vanaf 900€

Buitengewoon 4.9rating (7)

Native Forest Conservation Helper

location
2 - 26 weken  ·  Leeftijd 18 - 50+

rating  Buitengewoon 4.9  · 
  Geverifieerd door Volunteer World
  Matig Responsgraad

Highlights

  • Experience living in a rain forest
  • Learn how to protect endangered species
  • Connect with like-minded people
  • Live off grid in a sustainable way

Vooral geschikt voor

Leeftijd 18+
Alleenstaanden
Koppels
Groepen

Over het programma

Join us to help protect this beautiful jungle-like forest and to create a safe environment for the kiwi!

You are thinking of coming to New Zealand attracted by the amazing landscapes, never-ending beaches, blue skies, soaring mountains, and green forests. You like nature and seek respite from the crowded city. You sometimes wonder what simple life is like, living off-the-grid, maybe? You want to do ...

Over het programma

You are thinking of coming to New Zealand attracted by the amazing landscapes, never-ending beaches, blue skies, soaring mountains, and green forests. You like nature and seek respite from the crowded city. You sometimes wonder what simple life is like, living off-the-grid, maybe? You want to do something meaningful with your hands and see the result of your work.

You should come and join us!

What you can expect

The Pupu Rangi Nature Sanctuary welcomes you to this place of learning: about the forest and its creatures, about conservation, about what is important in life, and about yourself. You will be challenged on many fronts: living off-the-grid, working in a dense rainforest forest, questioning the need for many of the things that we take for granted. You will meet people from various countries and different backgrounds and together with them you will experience something that is rare these days: the expanse of an uncharted forest which you and your fellow volunteers will help preserve.

While at the sanctuary you will have the opportunity to learn about different aspects of life (living in tune with nature, discovering what is really important to you, what other cultures value most), to get some practical skills (planning, setting priorities, using creativity to find solutions within the available means), to learn about New Zealand native species and the different ways to protect it, to understand what it takes to live in a sustainable way, and to explore the attractions in the surrounding region. Body and mind will both be exercised and enriched.

The program

This program has three components: the conservation work that we do in the forest, the manual work that we do around the sanctuary, and the sightseeing that we do around the region.

The conservation tasks that we perform in our sanctuary and on the behalf of the Department of Conservation are performed at a professional level, and you will receive the training necessary to reach the required high standard. 

Throughout your stay you will learn and practice the basic navigational skills and tools required to operate in the dense rainforest. While working with us, you will realize the vast amount of work that happens behind the scenes to ensure that the New Zealand forest stays healthy. You will also learn the meaning of sustainability through observation and practice. The opportunities to learn are endless and we are keen to teach those that show interest.

Volunteer work

Some of the tasks that you will complete are:

  • cutting and marking tracks
  • installing, refilling, and monitoring bait stations
  • installing and monitoring traps
  • kiwi, kokako, and rodent monitoring
  • seed collection
  • weed control and planting of native plants
  • data entry

The manual work part of the program refers mostly to the activities that we have to perform to maintain and enhance the living area. It is most likely that most of the tasks that you will have to perform will be new to you. We will train you and you will use your creativity and previous skills to find ways of completing the tasks.

Tasks include:

  • weeding and maintaining the herb garden
  • building maintenance tasks (i.e. painting walls, setting up walls)
  • landscaping
  • chopping wood
  • general help around the place

Previous volunteers helped us paint the accommodation buildings, start a herb garden, paved a patio area, built sheds, erected fences, and built an outdoor bath.

Every month, week, and day has its own target tasks to complete be it monitoring, track cutting, or some facility improvement. In general, we aim to find a balance between the conservation and maintenance tasks.

The third component of the program consists of the relaxation activities that are so important to recharge one's batteries. We believe that it is important for each volunteer to see the extent of their contribution in the wider context of the Kauri Coast region. We are also proud of the beauty of this land and it will be our pleasure to share it with you. 

