Volunteer Opportunities

Our volunteers have as much fun as the kids!

Got skills and experience? We can use ’em! Want skills and experience? We can build ’em!

Why be a YMCA OSCAR or Breakaway volunteer?

You’ll work as part of a team, alongside experienced staff. You’ll get involved with the kids, manage your group, role model positive attitude and have lots of fun!


  • Looks great on your CV
  • Counts towards community service projects and Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • Awesome leadership experience – employers and universities love this!

What our volunteers are saying: “I love being a YMCA volunteer — staff are nice & supportive, the activities are  awesome, and I really enjoy working with the kids. Heaps of fun!”

  • All the cool activities you do on the programmes are FREE
  • Lots of training, support & development for you
  • Flexible times: ½ day, whole day or all week – we can work around your schedule!



YMCA OSCAR and Breakaway volunteers are:

  • at least 16 years old
  • available during the Primary and Secondary School holiday periods
  • willing to attend training & fill out some paperwork
  • able to get to the OSCAR and Breakaway sites in Timaru (Timaru South School / Mountainview High School) and the YMCA offices in Ashburton (Tancred Street Mall)

If this sounds like you, contact us today about these great volunteer/leadership opportunities.