Frequently Asked Questions

Please see below for some of the more commonly asked questions, if you need more information please call or email us.

Common Questions

  • What's in it for me?
    • Have fun
    • Meet a diverse range of people
    • Make a valuable contribution to your community
    • Develop existing skills and learn new ones
    • Use your life experiences for the benefit of the community
    • Gain work experience, boost your CV, gain a reference
    • Network in your community
  • What jobs do you have available?
    • A wide variety that changes all the time! Scroll through the positions via the ''Want to volunteer?'' menu for a list.
  • How do I get a voluntary job?
    • If you are in Hamilton, you can contact us to arrange a time to come in to chat with one of our staff. This chat may take up to an hour. During this time our staff member will aim to match what you want to do with the jobs we have available.
    • If you prefer (or if you are not in Hamilton) you can register online, this will allow you to search for available positions and apply for positions online.
  • How much will it cost me?
    • Whether you come in and see us or register online, our volunteer placement service is free.
  • Do I need a C.V.?
    • No, not for the chat with Volunteering Waikato, however it may be a good idea to take your C.V. or similar documents when you go and meet with the organisation that has the vacancy.
  • Do I need qualifications?
    • There are some jobs which require a person to have specific qualifications. However, most of our jobs do not require formal qualifications.
    • Training is often provided on the job.
  • Will volunteering result in paid work?
    • Occasionally a volunteer job does become a paid job, but it is rare. However, volunteer work gives you useful experience, contacts and a reference.
  • Do you check references or do police checks?
    • We do not check references or do police checks when you apply for a voluntary position. However, many of our organisations complete these checks before you start your voluntary position with them. We will tell you if a police check is required for the job.
  • What are my obligations?
    • Your obligations as a volunteer will include such things as turning up for work on time, doing the job to the best of your ability, and getting on well with the people with whom you are working.
    • You will be told what the organisation expects from you before you accept a job.