Community Support

Cup cake lessonThe ELTO Programme is not all hard work! There is also time for fun, relaxation and experiencing the Kiwi way of life. Throughout the 25 years of the programme, many New Zealanders have offered friendship, conversation practice, outings and other activities for the officials. They have welcomed them into their homes and given them a taste of family life. This voluntary community support from these friends of ELTO is an important part of the success of the programme and many lasting friendships have been made.


ELTO Conversation Volunteer Programme

Accent Learning organises conversation partners for the ELTOs while they are studying in Wellington. It is a welcome opportunity to spend time using English.

People who would like to volunteer for the ELTO Conversation Volunteer Programme, please contact Jo-Anne Carley at or call 463 5042 or 022 563 6122. You will receive more information and there will be a training session before you start.

Accent Learning keeps participants posted about events in Wellington and organises some activities and social events for ELTOs and volunteers.

You need to be prepared commit to at least two hours a week at a time that suits both you and the ELTO partner.


Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos Support Network (VICALSN)

This started in 1989, as the Vietnam Action and Information Network (VAIN) and later expanded to include Cambodia and Laos.  At that time very little was known in New Zealand about these three countries. Relations between them and NZ consisted of formal diplomatic ties through embassies in Canberra and Bangkok, and we wanted to interest New Zealanders in their progress, their problems, and what we could do to help.   read more...

All of us together
Mountain friendships
Christmas decorating
Wellington Botanic Gardens
Dogs say hello
A game of chess
Cooking Kiwi-style