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ODay call for volunteers

Orientation Day | Herea tō waka (O Day) falls on Friday 15 February from 9.30am – 2.00pm this year – it’s our biggest event to welcome new students, families and whānau into the UC community.

To ensure the day runs smoothly, our Events and Partnerships team need your help as a staff volunteer.

O Day is a great opportunity to connect with new students and be part of the buzz. From “Supplier of Smiles” to “Information Guru”, there’s an opportunity for everyone to be part of O Day.

If you are interested in taking part, take a moment to review the roles (see below), check with your manager/supervisor to confirm your availability then click the sign-up link.

O Day volunteer roles:

  • Supplier of Smiles – you have a great smile and enjoy meeting new people
  • Information Guru – providing help and support is your gig
  • Foot traffic Controller – you’re there to scan people into sessions
  • Data Gatherer – you’ll happily ask people what they think
  • Campus Explorer – you know the campus well and can’t wait to show it off.

CLICK HERE to sign up!

If you have any questions, email the Events and Partnerships team.

Welcome Centre volunteers:

The Welcome Centre will be open between 4 February to 1 March on the Matariki ground floor. The Welcome Centre is a drop-in point of contact and referral for students and whānau, and is designed to help transition students into the UC community.

Staff volunteers are welcome to support our student leaders working at the Welcome Centre. Shifts are in two hour blocks from 9am – 4pm, 4 February to 1 March.

If you can help, please email your preferred dates and times to Elisabeth Baker by Friday 1 February.

Thanks in advance for your support of O Day 2019!

We need you – volunteer at Open Day | Rā Tōmene

To be more exact we need 100 of you to volunteer at UC Open Day | Rā Tōmene, Thursday 12 July.

Open Day | Rā Tōmene is our key recruitment event for future students, parents and whānau, and its success depends on staff throughout UC. Volunteering is a great opportunity to meet future students and enjoy the atmospheric buzz this event creates on campus.

We need volunteers in the following roles, can you help?

Supplier of smiles – you have a great smile and enjoy making people happy.
We want you along our Open Day trails to warmly welcome our visitors to UC. Hand out tote bags, scan tickets, greet those coming from out of town on the free bus, and wave them goodbye at the end of the day. You take care of those all-important frontline tasks, wearing a big smile on your face.

Information guru – providing help and support is your gig.
We have stations on campus just for you this Open Day | Rā Tōmene. You’ll assist visitors with any questions they have, from where to get a good coffee to what time the next info session starts.

Foot traffic controller – you’re there to help people find their way.
You love the buzz of people gathering, ready to learn. Every hour a new information session begins and you’ll be at the front of the line, managing the flow of people in and out of lecture theatres and helping people find the right session.

Data gatherer – you’ll happily ask people what they think.
iPad in hand, we need you to approach attendees with a smile to get their feedback on Open Day | Rā Tōmene. Using the pre-populated survey online, you will ensure we get the data we require to keep running successful events.

Campus explorer – you know the campus well and can’t wait to show it off.
We need you to take small groups of visitors on a loop of the campus, pointing out all the key buildings and facilities, especially the sparkly new ones, to help them get a feel for UC. You’ll answer questions as you go and point out where things are happening throughout the day.

The day runs from 9.00am to 5.00pm and is based in the centre of the Ilam campus. Volunteers are usually scheduled for a morning or afternoon session.

Register your interest by filling in the online form, but please check in with your manager first.

Thanks for your support to make this event a success.

UC Events and Partnerships

Get the O Day buzz – volunteer

Be part of the Orientation buzz and volunteer at O Day | Herea tō waka. The Events and Partnerships team are looking for friendly, inviting, charismatic staff volunteers to welcome new students, families and whānau to the UC community.

Orientation Day | Herea tō waka (O Day)
Friday 16 February, 9.30am – 2.00pm

From Supplier of Smiles to Information Guru, there is a role for everyone. Read the role descriptions below, check in with your manager and fill in this simple form to take part in welcoming the hordes of new students to UC.

