Volunteering Solutions, in association with conservation organizations in New Zealand, has taken up the noble endeavor to save the flora & fauna of the beautiful islands. If you share an innate love for the endangered species and for Mother Nature in general, then the Conservation Volunteering Program in New Zealand would be the perfect choice for you.
New Zealand is a picturesque country located in the southwestern Pacific Ocean consisting of 2 main islands, both marked by volcanoes and glaciers. However, in the last few decades, due to the considerable change in weather and an overall rise in the temperature - the natural beauty of the country has been hugely affected.
It’s through these programs that you’ll get the opportunity to see the real wild nature of New Zealand’s environment, and by helping out with track cutting, pest control, and animal monitoring, you’ll make a lasting contribution to conserving these places and the creatures that live there for years to come. Some of the most popular sites include Long Gully Bush Reserve and Pigeon Bush Reserve.
Whether it’s tree planting in the winter, tree releasing in the spring and summer, or preparing the ground for planting during the autumn, you’ll have lots of fun and always find something new to learn during your volunteering journey in New Zealand.
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Our program is suitable for adult volunteers aged 18 – 70.
This is an active program, and you should be reasonably fit. If at any time you have a concern about your fitness for any activities, please speak to your Team Leader.
You need to declare any pre-existing medical conditions, allergies or injuries when you make your booking. The information you provide is kept in confidence, but it will help us to manage your condition safely. It’s always best to tell us so that we can look after you properly.
In some cases, we may ask you to obtain some further information from your doctor before we can accept your booking.
If we feel that we are not able to accept your booking because we do not think it will be safe for you to take part, we reserve the right to refuse the booking. In this case, we will, of course, give a full refund of any money paid so that you can find an alternative program to join.
No, you will need to make your own way to the meeting point/office which is your starting point. All the meeting points/offices are in reasonably central locations, and we will provide directions to help you get there. You need to plan to arrive at the office by 11 am on Friday morning, and be ready to start your program.
If you are a citizen of the UK or any country which has a visa waiver agreement with New Zealand, you can stay in the country for 3 months without a Visa. However, getting a Visa isn't much of a difficult task. You can simply fill the Online Application form and opt for the Visa. For more information regarding the Visa, you can check here or get in touch with our Program Advisor.
We provide wholesome food based on a typical local diet for the volunteers in New Zealand. Meals are a group activity with all volunteers helping with cooking and cleaning. Meal examples include cereals, toast, tea and coffee for breakfast; sandwiches and fruit for lunch; and meals like pasta, BBQ, curries or stir-fries for dinner.
Every volunteer is different and therefore spending money requirements vary. Some volunteers spend more on going out on weekends, doing touristic activities and buying souvenirs etc., so consider your own spending habits and budgeting abilities when it comes to deciding how much money to bring. The amount of spending money you bring is entirely up to you – it varies from volunteer to volunteer. While you are in the program, you only need enough spending money for social activities and sightseeing on weekends.
All food, accommodation, and travel costs are included while you are volunteering and on weekends in between volunteer projects. You will need to budget some money for laundry costs (laundromats are commonly available with coin-operated washers and dryers).
Yes, all accommodation and bathrooms on this program are shared.
Depending on the project location and style of accommodation, rooms may be shared or there may be separate rooms for male and female volunteers.
You will usually be able to find an internet café or library with internet access on weekends. Internet access is not provided at volunteer accommodation – even if you have your own laptop, wireless broadband is not often readily available outside major cities.
It's always better to travel light. As space is limited, we ask that volunteers keep their luggage to a maximum of 15kgs in a backpack or soft-sided bag. We suggest that volunteers bring a small daypack to carry lunch, sunscreen, water bottle etc.
This is absolutely a personal choice. You should be aware that we cannot provide insurance or guarantee safe storage for items like laptops – you will need to take full responsibility for looking after it.
Mobile coverage can be limited outside major cities.
As we have limited spots available in our programs and we serve on first come first basis, it is strongly recommended to apply for the program and reserve your spot in the program well in advance. You can book your spot in the program by filling an online form and pay the application fee.
Once you complete your application, your individual 'My Account' will be active in which you will receive your placement confirmation after which you can pay the program fees. You can pay the program fees later as well in installments, but 45 days before the program starts.
After you complete your application, your personalized ‘My Account’ will be active. You will need to upload your CV/Resume along with your photo in the same. Our backend team and the placement site takes around 10-12 days to review your application. After we review your CV and documents, your booking is confirmed and booking confirmation is updated in your ‘My Account’. Some projects need a mandatory criminal background check and the same is mentioned in the project info of your program. Approval of your application depends on your qualification and eligibility criteria for each project.
As long as you wish! We would say, the more the better! Most of the volunteers join our program for at least four weeks, but many stay much longer. Remember that you can book a number of starting locations and arrange your own travel to fit volunteering in with your travel plans around New Zealand. Our programs run in weekly blocks, starting on Fridays at 11 am and finishing on Fridays after 4 pm.
Note: If you are staying more than one week, weekend meals and accommodation are of course included.
Yes, of course, many volunteers choose to make bookings from two or more starting locations. If you choose this option, you’ll need to arrange and pay for your own travel between starting locations. You should either leave a week in between your bookings or arrange to re-join at your new starting location on Monday morning as we cannot accommodate volunteers arriving on weekends.
We accept bookings from individuals – you can apply by yourself, or with one friend. For groups larger than two, we recommend you consider booking onto different teams, or choose a group booking if you all wish to be together on the same project. If you’re volunteering by yourself, don’t worry –most people join as individuals and you’ll make friends very quickly!
No – just be prepared to join in the best of your ability! There will always be a Team Leader with you, who is there to explain the project to you (including the conservation reasons), show exactly you what to do and how to do it safely. You’ll learn plenty of new skills on this program.
Yes. The Orientation Session takes place on Friday when you start your program. We’ll explain everything you need to know, including essential safety information, and introduce you to our staff and fellow volunteers. After that, you’ll have some free time to relax and get to know the other volunteers, before starting your first project on Monday.
As most of our programs are dependent on seasonal conditions as well as a conservation priority, we usually assign resources and volunteers around 2 weeks before each project starts. We’ll let you know what activities you’ll be doing at your induction on arrival.
No. Our program varies, depending on the time of year, weather and conservation priorities. We’ll put together a program of conservation activities for you.
It will depend on circumstances and the need, of course. On some weeks, you make complete a major project, such as being part of a team planting a thousand trees or building a walking track. On other weeks, you may do a variety of activities every day. Each week or two, your projects will change to a new location. We include as much variety in the program as possible while maintaining the focus on conservation priorities because this is what you have volunteered to help with.
Our programs usually run from Monday to Friday, with weekends free. This may change from time to time on remote projects, where volunteers spend 10 days in a remote location, followed by a longer break, or when travel to a project site is required on weekends. Project hours are normally from 8 am – 4 pm.
Unless you’re on a remote project, weekends are your free time to relax and enjoy some local sightseeing. Food and accommodation are provided. Ask our staff for suggestions if you need some sightseeing ideas!
Our programs finish on Fridays. Activities are normally completed by 4 pm, however, you may then need to travel back with the rest of your team to our office or catch a train back to the city (we’ll organize travel for you). Our Team Leaders will usually offer to drop you off near the town center, station or bus stop if it’s convenient, or you can call a taxi to pick you up from the office.
Incase you are a returning volunteer, you’ll get a $50 discount on the application fee. Also, in case you are coming in a group of 5 or more, you ask for a discount and we’ll surely look into it.
Yes, Volunteering Solutions will provide you a Certificate of Completion, once you finish your work.