The Catholic Agency for Justice, Peace and Development

Catholic Volunteers Overseas

Caritas oversees the Catholic Volunteers Overseas (CVO) programme.


Catholic Volunteers Overseas is the Catholic Church’s international volunteer programme, it matches New Zealand volunteers to situations in Oceania that are appropriate to their skills, and is overseen by Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand’s Programmes team.

We have received a latest report from Doug Tennent about the Destruction and Rebuilding in West Pomio East New Britain Province Papua New Guinea that was prepared for the Development Conference in New Zealand. To read the full report click here.

Placements vary in length from a few months to a year or two, as do the kinds of skills needed. English teachers are highly sought after, as are builders, electricians, architects, IT and engineers. If you’d like to apply for a placement please email us your CV

Current volunteer positions:

Solomon Islands

Automotive Technology Mentor

Computer Literacy Instructor

Community Learning Centre Principal Mentor

Installer of Solar Lighting and Instructor in Solar Technology

Literacy Tutor

Rope Well Builder and Instructor


Papua New Guinea

Business/Marketing Advisor

English Instructor

Lecturer in Pathology

Lecturer in Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Lecturer in General Medical Practice and General Clinical Skills

Youth Counsellor



Office Manager



Qualified and experienced English, Maths and Science teachers


If you are interested in volunteering overseas, please email your cv to us indicating the skills you could bring to a volunteer placement and any particular countries you have an interest in. You can also download an application form either as a PDF or a Word document below.


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