The Catholic Agency for Justice, Peace and Development

Catholic Volunteers Overseas

Caritas oversees the Catholic Volunteers Overseas (CVO) programme.

Formerly known as Mahitahi, the Catholic Church’s international volunteers programme is now called Catholic Volunteers Overseas. The programme matches New Zealand volunteers to situations in the Pacific that are appropriate to their skills, and is overseen by Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand’s Programmes team.

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 and engineers.

Personal stories:

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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



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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