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!
Outdoor Activities Instructor
If you are adventurous and sporty, enjoy camping, meeting lots of people and 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!
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.