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, it is just the place for anyone looking for adventure and the adrenalin rush of outdoor sports on an overseas work placement. We have placements throughout the country in some wonderful schools and outdoor activity facilities for a memorable gap year. Volunteering in New Zealand offers something for everyone!
New Zealand Placement Roles
If you're looking for a few more home comforts compared to outdoor placements, then volunteering in a boarding school might be more your thing. Food & onsite accommodation is included during term time, when you will gain valuable work experience helping teachers in the classroom, supervising pupils with homework and organising extra-curricular activities. AND you have all those holidays to go and explore this amazing country!
Outdoor Activities Instructor
New Zealand is famous for its amazing scenery and outdoor life style, so volunteering as an Outdoor Activity Instructor is a perfect way of to immerse yourself in the Kiwi way of life! If you are adventurous & sporty, enjoy camping, meeting lots of people & being around children, then these placements could well be for you! This is an amazing opportunity to help others develop their independence and adventurous skills, as well as your own!
What To Expect
Our teaching assistant roles in New Zealand are mostly in boarding schools. You could be working in a large boarding school for girls in the Hawkes Bay region of North Island, helping students in small learning groups and assisting teachers with lunchtime or extra-curricular activities. Life in a New Zealand 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 are 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.
A typical working week would be Monday to Friday 8.40am-3.20pm, as well as working extra hours outside of the classroom, bringing your weekly total to 40 hours. You would also have the opportunity to tailor your duties around your interests, as volunteers will generally be relied upon to help with many extra-curricular activities: You could use your sports prowess out on the field or artistic skills to help with drama, music and art clubs. For the willing volunteer there will always be lots of activities to get involved with!
If you decide to opt for an outdoor activity instructor role, you could find yourself volunteering in a camp which hosts schools and community groups in the Wellington region. In this placement you would also work 40 hours per week, usually between 8am-5pm, and would be involved in instructing activities (full training provided), helping with maintenance, working in the kitchen and contributing to cleaning duties. This kind of placement would suit a volunteer who enjoys communal living, meeting lots of people and being around children.
Accommodation, food and allowance
Those in a school can have their own room in the boarding house or a flat provided by the school which is usually shared with another volunteer and/or staff. Those in day schools will live with a host family. At outdoor camps, accommodation and food is provided by the camp or centre. Accommodation varies from place to place but it is comfortable. If a volunteer goes on expeditions you will be camping.
Each placement will provide a weekly allowance and food or an allowance that includes food costs.
Is it for me?
New Zealand rewards those with a “can do” attitude. You will be expected to throw yourself into all aspects of school 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.
Need to know
- Pre departure briefing: all volunteers are invited to a group briefing prior to departure.
- On arrival: volunteers attend a 2-3 day orientation before placements commence.
Free Time & Travel
Volunteers in New Zealand, Aotearoa as the Maori call it, are spoilt for choice when it comes to things to do. Sheep may outnumber people, but do not be fooled by New Zealand’s sparse population density into thinking that you will have nothing to do during your free time. Kiwis are renowned for their warm and outgoing disposition, and the chances are your social calendar will be full in no time.
If you do find time outside of your social commitments, the country offers a wide range of opportunities to sample outdoor activities under breath-taking scenery. New Zealand is the birthplace of bungee jumping and adrenaline seekers will also find abundant opportunities to try out black-water rafting, zorbing and skydiving.
In the evenings and at weekends when you have free time, volunteers are encouraged to make the most of nearby amenities such as theatres, wineries, skiing facilities, restaurants and fishing.
Past volunteers have also found time to venture west to climb the unforgettable Fox Glacier.
Aside from these attractions, New Zealand boasts beaches, mountains, fiords, native forests and thermal regions.
There are also 10 major wine growing regions, where you can sample (arguably) the world’s best Sauvignon Blanc.
And no placement in New Zealand is complete until you have witnessed first-hand the country’s passion for rugby: Join a local club, or just watch from the stands and let yourself get carried away by the atmosphere.
As part of the placement the following is provided:
- In depth matching process to align your skills and interests with a placement that really suits you
- Assigned Volunteer Coordinator to help with all your pre-departure advice and guidance
- Links with returned volunteers
- Relevant DBS/police check fees
- Advice on obtaining a Visa
- Pre-departure briefing
- Airport pickup on arrival
- Accommodation for the duration of stay in New Zealand
- Food provided by host (may not be included during school holidays)
- Weekly allowance (provided by your placement)
- In-country orientation as part of country programme network of international Lattitude volunteers
- Day to day support from your placement host and a member of staff as your mentor
- 24/7 support from Lattitude, including in-country support from local reps and the Lattitude Country Manager
- Focus on your personal volunteer learning and development
- Returned Volunteer follow up and Debrief Event
- Opportunity to join the Lattitude Alumni Association
- Certificate of completion and references (on request)
- £25 application fee
- International Flights
- Onward travel to placement (if applicable)
- Travel insurance
- Inoculations (if applicable)
- Pocket Money for weekends/holidays/post-placement travel
As a charity we always recommend our volunteers fundraise to help meet the costs involved in volunteering overseas. In many ways it is part of the whole experience. For more information and fundraising ideas please click here.
Planning your trip
We always recommend applying as early as possible in order to secure your place.
Please note that the application deadline is the last possible time allowed to get an application form in that allows us enough time to match volunteers and begin sorting out visas.
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|School Assistant||6 or 11 Months||January 2019||1st October 2018||Waiting list|
|School Assistant||6 or 11 Months||July 2019||30th April 2019||Spaces Available|
|Outdoor Activity Instructor||8 months||August 2019||30th April 2019||Spaces Available|
“I can honestly say, I’d go back to New Zealand like a shot. Becoming a part of a new place is indescribable, all I can say is – I had the time of my life, when can I go back?”Elenor, Schools Assistant