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Volunteering opportunity for University of Waikato students

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Hundreds of students are set to inundate voluntary agencies at University of Waikato this week.

Ten agencies including Red Cross, the Refugee Orientation Trust and Waikato Ethnic Family Services Trust are coming on to the Hamilton campus this week, building their volunteer teams. A hundred students signed up within a hour of registrations opening. As of xxx on this morning, over X-hundred have signed up.

One of them is Sagar Kochhar, who is already working with Habitat for Humanity. He says it makes him feel amazing. "I really connect with their mission for a world where everyone has a decent place to live." After the Christchurch terrorist attack, a lot of discussion has been about creating a more positive society. Sagar says that’s part of what they’re doing, as well. "We’re creating awareness about how people can connect with their families and others."

Apart from the direct rewards of volunteering, there are flow-on benefits for students in terms of work experience, and skill building. The volunteer agencies get a warm welcome, and a very engaged audienced, already keen to step up and help out.

The event is part of the Employability Plus Programme, which gives University of Waikato students the opportunity to gain work-ready skills through volunteer activity, university participation, and attending workshops.

A similar event will be held at University of Waikato’s Tauranga Campus later this year.

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