Student Volunteer Week (SVW) celebrates young people who are striving to make a change through volunteering, and encourages students to try volunteering.

This year, from 1-7 May, a wide variety of events, activities,  and awareness-raising campaigns led by universities, tertiaries and schools will take place nationwide.

Volunteering New Zealand champions student volunteering. Students benefit by growing their skills, experiences and opportunities through volunteering, while NGOs gain from the skilled and willing volunteers that help them achieve their missions.
SEEK Volunteer is the 2017 sponsor of Student Volunteer Week.  SEEK Volunteer connects potential volunteers with organisations needing help.

What’s Happening

Massey University

Massey University is taking part in Student Volunteer Week (SVW) across all three campuses. As part of student volunteer week (SVW) student will have the opportunity to take part in volunteering and meet with prospective community organisations. See more

We are planning events including micro-volunteering, volunteer visits, mini expos, blood donations, a “doing-good” wall recognising current volunteering students are doing and a variety of other activities.

We are looking forward to making an impact both on and off campus. Any questions contact us on careersupport@massey.ac.nz.

Volunteering Canterbury

At the University of Canterbury
Following from last year’s successful Student Volunteer Week Expo at the University of Canterbury, Volunteering Canterbury had 13 organisations attend. This year we have secured a larger venue with great foot traffic – right by the the University of Canterbury café! See more

We also have permission for our organisations who are in the animal sector to bring some furry friends along with them.

This is an opportunity for organisations to profile their volunteer programme to a targeted audience. For Volunteering Canterbury, it is recognition of the relationship which we have with the University which enables us to advocate for volunteering at Careers Fairs alongside big businesses.

At Lincoln University
At Lincoln University we will be inviting students to ‘Give volunteering a shot’, a tagline we have used in the past. Students will be able to ‘drop in’ to see us in the foyer of the Library Learning and Teaching area.

Check online!
In addition, Volunteering Canterbury posts regularly to NZUniCareerHub with volunteer roles which have been identified as of interest to students and fitting with student timetables.

Volunteering To Learn

There is limited research to date on the university and host organisation perspectives of student volunteering. This project from universities in Australia focuses on student volunteering practices adopted by universities to enhance student learning. See more

This project, “Volunteering to Learn: Enhancing learning in the student volunteering experience in Australian universities”, took place from 2013 – 2015.
Visit the Volunteering to Learn website to find Good Practice Guides in areas including for host organisations, potential employers, universities, and volunteers.

The project identified three types of university student volunteers, four types of host organisations and eight models in operation across Australian universities. A Companion Guide has been developed to accompany the Good Practice and Concept Guides and to offer more information on some aspects of University Student Volunteering.

Community Groups!

We know that student volunteering isn’t limited to opportunities organised within the university or high school setting. Volunteer-involving organisations throughout New Zealand have a big part to play in providing opportunities for student volunteering — if you’d like some ideas, get in touch! Email: martha@volunteeringnz.org.nz

Volunteering Auckland

Are you ready to make a difference? If you’re in the Auckland region you can browse volunteering opportunities, learn about getting started, See more

or even apply online on Volunteering Auckland’s website.
As part of Student Volunteer Week, Volunteering Auckland will be attending the Massey-Albany Volunteering Expo and the AUT Employability Matters Expo — so see you there!
If you are unable to attend one of these student events and would like to volunteer or you have volunteering opportunities that you wish to promote, please get in touch.

We want to hear from you!

Send us your stories about different volunteer activities and programmes which are available on your campus or at your school.

We are hoping to showcase examples of civic engagement and community volunteering all over New Zealand.

Research around volunteering points to job hunting success

SEEK Volunteer commissioned independent research conducted in 2016 around work experience and volunteering.See more

The research found that 94% of employers believed that volunteering can be a credible way of gaining real-work experience to add to your resume.
As long as the volunteering work is relevant to the role or industry you want to work in, 93% of hirers believe that it’s just as credible as paid work. That means it should feature in your resume and application, especially if you’re looking to secure your first job.
See more research here

The research was conducted by Nature, with a sample of (n=500) people in the workforce who have been involved with hiring decisions.


PFNZ has room for all student volunteers, whether your passion and commitment lies within our Angel Tree Programme, working with families– we will find you a place in our family. See more

We are currently building the PFNZ family around the country through a network of flexible, responsive, ‘clusters’ as we seek to serve. Read more in this PDF: PFNZ Student Volunteer Week 2017.

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Victoria University of Wellington

To mark Student Volunteer Week (SVW), Victoria holds a university-wide event to celebrate, encourage and thank the large community of students who give their time and energy to volunteer their time on campus and around Wellington. See more

A range of special events for volunteers will be held around campus which gives other students the opportunity to find out more about volunteering at Victoria. This includes assisting our learning and disability services, connecting with international students, supporting our student recruitment team, providing volunteer academic mentoring, becoming a class representative or faculty delegate and giving time to lead and manage a club. Be inspired—download the Student Volunteer Stories PDF on the Careers and Employment website.
In the wider community between 2,500 and 4,000 Victoria students do voluntary work every year. Amber Brooks, a Master’s student, says that volunteering helps you have a better perspective of the community. “When I’m street collecting, I see how generous and nice people can be. It also feels good to take a break from the stress of study and connect with people or nature through my other volunteering.”Amber is also one of about 600 students actively involved in the University’s Victoria Plus Programme, which aims to develop students’ leadership potential and instil social responsibility and employability skills.

University of Otago

UniCrew is an active community of student volunteers from the University of Otago. Across Student Volunteer Week, UniCrew will be collaborating with a variety of external community organisations as well as student-led social action groups to encourage, promote and celebrate the student volunteer spirit! See more

Events for the week so far include a Block Party, where students volunteer in a local neighbourhood, a community mingle connecting students with our former refugee community, as well as pop-up volunteer celebration events on campus.

Keep up with what UniCrew is up to via our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/unicrewotago

SVW Toolkit and guide available

Download a copy of the Student Volunteer Week resource guide (PDF) or view the Toolkit below for individual image downloads.


Curriculum unit for younger students

Are you looking for ways to incorporate volunteering in your classroom? Check out this New Zealand Curriculum resource for level 7-8 students. See more

Volunteers are Enterprising people is a cross-curriculum resource that offers teachers for Level 7-8 students to approach learning about volunteering within a classroom program. The Learning context is: To use the social inquiry process to find out about people in our community who are volunteers and therefore possess enterprising skills and attributes. This will reinforce that not all enterprising people are business people, volunteers use their initiative to work for the community. 

Image Credit: Justine Warrington, https://flic.kr/p/4cQy5w

Get Involved

For Organisations

Get involved! Become a SVW Champion and support SVW by holding an event for student volunteers. Register your event and get listed on our NZ-wide events map.

Or use the week to launch a recruitment drive for student volunteers.

See the Resource Guide for more ideas.

For Students

Are you a student looking to volunteer? Get involved!

Find your local volunteer centre  OR

Search SEEK Volunteer for opportunities. SEEK Volunteer is New Zealand’s biggest destination for volunteer opportunities with over 800 volunteer roles available nationwide.


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Volunteer Centres work independently of Volunteering New Zealand (VNZ) and are your main point of contact for local and regional volunteering issues and initiatives. Note that these organisations are not VNZ branches or regional offices.


Volunteering NZ
PO Box 25 333, Featherston Street
Wellington 6146 +64 4 384 3636

For event/ campaign queries: martha@volunteeringnz.org.nz

For national media queries: laura@volunteeringnz.org.nz