, health, hunger, illiteracy, and the environment.

Visit their website.

Save the Children New Zealand

Save the Children New Zealand works to make a positive difference for children through work in child rights, advocacy, leadership, resilience building, disaster risk reduction and education. It is part of a worldwide organisation working in 120 countries, in the areas of education, health and nutrition, child rights, child protection, HIV and AIDS and emergencies.

Visit their website.

Secretariat of the Pacific Community

The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) is an international organisation that works in public health, geoscience, agriculture, forestry, water resources, disaster management, fisheries, education, statistics, transport, energy, human rights, gender, youth and culture to help Pacific Island people achieve sustainable development. SPC’s members are the 22 Pacific Island countries and territories that are the beneficiaries of its services, along with four of the original founding countries.

Visit their website.

Society for Local Government Managers

The NZ Society of Local Government Managers (SOLGM) is the professional organisation for local government management in New Zealand. SOLGM represents and supports its members, local government managers and staff through professional development and networking opportunities, membership support services, good practice resources and advocacy work.

Visit their website.

The Himalayan Trust

The Himalayan Trust is Sir Edmund Hillary’s official Trust. The Trust works with the peoples of the Nepal Himalaya to realise their educational, health, economic and cultural aspirations.

Visit their website.

The Tindall Foundation

The Tindall Foundation is a private family foundation that gives to organisations and communities throughout Aotearoa New Zealand by way of donations, training, capacity building and research, and by partnering with others. It partners with VSA to add value and support to projects that VSA volunteers are working on in the Pacific. 

Visit their website.

UN Development Programme (UNDP)

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the UN’s global development organisation, advocating for change and connecting the Pacific to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life.

UN Population Fund (UNFPA)

UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, delivers a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every birth is safe, every young person's potential is fulfilled. UNFPA partners with governments, other United Nations agencies, communities, NGOs, foundations and the private sector to raise awareness and mobilise the support and resources to achieve its mission. UNFPA has five regional and six subregional offices in the field that help coordinate work in about 150 countries, areas and territories through 129 country offices. VSA works with the UNFPA in the Pacific region.

Visit their website.

UN Women Multi-Country Office

UN Women was created in July 2010 as a dynamic and strong champion for women and girls, providing them with a powerful voice at the global, regional and local levels.

Visit their website.

World Child Cancer Charitable Trust

The World Child Cancer Charitable Trust is a private non-taxable trust management company in St Heliers Auckland. 

Visit their website.

World Vision New Zealand

World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organisation dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome extreme poverty and injustice. World Vision serves all people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender.

Visit their website.