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In September we interviewed an amazing group o young peoplekeen to become part o VSA’s UniVol programme. The programme, which provides 10-month volunteer assignments to students takingdevelopment studies at Otago and Victoria Universities, has now beenrunning or ve years.So ar, 30 UniVols have completed assignments in the Pacic, Asiaand Arica, with another ve due to return to New Zealand later thisyear. I’m looking orward to meeting many o them at our Annual Congress in November, where we will celebrate ve years o the UniVol programme.The theme o this year’s Congress is “Growing our volunteering pool”. At VSA, we wantto provide volunteering opportunities to as many New Zealanders as possible. That includesyoung people. I am constantly impressed by the enthusiasm o our UniVols; they make aunique contribution through their ability to connect with other young people. For many,like Anna Reid, who is interviewed in this issue o VISTA, becoming a UniVol has been aturning point in their lives. We want to keep harnessing this enthusiasm by providing moreopportunities or young volunteers in the uture. We have also started working more closely with other development NGOs, and withNew Zealand businesses and organisations keen to provide their sta with the opportunity to undertake short-term volunteering assignments. Since we established our new partnershipsdevelopment unit in August we have signed partnership agreements with World Vision andengineering and inrastructure company Downer (NZ) Ltd. Our rst World Vision/VSA volunteer leaves on assignment in Vanuatu in November. This is an exciting new initiative,and I am looking orward to establishing more partnerships in the uture.One o the things our new partners value is our proven track record in selecting and supporting volunteers on assignment.VSA volunteers are held in high regard wherever they go. This was conrmed when I received a certicate rom the BinhDinh’s People’s Committee in Vietnam (right) acknowledgingthe work o our volunteers there since 1992. You can readabout their achievements on page 10.Finally, I want to thank the members o the out-goingVSA Council or all their hard work over the last three years.They have helped lead VSA through a period o change. Iam looking orward to consolidating those changes with thenew Council.