Disability Services volunteers

Our volunteers gain valuable experience while making a real, positive impact in other people's lives. Find out how you can get involved and apply online.

Our volunteer service began with 46 volunteers in 1994 to help eliminate some of the barriers students with impairments faced during their study. Since then it has become a huge success, generating interest from tertiary institutions throughout Australasia.

Today there are over 200 volunteer note-takers, van drivers, access guides, and team leaders who supplement the efforts of the paid staff at Disability Services, enabling the University to provide a comprehensive service for students with temporary and ongoing impairments.

Volunteer roles

Discover the different roles that are available, access role descriptions and find out how to apply.

Note-takers

A volunteer note-taker uploads their lecture notes each week to Blackboard, for use by students who are unable to take comprehensive notes for themselves. You need to be enrolled in the course(s) you would like to volunteer for. This role is only open to the University’s undergraduate students.

Team leaders

A volunteer team leader liaises with note-takers, school administrators and the Volunteer Coordinator. You need excellent self-management and communication skills, initiative and the ability to work independently and as part of a team. This role is only open to the University’s undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Recruitment occurs in October each year. Email vicvols@vuw.ac.nz for information.

Van drivers

A volunteer van driver picks students up in the mobility van and drops them off at locations around the University. You need a clean, current New Zealand driver's licence, a friendly and reliable attitude and at least 30 spare minutes a week. This role is open to the University’s students and staff.

Access guides

A volunteer access guide accompanies a student to/from class, ensuring they have a clear pathway. You need a friendly and reliable attitude and at least 30 spare minutes a week. This role is open to the University’s students and staff.