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 to name some. This project will be enjoyed by all who have a love for the outdoors, who are environmentally concerned and up for a challenge. The South Island is one of 2 locations in New Zealand that volunteers can choose to work at, the second location being the North Island. Although the start location is Christchurch, volunteers can choose to transfer directly to more rural locations around Punakaiki, where the natural environment can be truly appreciated..
Why choose this project?
- Become a responsible global citizen and understand the impact of climate change and pollution.
- End the suffering of species and habitat loss as well as environmental degradation.
- Work as part of a team and discover the beauty of New Zealand North Island in a unique context.
Role of the volunteer
On this project, you will rotate every one to two weeks around different projects on the South Island. As a result, you will gain a well-rounded experience, giving you the opportunity to work on a variety of conservation activities and projects. Volunteers work in groups of 6 to 10 and are assigned projects upon arrival. Conservation work depends on seasonal conditions and conservation priorities at the time of your placement.
Examples of projects on the South Island include:
- Habitat restoration of coastal land including tree planting, seed collection and weed removal. Punakaiki is home to the world-famous Pancake Rocks, and provides a wonderful opportunity to explore this unique coastal landscape.
- Improving habitats at a Kiwi Sanctuary in Paparoa Range.
- Working on wetlands and glacial areas near Franz Joseph and Fox Glaciers.
Get your hands dirty and enjoy working as part of a team on essential conservation work in the beautiful South Island.
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 and 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 work on projects aiming to reduce environmental degradation
To preserve and restore New Zealand’s natural beauty
Work in a spectacularly beautiful location
The South Island is less populated than the North Island, and well-known for its beautiful coastline and adventure opportunities. During your project time, you will be located at the project site mainly located in a rural area in the top half of the Island. If travel is a priority, then add on some time for personal travel after your volunteering placement to visit the many wonderful landscapes the South Island has to offer. If you are a thrill-seeker then activities such as glacier walking on either Fox or Franz Joseph Glaciers, jet-boating in Queenstown or canyoning in Abel Tasman National Park should be appealing. For those of you looking for something a little more relaxed, then explore the Maori culture by visiting the weekend markets in Nelson, join a whale watching trip in Kaikoura or enjoy a hot pool at Hanmer Springs. Whatever your interest, New Zealand South Island will have something for you to do, so ensure to build on travel time to your volunteering adventure.
Details & Costs
- Duration: 1+ week (4 weeks minimum is recommended)
- Cost: £682 / $1194 for 1 week
£900 / $1576 for 2 weeks
£275 / $482 per each extra week
Deposit of £180 / $315 to confirm your placement
- Requirements: age 18+
- Location: various locations on the South 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 all year round. Closed for 2 weeks over Christmas / 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 a day and weekends. Volunteers help in the preparation of food.
- Training: orientation and training
- 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 completed 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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