Volunteer Roles

Keen to make a positive impact in the world? We're looking for some awesome people to join our team at The Kindness Institute, please see the descriptions below.

If you want to apply for any of these roles email a bit about yourself, work experience and why you want to do this role to volunteers.tki@gmail.com.


Volunteer Roles for ATAWHAI - intensive youth mindfulness programme (short term)

Our ATAWHAI program works with marginalised Auckland youth aged 14-18 with low self-
efficacy but lots of potential. It runs over 12 months and supports our youth holistically
through intensive week-long programs, ongoing mentoring and stress management
coaching. Rangatahi are recruited from community partners, alternative education, low-
decile schools and corrections programs. At ATAWHAI, they learn to deal with challenging
emotions, conflicts and to improve their own lives. This program was developed with support
from international & local research, youth and cultural advisors, educators and psychologists
to ensure that we are catering to the unique cultural needs of our young people.  
We are looking for a rad team of volunteers for our intensive week long program.

Sept 28-October 2nd: Youth workshops
October 3d: Evening whanau graduation event

APPLICATIONS: Please email your cv or a link to your LinkedIn profile along with a brief
cover letter telling us why you to: volunteers@thekindnessinstitute.com

Paid role: Youth Worker

We're looking for someone who has awesome experience as a youth worker or youth mentor. Ideally someone who has experience working with youth offenders or marginalised rangatahi dealing with different behavioural challenges. This person is grounded in Te Ao Maori and / or Pasifika culture and can support rangatahi Maori and Pasifika cultural development. 

Someone who is great at building relationships with rangatahi, takes no shit but also likes a good lol. This person will be mentoring a group of young people on our intensive mindfulness based program ATAWHAI Sept 27 - October 3rd 2018.

Please contact Kristina Cavit with more info about yourself and your experience: thekindnessinstitute@gmail.com

ATAWHAI Operations Coordinator

This volunteer role is for someone with excellent attention to detail & relationship building
skills. The volunteer will work closely with the Director & has experience managing
operations, building relationships & or administration tasks.
We're in need of a flexible self-starter, with experience in communications, administration,
and / or project management.  
We are looking for someone who can hit the ground running to join our rad team of
volunteers! This volunteer will love making sure things run smoothly, and with support from
our director will coordinate our end of program whanau event, volunteers, logistics.

What we’re looking for:

  • Great attention to detail
  • Great project management skills
  • Ability to make things run smoothly & foresee challenges / resources needed
  • Great at forming relationships
  • 2 years minimum experience
  • Great writing skills & tech savvy
  • Experience with excel, google drive & social media preferred
  • Please only apply if you are able to commit to a minimum of 3 weeks.

Dates & hours:  Beginning in September, ideally 1-3 days a week. Hours flexible and can
work from home
During program: September 27 - October 3. Hours are 9-5pm with one evening for the end
of program event.

ATAWHAI Events and Operations Support

We need someone rad to support the events and ops coordinator with their mahi. Someone
great with communication, working to deadlines, organising and attention to detail.

Mahi may involve supporting the director and ops coordinator in putting together the atawhai
community event, admin tasks, running errands and ensuring youth mentors and rangatahi
have the resources they need.

Someone flexible with a positive attitude and happy to get involved in lots of different mahi!
September 27 - October 3. Hours are 9-5pm with one evening for the end of program event.

Driver & Youth Mentor Volunteer

The Driver & Youth Mentor is a key part of our whanau. This individual is passionate about supporting our rangatahi reach their full potential. Perhaps a teacher, youth worker or parent - who loves supporting young people to thrive. It's essential to have great relationship building skills, to be punctual and a great organiser.

The volunteer will transport our rangatahi to and from our programme in the September school holidays, September 28 - October 3rd.

You'll need to have a full, clean drivers licence and be a confident, happy driver J.  You’ll also need access to your own vehicle. The volunteer will make sure kids are well taken care of, picked up & dropped home safely and on time.

You will be open minded, flexible and your kaupapa is grounded in love and kindness. You will need experience working with young people.

We are happy to split this role up amongst a few people.

The volunteer will work closely with the director of The Kindness Institute and the rest of the ATAWHAI team. The volunteer will receive training before our ATAWHAI intensive.

  • Drivers will be reimbursed for petrol
  • There will be travel required.
  • Hours are 8-9.30am 4 - 5.30pm

We will consider volunteers who can only do the morning or afternoon transport as the role can split between several people.

Māori development board member

We're looking for a board member to support us in developing and adapting our youth program & organisational development through a te ao Māori lens to meet the unique cultural needs of our community. We're looking for someone to support us in developing our overall kaupapa, tikanga, youth development and organisational strategy in partnership with the board, Director and young people. Estimated time: 2-3 hours a week. To apply, please email volunteers.tki@gmail.com with info on yourself, your CV / experience and why you would like this role.

Social media coordinator

We’re looking for someone who has proven experience with social media, excellent writing and communication skills. Someone who gets our Kindness Institute vibe and is reliable to join our small but perfectly formed team.

Find our more about our Social media coordinator role

Grants writer volunteer

We’re looking for someone who ideally has experience applying for funding, strong writing skills, great attention to detail to join us for this VERY important role!

Find out more about our Grants specialist volunteer

Graphic designer volunteer

We're looking for a graphic designer volunteer to help us with social media images, event invites, flyers etc to support our youth program.

2-6 hours a week.

To apply please email a bit about yourself, work experience and why you want to do this role to volunteers.tki@gmail.com

In kind support we need help with

  • Petrol vouchers for our drivers & youth mentors
  • Printing sponsorship - flyers and brochures 4x a year
  • A central Auckland venue with parking that fits 20 yoga mats.
  • New yoga mats

If you can help with any of the above please get in touch.