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. 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.
Volunteer work and contribution
The projects offer volunteers the opportunity to contribute in a practical way to conservation of the environment. 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
In order to fascilitate the best and most varied experience, we encourage volunteers to commit to at least 3 weeks of volunteering.
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.
Accommodation and food
Accommodation varies each week, but includes caravans, hostels, sharers' quarters, bunkhouses, and camping (tents are supplied). Bring a sleeping mat as well as your sleeping bag, and be prepared to share.
Food is 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.
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.
Min age 18 - Max age 70
Good physical fitness
Love of the outdoors and interest in the environment
Full travel & medical insurance
Visa to New Zealand
To apply for this program, see New Zealand Conservation Experience