O Day volunteer roles:

Supplier of Smiles
You have a great smile and enjoy making people happy.
We want you on the O Day trails to warmly welcome our visitors to UC including:

  • greeting and welcoming new students to our UC community
  • handing out programmes, wristbands, and food etc. on the trails
  • filling and giving away Think first drink bottles
  • showing a friendly, approachable face for our new students on their first day.

Information Guru
Providing help and answering questions is your gig.
You’ll assist visitors with any questions from where to get a good coffee to what time the next info session starts and monitor sessions taking place in your area. Your tasks could include:

  • warmly welcoming new students to the UC community
  • assisting with general inquiries at the Information Hub in the Undercroft
  • assisting with the information sessions in C Block, A Block and the Engineering Core by
    • scanning tickets
    • managing foot traffic into lecture theatres
    • helping attendees get to the right information session.
  • answering questions – or directing them to where they can get answers.

Volunteer now or if you have any questions email the Events and Partnerships team.

Herea tō waka: The phrase ‘herea tō waka’ means ‘tie up your waka’ and is a reference to what we do when our waka (sailing vessel) comes into landing – we tie it firmly to the shore so that it doesn’t drift away.

For our students and that arrive here at UC and particularly on their first day (O Day), they are metaphorically tying their waka to the shoreline that is UC to ensure their grounding here is firm.

Volunteers needed to help at Open Day

The Events and Partnerships Team is seeking volunteers to help potential students have the best Open Day experience possible.

Thursday 13 July, 9am – 5pm.

170601_Open DayVolunteers are being sought in the following areas.

  • Supplier of Smiles (Welcome Ambassadors)  (NOW FULL)
    You have a great smile and enjoy making people happy.
    You’ll be stationed at one of our welcome points to warmly greet our visitors to UC, hand out tote bags, scan tickets of registered attendees, welcome visitors off buses, and wave them goodbye at the end of the day.
  • Information Guru (Campus Ambassadors)
    Providing help and support is your gig.
    There will be a special station for you on Open Day. You’ll assist visitors with questions like ‘where will I get a good coffee?’ and ‘what time is the next info session?’ You’ll also monitor sessions taking place in your area.
  • Data Gatherer (Survey Collector) (NOW FULL)
    You’re confident asking people what they think.
    iPad in hand, we need you to confidently approach attendees and get their feedback on Open Day. Using the pre-populated survey online, you will ensure we get the data we need to run a successful event every time.
  • Campus Explorer (Tour Guide)
    You know the campus well and can’t wait to show it off.
    We need you to lead small groups of visitors on a loop of the campus, pointing out all the key buildings and facilities and answering questions. We’ll make sure you know where activities are taking place during the day so you can point them out and help our visitors feel comfortable on campus.

If you are interested in volunteering, please volunteer by filling out the form here>

If you have any questions email the Events team.

UC SVA event for Serve for NZ ANZAC Day

The  UC Student Volunteer Army will be running a volunteering event on ANZAC Day, which is open to staff, students and all members of the public. The event is at  Broad Park, North Beach and will involve a variety of volunteer projects including pruning, mulch spreading, clean up and planting.

Coffee and a free pancake breakfast will be available from 8.30am onwards, with volunteering kicking off at 9am. The event will finish with a community bbq.

This volunteering event is part of Serve for NZ: Anzac Day’, which was started by the UC Student Volunteer Army in partnership with the Returned and Services’ Association (RSA) and the University of Canterbury.

The initiative was run as a pilot programme last year and this year organisers are hoping to see increases in the number of New Zealanders who ‘pledge’ to Serve for NZ this ANZAC Day.

Indicate your interest in the SVA event and see details on Facebook
or pledge one hour of your timet to #ServeforNZ at SEEK Volunteer

Watch video from the Serve for New Zealand launch event here

Read student blog on how service benefits us