Volunteers Abroad in Pacific
New Zealand’s Volunteer Service Abroad (VSA) is expanding its programme in the Pacific re-establishing relationships with Samoa, Tonga and Kiribati, taking the number of Pacific countries it works in to seven. VSA chief executive officer Debbie Snelson says the organisation’s new direction reflects New Zealand’s focus on sustainable economic development in the Pacific. In order to introduce the changes, VSA has phased out its programmes in South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, Vietnam and Cambodia. Volunteer Service Abroad has placed more than 3 skilled New Zealanders on assignments overseas since 1962.