The Distance Volunteers are a network of current, experienced distance students who are willing to be part of a contact network for Massey University distance students, and work towards building a sense of community within regions.
Our mission: To deliver local support to distance students and develop a sense of community within regions through volunteers who have extensive study experience.
“To provide a ‘watering hole’ (Thornberg, 1996) – an informal environment where students gather at a central source to discuss information and create meaning with their peers.”
(Quoted from “In their own words”, a Massey University research report, by Shillington et.al. p.95)
What can distance students expect from a DVA?
- Provide tips on studying by distance
- Offer information regarding both Massey University services and local services that support student success
- Help co-ordinate and plan occasional regional events for distance students
- Refer students to the Distance Advocate when concerns or challenges are experienced
What Distance Volunteer Advocates do:
- They are a contact point for distance students in their own localities (see contact details below)
- As experienced distance learners, DVAs share their experiences to help distance students, particularly first timers, at a local level
- They arrange social networking mini-events, like coffee groups and post-exam celebrations
- They support and/or initiate local study groups
If you are interested in joining our team please go to this page for a complete role description and expression of interest form.
Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/203499936868471/
Hi fellow distance students,
My name is Tina and I am one of the Distance Volunteers and look after the Auckland City Region. This means I am excited to bring more of us together so we can share tips, tricks and advise for the life of a distant student. I can also help with guiding you to some of Massey’s awesome student services. Or we can just have a korero! A little bit about me: I currently do part-time postgraduate study in workplace psychology with the aim to become a registered psychologist. At the same time, I work full-time as a management consultant.I will organise some events for us to get together around the Central Auckland area but feel free to contact me with any questions or suggestions at any time. There is a Facebook group to connect virtually or you can email me. I am looking forward to meeting you all in person!
Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/WaikatoDistanceStudentsMassey
I’m Pip, I’m a Master of Arts student at Massey, and this is my second year studying by distance. Learning off campus has been a really positive experience, allowing me to fit study around other commitments whilst still chasing down big goals. At the same time, I’ve often thought how great it’d be to meet other students nearby, share experiences and lend support where needed.
So, here I am – happy to help where possible or just to have a chat about your studies.
Phone: 021 183 5786
Phone: 021 263 2637
Phone: 06 356 9099 extn 86180
Phone: 022 128 4180
Phone: 022 021 2033
I have completed the Graduate Diploma in Health & Safety and currently completing a Certificate of Proficiency (Health) doing papers that relate to where I am working and what is coming to the fore in the workplace. I have been doing Health & Safety for the last 9 years, working mainly in the health care sector with other Health & Safety work (on the side) around construction, transport and logistics sectors. I’ve learnt work safe can supply a wealth of knowledge if you ask the right questions. I’m always looking for new challenges as that’s how you grow as a person. My best study tip is to get ahead with assignments, as life can throw curve balls and this way you can end up submitting on time and not needing extensions thereby lowing stress levels.
Phone: 027 270 30343
Hi I’m Jamily Anderson and am currently studying towards a bachelor in Accounting, while working part-time and looking after my three kids (7,11,16). All this makes for a very busy life, but also an understanding of what pressures there are for distance students while they study towards their goals. As DVA, I am here to help bring together distance students in the Westcoast area so that we all have someone to listen and make things seem less isolated. Extramural study can feel lonely, but it doesn’t have to. Please contact me on the de4tails above to find out about events happening near you.
Phone: 04 141 05655
Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/315330178891300/