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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

SVA Big Give on 4 March

On Saturday 4 March 2017, during UC Orientation Week, the Student Volunteer Army is heading to South New Brighton, Christchurch, to carry out a large-scale volunteering event called the SVA Big Give.

The SVA Big Give vision is to see 1,000 UC students, as well as community members and groups, event partners and sponsors, sports teams and politicians, including the Mayor of Christchurch.

The project location is Rocking Horse Road Spit in South New Brighton, a suburb that was badly hit by the earthquakes and which has dealt with other major blows in regards to insurance and sea level rise.

SVA Big Give volunteering will involve:

  • restoration of the dunes
  • repair of walking tracks on the spit and beach access-ways
  • weed control
  • removal of rubble from earthquake-damaged seawalls
  • the creation of a new picnic table area.

The event will be a great opportunity for students to get stuck in, meet new people and make a real difference in the community. SVA will also provide all volunteers with a free BBQ lunch at a central hub set up in the reserve, with entertainment from a number of kiwi musicians.

This is the first time the SVA Big Give has been run and it will be the largest mobilisation of volunteers since the initial earthquakes – we hope you will join us to be part of SVA history!

If you’d like to come along, register on Facebook.

Big Give

Why get involved in O Day?

The Events and Partnerships team is seeking staff volunteers to help at Orientation Day on 17 February 2017.

UC colleagues have this to say about the O Day experience:

“Students are our core business – without them we don’t have a University. Staff need to get to know them, and they need to know and recognise us. What better way to meet our new 2017 cohort than to join them on O Day, and feel their excitement and (sometimes) nerves as they start out on a very big adventure. They have entrusted their learning futures to us – we should meet with them, acknowledge that, and share their special day.”

Professor Jan Evans-Freeman, Pro-Vice Chancellor Engineering

“I volunteered as it is a unique opportunity to connect and interact with the students and be part of that UC vibe! I enjoyed welcoming the students in the beginning of their learning journey, putting a smile in their faces, encouraging them to take a picture with their families and therefore contributing in creating memories! Calling for UC faces! Colleagues get involved! Remember and enjoy the energy that comes with the first day in Uni! For one day, we become a walking UC advertisement!”

Evelyn Varelogiannis, Learning Resources

“When the call went out for people to help welcome the fresh faced students on last years O Day, I was pretty keen. Sure – I wanted to offer a positive first impression of UC. But more than that, I wanted one of those Canterbury Red® t-shirts that came with the gig.  But helping on the day turned out to be way more fun than I’d bargained for. You see, our team was in charge of distributing UC lip balm to the first years as they arrived on campus… and I took this job very, very seriously. As the students came up Arts Road like whitebait swimming towards a giant whitebait net, I enjoyed the camaraderie of being in a team, the experience of seeing the anticipation on the students’ faces, and, of course, the deep satisfaction of knowing that I was playing my part in keeping our new students lips supple and healthy.  P.S. I still have the shirt.”

Spanky Moore, Senior Ecumenical Chaplain

“We all know that a core part of a positive student experience is having positive engagement with staff, and O Day provides the opportunity to get this off to a great start.”

Professor Jonathan Le Cocq, Pro-Vice-Chancellor Arts

“Volunteering at O Day was a fantastic opportunity to get out and meet students arriving at UC from not only our own backyard, but from all around the world. It was inspiring to hear students’ enthusiasm for UC. The sushi and hot chip give-away was very popular too!”

Dr Dean Sutherland, College of Science

And read this blog from Katie Perry about her team’s experience helping at O Day.

Help welcome students to Orientation

UC Orientation Day (O Day) on 17 February is a major event in the UC calendar. For most new students, it is their first true exposure to university and their experience on the day will set the scene for their time here.

UC O Day is the best way for new students to find out what university life has to offer and a few hours of your time can help make a difference.

The Events and Partnerships Team is seeking staff volunteers to assist with O Day. Please click here to view the tasks and times volunteers are required. If you are interested in helping, please email events@canterbury.ac.nz and tell them what task you’d like to volunteer for.

“We all know that a core part of a positive student experience is having positive engagement with staff, and O Day provides the opportunity to get this off to a great start.”

Professor Jonathan Le Cocq, Pro-Vice-Chancellor Arts

“Volunteering at O Day was a fantastic opportunity to get out and meet students arriving at UC from not only our own backyard, but from all around the world. It was inspiring to hear students’ enthusiasm for UC.”

Dr Dean Sutherland, College of Science

If you aren’t able to volunteer, you can still help make UC O Day a positive experience for new students – whether it’s giving a friendly smile to a fresh face on campus or helping people who are looking a bit lost.