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New Zealand Volunteer Quest
Volunteer in New Zealand: 6 or 12 months
What makes a United Planet Long-term Quest unique?
United Planet’s Quest volunteer abroad programs are 100 % cultural immersion experiences. Long-term Quest volunteer opportunities begin in August and January of each year and are available to U.S. and Canadian residents of all ages and skill levels.
All Quests include:
- Personalized attention and ongoing support from Coordinators
- Extensive pre-departure training and in-country orientation
- Local home stays or on-site lodging options
We have no doubt it will be life-changing and provide lasting memories. Read on for more detailed information about volunteer opportunities in New Zealand.
Seen a Lord of the Rings movie lately? If so, you’ll recognize New Zealand’s beautiful landscapes from scenes in the epic trilogy, including vast mountain chains, steaming volcanoes, sweeping coastlines, deeply indented fjords and lush rainforests. As opposed to many other English-speaking outposts the world over, the Maori culture of the indigenous people of New Zealand is still visible and celebrated in this small country full of character. There is much to discover, learn and explore in New Zealand! We hope you like rugby, the national sport.
United Planet and the ICYE Federation
For six months to one year, you can experience a life-changing program in one of over 30 countries across the globe. United Planet is the U.S. and Canadian member of the International Cultural Youth Exchange (ICYE) Federation , founded in 1949. Through their vast network and 60 years of experience, United Planet and ICYE offer a wide range of programs for volunteers from around the world.
Who can apply?
Volunteers must be 18 years of age to volunteer in New Zealand. United Planet can send volunteers who are citizens of the United States and Canada or those who are currently living in the U.S. and Canada. Citizens and residents of other countries must contact the ICYE partner in their home country. United Planet can send people from any country to our Short-term Quest locations for 1-12 week programs. Some of our short-term volunteer placements can be extended for longer stays. Please contact us for more information about volunteering with United Planet.
Volunteer Opportunities in New Zealand
United Planet currently offers social volunteer opportunities in different locations in partnership with local organizations in New Zealand.
Internships in New Zealand now available! Read more.
What's Included and Program Details
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Quest Program Briefs
Social work projects
Volunteers are part of teams that work at restoring, replanting and maintaining the local environment. Volunteers will also help with educating the community that they live in as well as the wider community about the environmental situation in which they are working. Some environmental projects will involve working with the native animals of New Zealand.
Volunteers in New Zealand live with host families. When not available, an independent living situation may be arranged.
Learn about the application deadlines and program fees for this Long-term Quest.
Three Easy Steps to Apply
Questions about applying?
Call one of our friendly regional Quest coordinators today. We will walk you step-by-step through the application process and answer any questions you may have.
Step 1: Choose your Quest. Contact us at any time for help! We'd love to talk to you. Email or call 1-800-292-2316.
Step 2: Enroll online. Please fill in the enrollment form. Then reserve your spot with a deposit (which will be credited toward your program fee).
Step 3: Meet your Quest coordinator and iron out the details. Once you've applied, your United Planet coordinator will contact you, and arrange a phone session to talk about your Quest of interest. THANKS!