Mobilising young volunteers to listen, learn and care for the world around them.
The Student Volunteer Army (SVA) originated in Christchurch following the devastating earthquakes of 2010 and 2011.
The SVA has since become a national movement focused on engaging students of all ages in volunteering for personal, professional and community development.
In 2017, the SVA model was adapted and expanded into a low-cost, highly scalable program that can mobilise young people to learn the basic principles of volunteering, identify a community project, build a team and a plan to execute that project and then review their impact.
We currently have 32,000 students annually take part in #SVASchools and anticipate 30,000 high school students to take part in our new program SVA Service Badges.
More about us
The SVA Foundation operates around New Zealand to mobilise, encourage, and support a new generation of volunteers. The SVA ethos is that anyone – no matter your age, skills or ability – can be a volunteer.