Caption: NZAID official in the field, Bougainville. Photo courtesy Caroline Newsom
Volunteer Service Abroad (VSA),
In 1998, VSA set up a field office in Arawa to co-ordinate the programme in Bougainville, with the programme for the rest of PNG being co-ordinated from
Up until 2005, PNG-based VSA volunteers worked with NGOs and government agencies in
In 2005, the first volunteer took up an assignment with the
VSA recognised that to strengthen its relationship with the New Guinea Island provincial governments and communities and to assist them with their development objectives, plans and projects, that VSA needed to move closer and become part of the local community, as VSA has already done successfully in Arawa, Bougainville.
In December 2008, Camille Kirtlan, VSA’s programme officer for PNG, moved to Kokopo, East New Britain and is setting up the new VSA field office there.
Currently, VSA has 11 volunteers working in Bougainville, seven in East New Britain and two in
Later in 2009, VSA plans also to work with the New Ireland provincial government and communities, to extend its relationship with the