FAQs: volunteering with Oxfam New Zealand

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Oxfam volunteers  at a Coldplay concert

What skills or experience do I need to volunteer?

You don’t need any specialised skills to volunteer. Our volunteers come from a diverse range of backgrounds, professions and ages with a wide range of skills and experiences. From students to retirees, refugees, professionals and people looking for work experience, volunteering is open to everyone.

What is the time commitment for volunteering?

There are a number of ways you can use your time and skills to support our work. Some volunteer roles require only a few hours on a weekend/weekday while others involve a longer, ongoing commitment outside of office hours. For an example at our Oxfam Trailwalker event held in Whakatane. We understand that your time is precious so we suggest that before undertaking any volunteer position you find out what the time commitment will be. Remember, if you only have a few hours to spare, you can always support our campaigning and fundraising work.

I’m an overseas visitor. Can I volunteer in New Zealand?

Yes, in most cases. However it is the responsibility of volunteers to ensure that they are eligible to work in New Zealand. If you are from overseas you need to make sure that your visa type allows volunteer activity. For more information visit www.immigration.govt.nz

Can I volunteer with Oxfam overseas?

We do not send volunteers overseas. In common with many other major overseas charities, projects that Oxfam supports are actually managed by development agencies local to the country or region in need. These agencies mostly find the workers they need among the local population. The organisations below recruit or send volunteers outside New Zealand. In some cases, these opportunities are only available to New Zealand nationals.

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