Get Involved

What you can do

When you see injustice and hardship in our neighbouring countries world we hope you share our commitment to acting to help.  UnionAID supports working people, organising together and advocating for better work and a better world.

You can support UnionAID’s project partners to do this important work by becoming a Kiwi Solidarity donor.  This is a monthly donation that goes straight to our partner projects, helping them get the resources they need to build unions, cooperatives and deliver skills training for working people. 

Become a Kiwi Solidarity Donor

Donor Promise

As a UnionAID donor you will receive:
  • Regular updates about our partner organisations.
  • Early invitations to events including the Peter Conway Memorial Lecture
  • An annual tax receipt which you can use to claim back 33.33% of your donation from IRD.
Why Choose UnionAID?
  • Our projects are identified and implemented by grassroots partner organisations who understand the context and need of the communities they are a part of.
  • You are supporting democratic, worker led organisations that empower working people to make decisions for themselves and their families. 
  • Our partners are growing the capacity of their communities, so the work they do can have long lasting impacts and lead to sustainable, fair development and a fairer world. 
  • Most of our administration costs are met by supporting unions meaning more of your donation makes its way to working people in Asia and the Pacific. 


Join our Action Committee

Volunteer input helps drive our fundraising and project work, meaning your donations go further. UnionAID’s Action Committee of volunteers meet every month to plan and run fundraising events and provide input to UnionAID’s projects and reporting. The Action Committee is made up of volunteers who share our union and social justice values and give their time to this cause.

Young Leaders Programmes

UnionAID manages three leadership programmes for young civil society and NGO leaders based in Mindanao, the Philippines, East Indonesia and Myanmar. The students travel to from their homes to Auckland (INSPIRASI Indonesia Young Leaders) and Wellington (Myanmar and Mindanao Young Leaders) to learn about democracy, good governance, Te Tiriti o Waitangi, gender justice, environmental management and much more.

Interested in Hosting a Young Leader?

Our young leaders are selected from a wide range of community and non-government organisations in their home countries, and a diversity of backgrounds. Host families have the opportunity to engage with and learn from the programmes' participants and are invited to join special events and activities.

Hosts must live in Auckland or Wellington, have good access to public transport, and be able to provide a separate bedroom, breakfast and an evening meal. You also need to be open and willing to share your home with a young person from a different background, religion and culture than your own.

Find out more about hosting a young leader here…

Special Interest Mentors

A key part of our young leader programmes is special interest mentorship. Mentors are preferably experts in their subject areas and provide an opportunity for students to explore a particular interest in depth. They put together a special interest reading list, schedule visits to relevant organisations and support young leaders to critically explore this topic.

Special interest topics are identified by the young leaders themselves and in the past have included eco-tourism, women’s rights, waste and recycling, developing youth leadership, indigenous development and many more…

Find out more about volunteering here…

Are you a young civil society or NGO leader based in East Indonesia, Myanmar or Mindanao, the Philippines?

Find out more about our leadership programmes, including the most recent prospectus and the application process here...