Aotearoa, “the Land of the Long White Cloud”, New Zealand is justly famous for its stunning scenery and dramatic landscape, featured so prominently in the Lord of the Rings films. Friendly, welcoming and laid back, New Zealand is the place for anyone looking for adventure and the adrenaline rush of outdoor sports. We have placements throughout the country in some wonderful schools and outdoor camps.
School Assistant (July and January) placements involve working in boarding schools supervising the pupils with their homework, assisting them in the boarding house, helping teachers in the classroom and organizing extra-curricular activities. Life as a volunteer in a boarding school is not a 9-5 existence as you may be asked to supervise in the early mornings, ensuring the dorms are tidy and the students ready for breakfast. In the evenings you might be asked to assist with prep and supervise extra-curricular activities. The same is true of weekend duty when you may take pupils on outings.
We have some Outdoor Camp Assistant (August) placements in a variety of camps. Duties include assisting groups of young campers with the various skills and activities (rope-climbing, canoeing, kayaking, swimming, hiking, camping, archery). Some experience and skill in these activities is needed. You will also be required to help with camp maintenance and
Food and Accommodation is provided for and volunteers stay on-site at either the boarding school or camp they are working at. Volunteers are also given a weekly allowance of roughly $100. This is NOT a wage but is meant to cove day to day expenses (transport, toiletries, extra food). Please note that the amount varies from host to host.
Is it for me?
New Zealand rewards volunteers with a proactive attitude. You will be expected to throw yourself into all aspects of school or camp life and be positive, friendly and helpful to the staff and students you are working with. The schools will want to make the most of whatever skills you can bring them, be that in sports, music, art, drama or academically.
North island placements are located in Pukekohe, Hamilton, New Plymouth, Stratford, Wanganui, Masterton, Napier, Hastings, Upper Hutt, Marton, Feilding and Palmerston North.
The south island placements are in Nelson, Christchurch, Timaru, Oamaru, Gore and Dunedin.
Volunteers have the opportunity to travel within New Zealand or further afield to Australia or the Pacific islands during holidays and after their placement.
For those seeking a real adrenaline rush, New Zealand offers almost unlimited opportunities and excitement. There’s skydiving, bungee jumping, white water rafting, skiing, whale watching, zorbing, canyoning, horse riding - the list is endless!
For those looking for a calmer experience, some volunteers choose to relax in geothermal pools found in Rotorua or watch penguins in Picton.