Limited Service Volunteer (LSV)

Get a fresh start and the tools to get a job with the Limited Service Volunteer (LSV) course.


“If you want to improve your life, be more motivated and find a job, then LSV is one of the best courses you can do.”

Jacob, 2018 LSV graduate

What is LSV?

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LSV is a free 6-week training course.

You'll meet new people and take part in a range of activities to:

  • increase your confidence
  • earn NZQA credits
  • learn new skills
  • get fit and healthy
  • be proud of yourself.

Employers value the skills LSV gives you.

It's a live-in course based in either:

  • Auckland
  • Wellington, or
  • Christchurch.

It's run by New Zealand Defence Force and supported by people wanting to work with you, including Police.

We'll support you before, during and after graduating from the course.

Watch a video about LSV

Find out about LSV and what it can do for you.

Watch a video about the LSV course
  • Who can go on the course

    To take part in LSV, you need to:

    • be 18 to 24
    • be in good health so you can take part in outdoor activities.

    You don't have to be getting payments from us to go on the course.

    If you're 17

    We'll consider your application on a case-by-case basis.

  • What you do on the course

    No two days are the same, but here's an idea of what you'll do in a day.




    Wake up, get ready for the day


    Breakfast and morning routine


    Adventure course


    Life skills




    Job skills


    Meet employers and hear what's important to them




    Cultural training


    Night routine/personal time


    Lights out

  • What you'll get out of the course

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    • have an awesome experience
    • be determined to improve the things in life you want to change
    • get new skills and new friends
    • have a CV, certificates and be motivated to get a job
    • make yourself and others proud.

    After the course, we'll help you to find work, further training or to study.


    "LSV helps find direction in your life. You grow so much and feel so proud to be who you are."

    Maia, 2019 LSV graduate

  • Course dates for 2020


    Start date

    End date

    27 January 7 March
    3 August 12 September
    12 October 21 November


    Start date

    End date

    19 October 28 November


    Start date

    End date

    24 August 3 October
    27 October 5 December
  • How much it costs

    The course is voluntary and it's free.

    • We'll sort travel to get you to the course and back home again.
    • You'll get clothes, a bed and lots of food while you're on the course.
    • We can help you get anything on the gear list that you don't already have.
  • How to apply for LSV

    Step 1 - Complete the application form

    The application form has 2 parts:

    • an application to apply for the course
    • a police vetting form.

    You'll need your:

    • personal details, eg, name, address, date of birth
    • client number (if you have one)
    • community services card (if you have one)
    • emergency contact details
    • driver's licence (if you have one).

    Need help to complete the application form

    If you need help to complete the application form, tell us your name and contact details in the 'Enquire about LSV' form and someone will give you a call.

    Step 2 - We'll call you

    We'll call you within the next day or so between 9am-5pm to talk about:

    • the LSV programme
    • the application process
    • any questions you have.

    Step 3 - Get a medical check

    You'll need to get a medical check.

    We'll talk to you about how to do this (and we'll pay for it).

    Step 4 - We'll let you know the final decision

    The New Zealand Defence Force will make the final decision if you're accepted on the course. This can take up to 6 weeks.

    We'll keep in touch with you to let you know how things are going and what the final decision is.

    What happens to your payments

    If you're getting payments from us, you'll continue to get them while you're on the course.

  • Hear from people who have been on the course

    Head and shoulders photo of LSV graduate, Maia

    Maia, 2019 LSV graduate

    Maia went from struggling to find direction in life, to getting a great job and feeling proud.

    Head and shoulders photo of Jacob, an LSV graduate

    Jacob, 2018 LSV graduate

    New confidence and new skills gave Jacob the fresh start he wanted.

  • More information

    If you want more information about the Limited Service Volunteer course, complete the 'Enquire about LSV' form.

    We'll call you within the next day or so between 9am-5pm to talk about:

    • the LSV programme
    • the application process
    • any questions you have.