Limited Service Volunteer (LSV)
Information for people interested in the Limited Service Volunteer (LSV) programme
LSV is a six-week hands-on motivational and training programme for young people run by the New Zealand Defence Force on behalf of Work and Income. You will improve your job prospects, increase your confidence, and make new friends while living at a military camp during the course.
What is LSV?
The Limited Service Volunteer (LSV) programme is a fun, hands-on and challenging six week training course. The free course runs in military camps in Burnham (Christchurch) and Hobsonville (Auckland).
LSV gives you new skills, increases your confidence, and improves your chances of getting a job. You’ll meet new people while you team up and take part in a whole range of indoor and outdoor activities.
LSV is a learning camp – not a boot camp. Are you ready for the challenge?
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What you do on the course
The course provides you with life skills, motivation, learning and job options while you do challenging physical activities and have fun. You will learn self-discipline, how to take charge of your future and look for work.
LSV staff will provide support and guidance as role models, coaches and mentors. You will learn how to push yourself and push your limits.
LSV motivational training includes outdoor recreational activities that promote team work, self confidence and self achievement. There is a strong emphasis on working together as a team and the discipline it takes to achieve this. As the training takes place in a military setting and uses military facilities you will need to comply with service laws, customs and regulations.
The range of exciting outdoor and indoor activities are huge.
- Regular fitness training
- First aid training
- Interview skills and an updated CV
- Basic financial and budgeting skills
- Rock climbing and abseiling
- High ropes course
- Connecting with employers and employment opportunities.
How will taking part help you?
- get job ready
- have improved leadership and communications skills
- form common bonds with people your own age and can make friends for life
- get physically fit and your general health should improve
- develop your self-esteem and self-discipline
- work as a team and meet new people
- be confident and motivated
- be able to confidently talk and meet with employers.
All this done in a fun and adventurous environment.
At the end of your course you will graduate in front of your friends and family. You will feel proud and want to do great things with your life. You will have set positive goals and have a desire to succeed.
You will also receive certificates and references outlining your new skills.
Who can go on the course – to take charge of their future
LSV is not compulsory. It’s a voluntary programme but once you’re accepted and start, you are expected to take part in everything.
“Your life will change. My life is changing now. It’s just starting and I’m really loving it.”
Megan Fitisimanu LSV participant
“The important thing is to take action. For me it gives me a good sense of purpose – about who I am, what I want to do and the direction I want to take.”
John Werahiko LSV participant
LSV is for young people aged from 17 to 25 years old receiving a benefit from Work and Income.
You must be:
- actively engaged with us in looking or preparing for work
- in good health and physically able to complete intensive outdoor activities
- able to meet the minimum New Zealand Defence Force security requirements.
Applicants under 18 years
LSV will consider applications from 17 year old clients on a case by case basis. If you’re younger than 17 you can’t apply.
How much does it cost
The course is free but you’ll need some money to meet the cost of basic items, such as toiletries etc. The New Zealand Defence Force in partnership with us will also cover the costs of getting you there and back home again.
How to take part in LSV
Talk to Work and Income. They can give you all the details.
You’ll need to be:
- registered with Work and Income
- aged from 18 to 25 years (17 year olds can be considered)
- healthy and physically able to take part in outdoor activities
- able to meet minimum New Zealand Defence Force security requirements.
What happens to your benefit?
You’ll continue to receive full benefit payments while you’re on the course. Remember, the six week LSV programme is free. It will cost you nothing while you are there.
How to apply
If you think this sounds like you, or you want to learn more about LSV, contact us to make an appointment.