Kia tūao, e tū ki te ao!

The SVA movement’s new motto, Kia tūao, e tū ki te ao – Be a volunteer and stand up in the world, reflects our commitment to a new generation of volunteering. Click on the SVA projects below to find out more!


SVA launches Services Badges for High Schools!

Following the success of our SVA Schools Primary Program, this year the SVA Foundation will help teachers recognise volunteering in their schools via a three tiered badge system. 

Read more here and sign up below!


The UC Student Volunteer Army

The UC Student Volunteer Army is the heart of the SVA movement. Each year the club on campus at the University of Canterbury signs up thousands of volunteers and organises events around the region. 

SVA mobile app

If you are a UC Student or Christchurch based volunteer, download our app to signup to events and register for volunteer days! 

Primary School Volunteering - #SVASchools

#SVASchools is a volunteering resource pack co-designed by and for school children and teachers.

We have mobilised over 64,000 students to be volunteers through #SVASchools in the past two years reaching 15% of the year 6-10 year old students across New Zealand!

The School Program provides teachers with everything they need to mobilise classrooms to identify issues in their community, work on solutions, and reflect on what they learned. Project themes include environmental, social connection and disaster preparedness, with many students engaging with external community groups, service clubs, parks, streams, and local governments.  


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