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New Zealand Conservation Experience

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Agency | GoEco

Participate in important conservation work in beautiful New Zealand! Learn about an amazing country and help out practically with environmental conservation.

The project takes place in various locations around New Zealand.  New Zealand offers a peaceful atmosphere, and a wide array of wildlife unique to the region.  Projects based on the North Island depart from Auckland or Wellington, while projects in the South depart from Christchurch. This project offers a fun and friendly opportunity to contribute, in a practical way, to the conservation of the unique New Zealand environment and thus, to help and protect the ecosystem for the long run.


About the Project
This project is perfect for nature lovers looking to explore New Zealand. The local organization boasts more than 2000 ongoing conservation projects throughout Australia and New Zealand, and is happy to welcome volunteers from around the world to assist their efforts. 

There is no set project location, as it contains various locations throughout New Zealand. Each weekend, groups of 10 volunteers depart from meeting points in major cities in New Zealand to their project sites. Most projects include challenging physical work and provide both long lasting friendships, and central knowledge about wildlife in the region. 

The projects offer volunteers the opportunity to contribute in a practical way to conservation of the environment.

Typical day

The projects involves:
  • Tree planting
  • Erosion and salinity control
  • Seed collection
  • Construction and maintenance of walking tracks
  • Endangered flora and fauna surveys
  • Weed control
  • Habitat restoration
  • Heritage restoration
Working hours and days: 
Volunteers generally spend one or two weeks at each project site. Project hours are generally from 8am to 4pm. Projects take place in both urban and rural areas. Be prepared for the weather - different parts of the country can be very hot or cold, so you'll need appropriate clothing (and sleeping bag) for the climate in the area you've chosen to visit.

Free-time activities

Travel around New Zealand before or after your project and enjoy the impressive views and see the unique wildlife. The large cities in New Zealand offer various cuisines, nightlife, and cultural experiences.

Water Sports
Swimming
Concert/Music
Diving/Snorkling
Climbing
Hiking
Museum/Opera

Program Requirements

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s).
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Love of the outdoors and be interested in the environment. Also you should be of good physical fitness, as volunteering can be quite exhausting.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 16:00

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Groups

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Included in the fees are the accommodation, the food in form of 2-3 meals per day, our local in-country team and 24 hour emergency support as well as the project-related transportation. 

Furthermore, a comprehensive travel health insurance with volunteer abroad coverage is included. You will also receive a pre-departure kit with the full project details as well as all necessary training and introductions provided upon arrival.

Accommodation

Since we are going to be at various locations throughout New Zealand, our provided accommodation can be one of the following depending on the location we are at:

  • Caravans
  • Hostels
  • Shearer's Quarters
  • Bunkhouses
  • Camping

Dorm Room Youth Hostel Camping
Food & Beverages

Food and drinks will be supplied and everyone helps with cooking, cleaning, and washing up. Dietary requirements such as vegetarian or vegan can be catered for - just remember to let the project organizers know when you arrive.

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees. An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Christchurch International Airport (CHC) in Christchurch. We assist you to find cheap flights to New Zealand.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for New Zealand provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in New Zealand you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for New Zealand.
Costs (Prices in USD)
2 weeks (min. stay)
$1,110.00
3 weeks
$1,500.00
4 weeks
$1,875.00
5 weeks
$2,260.00
6 weeks
$2,640.00
7 weeks
$3,000.00
8 weeks (max. stay)
$3,420.00
Average fees
$491.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Christchurch/New Zealand between 2 weeks and 8 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. GoEco will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in New Zealand.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with GoEco during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
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