The SVA Service Award is based on helping others, with no personal financial gain for the individual student, or your school. Ultimately it is up to your school to decide what does or does not count as service hours for the SVA Service Award. Remember volunteering in and out of school can be credited.
We include mahi aroha, service of the heart and cultural obligations. That means being a home carer for someone elderly, sick, unwell or living with a disability is a form a service, likewise if a student has responsibility for caring for younger siblings. We proudly partner with Carers NZ on this initative and more information on “Young Carers” can be requested via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Head Prefects, along with any other student leadership role may qualify as service, but ultimately the final decision is yours as a school. There does need to be an awareness of the difference between a hobby and a cause and it is important not to include hobbies.
Start by thinking about the kind of volunteering you are able to do. Can you do something each week of the year, or just in the holidays. Then think about what you would like to do: inside/ outside/ with people/ online/ with animals. Then search for a person, a non-profit organisation or project you could help with.
Your volunteering service can be a part of a school activity, or a completely separate programme that you’ve planned independently.
Your service record celebrates all the volunteer work you’ve put into your community. A PDF Summary of Service Record is available for free download at any time to any student who has registered their hours at service.sva.org.nz. This record is perfect for inclusion for job and study applications as well as for scholarships and awards.
Have you done volunteering in the past? You can absolutely backdate your volunteering hours! Just select the correct past dates when logging your hours.
Get in touch with us at email@example.com and we’ll help you out.
This is usually the first interview question a volunteer is asked. Think about your skills and what you can offer an organisation or group. Here are just a few ideas:
I’m good at using Instagram
I can show people how to use a cell phone
I speak two languages
I’m great at baking
I can provide personal insight about disability and access
I’m good with a soccer ball
I’m a strong swimmer
I’m confident speaking in front of groups
I’m good at using Excel spreadsheets
Visit your local volunteering, community centre, and library to see if there is already a group helping locally that you can connect with. Social media will also provide easily accessible information about groups needing volunteers. Can’t find anyone already helping? Start your own project!
SVA are proud to deliver the programme in partnership with School Kit Ltd.
Watch this space! We are currently exploring this and will update soon.
Please identify a single key contact in your school and register their details via www.service.sva.org.nz. We will then make contact with you and have a discussion about what your school is currently doing, in regards to service.
Your Key Contact will be asked how many students in your school might need to be acknowledged for their volunteering efforts and then the starter box of Members’ Pins will be posted to them directly.
Absolutely not. We will forward you the number of free Members’ Pins you request. Your responsibility is to decide how to present the pins to your student volunteers as they complete the required hours for the various levels. Students must complete their service record via service.sva.org.nz to be awarded a pin.
We operate a web based platform through which your students log on and record their service hours. It is an accumulative record of what and when a student carries out service, in and out of school. Each student who registers will have individual responsibility to record their hours as accurately and honestly as possible. This model is based on trust and is like creating a CV.
Log into your Teachers’ Dashboard to download a report of student progress. Log in via the Log In function at the top of the page. You may need to request a log in is created for you if you are a new teacher by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Any student who reaches ‘Bronze’ level gains access to the ability to download their ‘Summary of Service’ via the SVA Service Award site.
This is like a CV. Students can use it to apply for employment, place in a Hall of Residence, or when applying for student leadership roles within your school or a summer job. Ask students to share their profiles with you, particularly if you want to know more about what service a student may have completed to achieve a certain level of pin.
Please send an email to email@example.com and we will help. You can also message us via Facebook messenger, just search SVA Service Award.
Get in touch with the School Kit team: firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll help you out!
We love to hear how fabulous your students are and would like to help write their story up to share it with the media. Please tag us in Facebook posts or email us your photos or stories and we would be glad to promote what your school is doing.
We rely on corporate and philanthropic donations. We pride ourselves on operating a low cost, high impact model that supports people to be life long volunteers. Please get in touch if you can help us or have an idea to share via email@example.com
We are a New Zealand registered charitable trust.
Volunteer Army Foundation Charitable Trust
Donations can be made by bank deposit to:
Cheques can be posted to:
Volunteer Army Foundation
4 Ash Street
Central Christchurch, 8011.
Please include your phone number and return address so we can say thank you!