Volunteering (AUT Edge Award)

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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 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. Half of your hours must be completed outside of AUT (25 hours). We encourage more, but you can't do less.​

You log your hours as you go.

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 cleanup
  • 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:

Examples of charities that offer volunteering opportunities:

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AUT Edge Award

The 4 award components

The AUT Edge Award is made up of four components. Check out the requirements for each part:

  1. Volunteering
  2. Employability
  3. Leadership and challenge
  4. Reflection
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