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Happy National Volunteer Week!

This week, it’s time to celebrate those who have given so much of their time and expertise to New Zealand’s learners – our volunteers.  

It’s Te Wiki Tūao ā-Motu, or National Volunteer Week. And this year, the theme is The Benefit of Working Together - which aligns quite nicely with one of our core values of Better Together! So for the next five days, we’ll be showcasing volunteer content only – interviews with some of our favourites, a focus on the impact they have for learners and some special shout outs from our principals!  

The difference volunteers make for Springboard Trust 

Our cross-sector model is predicated on bringing educational leaders together with business sector experts, with each teaching the other invaluable lessons in development and leadership.  

Most amazingly of all, our experts aren’t paid – they give (in some cases) upwards of weeks of their year for the love of it.  

They’re just one part of a much wider network of volunteers in New Zealand. More than one in five of us do volunteer work every year, contributing some 159 million hours of labour to those who need it.  

At Springboard Trust, that work goes straight into our schools. By helping develop the skills of NZ principals, volunteer work tangibly improves the lives of leaders, teachers and ultimately students.  

Education is at the heart of our society – it's the foundation upon which every life is built. And our volunteers’ commitment to wanting the very best education for every child has seen them do wonderful things with Springboard Trust.  

We’ll be showcasing some of those volunteer stories throughout the week – but for now, enjoy our infographic on Springboard Trust volunteer contributions and check out our thank-you video from principals we’ve worked with!  

Let's Celebrate Our Volunteers Together!

Let's Celebrate Our Volunteers Together!

Make a difference: Education volunteering opportunities with Springboard

Calling all volunteers – we'd love for you to join us next year!   Springboard Trust empowers New Zealand school leaders to transform their schools, and we need your help to do it.   Our cross-sector model, unique in our field, brings together principals and senior school leaders with volunteers from the public, private and philanthropic sectors to create positive change and improve practice. In turn, volunteers get a unique opportunity to build relationships with the education sector and improve their own coaching, facilitation and leadership.   In 2021, we have multiple opportunities available for you to join us, whether you want to commit for a few hours or a 10-month programme.   Whether you’ve worked with us before and want to do it again, want to expand or tweak the way you’ve worked with us, or want to join us for the very first time – just contact our Volunteer Manager Rebecca Brown, and let us know which opportunity you’re interested in!  

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National Volunteer Week 2020 - Principal tributes

Thank you, thank you, thank you. As we complete our celebrations for National Volunteer Week, we'd like to present a series of tributes to those who have given so much of their time and energy for the betterment of New Zealand schools. You'll also find our volunteer spotlights here, as well as our latest infographic highlighting the work that Springboard Trust volunteers have put in over the years. Enjoy! An extended thank-you video from principals across the country

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