The Volunteer Army Foundation (VAF) exists to promote, support and facilitate youth engagement.

VAF was created by the people who started and led the Student Volunteer Army (SVA) in response to the devastating 2010-11 Christchurch Earthquakes. They specialise in getting young people to show up and care. Scroll down for details about the 4 major programmes.

What we do.


Student Volunteer Army Clubs

A network of youth clubs that provide opportunities for students to voluntarily contribute to their community. The club models integrate best practices from youth engagement, disaster preparedness and effective contribution through service.
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The Concert

A mobilization campaign that inspires young people to action through live music. The 2012 campaign saw 8,000 predominantly young people contribute over 50,000 volunteer hours to the Canterbury NZ region, culminating in an eight hour music festival only for volunteers.
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Web Tools

In order to achieve maximal community impact, VAF is building a comprehensive suite of web tools to maximize ease of volunteer coordination, enhance promotion of opportunities and reduce barriers to entry for young volunteers-to-be.
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Global Impact Project

Utilising the extensive global networks that VAF is engaged with, programmes are designed and implemented to inspire young people to engage with some of the largest problems facing the world. The current proposed project surrounds Disaster Risk Reduction and the Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-15.
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