At night we might go on a safari looking for kiwi, these three hour night walks are an amazing opportunity to hear the sounds of the forest and let the stars guide us. Sometimes we also go deep in our forest to visit the glowworms that live near one of the waterfalls. There is nothing as magic as sitting in the dark by the creek and watch the tiny blue lights of these amazing creatures. One day a week we head to the lakes for some swimming or SUP practice, or we head for a long beach walk (or mountain climb), or we visit the amazing two thousand year old Tane Mahuta - the oldest and biggest tree in New Zealand.


Dagelijkse activiteiten

Typical Day at Work 

  • 8am - 9am breakfast
  • 9am - 10am cleanup
  • 10am - 12pm morning working activity
  • 12pm - 1pm lunch/picnic
  • 1pm - 4pm afternoon working activity
  • 4pm - 6pm leisure activities (free time)
  • 6pm - 8pm dinner
  • 8pm - 10pm leisure activities (sunset watching, dusk bird chorus, and/or searching for ...

Dagelijkse activiteiten

Typical Day at Work 

  • 8am - 9am breakfast
  • 9am - 10am cleanup
  • 10am - 12pm morning working activity
  • 12pm - 1pm lunch/picnic
  • 1pm - 4pm afternoon working activity
  • 4pm - 6pm leisure activities (free time)
  • 6pm - 8pm dinner
  • 8pm - 10pm leisure activities (sunset watching, dusk bird chorus, and/or searching for kiwis on a night safari) 
Each working morning, depending on the weather, we clarify which tasks will be performed for the day. As a rule of thumb: if it is windy, we go in the forest (where there is protection and warmth), if it is calm, we stay in the living area. We always work in a group for safety and for the pleasure of each other's company.

Please note that Monday is a day off. Depending on the weather, we will pick a day during the week during which we will go sightseeing around the region. 


Vrijetijdsactiviteiten

Due to our remote location, there are no opportunities to go to town or to the cinema during the free time. However, we have a cinema on site!

During the free time, the volunteers are encouraged to explore our forest. 

We always eat together and sometimes we invite the DOC rangers or the neighbours ...

Vrijetijdsactiviteiten

Due to our remote location, there are no opportunities to go to town or to the cinema during the free time. However, we have a cinema on site!

During the free time, the volunteers are encouraged to explore our forest. 

We always eat together and sometimes we invite the DOC rangers or the neighbours for dinner. At night we can organize a movie night in our recreational room. 

Monday is always a free day and the volunteers might have the opportunity to relax around the sanctuary.

One day a week, we will head out on an adventure either to to swim at the nearby Kai Iwi lakes, go for a walk on the beach, or visit the two thousand year old kauri tree that lives close to the sanctuary.


Voorwaarden

Voorwaarden

Minimum leeftijd: 18 jaar

Om deel te nemen aan het programma dien je tenminste 18 jaar oud te zijn op de startdatum van het programma. Er kunnen uitzonderingen gemaakt worden indien je een bewijs van toestemming kan aantonen van uw wettelijke voogd(en) of samen met je ouders deelneemt.

Taalkennis

Je dient over volgende taalkennis te beschikken Engels (gemiddeld niveau)

Vereiste documenten

Letter of Motivation and CV

Nationaliteitsbeperkingen

Geen beperkingen. Helpende handen van over de hele wereld zijn welkom.

Andere vaardigheden

Building skills or outdoor guiding skills will be an asset

Tijdsinzet

Uw helpende hand wordt verwacht op dinsdag, woensdag, donderdag, vrijdag en zondag van 09:00 - 16:00

Diensten ingesloten

Diensten ingesloten

Diensten door Pupu Rangi Nature Sanctuary

The fees include accommodation, meals, training, safety equipment, sightseeing trips around the region (to the lake, beach, etc...), and transfers to/from the closest town (Dargaville).

Volunteers will be responsible for their flight costs, airport transfers, transportation to Dargavile, and accommodation before the start of the program.

Accomodatie

Our facilities are basic but functional. One of the principles behind our sanctuary is to be as kind to the environment as possible. We are off-the-grid and we try to use as little resources as possible. The main facilities (kitchen, showers, dinning room) are housed in recycled shipping containers. We reuse as much second hand material or furniture as we can find. 

