The core function of NVS is the recruiting, training and placement of volunteers as mandated by its Act. Volunteers recruited by the National Volunteer Service are in the areas of health, education, business, agriculture, fisheries, environment, community development, tourism and any other areas that communities have a need in. The volunteers recruited are mostly qualified and experienced Papua New Guinean citizens and can include expatriate volunteers as well who would want to dedicate their time using their skills and knowledge to help our people get the services they need.
NVS carries out its mandated duties through three main operational programs. They are:
a) Volunteer Placement Program (VPP)
The Volunteer Placement Program recruits experienced Papua New Guinean volunteers and places them with a host organization on a full time 2 year contract. NVS meets the cost of the volunteers’ monthly living allowance and in-service training while the host organization is expected to provide housing and work-related expenses.
Volunteers are placed all across the country in a variety of fields including but not limited to community planning, small business development, agriculture, forestry, primary health care, education, appropriate technology, life skills training and etc.
VPP is the core program which links other programs within the organization.
b) Community Education and Development Program (CEDP).
The Community Education Development Program (CEDP) provides a range of training opportunities for volunteers, development workers and managers. It is also tasked to provide a leading role in conducting pre-service orientation, a mid-service conference and an end of service debriefing for the national volunteers and supervisors to equip the volunteers on skills necessary to carry out community development.
(i) Pre-Service Orientation.
The primary purpose of the Pre-Service Orientation is to prepare the volunteers for the volunteerism work in the community.
The most important aspect of the Pre-Service Orientation is the opportunity for the volunteers to learn more about themselves, the placement community and the project and development of their workplan.
PSO also provides an introduction to community development, Cross cultural skills, roles and functions of the government and NGOs, as well as an over view of the NVS organization. It also provides the volunteers the skills and resources necessary for their work. PSO is conducted within a time frame of 16-20 days.
(ii) Mid-Service Conference (MSC)
A conference for volunteers that is carried out at the mid-way of their service, normally at the end of the first year of the two year service. It is designed to review project objectives and workplan, discuss progress (or lack of progress) and formulate strategies to enhance efficiency and productivity. It is also a time to give volunteers a breathing space, opportunity to relax and get to know other volunteers, sharing and learning from each other’s experience.
(iii) End Of Service (EOS)
End of Service is the winding down process for the volunteers. Volunteers meet to reflect and share their experiences and skills developed and gained in the two year service. Most importantly the impact of their presence as community volunteer worker in the lives of the people in the community. EOS also gives the opportunity for the community to appreciate the value of the service provided by the volunteers through NVS.
CEDP also provides various community development trainings such as; HIV/AIDS, Prevention & Education, Leadership and Management Trainings, fund raising, Project Planning & Management, Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA), Disaster Management, Working With Your Community(WWYC), life Skills Trainings, and learning forums on issues relevant to the social and economic development of PNG. CEDP also plays major roles in research/surveys and monitoring and evaluation work. CEDP maintains a resource center of books, journals audio-visual materials and other sources of information.
c) Community Liaison & Awareness Program (CLAP)
Provides public awareness about the essential roles volunteers play in creating healthy communities. It promotes and creates awareness on the values and ideas of volunteerism and community development. CLAP plays a big role in coordinating activities such as the National Volunteer Day, Corporate Dinner, Functions, National Media Campaigns, and Press Conferences to promote volunteer participation in Development. CLAP also produces and distributes Community Resource Directory, as well as audio visual materials to encourage community service, recruit volunteers and solicit funds for NVS.