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After 51 years, VSO Vanuatu closed its offices in June 2014. Over that time, more than 600 volunteers have contributed to the country's development working with over 180 partners. Our volunteers have shared their unique skills ranging from doctors to community lawyers, civil society advisers and media trainers.

221 500
Capital city
Port Vila
GDP per capita
US$4 084
HDI ranking
125 out of 187
Life expectancy
71 years

VSO worked in Vanuatu in the areas of participation and governance, and HIV and AIDS. Vanuatu is made up of over 83 islands spread over 1,000 miles. As a result, accessing health services, governmental institutions and public information can be a major challenge, especially on the outer lying islands.

Participation and governance

In participation and governance, VSO volunteers worked with government institutions and community agencies with the aim of ensuring all people in Vanuatu – particularly those living in the most remote areas and outlying islands – are able to participate fully in society and access their basic rights in terms of education, healthcare, legal entitlement and making their opinions heard in relation to political decision making.

Volunteers specifically worked on improving management processes in community agencies so they are better able to act on behalf of poor communities and work with the government to ensure they are considering poor people, and particularly women, in their policies. In rural communities volunteers were also involved in promoting employment opportunities so that individuals can earn a living and become self-sufficient.


All volunteers were involved in raising awareness in the workplace and local communities of HIV and AIDS. Additionally, volunteers worked with the Ministry of Health and National AIDS Committee members to implement a nationwide HIV and AIDS strategy and to increase access to confidential and accurate testing and counselling services.

Contact us

Get in touch with VSO Vanuatu at:
VSO Programme Office, PO Box 514, Port Vila, Vanuatu

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By volunteering abroad with VSO you get to put your skills, energy and personal qualities to work helping people break out of poverty. Interested in volunteering abroad?