Volunteering (AUT Edge Award requirement)
Have fun and feel rewarded by making a difference in your community by volunteering as part of your AUT Edge Award.
Complete 50 hours of volunteering
The benefits of volunteering can be far reaching for you, your family and your community. Volunteering can help you find friends, contribute to your community, learn new skills and feel worthwhile. You can also make contacts that can lead to future work or give you an inside look at an industry of interest to you.
You choose who you want to volunteer for. The main criteria is that it is not paid work and that you’re doing something that helps a person, business, charity, community organisation or the environment in some way.
You log your hours online as you go.
What is important to you?
Volunteering ideas include:
- Helping out at a local animal refuge
- Street collecting for a recognised charity
- Working as a volunteer first aid or paramedic at a sports game or event
- Working as a volunteer surf lifeguard
- Doing the accounts for a charity
- Being part of a beach clean up
- Volunteering for an op shop
- Helping make lunches for Eat My Lunch or food for local school breakfast clubs
- Helping with a reading programme or similar in a school setting
Links to useful volunteering websites
The following links will take you to volunteer organisations that advertise for volunteers, but there are many, many other charities that will be happy to have volunteers. Don't be afraid to offer your help to a charity you believe in.
NZ websites that list multiple volunteer organisations
Citizens Advice Bureau volunteering
Examples of charities that offer volunteering opportunities
St John (ambulance and support) volunteering options
Conservation Volunteers NZ
Ronald McDonald House - Starship Hospital family support
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