The newly established New Zealand Red Cross club at the University of Auckland (UoA Red) were excited to volunteer as guides and mentors for a group of recently arrived former refugee youth to Aotearoa. 

Our team of eight gathered at Britomart where we met the young people and set off on an Amazing Race-style challenge.The race took us to new and unexpected places like the Auckland War Memorial Museum, on a ferry to the Devonport Library to register for a library card, catching a bus to the Lamborghini store and walking through the university where volunteers could share what we study and hear about their aspirations. 

To conclude the day we shared a meal together, traded stories about the new things we learnd, and then finished off at the bowling alley.

I would use to describe my first experience being a red cross volunteer as rewarding. It’s a special moment when you witness others’ eyes light up and become overcome with joy and excitement when experiencing something for the first time. It really is a magical moment and I’m super grateful to New Zealand Red Cross and UoA Red to be a part of the experience.

We are excited to welcome new recruits to UoA Red. We are a group of talented, motivated people looking to do our part to help the community. The group is focused around three core objectives: develop meaningful interpersonal relationships and a sense of belonging under a common goal; promote awareness campaigns on important issues for the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement; and seek out opportunities to serve the community.

Do you attend the University of Auckland? You can get involved by contacting our Youth Engagement Advisor at, or find out more about volunteering opportunities here