Primary School Programme

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Primary Schools

SVA Kids is our campaign to mobilise, engage and support a new generation of volunteers. Our programme is free thanks to the generous support by Citycare, and has over 32,000 tamariki across Aotearoa taking part each year.

At SVA, we believe that anyone – no matter your age, experience or skills – can be a volunteer.

How It Works

Creating a generation of volunteers!

The aim of SVA Kids is to enable primary school students, with the help of their teachers, to identify a need in their community and come up with an initiative to help. This may be a one day event or an ongoing project.

By creating and delivering their own initiative, students learn project management skills linked to the NZ Curriculum such as:

  • Taking collective action for the care of other people
  • Understanding how to participate collectively in response to community challenges
  • Undertaking planning to develop an outcome

SVA provides a magic box of volunteering that contains all the things students and their teachers need to create their own volunteering project. Read some of the great testimonials from our teachers and classes that have already tried them out.


The SVA Volunteer Action Kit

To receive your free volunteer action kit all you need to do is register your classroom. Registration opens in term one, with boxes being sent out in time for term two. Our boxes are updated each year, but will always include:

  • 32 job based badges to ensure everyone has a role and responsibility
  • A guide on how to find a project, build a team and operate an incredible volunteer day
  • A fact sheet outlining all the secrets behind how SVA runs their volunteering projects, and how the big kids at University make it happen
  • A pack of project cards which include checklists, job descriptions and project ideas – everything students need to complete their project
  • Health and safety letter for schools

By registering you will automatically get access to a full suite of downloadable PDF resources, as well as be first in line for the classroom kits.

Check out our video library

We’ve got some great videos available to help provide inspiration and practical tips on how to run your own volunteer project. 

Hear from the ‘big kids’ at the University of Canterbury about the different roles and responsibilities. And watch a video made by Fendalton Open Air School as the year three class took on their own project.