Volunteering (Beyond AUT Award)

Have fun and feel rewarded by making a d​​ifference in your community through volunteering as part of your Beyond AUT Award.

Complete 35 hours of volunteering

  • This can include 15 hours of part-time work if it is external of AUT.
  • Your volunteering hours must be done for recognised charities and community organisations in New Zealand, but external of AUT (so not for AUTSA or any AUT clubs)

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.

Log your hours as you go via Employability Lab online and you can log half hours.

Volunteering ideas include:

  • Being part of a beach cleanup
  • Helping with a reading programme or similar in a school setting
  • Doing the accounts for a charity
  • 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
  • Volunteering for an op shop
  • Helping make lunches for Eat My Lunch or food for local school breakfast clubs

Links to useful volunteering websites

The following links will take you to volunteer organisations that advertise for volunteers, but there are many other charities that keen to have volunteers. Don't be afraid to offer your help to a charity you believe in – just check with us first if they're not on our list.

NZ websites that list multiple volunteer organisations:

Examples of charities that offer volunteering opportunities:

Email if you have any questions.

Get started now - book into an information session today.


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