The accommodation is in a small cabin and consists of bunk beds. 

Small items can be washed in the sinks and we do a load of washing once a week. The cleaning of the facilities is part of the daily tasks that each participant has to complete.

Please note that we are off the grid and do not have electricity or running water. It is best to work on the assumption that you will be able to charge your mobile phone only once a week. Please note that the use of mobile phones is not allowed between 8am and 4pm (except for taking pictures).

Eten & Drank

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided. Most of the meat that we eat is organic beef, and we also have organic milk, butter, and cheese. We also have honey that was produced from the trees in our forest.

We accommodate vegetarians and gluten free diets. Please note that we are not able to cater to vegans due to the high level of energy required by the participation in our program.

The drinking water is from filtered rain water. Volunteers are encouraged to plan on bringing their own snacks or any non-alchoolic drinks that they will require.

Please note that alcohol is not permitted in the sanctuary.

We are not able to accommodate smokers due to the risk of fire to the forest.

Internet toegang

Beperkte toegang op de project site

Wat is er NIET inbegrepen?

Wat is er NIET inbegrepen?

Afhaal aan de luchthaven op Auckland Airport

Afhaling van de luchthaven is ook niet inbegrepen in de programmakosten.

Vlucht tickets

De dichtste luchthaven is Auckland Airport (AKL) in Auckland. We assisteren u met het vinden van goedkope vluchten naar Nieuw-Zeeland. VIND GOEDKOPE VLUCHTEN

Reisverzekering

Naar het buitenland reizen is een avontuur en het is best om goed voorbereid te zijn. Plots ziek worden of gewond raken, annulaties of diefstal - een reisverzekering voor Nieuw-Zeeland biedt zekerheid en is een meerwaarde. KRIJG EEN OFFERTE

Vaccinaties

Als je de intentie hebt om als vrijwilliger aan de slag te gaan in Nieuw-Zeeland dien je eerst medisch advies in te winnen alvorens je eropuit trekt. Kijk de benodigde vaccinaties na voor Nieuw-Zeeland. VACCINATIE CHECKER

Gegevens over jouw aankomst

The nature sanctuary is open the first Monday in November and the first Monday in April. Due to our remote location, you can join (or leave) the program on Mondays only.

The start dates are on the first and third Monday of every month.

The pick-up time is on Mondays at 16:30 and the drop-off time is on Mondays at 7:00, both in Dargaville, the closest town with public transport


 

Beschikbaarheid
jan. feb. mrt. apr. mei. jun. jul. aug. sep. okt. nov. dec.

Programmakosten

2 weken (min. verblijf) 900€
3 weken 1.400€
4 weken 1.600€
6 weken 2.400€
8 weken 3.000€
26 weken (max. verblijf) 8.000€
Gemiddelde kosten 378€/week

Programmakosten

378€ per week 2 - 26 weken Leeftijd 18 - 50+

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Duurtijd

2 - 26 weken

Waarborg

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Finale betaling

Uw finale betaling zal worden goedgekeurd door Pupu Rangi Nature Sanctuary gedurende de aanmeld procedure. Veel voorkomende oplossingen zijn een banktransfer of contante betaling op de projectsite.


Ontmoet je organisatie

Pupu Rangi Nature Sanctuary

Buitengewoon 4.9 rating (7 beoordelingen)

Agentschap - opgericht in 2008

Geverifieerd door Volunteer World

  Matig Responsgraad

Gepresenteerd door

Octavian

Gesproken talen: Engels

Over de organisatie

An initiative to protect the kiwi and the native New Zealand forest.

Ontmoet je organisatie

About us

The Pupu Rangi Nature Sanctuary is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the protection of New Zealand’s native flora and fauna. Our goal is to protect and extend a vibrant ecosystem while educating others on the importance of conservation. We view ourselves as partners with our volunteers, visitors, community, and the environment.

