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VSA's UniVol Programme


Applications for the 2018 UniVol Programme closed 16 July 2017.


The UniVol Programme is a collaboration between VSA and Otago, Victoria, Auckland and Massey Universities. The programme provides a personal and professional development opportunity for selected candidates to work with VSA partner organisations overseas and contribute to development education in New Zealand. If selected for the programme, you'll volunteer on a 10-month assignment in 2018. Living in a local community immersed in everyday life, you'll gain practical experience and in-depth understanding of international development issues while contributing to locally-driven projects.

VSA volunteers receive a living allowance and accommodation, insurance, and medical costs are provided. Travel arrangements are organised and funded by VSA along with other costs. Student loans remain interest-free while on assignment with VSA.

To be eligible you must be:

  • enrolled in either Geography, Development Studies, or a related discipline* at participating universities, and
  • able to demonstrate an understanding of development through having completed development papers at 300 or postgraduate level or have relevant practical experience in development, and
  • a New Zealand citizen or Permanent Resident, and
  • aged 30 or under at July 31 2017.

* Related disciplines include: anthropology, pacific studies, political science and/or international relations, and sociology 

Key dates: 

  • Applications close: Sunday 16 July 2017 (midnight)
  • Selection interviews: 14 & 15 September 2017
  • Pre-departure briefing course: either 11-14 October 2017 or 6-9 December 2017
  • Departure: January/February 2018

 Apply now:

Download an application form and submit it along with any supporting documentation to: volunteer@vsa.org.nz.

Application form: Word version              PDF version


Find out more:

Please download our 2018 UniVol brochure.

 univol brochure 2018




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