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VSA celebrates 50 years of international volunteering

VSA celebrates 50 years of international volunteering

Papua New Guinea 2008
Duk Duks – members of a secret society based in the Rabaul area – make their way through forest covered with ash from the nearby Tavurvur volcano during a ceremony to celebrate the life of a local “big man”.

VSA (Volunteer Service Abroad) is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

To mark this achievement it has organised a travelling photo exhibition, Windows to another world: Images from 50 years of volunteering abroad, featuring photos taken by VSA volunteers and staff members over the past 50 years.

The photos show life in many of the countries where VSA has worked, from Nepal and Thailand to Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea.

The exhibition provides a unique insight into what it is like to be a VSA volunteer in a developing country – the sights and experiences you can have when you become part of a community for up to two years.

Windows to another world opens in Wellington on 6 June, and will then travel to Auckland, Nelson and Dunedin.

Over the past 50 years, VSA has sent more than 3,500 Kiwi volunteers to work with communities striving for change throughout the Pacific, Asia and Africa. VSA is currently focusing its work in the wider Pacific – Melanesia, Polynesia and Timor-Leste.

VSA works with its partner organisations to make sure that all assignments are locally identified, locally relevant, and locally delivered.

VSA is a registered charity and is non-governmental, non-religious and non-political.

For more information visit
Windows to another world – exhibition dates and locations:

Wellington 6–15 June
Asteron Centre, cnr Featherson & Bunny St

Auckland 18–24 June
Australis Room, Britomart, 36 Customs St East

Nelson 4–13 July
Nelson Provincial Museum
cnr Trafalgar & Hardy St

Dunedin 17–27 July
Community Gallery
20 Princess St

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