We encourage people of all genders and abilities to apply. Our volunteer training is open to students and community members; you do not have to be a UVic student to apply for our training. We provide all volunteers with information about gender-based violence and also about intersecting forms of violence, about prevention, support and outreach. Volunteering with us is an opportunity to contribute to community on and off campus, be involved in activism, learn a range of skills, and meet like-minded folks and form lasting friendships. Download our application form (PDF)
Benefits of Volunteering
- Gain or utilize analysis, knowledge, and awareness of gender-based and sexualized violence and the forms it takes
- Gain skills to support and empower survivors and allies
- Join a team of people committed to creating change on personal, community, institutional, and systemic levels
- Learn about and utilize anti-oppressive and decolonizing practice in relation to anti-violence work
- Experience personal development and growth
- Receive approx 40 hours of training, including support, bystander intervention, violence prevention, and sex-positive education skills
- Participate in ongoing training sessions throughout the year
- Regular volunteer appreciation events
- A written reference on request
- Opportunities to be involved in campus life and community events as representatives of the Anti.Violence.Project
- Meet other liked-minded individuals and form lasting friendships.
- Available approx 40 hours in October to early November
- Commit to volunteering an average of 1-3 hours/week from November to April
- Have a open and respectful attitude
- Have an intersectional feminist and anti-oppressive appreciation or alliance
- Have willingness for self-reflection and accountability
- Have willingness to unlearn oppressive behaviours and challenge own assumptions
- Have good interpersonal skills and/or willingness to receive feedback
- Be comfortable working in a group setting
- Have supports available in your life, as volunteering can be challenging
- Be comfortable working with diverse populations (people of all genders and sexual orientations, people from various cultural backgrounds, people who have caused harm, men)
- Respect people’s rights regarding contraceptive choice and reproductive freedom
- Be “scent-free” during training and while volunteering
Volunteer Training – An Overview
After reviewing applications we may interview short-listed applicants as we only have 20 training spots available. We then invite successful candidates to attend our extensive and informative volunteer training that spans the month of October and possibly one week in to November (approx 30-40 hours). Topics covered in training include: colonization, sexualized violence and consent, bystander intervention, sex positivity and desire, gender beyond the binary, and self and community care. AVP’s training is done from an anti-colonial, intersectional framework
We will conclude the training by having an exit interview to confirm that the volunteer and AVP’s work are a good fit. We ask volunteers to commit to working with AVP throughout the Fall and Spring term for an average 1 – 3 hr/week in various available volunteer roles which include: supporting survivors, allies, and offenders seeking crisis support and referrals, outreach initiatives that may include peer education, engaging groups through activities and table displays, research projects, writing blog posts or book reviews, helping with administration tasks, and facilitating workshops. We also collaborate and volunteer with many groups to commemorate, celebrate, resist, and protest in the form of marches, cultural events and gatherings, joint conferences or workshops.
Training Dates for 2016
Required: Every Tuesday in October from 5:30-8:30 (Oct 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th); the first Thursday (Oct 6th) from 5:30-8:30; and every other Saturday (Oct 1st, 15, 29) during the day.
Optional: Thursday evenings (Oct 13th, 20th, 27th, Nov 3) from 5:30-8:30; Tuesday Nov 1st from 5:30-8:30; Sat Nov 5th (day)
AVP strives to be as accessible as possible but acknowledge we are far from being truly accessible
- Bus tickets available at each session and can be mailed prior to first session
- Childcare upon request
- Transcription or ASL services upon request
- Gender-inclusive washrooms
- Volunteer training will be taking place in a total of 3 different locations – the basement of the SUB, Vertigo, and the SUB Upper Lounge
- Most training is on the main floor & there is an elevator to the lower floor
- Training rooms vary in size and are mostly quiet but some have lower levels of background noise
- There will be chairs with no arms available in each of the rooms
- Wheelchair accessible training spaces and washrooms – please check out our website for more specific information such as door widths. We’re in the process of gathering this information so pls do contact us if it’s not posted and you need it.
- Participants are required to be scent-free. The SUB (Student Union Bldg) is a designated scent-free space, however we cannot guarantee who has been in the space before us as we are using shared spaces for training
- We strive to only use video with captioning
- Food will be provided via potluck style with contributions from participants and AVP – there is no requirement to bring food
- AVP has volunteer tasks that can be done from home but we currently have no way to make training available online. If you have ideas on how this might work pls do contact us. We’re excited to push our learning.
Connect with us about accessibility
We’d love to know what your accessibility needs are and how we can make this training accessible to you. Please contact trish at 250.721.8080 or with questions, comments, or concerns.
Application, interview and reference checks
All volunteers are required to complete the 2016 AVP Volunteer Training Application (PDF) form which includes two references and submit it by Sept 19, 2016. After reviewing applications and contacting references, AVP staff will conduct interviews with selected individuals. Each year, AVP accepts a maximum of twenty volunteers, including volunteers returning from the previous school year.
The application form is posted here in PDF format but if you require an electronically fillable document for accessibility, pls email or call 250.721.8080 and we can send you a Word doc. If another format is needed pls let us know and we’ll do our best to meet your awesome needs!
We’re really excited to work and play with you this coming year!
~The AVP team~