About us

SVPI is a non-profit volunteer organisation based in NSW, Australia.

Our aim is to provide volunteer opportunities for adventurous people of all ages and levels of experience to participate in ethical community development projects throughout Asia.

The SVPI team are all former volunteers and includes senior leaders from our sister organization, CWON (Australia), who have been visiting Nepal and working with locals in community development projects for over 7 years. By staying small and true to our roots we are able to tailor the volunteer experience to enable our volunteers and the communities in which we work to gain as much as possible from the program.

The SVPI team


Neville Neal (President)


Bachelor of Social Science (Honours), Southern Cross University, Coffs Harbour, NSW, Australia

Subject Majors:

Community Development and Human Services

Areas of expertise:

Community development and engagement.


Benita Morris (Secretary)


Diploma of Welfare, North Coast Institute of TAFE, Coffs Harbour, NSW, Australia

Areas of expertise:

Community development, women’s issues and family advocacy, volunteer support.


Dr Calida Neal (Treasurer)


Bachelor of Science (Honours), PhD, Monash University, Melbourne, VIC, Australia

Certificate IV Bookkeeping, North Coast Institute of TAFE, Coffs Harbour, NSW, Australia

Currently studying:

Bachelor of Nursing, University of Southern Queensland, QLD, Australia

Areas of expertise:

Health promotion, program development


Our motto


The future belongs to those of us still willing to get our hands dirty.”

Although our program is primarily targeted at university students, we are seeking volunteers from a diverse range of backgrounds unified by a desire to roll up their sleeves, get their hands dirty, challenge their own boundaries and help to make the world a better place.