Here's an overview of our past projects:

SVA Working in Avondale, Christchruch in 2012

SVA Working in Avondale, Christchruch in 2012

Students mobilising to clean up Christchurch

The SVA was founded in 2010 following the devastating Christchurch earthquakes. 11,000 people were mobilised and a team of students from the University of Canterbury coordinated the clean up of Christchurch.  We have collated research, photos, interviews and opinions here for you to use. Please contact us on office@volunteerarmy.org for more information. 

 

Concert goers partying after their 4 hours of service! 

Concert goers partying after their 4 hours of service! 

The Concert, Thanks to Skinny Mobile

We wanted to prove that young people can be mobilised outside a disaster. Together with Skinny Mobile and more than 200 other supporters we produced a concert where time, not money purchased a ticket; 4+ hours of volunteer time purchased a ticket to the show creating 50,000 hours of service! 

 

Young people from around the world join Christchurch residents to share their experiences from disasters and create action plans to increase resilience at the Looking Beyond Disaster UNESCO Youth Forum in 2012. 

Young people from around the world join Christchurch residents to share their experiences from disasters and create action plans to increase resilience at the Looking Beyond Disaster UNESCO Youth Forum in 2012. 

Supporting young people before and after crisis 

Our unique approach to disaster risk reduction is working with younger people; co-creating a basic structure and teaching crisis leadership skills to empower them to make a difference locally.  

Our values drive our contribution to disasters. We believe in humbly serving others and work alongside locals in both disaster preparedness, response and recovery. 

We were inspired to begin this work in Colombia at the IAVE World Volunteer Youth Conference in 2011, and as a result have spent countless hours sharing our lessons in leadership and crisis management with governments, corporations, conference goers, community groups and - our favourite - other young people around the world. 

We have been humbled to work alongside and learn from organisations like UNESCO, UNISDR, IAVE, The Red Cross, World Vision; together with the countless smaller organisations, schools and universities we work closely with. 

We are presently working on a downloadable crisis leadership program that we hope to launch later this year, but if you are interested in learning to run your own disaster resilience workshop please see "Look Beyond Disasters" and check out the LBD Toolkit; your step-by-step guide to mobilising people to make a difference to disasters. http://www.lbdtoolkit.org/