Category Archives: Helping the community

Amazing people doing great things locally, nationally and internationally and opportunities for students to volunteer and get involved with community projects.

Ratonga Tūao | SVA Mini Give

This year in order to preserve the hauora of our volunteers we adopted to change the structure of Big Give. Instead, we held a fundraising campaign and two smaller volunteering opportunities with St Vincent de Paul and Summit Road Society.

Over the course of O Week and Clubs Days, we raised $255 for Red Cross NZ, Big Brothers Big Sisters Christchurch and CanTeen. These are some incredible charities which do so many amazing things for our community. We couldn’t have done this without the help of 40+ clubs around campus and are really grateful for all their support.

One of our projects was with St Vincent de Paul. Due to COVID-19, there was a backlog of donations to be sorted. We had around 40 volunteers help sort through boxes of donated clothes. These clothes filled out the shop front and the rest of the store. As St Vincent de Paul is established in the community, they are personally connected with a lot of households and continually give back by delivering food to over 80 households in need. It was amazing to be able to help out such a fixture in the community and promote sustainable fashion at the same time!

We also worked with the Summit Road Society. This organisation is aiming to replant to Avoca Valley and enhance the beauty around Waitaha Canterbury. The volunteers here managed to plant a large number, and focused specifically on planting the areas that were difficult to reach.

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Want workplace experience on campus? PACE225 is for you!

Are you looking to gain professional skills while studying? Want to design a project proposal for an iconic nationwide business? 

ENROL IN PACE225: Workplace Skills and Corporate Social Responsibility.

This is a campus-based course in Semester 1 (15 pt)! It is taught by a cross-disciplinary team of lecturers with expertise in corporate social responsibility, communication, te reo Māori for business, community engagement and social sustainability. This course also features guest speakers from businesses such as Sharesies and Brown Bread who you’ll have the opportunity to network with!

PACE225 offers the opportunity to work on a real-life business proposal that makes a positive difference in the local community. Students work together in small groups where you will learn how to write up a project plan and develop workplace skills.

Why PACE225?

  • Hear from guest speakers on their experiences in social enterprise and more!
  • End up with your own Career Development Portfolio and professional contacts.
  • Develop skills required in ANY workplace!

There is still plenty of time to enrol for semester 1! Any questions, please get in touch with Renae Adams and/or Freddie Jefferd.

Internship Opportunities available for Semester 1! Earn 30 points while gaining experience!

The PACE Internship Programme have exciting opportunities for Semester 1 where organisations are keen to have students get involved!

Students that take a PACE course consistently tell us internships are a great way to put into practice what their degree has taught them, developing their employability skills and most importantly, building their confidence in the workplace.

The PACE Internship Programme offers courses where students not only spend time with a local business or organisation, but also focusses on your personal and professional development. Talk to us now to find out if this could be the right opportunity for you- PACE395 and PACE495 offered this coming semester.

CompanyProjectStudent background and skills
Environment Canterbury (ECAN)Develop employee training material
  • Communications
  • Psychology
  • Human Resource Management

 

Fire and Emergency (FENZ)Research and report:

  • Fire education signage effectiveness for the general public
  • Benefits and improvements to community engagement (FENZ/police)
  • Communications
  • Marketing
  • Interest in research and writing
Christchurch City Council (CCC)Coordinating the intern development programme
  • Psychology
  • Human Resources Management

 

UNICEFResearch and report:

  • Exploring Children & Youth voices are measured and policy decisions reflect that
  • Data generation in support of The Children’s Convention Monitoring Group report
  • Policy
  • Interest in research and writing
  • Strong communication skills
Plains FMLots of opportunities:

  •  Interviewing people in business

 

  • Marketing
  • Media and Communications
  • Writing
  • Maori and Indigenous Studies
  • Interest in radio/ media / podcasts
  • Digital
Christchurch Methodist MissionCarbon baseline audit for their environmental sustainability policy.
  • Interest in sustainability
  • Research writing
Barrer and CoWriting, researching, and data analysis for trust and grant applications
  • Writing
  • Interest in the not-for profit sector
Wander WeekendMarketing, writing and research for a start-up business
  • Marketing
  • Media and communications
  • Business background
Ministry of EducationResearch:

  • Impact of poverty on family harm (domestic & international)
  • Rangatahi risk indicators
  • Sustainable development of landfills
  • Strong communication skills
  • Research and writing
CHCH EnviroHubOpportunities in website development, social media marketing, and networking opportunities
  • Media and communications
  • Interest in sustainability
  • Writing and story telling
Consulate of TanzaniaResearch opportunities
  • Interested in International relations
  • Interested in research
  • Virtual internship
CultivateSupporting social media and marketing
  • Marketing
  • Media and communications
  • Sustainability
  • Environment
  • Interest in social enterprise
Christchurch City CouncilPhotographic prints collection archiving and cataloguing for the Christchurch Star Newspaper
  • History
  • Classics
  • Interest in archiving and cataloguing

If you are interested in an internship but would be interested in exploring ideas, get in touch.

Please get in contact with paceinternships@canterbury.ac.nz or fill in the application form to be involved in one of these exciting opportunities for semester 1 – they are great for the CV!