Ways to volunteer

There are a variety of ways in which you can volunteer your time or expertise to improve the student experience, from talking with students on campus about your career, to helping overseas alumni connect.

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Participate in a PhD Project

PhD candidate Philip Sanders is looking for volunteers, 65 or older,  to take part in a research study looking at the brain's ability to change in response to sensory events and how this process changes as we age.

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Take part in a clinical trial

You can play your part in furthering research and scientific discovery by taking part in a clinical trial at the Liggins Institute here at the University.

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Help a student learn

The University of Auckland Clinics provide a real-world opportunity for students to put into practice what they’ve learned in the classroom.  By visiting the clinics you will not only receive a high standard of service, but you will also be helping a student learn.

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Women's Mentoring Programme at the Business School

The Women’s Mentoring Programme is a scheme that matches female students with mentors from the Business School’s vast network of business women.  The objective of the Women’s Mentoring Programme is to offer the selected mentees further professional development and the chance to benefit from the experience and industry knowledge of a mentor.  Mentors must live in Auckland and have a minimum of five years’ industry experience.  The programme runs from March to October. Applications for mentors close 30 November.

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NZ Workplace Insights Programme

Are you an alum with up to 20 years’ experience in the workforce post-graduation? Would you like to reconnect with the University of Auckland in a meaningful way and meet some interesting students and other alumni along the way? NZ Workplace Insights, a programme for postgraduate international students that helps them gain a deeper understanding of the NZ work environment, needs alumni volunteers!

What it involves:

  • Time-frame is 4 April – 23 May 2017.
  • A casual social occasion on 4 April where you will meet fellow alumni and the students.
  • A couple of hours of your time to chat to your student about your career journey and possibly show them around your workplace.
  • A low-key debriefing and celebration event after the programme has concluded. 

If you’d like to sign up for this rewarding programme please complete this register your interest by Monday 27 March or if you’d like to know more, email us at alumnivolunteer@auckland.ac.nz


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Alumna Prof. Karen Willcox shares her story at a WEN seminar

Women in Engineering

The Women in Engineering Network (WEN) is a network that builds connections between women in engineering. WEN fosters relationships between female students and and professional engineers, coordinates social activities, professional development opportunities, and forums for academic support.

If you are an Engineering graduate, you may want to come back to campus and share your experience with current Engineering students who are launching their own professional careers.  

Please contact Amanda Clinton if you are interested in getting involved: a.clinton@auckland.ac.nz


Career Development and Employment Services (CDES)

Career Development and Employment Services regularly organises events for students where alumni talk about their careers and give advice on how they got to where they are.  You can help current students with their career direction by sharing your professional story.  If you're unable to present in person, you may want to consider putting your hand up to be profiled on the CDES website. The more students hear about alumni career journeys, the more they understand the vast range of career pathways available to them.

To register your interest, please email employerservices@auckland.ac.nz  

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UoA Alumni get together in Beijing – May 2016

Volunteer Alumni Coordinators (VACs)

Volunteer alumni coordinators (VACs) are graduates from the University of Auckland who play a vital role in helping to connect alumni around the globe.  With over 180,000 alumni spread all over the world, our alumni volunteers help to form and grow alumni networks in the cities where they live.  Find out if there is a VAC in your area.  If there isn't, you may want to consider being the main point of contact for University of Auckland alumni in your city, and help to bring alumni together.

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Hear from some of our alumni volunteers

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Chloé Lomas - Mentor

Group Marketing Manager and Graduate of Business and Information Management Chloé Lomas is in her second year of volunteering at the Business School’s Women’s Mentoring programme.

Chloé began volunteering at the University in 2015, and was inspired by the desire to support students by providing them with practical industry advice - something she says she would have really appreciated when she was a student.

The Women’s Mentoring programme matches female students with mentors from the Business School’s vast network of business women, giving students an opportunity to meet industry professionals and receive valuable industry insight.

“When I originally signed up for this I didn’t think I had enough experience. I thought I’d just give it a go - you can’t lose anything by trying,” says Chloé.

Chloé soon realised that her volunteering was about more than just sharing experience and expertise. It’s about providing her mentees with support and giving them confidence.

“It was amazing to see their progress and confidence grow. It’s awesome to know you can be a sounding board for people and they can learn a lot from you – even if you are unaware that you are being so helpful.”

 It also gives mentors a chance to share their story, and shows students that there is more than one approach into a career.

“Sharing your own experience is so helpful to students. You can bounce ideas off each other and show them there are more options than just the traditional grad programme,” says Chloé.


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Dr Henry Huang - VAC in Beijing

Dr Henry Huang is our International Volunteer Alumni Coordinator (VAC) in Beijing.

Dr Huang graduated from the School of Architecture and Urban Planning in 2005 with a Master’s degree with first class honours, and a PhD degree in 2011. He has been a VAC for the University’s Beijing Alumni Club since 2012, where he helps to connect our community in China. 

“We organise events throughout the year, including BBQs, sports events, and family dinners,” says Dr Huang.

Dr Huang got involved in volunteering because of the great memories he had at the University.

“When I came back to Beijing at the end of 2010, I really wanted to keep the memories of such a special time of my life alive.”

He uses volunteering to get together with friends and share life experiences, and believes that others should get involved in volunteering.

“When you become a Volunteer Alumni Coordinator you make many new alumni friends as well as lasting connections with the University.”

He believes that volunteering at the University of Auckland has enriched his life.

“I have made friends that have made my life richer and more colourful,” he says.