Volunteers and paradise-seekers alike favor the natural playground that is New Zealand. With everything from extreme mountains to coastal farmlands, volunteers here are in love with the landscape of this amazing island country. Because of its remote location, it was one of the last places on earth to be settled by humans. Most of New Zealand’s population is of European descent, while the indigenous Māori are the largest minority group. New Zealanders describe their culture as relaxed and casual, but with a passion for social welfare. They depend on good weather for their exports, and because most of the country lies near the coast, plenty of sunshine, mild temperatures and moderate rainfall are usually in the forecast.
As a volunteer in New Zealand, you will be hosted by ACVE, ICYE’s New Zealander partner organization. Each year ACVE welcomes 50 volunteers from around the world to share their skills and experience life in New Zealand.
Volunteers may work on cow, horse, or sheep farms. Volunteers live with the family on the farm – a great opportunity to experience a very different lifestyle. Daily tasks may include feeding and moving animals, milking cows, driving a tractor or a motorbike, and other outdoor activities. Prepare to get dirty!
Volunteers can work with the mentally-handicapped, the elderly, disabled children, or disabled adults. Duties at these projects range from laundry to kitchen work, housework, caregiving, providing companionship for the residents, and helping out wherever needed.
Volunteers are part of teams that restore, replant, and maintain the local environment. Volunteers will also help to educate surrounding communities about the environmental situation in which they are living. Some environmental projects will involve working with the native animals of New Zealand.
New Zealand’s natural beauty is very popular in the film industry. Take the opportunity to visit the locations where films like the Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Chronicles of Narnia, and the Hobbit Trilogy were filmed. Who knows, you could even stumble upon a crew who is out there that is filming a new movie.
The Maori are the indigenous people of New Zealand and have inhabited the island for over 1000 years. There are numerous opportunities for you to experience the Maori culture, one example is watching the Maori war dance, The Haka, be performed. The dance is used to welcome honored guests at ceremonies or to celebrate special occasions. You can also see beautiful carvings, woven baskets and mats, or cloaks made of feathers and decorative threads which are typically only worn by chiefs.
The people if New Zealand are very passionate about rugby, especially their team, the All Blacks. Go to one of the rugby games and see what all the buzz is about! If you like what you see, then make sure to go to one of the biggest rugby events in New Zealand, the Hertz Sevens Rugby Tournament. Fans go crazy at this tournament and dress up as various characters from Superman to blue Avatars. Along with the rugby games, there are also DJs and live performances that take place during this tournament, making it an unforgettable experience for any fan.
Auckland is New Zealand’s largest city. There are opportunities for you to explore that natural beauty of Auckland by hiking through the neighboring rainforest, or visiting the black sand beaches. You can also visit the tallest man made structure in New Zealand, the Sky Tower. Go to the top of the tower and see the city of Auckland shrink as you look down upon it.
United Planet Quests are designed to be immersive, authentic, comprehensive and provide you everything you’ll need to succeed. The program elements allow you to engage fully with a new culture, forge strong relationships, and challenge yourself. Most importantly, we partner with the community to ensure your experience will be important, relevant and helpful to the community you serve.
|Start Date||6 month fee||1 year fee||Early Bird Deposit Deadline||Regular Deposit Deadline|
|August 2016||$10,195||$13,495||Monday, March 21, 2016||Monday, May 23, 2016|
|January 2017||$10,195||$13,495||Friday, August 12, 2016||Friday, September 16, 2016|
We want you to succeed. That means having in place the support our volunteers need. We don’t just drop you in country and hope for the best. We provide training before you leave … language exposure … 24/7 in-country support … support for your host family … accommodations, meals and airport transportation … activities and excursions. The whole idea is to make the experience successful and productive for you and the host community, and we have found that these things are crucial. Remember that we are a non-profit, mission-driven organization – we wouldn’t spend money on something that wasn’t important.