NATIONAL VOLUNTEERISM IN PNG: A COLLABORATIVE EFFORT WITH PNGUoT

NATIONAL VOLUNTEERISM IN PNG: A COLLABORATIVE EFFORT WITH PNGUoT

In the heart of Papua New Guinea’s rural communities, volunteerism plays a pivotal role in addressing critical needs. For 33 years, the National Volunteer Service (NVS) has actively engaged skilled volunteers across education, health, and agriculture sectors. Recently, NVS forged a groundbreaking partnership with the University of Technology (Unitech), ushering in a fresh approach to community development.

On September 4, 2023, the National Volunteering System and Unitech signed a momentous Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at Unitech’s main campus.
This five-year collaboration aims to bridge critical gaps by deploying skilled graduates directly into volunteer roles.
During the annual National Agriculture Research and Science Festival this year on the 9th of May, the NVS unveiled an exciting opportunity for the interested general public, retired professionals or college and university graduates who are yet to be employed to serve as volunteers.
Recognizing the need for technical expertise in various community projects, NVS’s objective is to engage students straight out of Unitech and other universities as well as colleges.
These graduates bring fresh perspectives and essential skills to initiatives that positively impact local communities.

From education to health and agriculture, their contributions empower rural areas economically.

However, volunteerism in Papua New Guinea faces challenges.


Volunteers must be aware of the risks associated with living in PNG, necessitating enhanced security measures during
assignments. Additionally, suitable housing remains a pressing issue. Addressing this will significantly enhance the overall volunteer experience.


The NVS-Unitech partnership exemplifies the spirit of collaboration and community-driven progress.


As graduates’ step into volunteer roles, they contribute to sustainable development and bridge gaps in essential services.
National volunteerism, coupled with Unitech’s involvement, creates a powerful synergy that promises a brighter future for
Papua New Guinea’s rural communities.