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Community Ambassador


Rural Youth and Adult Literacy Trust






All Towns

  • Do you live in a rural community?
  • Do you love talking to people?
  • Do you enjoy working within your local community?
  • Would you like to help teenagers and adults in your community who struggle with the basics of reading and writing?

Over 1 in 10 New Zealanders struggle to read and write. Living with low literacy impacts so many aspects of life including health, finances, employment opportunities, wellbeing and self-esteem. By providing access to improving literacy through 1:1 in person and online coaching to those who need it, RYALT changes lives and makes a real and lasting difference in each student's life.

They are seeking local ambassadors:

  • to represent their work and purpose in your rural community
  • to help spread the word about their free services
  • to help build and maintain relationships with local organisations and people
  • to distribute posters, leaflets (or telling RYALT where to send them)
  • to attend community network meetings and events to network
  • to report back to the Community Coordinator once a month about your activities
  • to organise volunteer get togethers to provide opportunities for them to connect with each other

More awareness of services and opportunities will help low literacy youth and adults in all communities reach their potential.

This opportunity is flexible and a comprehensive training and ongoing support is provided. You can request for help at any time. You will also be part of a community of Regional Ambassadors who will share their experiences and give each other support.


  • Applicants must be at least 16 years old to apply.
  • Outgoing person with strong communication skills and enjoys talking to people
  • To have knowledge of, or be willing to learn about literacy issues
  • Have understanding and empathy for those who are preliterate and how literacy can change lives
  • Able to take the initiative, self-manage and be an ideas person
  • To be passionate about your local community and local people
  • Be able to commit to for up to 4 hours a month (hours are not fixed)

Time commitment

Up to 4 hours a month (hours not fixed).

This volunteer role offers flexibility but is more suited to a long term commitment and therefore not suitable for people who are looking for employment. However, we do have various short term roles available.

Getting started

The first step is to express your interest by filling out the form below. We will then put you in touch directly with the organisation for more information on the role and how to proceed.

Ref: 2498

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