Volunteer in New Zealand

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  • About

    Volunteer abroad projects in New Zealand focus mainly on the preservation and conservation of the natural environment. Surrounded by the natural and beautiful environment of New Zealand it is difficult for a volunteer not to be passionate about protecting our planet.

    New Zealand, home to the Lord of the Rings trilogy, has some of the world's most unique delights, from natural springs to boiling mud baths. Volunteers there will have opportunities to swim with dolphins, ski majestic mountain ranges and dance the haka with traditional Maori warriors. This magical country will give volunteers an experience they will never forget, in an environment they will want to preserve and save from the harm of our industrial world.

    Once you volunteer there, New Zealand is undoubtedly going to become one of your favorite places in the entire world, especially if you establish yourself in a place where you can truly engrain yourself in the local culture.

    The country, from its snow-capped peaks to its bubbling hot springs, is filled with stunning landscapes, but even more impressive is the easy-going nature of the locals. Kiwis, as New Zealanders refer to themselves, are truly welcoming, life-loving people. There is so much to experience in New Zealand that I suggest you start planning your trip as soon as possible.

  • Project Types
    Environmental

    The beautiful New Zealand landscape turned from pristine wilderness to land beset with environmental issues very quickly with the arrival of humans. Help bring the country closer to its natural state. Projects include invasive species removal; protection and rehabilitation of landscape; providing food and shelter for endangered species; and educating community members in sustainability and natural conservation.

    Social Work

    With clashes between Maori people and Europeans still abounding today, social issues can take a serious toll on the people of New Zealand. Volunteering for organizations working with the intellectually handicapped, elderly people, disabled children and adults is rewarding in and of itself and offers an opportunity to learn about New Zealand history and culture from those who lived it. Duties include laundry, kitchen work, care giving, and companionship.

    Work Exchanges

    Exchange several hours of work per day for free accommodation and food at farm stays, ranch stays, lodges, Bed and Breakfasts, backpacker hostels, and sailboats. This is a great way to travel on a budget while giving back to a country that can give a traveller so much. Interested? Well, we've got a whole article dedicated to tips and tricks to work exchanges abroad.

  • Health & Safety

    New Zealand is a safe and an easy place to volunteer. Crime rates are low and decreasing. There are no predatory animals and very few poisonous insects. In fact, New Zealand natives and visitors create their own dangers by participating in adventurous activities such as bungee jumping, hiking (tramping), sky diving, Zorbing and many more.

    When participating in such extreme sports always inform someone of your whereabouts and itinerary, bring a buddy, and check all safety equipment before use.

    No vaccines are needed to travel to New Zealand. US citizens do not require a visa for a stay of up to 90 days. The climate is temperate, though wide ranging between the north and the south.

    Contributed by Leah Weisman

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  • ISV
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    As a volunteer in New Zealand with International Student Volunteers (ISV), you have the opportunity to protect and...
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  • GVN
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    This week long Be The Change Course is designed to take your idea or dream and give you the skills and confidence you need...
    23 reviews
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    This program has been rated exceedingly supportive by 5+ reviewers.
  • IVHQ
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    IVHQ New Zealand is based in the harbour city of Auckland, New Zealand's largest city. IVHQ New Zealand offers unique and...
  • FANZ SCUBA Diving
    Carpe Diem Education
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    You will journey to a Fijian village to participate in community-based volunteering while living with a local family. Here...
    12 reviews
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  • New Zealand and Australia Semester gap year program with Pacific Discovery
    Pacific Discovery
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    Get in touch with your adventurous side and experience two of the most ecologically diverse countries in the world: New...
    30 reviews
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  • Mountains in New Zealand
    Travellers Worldwide
    You'll have a diverse exposure to this sport by coaching, training and playing with an excellent Tennis Club, and also...
    1 reviews
  • Beaches of New Zealand
    Conservation Volunteers
    Join Conservation Volunteers in New Zealand for a variety of volunteer projects. Conservation Volunteers offers a unique...
    2 reviews
  • Travellers Worldwide
    Join us in this wonderful project in Auckland, New Zealand and care for children with cerebral palsy. Cerebral Palsy is a...
    1 reviews
  • Global Works
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    On this program, we SCUBA Dive Fiji's coral reefs, explore the world famous Waitomo caves, surf at New Zealand's famous...
    3 reviews
  • Travellers Worldwide
    Join us in this incredible project in Auckland, New Zealand! You will assist in teaching refugee children from...
  • Travellers Worldwide
    In this project, located in the largest city of New Zealand, you will be involved with children from various backgrounds....
  • Volunteers at the Pupu Rangi Nature Sanctuary
    Pupu Rangi Nature Sanctuary
    Join our unique volunteer program that combines conservation work with sightseeing of the spectacular Kauri Coast, New...
  • Beautiful views of New Zealand
    Kaya Volunteers
    Join one of Kaya's unique volunteer programs in New Zealand and help preserve this pristine environment for generations to...
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    Lattitude Global Volunteering
    PROGRAM OVERVIEW SCHOOL EDUCATION The majority of the placements in New Zealand are based in schools. Every single school in...
  • Conservation Volunteers
    Working Abroad Projects
    Volunteer in nearly 20 locations across Australia and New Zealand and get involved in a range of conservation projects...