Central Library talk: volunteering in the Pacific with VSA

Come along to the VSA talk at the Central Library on 19th of August at 5:30pm on the ground floor. Laurie Williams is keen to share his experience of volunteering with VSA in the Pacific and making a change to the local community.

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VSA (Volunteer Services Abroad|Te Tūao Tāwāhi) is New Zealand’s largest and most experienced volunteering agency working in international development. Kiwi volunteers share skills with people in the wider Pacific to help them build a better future for themselves and their children. Their work covers wide area include agriculture, law, education, health, public sanitation, management, business development, sports development and communications.

1VSA speaker Laurie Williams:
Before volunteering for VSA, Laurie worked in both primary and secondary education as a school principal in both New Zealand and Tonga. He also worked as an education consultant in both the Middle East and Tonga.  Laurie initially worked with VSA on a School Leadership Project with three head teachers in the Solomon Islands. He helped them to develop their role as school leaders. He was subsequently assigned to King George VI National Secondary School, as Senior Adviser, to work with the senior management team to develop, implement and improve good school practices. In 2012, the Ministry of Education, Human Resources and Development offered him the opportunity to lead the school as acting Principal.  This was followed by a series of short term assignments with the Ministry to strengthen the governance of their two secondary schools.

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