Limited Service Volunteer
The Limited Service Volunteer (LSV) course is an intensive 6 week residential course providing life skills to unemployed young people aged between 18-25. Trainees are volunteers who apply through Work and Income and are subject to medical and police checks.
In addition to NZDF staff, LSV courses also utilise specialist staff to provide instruction on a wide range of life skills like budgeting and the job application and interview process.
Each LSV course has a NZ Police liaison office assigned. Social workers and other specialist staff are also available to support the trainees during the course.
In the 6 week period they are on the course, the trainees have little free time. The trainees undergo an intensive programme of lectures, workshops and physical activities designed to develop core values of respect, team work and trust which boost self esteem and self confidence.
Since 2010 over 3,500 trainees have completed the LSV course.
Additional information on the scheme is available on the Ministry of Social Development website.
Applying for the LSV course
If you are interested in applying for a LSV course, please visit the Work and Income LSV page.