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Student army founder Sam Johnson to lead discussion at Canterbury Uni about ‘volun-tourism’ in Christchurch

Submitted by on April 14, 2016 – 4:00 am
Visit of Prince Harry Wales to UC 12.5.15. Photographs taken by Paul Daly showing Harry's arrival and departure at UC and being welcomed by John Wood, Chancellor, VC Rod Carr, Lianne Dalziel, Mayor Chch, talking to the Student Army Exec, and leaving.

Visit of Prince Harry Wales to UC 12.5.15.
Photographs taken by Paul Daly showing Harry’s arrival and departure at UC and being welcomed by John Wood, Chancellor, VC Rod Carr, Lianne Dalziel, Mayor Chch, talking to the Student Army Exec, and leaving.

In the next UC Connect public lecture, University of Canterbury Adjunct Fellow, 2012 Young New Zealander of the Year and UC Student Volunteer Army founder Sam Johnson will lead a discussion with current UC Student Volunteer Army (UC SVA) team members on the potential of creating a “volun-tourism” program to better engage tourists in the rebuild of the city.

 

This inspirational, thought-provoking discussion, Volun-tourism aiding the Christchurch Rebuild, will draw on lessons learned from the UC SVA movement in Christchurch and around the world, and invite the audience’s views on how we can catalyse stronger engagement from visitors to Christchurch.

 

“I’m interested in creative ways to keep tourists in town for longer. Volunteer service creates a lifetime emotional connection to a place and could bring significant value; imagine what a ‘Tourist Volunteer Army’ could achieve in Christchurch in the next five years?” says Johnson.

 

Sam Johnson is a social entrepreneur focused on community building and leadership, who regularly works with non-profit organisations, corporate groups and government agencies on community mobilisation strategies. The UC SVA founder continues to work on activating the wider Volunteer Army movement around the world, as well as supporting the 23 active UC SVA leaders in Christchurch in building the future of the SVA.

 

UC Connect public lecture, Volun-tourism aiding the Christchurch Rebuild, 7pmWednesday 13 April, C1, Ilam campus of the University of Canterbury.

 

Please register to attend:  www.canterbury.ac.nz/ucconnect

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