A great opportunity to help out in our community and to become a Refugee Support Volunteer (RSV) is coming up. The role is to support a UN-quota refugee family during their first 3 months of resettlement in Hamilton: setting up a house, introducing the new arrivals to NZ culture, assisting them with doctor’s registrations, school enrolments, finding their way around their new community etc. More information on our website: https://www.redcross.org.nz/what-we-do/in-new-zealand/refugee-programmes/volunteer-help-former-refugees/


A free training course with the Red Cross starts on Tuesday, 14th March to prepare volunteers for the refugees arriving in Hamilton in April. In five training sessions, you hear about the refugee experience and how we can help with resettlement in Hamilton.

The schedule is as follows:


Tuesday, 14th March,

Tuesday, 21st March,

Tuesday, 28th March,

Tuesday, 4th April and

Tuesday, 11th April.


Timing: For all five sessions you can choose to come either in the morning from 9:30am-12:30pm or in the evening from 6-9pm.

Location: NZ Red Cross building on 422 Te Rapa Road.

Document : Volunteer Info Sheet


If you are interested and available to support a refugee family for at least 3 months (up to six), please contact Hana Schmidt via email: Hana.Schmidt@redcross.org.nz or phone/text at 027 8012022.

If you live too far from Hamilton and it wouldn’t work for you to be a Refugee Support Volunteer, please contact Hana to ask for the information sheet “Other ways to help Refugees”.