Volunteer in New Zealand and get involved in vital environmental conservation projects. This project focuses on preserving and restoring New Zealand’s unique, natural beauty. Volunteers will take part in varied activities which may include: environmental monitoring, heritage restoration, tree planting, endangered species protection and disaster relief. This project will be enjoyed by all who have a love for the outdoors, who are environmentally concerned and who are up for a challenge. Although the start location is Auckland, volunteers can choose to transfer to more rural locations, around Hamilton, where the natural environment can be truly appreciated.
Why choose this project?
The need for us to become responsible global citizens is getting bigger and bigger. All over the world the impact of environmental issues, such as climate change and pollution, are being felt. New Zealand boasts varied landscapes, including: subtropical forests, volcanic plateaus,vast plains, glaciers, sandy beaches and rugged mountains. Unfortunately, these fragile environments are suffering species loss, habitat loss and environmental degradation due to climatic instability and negative human impacts. Deforestation and natural disasters are also common in the North Island.
Role of the volunteer
On this project, you will rotate every one- two weeks to different areas around the North Island, giving you the opportunity to work on a variety of conservation activities. Volunteers work in groups of 6-10 and are assigned their projects upon arrival. The reason for this being that the conservation work depends on seasonal conditions and conservation priorities at the time of the volunteer’s arrival.
Examples of projects on the North Island include:
- Planting trees in locations like Tawharanui Regional Park as part of ongoing restoration of this incredible landscape. This has allowed many endangered birds to be reintroduced, including the rare, iconic and flightless New Zealand Kiwi.
- Improving habitats through planting and weeding in Lake Serpentine for rare birds and fish, such as bitterns, patekes and mudfishs. This project focuses on restoring globally rare peat lakes in the Waikato area.
- Boosting biodiversity and providing additional habitats for native birds by removing exotic weeds, which threaten to swamp native plants on the North Shore of Lucas Creek, Auckland
- Doing track work to keep access to the interior open, controlling exotic plants, and (depending on the season) planting at the Hunua Ranges Regional Park. This project also involves habitat restoration for Dotterels, an endangered bird species, on shell banks at Duder Regional Park.
There are no specific skills required to participate in these projects, but you must have a love for the outdoors. Volunteers should be prepared to live and work as a member of a team. A positive attitude is essential. We also advise that you have a reasonable level of fitness in order to take part in all activities.
WHY JOIN THE PROJECT
To help counteract negative human impact on the environment
Work in a breathtaking location.
To become a responsible global citizen.
The North Island has plenty of rivers, volcanic regions, secluded beaches, tall forests, rainforests and rural landscapes. Some projects take place in and around Auckland, nicknamed the ‘City of Sails’, as it lies between two picturesque harbours surrounded by sandy beaches and beautiful islands. The city itself has plenty of parks and gardens to explore in your free time, plus plenty of cafes and shops.
Other projects take place across the North Island, in and around Hamilton. This is the country’s largest inland city, set in the green and lush heart of ‘Lord of the Rings’ film country. Recently, more projects have been taking place in Wellington, which is the capital of New Zealand.
Details & Costs
- Duration: 1 – 24 weeks (4 weeks minimum is recommended)
- Cost: £682 / $1194 for 2 weeks
Deposit of £180 / $2350 is required to confirm your placement.
- Requirements: age 18+
- Location: various locations on the North Island, New Zealand
- Project activities: tree planting, walking trail construction, wildlife surveys, seed collection, weed control, conservation fencing, heritage restoration and disaster relief (varies by location and time of year)
- Working hours: Monday – Friday, 8am-4pm
- Project availability: projects start every Friday. Project closed for 2 weeks over Christmas and New Year.
- Arrival day: Friday before 11 AM
What is included
- Accommodation: shared rooms in caravans, hostels, bunk houses, shearer’s quarters or camping (tents are provided)
- Food: 3 meals per day and weekends. Volunteers help in the preparation of food.
- Training: orientation and training upon arrival
- Support: 24 hour support from on-site coordinator and project leaders
- Wildlife guidebook and map of location
- Certificate of appreciation; optional conservation volunteer certificate available (at additional cost if volunteers have done 40+ hours)
- Volunteer ID card with special offers and discounts
- All project-related travel
What is not included
- Airport pick up/drop off or travel to starting points.
Easy 3-step application process
APPLY ONLINE Click here to apply online and pay your deposit to secure your space on your chosen project. Our advisors will then contact you to guide you through the next steps.
TELEPHONE INTERVIEW Once we’ve received your application, we’ll be in touch to arrange your informal telephone interview with your Kaya Placement Advisor.
GET PREPARED When you’ve been accepted onto your project we’ll send you your Welcome Pack and lots of other helpful information to assist you with preparing for your placement.
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