14 Aug 2013

New Zealand students supporting VSA work in Pacific

7:31 pm on 14 August 2013

Students throughout New Zealand are doing their bit to change the lives of young people in the Pacific by selling hand-woven friendship bracelets to support VSA volunteers working with youth in Melanesia and Polynesia.

Several primary, intermediate, and secondary schools throughout New Zealand are participating in Project Friendship to assist Volunteer Services Abroad.

The deputy principal from Thorndon Primary School in Wellington, Davina Parangi, says her students are enthusiastic about the project and it's also a chance for them to learn about some of the hardships faced by children in parts of the Pacific.

"The children that I work with are part of the young leaders group in our school so throughout the week we'll be discussing Volunteer Services Abroad and what they do for children in the Pacific, children like them."

Davina Parangi.

Schools supporting Project Friendship can use interactive resources about VSA to get a better understanding of how volunteers link up with people.