Individual Volunteering

Are you interested in volunteering?

That’s great! Volunteering Central works with local community organisations who are in need of your help.  Events, sport and music, conservation, working with kids of caring for others, whoever you are, wherever your’re from and whatever you’re into, you can change lives and have fun! We have a wide variety of volunteer opportunities to choose from and our goal is to help you find volunteering roles that are meaningful, rewarding and enjoyable.


How do I get started?

You can search for volunteer opportunities and register online, or arrange to speak to our staff who make regular visits to our main hubs of Alexandra, Cromwell, Queenstown and Wanaka.

Contact Volunteering Central Alexandra - Lucy Shea 027 506 57​77​



  • To discuss roles in Queenstown or Wanaka call Gillian on 027 506 5705  

Contact Volunteering Central - Gillian White 027 506 5705



What can I expect from a face to face interview with Volunteering Central?

Trudy and Gillian will chat to you in a relaxed atmosphere about your motivations, skills and interests and discuss the different types of volunteer roles currently available and what might suit your situation best. We allow up to an hour for each interview, but sometimes it takes less time.
We will help you search through our database of volunteer opportunities to determine which roles might suit you best. Based on the conversation, we might be able to recommend some specific roles straight away or we may keep your details on file to search for appropriate opportunities.




What do I need to do after my interview at Volunteering Central?

We will put you in touch with the Volunteer Manager of the organisations you are interested in to arrange a suitable time to meet up, discuss the role in more detail and arrange for any screening processes to be carried out.


Am I obligated to do any of the roles I choose?

No! It is your decision if you would like to pursue volunteer opportunities.


What if none of the roles I choose work out, or I change my mind?

You are always welcome to come back again and search for more roles.


Will Volunteering Central stay in touch?

We will follow up with you in a few weeks to see if your volunteering experiences were good – but only if you would like that.  When you register with us you can indicate if you would prefer us to send you a short email or give you a quick phone call.  We highly value your feedback and use it to improve our services. We may also contact you if we have a role vacancy in an area we feel you may enjoy.


 Do I need to have specific skills or experience to volunteer?

Many roles provide comprehensive training and support so it’s a great chance to try something new.


How much time will I need to volunteer?

How much time you commit to is completely up to you.  Different roles require different amounts of time. Look carefully at each role description to find what roles will suit your time.


What days of the week can I volunteer?

You can volunteer on weekdays, evenings or weekends – it’s up to you.  Some roles can only be performed at certain times and there are some roles that can be done anytime that suits you. There is a volunteer role to suit everyone!