Volunteer Expo 2020

Explore some great volunteering opportunities at the University and out in the wider community.


RainbowYOUTH is an organisation that provides support and advocacy for queer, gender diverse and intersex young people throughout New Zealand. We can offer a range of different volunteer opportunities for people under 27. Volunteering is a great way to connect with others, learn valuable life skills, and to give back to the community. If anyone is interested in volunteering, feel free to sign up here.

Coastguard, the Charity Saving Lives at Sea

Coastguard have three areas where you can potentially get involved.

One option is a Radio Operator with the Communications Team who operate in the Operations Room in Auckland, taking the trip reports and issuing the weather forecast and ultimately handling any emergency incidents we have at sea. They are based at the Marine Rescue Centre on Tamaki Drive and ask for a minimum of two shifts (6 hours duration) a month. There is also initial training and on going training to be completed in addition to this. 

Coastguard also have Rescue Vessels which are crewed by the “Wet Crew”.  They have units all around the coast from Thames and Raglan north. These crews respond by pager generally as they are required but also are expected to train on a weekly basis. For the Auckland city unit they run a duty system in addition to the pager call outs. It really depends on where you live as to which unit you could be attached to. Ideally you need to be less than 10 minutes away from that unit so we can get a quick response to any incidents. Auckland city unit is the exception to this.

AUSA International Buddies     

The AUSA International Buddy Programme was created to help ease the transition for new international students adjusting to the kiwi culture, The programme is free, fun and held each semester for new international students. All that in required is your commitment to the programme!

Who are AUSA looking for?

  • An existing student at the University of Auckland (Domestic or International) that have completed at least two semesters already.
  • Commit to building a friendship with new international students for at least one semester.
  • Be available during Orientation Week and at least two events during semester
  • Be available to answer questions by email, Facebook or phone.

Find more information about this programme.

St Johns

St Johns runs hospital volunteer programmes called FEDs and Hospital Friends. Their people provide comfort and support to patients, their whanau and friends.

Helping people in their time of need

Friends of the Emergency Department (FED) and Hospital Friends volunteers provide comfort and support to patients and their families in hospital emergency departments, as well as other departments and smaller hospitals.

Making a difference - FED

In times of distress, people need more than treatment; they also need information and support.  Because emergency departments are always busy, staff often don't have time to give patients and
their families the support and reassurance they're looking for. That's when St John volunteers involved with Friends of the Emergency Department can make a real difference.

Throughout New Zealand, more than 800 FED and Hospital Friends volunteers nationwide give their time and care, so that people can have a hand to hold and someone to talk to when they really need it.

Enquire about joining Friends of the Emergency Department or Hospital Friends

If you’re interested in volunteer work with Friends of the Emergency Department or Hospital Friends, call St John toll free on 0800 785 646 or follow this link.

Find out more information.

Hospice West Auckland

Volunteering is a rewarding and empowering way to make a difference to someone’s life. At Hospice West Auckland we interact with people from all walks of life, so your life experience skill or talent may be just what we are looking for.

Time is one of the most precious things we can give each other, and often havind the time to make a cuppa for a patient or stop for a chat with a family/whanau member or serve someone in one of our shops is a wonderful gift. You may like to be behind the scenes or have limited time to give, there is room for everyone on our volunteer team.

Volunteers are held in high regard at Hospice West Auckland, they are valued for the contribution they make. All of our volunteers attend an orientation to Hospice programme and we provide specialist training in specific areas when required.

Please contact us via email to register your interest in volunteer opportunities at Hospice West Auckland.

Citizens Advice Bureau

Want to make a difference to peoples’ lives? Volunteer for Citizens Advice Bureau - Te Pou Whakawhirinakio Aotearoa. Our service of information, advice and support is delivered by over 2,600 volunteers throughout the country. 

Our volunteers help people from all walks of life over 500,000 times every year. You will find the work is interesting, stimulating and fun. We work with clients by listening carefully, thoroughly researching the options available to them and by explaining the information in a way that they can use it. We also help people access information and services online or make complaints when needed.  

Volunteers are the life-blood of the CAB. Most give about 4 hours every week to answer phone calls or emails from our clients, or to help them face-to-face when they come into the CAB. On top of this ‘rostered duty’, every volunteer participates in ongoing learning and development to ensure their skills and knowledge remains current, and contributes to running the CAB. 

We provide all our volunteers with the training, tools and ongoing support necessary to provide our service. If you want to find out more, fill out our Volunteer Form.


UniGuides are current students who volunteer their time to help new students settle into their new University life. During semester, your UniGuide mentor will provide guidance and support including helping you meet new friends, learn about campus resources and services, or even just to find your classes. Whether you have a question about buying books, using public transportation or finding a good cup of coffee, your UniGuide can help!

The UniGuide Programme gives you an opportunity to:

  • Give back to the University by helping others just starting their academic career.
  • Develop leadership, mentoring and networking skills.
  • Meet heaps of new people and get connected to the University of Auckland and all that it has to offer
  • Enhance your CV through valued volunteer experience.
  • Talk to students live online before the semester starts.

If you want to become a Uniguide, send an email to uniguides@auckland.ac.nz

UoA Volunteer Club

The University of Auckland Volunteering Club aims to promote greater involvement for students to give back to the local community.

Our aim is to bring a variety of group volunteering opportunities to students, ranging from the one-off tree planting to the monthly donation collection. We want to show students that volunteering can be flexible and can fit around your timetable. But most of all we want to get people out and about helping in the community, meeting new people and making new friends.

You can get in contact with us by email: uoavolunteersclub@gmail.com