Our volunteer training happens every year in the fall. Our intake for volunteer applicants happens in September. Applications are now closed for 2017 the training. Please read the information below before completing the application form (linked at the bottom of the page). If you have questions, please get in touch with the volunteer coordinator: .
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.
Training Dates for 2017
The 2017 Volunteer Training will be held on Tues & Thurs eves and some Saturdays starting Sept 28th until Nov 4th.
Every Tuesday eve from 5:30 – 8:30 pm (Oct 3th, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st )
Every Thursday eve from 5:30 – 8:30 pm (Sept 28th, Oct 5th, Oct 12th, Oct 19th, Oct 26th, Nov 2nd)
Three Saturdays from 10:30 am – 3:30 pm (Sept 30th, Oct 28th, Nov 4th)
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 from late September 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 runs from late September to early 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.
AVP strives to be as accessible as possible but acknowledge we are far from being truly accessible. If you have specific accessibility needs not addressed below please contact us to discuss.
- Applications can be submitted online or in person
- Many buses are close by and bus tickets available at each session and can be mailed prior to first session
- Coloring, fidgeting, knitting, etc during workshop times encouraged if it’s helpful for you
- Self-care encouraged
- Childcare upon request
- Transcription services upon request
- Gender-inclusive washrooms
- Volunteer training will be taking place in 2 different locations – the Upper Lounge and Vertigo both located on the main floor of the Student Union Building
- Training rooms are large in size and are mostly quiet but can be echoey and have lower levels of background noise including a fan
- There will be chairs without arms available in each of the rooms
- Wheelchair accessible training spaces and washrooms – please contact u s for more specific information such as door widths.
- The Student Union Building is a designated scent-free space, however we are using shared spaces for training and cannot guarantee no residual scents will be present
- 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 2017 AVP Volunteer Training Application form (see links below) which includes two references and submit it by 11 AM, Sept 18, 2017. 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.
Application form links
- Fillable form in rtf format – can be opened with most word processing software including Open Office, Word, Text Edit, Libre Office
- PDF format (to be printed and completed manually)
If another format is needed please email or call 250.721.8080 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~