Victoria University of Wellington has many opportunities outside the classroom for you to get involved with sustainable initiatives.
Wellington Plus is the University’s service and leadership development programme. It enables you to give back to your community and gain skills to impress employers.
There are also plenty of opportunities to participate in sustainability-related activities, from volunteering with community groups and tree planting to attending workshops.
Wellington International Leadership Programme (WILP)
If you’re interested in developing your knowledge and skillset in other countries and cultures, and keen to kick-start an internationally focused career, WILP is an ideal way to get involved.
Several of the topics covered in the WILP seminars, speaker events and experiential activities that relate to sustainability overseas.
The University’s CareerHub is an online system that provides you with all you need to know about job seeking, career planning and graduate recruitment.
It also has listings of volunteer opportunities and events on campus—many of which are related to sustainability.
Green Impact Te Herenga Waka Students
Network for students doing the Green Impact programme or wanting to connect with the sustainability office team.
The Victoria University of Wellington Students’ Association (VUWSA) are strong advocates for sustainability. A Wellbeing and Sustainability Officer is elected to the executive every year. VUWSA also delivers services including free inter-campus bus passes, a community pantry and a student garden. They also actively campaign for students on sustainability issues including fairer public transport fares and putting in place a warrant of fitness for rental housing.
Clubs and societies
University Clubs gives you the opportunity to get involved in the club community on our campuses.
There are several clubs to suit students with an interest in sustainability:
- Climate Clinic
We welcome students of all academic backgrounds to seek diverse and intersectional approaches to combat the climate crisis faced by humankind.
- Conservation Biology
The conservation biology chapter provides local projects for students and staff and supports local community projects.
- Forest and Bird Youth Wellington
Forest and Bird Youth is a national network of young people aged 14–25 years, interested in taking action to support the environment.
- Generation Zero—Victoria branch
Generation Zero is a nationwide, youth-led organisation that works to promote solutions to climate change.
We are students who support Green Party initiatives and values and work for good green change.
- Hūnuku - Community Bike Workshop
We have bike tools and help, open to anyone keen to fix their bike, learn how or help others.
Kirk, KK121. Check Facebook for opening times.
Promotes op-shopping and sustainable fashion through awesome social events and charity work.
- Plastic Diet
Plastic Diet is a youth-led organisation dedicated to reducing single-use plastic waste and consumption.
- Roots and Shoots
Roots & Shoots was founded by Dr. Jane Goodall and empowers people of all ages to participate in sustainability projects with positive impacts for animals, people and the environment. Visit us on Facebook for more information.
- UN Youth New Zealand
We create amazing opportunities for youth to express themselves, learn about the United Nations and provide positive solutions for their future.
We aim to create a non-judgemental space for like-minded people to get together and share ideas, experiences, advice and recipes.
- Victoria Development Society
We are an open platform inviting people to be educated, motivated and challenged on international development, poverty, human rights and environmental issues.