We are not on the tourist maps and we prefer to focus on the conservation and education aspect of our work rather than on mass tourism. We host a small group of international volunteers that together learn, work, and explore this unique environment.

The location

The Pupu Rangi Nature Sanctuary is located 250km from a crowded city, 50km from the closest supermarket, 2km from the next door neighbour, and at an arm's length from the Milky Way. In our world, seeing two cars in a day is a traffic jam and being able to live in the middle of the forest is the ultimate lifestyle.

Nestled on the slopes of the Tutamoe peak in Northland, New Zealand, the Pupu Rangi Nature Sanctuary consists of 100 hectares of regenerating rainforest. This native forest is classified as having national significance and no logging is allowed within the sanctuary.

The Sanctuary

We are also located within a greater area in which kiwi are present and one of our long-term goals is to establish and maintain a protection area that will support twenty pairs of resident kiwi birds.

Pupu Rangi is home to other native species of trees and birds that have require active protection from introduced pests. Cows, possums, rabbits, and feral goats browse indiscriminately on young plants thus preventing the forest renewal. Possums, stoats, ferrets, and feral cats eat eggs and young bird chicks endangering the native species that are not adapted to the introduced mammalian predators. Through different techniques recommended by the Department of Conservation, we try to keep down the numbers of pests to give the seedlings and the native birds a chance to develop and mature.

Sustainable Living

The sanctuary is named after one of the many fascinating creatures that calls it home: the kauri snail, or, as it is named in Maori, pupurangi.

To minimize the impact on the environment, we chose not to build an ecolodge but rather borrow some tricks from pupurangi's philosophy; all structures are portable and the kitchen, showers, and the dinning hall are set-up in recycled shipping containers. Our tents are suspended from the trees and do not touch at all the forest floor.

The rain water is collected from the roof, filtered, and used for drinking, washing, and showering. We have a small herb garden so we can cook with fresh herbs. The meat that we eat is mostly organic, from cows that graze in our neighbour's paddock. We milk those cows and we also use the milk to make our own cheese, butter, and yoghurt. The honey that we eat is made by bees foraging in the native trees of our forest. We also compost and recycle as much as we possile.

The little electricity that we use is generated by solar panels and by the occasional use of a generator. At night, we dine by candlelight and walk on paths lit by moonlight.

7 beoordelingen · rating4.9

Natalia Chiriatti rating5

2019 at Native Forest Conservation Helper

I had a wonderful time in the Pupu Rangi Nature Sanctuary. I learned a lot about the nature, the species in the forest and the forest itself. I worked with amazing people and Octavian is really kind. There's always a good ambiance in the camp and the landscapes, forests are very ...
Stephen Unknown rating4.8

2015 at Native Forest Conservation Helper

I spent nearly a month at Pupu Rangi and would highly recommend it to anyone who is considering. I learned so much about the history and present day state of New Zealand's ecosystem and really felt like I was able to make a difference. Octavian's passion for the project rubs off on everyone that is ...
Kate Unknown rating5

2015 at Native Forest Conservation Helper

An amazing place to escape from it all and learn about the native plants and animals in NZ. Simple, back-to-basics accommodation with a wonderful host and a great chance to meet like-minded ...
A fantastic host and very accommodating with our plans. We had a great time at Pupu Rangi assisting with getting the place set up for the conservation volunteers. The group was great and the food was excellent. It was good to get a tour through the reserve and see the conservation work that had ...
Yeon Unknown rating5

2015 at Native Forest Conservation Helper

It was great honour for my children and me to be the first South Korean Volunteers for Pupu Rangi Nature Sanctuary. There was no power but extremely pure nature and a very different thinking person! Thanks Octavian for offering awesome ...
Elisabeth Unknown rating4.4

2014 at Native Forest Conservation Helper

It was an awesome experience for me to spend these days in the forest. I learned so much about the New Zealand wildlife and had the opportunity to see a kiwi in real nature, to stand under a 2,000 year old Kauri tree and to see glowworms for the first time in my life. Octavian taught us about the ...

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