VPAI is a non-profit organisation that supports initiatives by rural islanders in Vanuatu (Southwest Pacific) to protect and conserve their environment. From time to time, the organisation seeks assistance from skilled volunteers to help provide this support.

Volunteers are usually recruited to meet specific project requirements, either working with VPAI personnel or independently under VPAI supervision. People without specific skills will be considered under special cirumstances, provided their enthusiasm and commitment compensates for their lack of expertise.

Due to the limited resources and funding that VPAI has at its disposal, volunteers are usually expected to get involved with the organisation of their trip and in the process of fund raising for their participation. Volunteers who can show initiative and who have an ability too seek out solutions to challenges in a professional manor are particularly welcome.

VPAI's current volunteer opportunities are listed below. If you are interested in applying, please send VPAI your c.v. and a letter explaining your interest.

Tree Surveys at Loru
Cooking in the Loru Kitchen
Megapode Field Researcher
To undertake new field studies of Megapodius layardi (incubator bird) on the island of Ambrym that will help in the development of an effective conservation programme.

Work will include tracking and monitoring, burrow surveys and general observations. Suited to a post-graduate biologist / ecologist / zoologist with a go-ahead attitude looking for field experience in a remote and challenging environment. The timing is flexible.

The research relates to objective two of the the Megapode Conservation Programme for Ambrym. An overview of the programmer is available by clicking here.

If you are interested in applying, please send your c.v. and a cover letter explaining your interest to

Measuring Megapode Burrows