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.


Evening Youth Worker

April 22-morning of April 26th, Sacred Earth Retreat Centre, Karekare Beach

This role is for an experienced teacher or youth worker. You will be great at forming relationships with young people, supporting them through challenges and keeping them to task. You prioritise honest communication, are flexible, committed and enjoy a good laugh! You will join our small but perfectly formed team.

You will be the support person for rangatahi from 5pm - 8am the next morning.

You will have support from the Director and will debrief with her each morning.

Daytime Youth Mentors may be hanging out in the house with rangatahi too and everyone will have dinner and breakfast together. As the team (4-8 adults) will be in the house with you during the evenings, the role is not a demanding one but requires someone dedicated and able to take charge and support rangatahi with any challenges.

You are welcome to join our morning class and be involved in all the activities but it is not required.

All meals and accommodation will be provided during the workshop week.

Your responsibilities will be:

  • Ensuring our rangatahi are safe and on site in the house

  • Supporting rangatahi at night

  • Staying in the house over night

  • Ensuring rangatahi do their chores & are where they need to be

  • Set out breakfast food

  • Ensuring rangatahi go to bed and wake up on time

  • Keep observation notes on rangatahi

In return you will be part of a transformative youth wellbeing program and will learn all about The Kindness Institute’s evidence based mahi. You will be invited to participate in all classes and activities and through this will receive an informal training on mindfulness skills for marginalised youth.

You will receive all meals for the week, your petrol costs will be covered as well as accommodation at the beautiful Sacred Earth retreat centre.

There is a $500 koha for this role.

Driver & Youth Mentor

April 22 - 26 2019

  • April 22: 3 hours in the morning

  • April 25th: 3 hours in the afternoon / evening

  • April 26th: 2-3 hours mid morning / lunchtime

  • April 23 & 24th: We may need you for 3 hours, TBC

This is a paid role. 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 experience working with youth, great relationship building skills, to be punctual and a great organiser.

You will transport our rangatahi to and from our programme during our intensive program. You may also transport food and other items.

You'll need to have a full, clean drivers licence and be a confident, happy driver. 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 and be an excellent communicator.

The driver will work closely with the director of The Kindness Institute and the rest of the ATAWHAI team.

There is potential for this role to extend to once a month on Saturdays and also in the October school holidays.

The position is $20 p.h.

Merchandise Coordinator 

We’re looking for a someone to join our rad crew in a paid role to coordinate our merchandise. We sell beautiful tee shirts to fundraise for our youth mahi. Our most popular tee has the slogan “Aroha Mai Aroha atu” which means love received is love given. 

The role includes posting tees, placing orders & general tee admin and will take around 4-5 hours a week. 

This is a fun satisfying role for a very organised & flexible person who wants to support our kaupapa raise funds to work with more rangatahi. The work can be done from home with flexible hours and we’re looking for someone to start this 1 April 2019.

Administration Volunteer

We're looking for an amazing organiser to manage our admin tasks to join our small but perfectly formed team of volunteers to truly make a difference in the lives of young people. 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 administration across the organisation. Flexibility in relation to the days and times. Volunteer can work remotely or from the office and works with the director every 2 weeks.
There is a minimum 1 year commitment for the role.

  • English fluency with minimum of 4 years work experience

  • Excellent attention to detail and highly organised

  • Ideally 3 years experience with databases / excel and admin

  • Tech savvy

  • Awesome customer service & written communication skills

  • Loves helping people, improving systems and solving problems

  • An awesome sense of humour!

    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 building relationships & administration tasks. The operations coordinator will coordinate transport for rangatahi and drivers to and from our monthly wananga and twice yearly intensive programs. They are an excellent communicator who will contact rangatahi & whanau to confirm wananga attendance, plan the transport route, coordinate volunteer drivers, venue, kai and make sure everything runs on time.

    We're in need of a flexible & organised volunteer with a great sense of humour! 4-6 hours per month and 16 hours over the school holidays.


    • Great attention to detail

    • Ability to make things run smoothly & foresee challenges / resources needed

    • Great at forming relationships & happy to pick up the phone to ensure whanau, rangatahi & drivers are on time and in the know

    • 2 years minimum experience

    • Tech savvy - experience with excel, google docs & facebook messenger

    • Please only apply if you are able to commit to a minimum of 1 year.

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 or West 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.