Student Volunteer Army (SVA) Event Volunteer


SVA Event Volunteers help carry out SVA projects such as assisting people move house, building animal shelters or walking pets for the SPCA. They participate in at least three projects and carry out a wide range of tasks, including guiding and supporting other participants.

Hours involved in the activity

Up to 3 modules of 12 hours per module.

For every 12 hours of active learning you can claim recognition for one skill and one attribute. NB: opportunities only exist to develop the skills and attributes specified for this activity in the grey areas of the table below. 


Aisling Rayne

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Work readiness skill/Graduate attribute

By actively engaging in this activity, you can claim against one of the pre-determined intersection points detailed below. You should reflect on your experience and select the WRS/GA intersection point that best represents your learning outcome.

  • B1 - Communication - SVA Event Volunteers communicate with students, community organisations and the general public in ways that builds support for SVA project outcomes.  
  • B2 - Initiative and enterprise - SVA Event Volunteers find effective ways to carry out tasks and assist during volunteer efforts for local organisations and communities.
  • B3 - Leadership - SVA Event Volunteers develop the confidence to lead volunteer efforts, and deal with community stakeholders.
  • B4 - Learning - SVA Event Volunteers see areas of self-development that could be improved on and apply what has been learned to different areas.
  • B5 - Planning & Organising - SVA Event Volunteers create clear goals for each project and monitor how the project is going.
  • B6 - Problem Solving - SVA Event Volunteers solve issues that occur while carrying out SVA projects.
  • B7 - Self-Management - SVA Event Volunteers manage their time and commitments while contributing to projects, and present themselves well to the community as SVA representatives.
  • B8 - Teamwork - SVA Event Volunteers work within diverse groups and alongside organisations to carry out and support SVA projects effectively.
  • B9 - Technology - SVA Event Volunteers have the knowledge to solve technical problems.
  • C1 - Communication - SVA Event Volunteers communicate appropriately with many professional organisations, including senior members of these organisations.   
  • C2 - Initiative and enterprise - SVA Event Volunteers will develop creative ideas for new situations.
  • C3 - Leadership - SVA Event Volunteers lead other SVA members at events and effectively coordinate volunteer efforts.
  • C4 - Learning - SVA Event Volunteers develop new skills quickly through involvement in a wide range of projects.
  • C5 - Planning & Organising - SVA Event Volunteers plan resources and prepare for any sudden change.
  • C6 - Problem Solving - SVA Event Volunteers resolve issues that will affect volunteer input and project outcomes, and adapt plans in response to unexpected changes within different settings.
  • C7 - Self-Management - SVA Event Volunteers take responsibility for their own work practice and actively put ideas into action.  
  • C8 - Teamwork - SVA Event Volunteers function effectively within diverse groups and alongside organisations to work towards the outcomes of the SVA project.
  • C9 - Technology - SVA Event Volunteers use computer skills to create projects, selecting the best applications to use to produce particular work.
  • D1 - Communication - SVA Event Volunteers communicate with an overseas organisation and explain thoughts clearly to be better understood. 
  • D2 - Initiative and enterprise - SVA Event Volunteers plan ways to make improvements to usual practice with other language users in mind. 
  • D3 - Leadership - SVA Event Volunteers organise and manage a team by assigning tasks to others to make the most of their skills.
  • D4 - Learning - SVA Event Volunteers know when they need to learn something new such as a new language and cultural tradition. 
  • D5 - Planning & Organising - SVA Event Volunteers coordinate tasks for a range of people.
  • D6 - Problem Solving - SVA Event Volunteers resolve issues for international students. 
  • D7 - Self-Management - SVA Event Volunteers identify skills that could make them more productive when working with other language users. 
  • D8 - Teamwork - SVA Event Volunteers share different ideas within the team about a project. 
  • D9 - Technology - SVA Event Volunteers refer to international sources when identifying which information is the most relevant to the project.
Matrix intersection points for Student Volunteer Army (SVA) Event Volunteers (highlighted in grey)
Co-curricular Record (CCR)

UC Graduate Attributes (GAs)

Bicultural Competence & Confidence Community Engagement Employability Innovation & Enterprise Global Awareness
Work Readiness Skills (WRS) Communication A1 B1 C1 D1
Initiative and enterprise A2 B2 C2 D2
Leadership A3 B3 C3 D3
Learning A4 B4 C4 D4
Planning and organising A5 B5 C5 D5
Problem solving A6 B6 C6 D6
Self-management A7 B7 C7 D7
Teamwork A8 B8 C8 D8
Technology A9 B9 C9 D9

CCR criteria

  • UCSA affiliated
  • Not for academic credit

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