Who we are
We are the Te Herenga Waka – Victoria University of Wellington branch of the Student Volunteer Army, founded in 2021.
As the club enters its second year at Victoria University, we hope to continue to form connections and engage with student volunteers and build relationships with our wider community through volunteering.
Our executive team, 13 members strong, consists of experienced and new executive members with a diverse range of experiences and a common passion for volunteering.
Our volunteering ethos is centred around providing meaningful volunteer opportunities for Victoria University students, forming genuine connections with the community, and taking part in volunteering that has a sustainable and long-lasting impact.
We believe in building strong, meaningful relationships with the organisations we volunteer for to create mutually beneficial experiences for these community groups and those who give their time.
We believe in the power of community engagement, the long-term benefits of supporting local initiatives, and the enrichment of lives from the relationships we form in doing so.
We endeavour to uphold the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, focussing especially on partnership, participation and protection, in all we do.
We continue to strive for greater accessibility, as volunteering should be accessible to all people, no matter their background, age or ability. We can all better our communities, and ourselves, through volunteering.
Our 2022 plan
The VUW SVA Club provides students with volunteering opportunities throughout the university year, ranging from smaller social justice events to larger environmental volunteering opportunities.
In 2022, we aim to continue regular, small-scale platoon events, continuing our partnerships with organisations such as The Free Store, Everybody Eats and the Waikanae Estuary Care Group.
We are also excited to host two large-scale volunteer events in 2022, with a headline event in both Trimester 1 and 2. These events will be designed to accommodate over 100 student volunteers and will have an environmental focus.
We aim to make volunteering accessible and engaging by providing students with a variety of opportunities so they can take action and have an impact on issues they feel most passionate about.