SEEK Volunteer’s vision is to connect more people to volunteering opportunities that enrich their communities, lives and careers. 

In the last 12 months, SEEK Volunteer continued to grow its impact across New Zealand. Given the challenges presented by COVID-19, it was pleasing to see both interest and connections of people to volunteer opportunities continue to grow. SEEK Volunteer measures these by visits to the site and the number of people who submit an expression of interest form. The following insights relate to 1 July 2020 – 30 June 2021. 

Who is interested in volunteering and what are they interested in?

SEEK Volunteer connected 12,107 people to volunteer opportunities, this is up 9% when compared to the previous year. 

The top 5 causes that people expressed interested in were – 

  1. Community Service
  2. Health 
  3. Young People 
  4. Environment and Conservation  
  5. Education and Training 

Interest in ‘Health’ related volunteer opportunities grew the most, with an increase in expressions of interest up by 26% compared to the previous year. 

34% of expressions of interest were from people under the age of 24 years old, 33% from those aged between 25-34 years old and 14% from those aged between 34-44 years old. This highlights the strength that SEEK Volunteer has in attracting younger volunteers. 

Females continued the trend of accounting for a large majority (76%) of all EOI’s.

What was on offer to those who wanted to volunteer?  

SEEK Volunteer had 204 new organisations register to use the platform to recruit volunteers, this is an increase of 16%. The top 3 regions these organisations were from included Auckland (72), Wellington (47) and Canterbury (26). 

Over the course of the year, 1,971 unique volunteer opportunities were advertised. The volume of opportunities at any single point in time stayed quite consistent sitting just below 1,000. 

The top 5 categories looking for volunteers were – 

  1. Community Service
  2. Young People 
  3. Health 
  4. Environment and Conservation  
  5. Disability Services 

Volunteer opportunities supporting ‘Young People’ was the biggest growing category with a 126% increase in volume. 

There was an increase in remote and online volunteer opportunities, with 4% of all opportunities available to be undertaken remotely. 

What’s next for SEEK Volunteer?

SEEK Volunteer experienced a 26% increase in visits this year. To capitalise on this growing interest, SEEK Volunteer is working hard to increase the volume and breadth of volunteer opportunities available to prospective volunteers. 

If you are interested in learning more about how SEEK Volunteer can help you recruit volunteers, please contact the team at: