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Volunteer to Teach Music to Children in New Zealand



Teach Music at a school in the largest city in New Zealand, Auckland. You'll work with children from all backgrounds, including Maori children and refugee children from underprivileged countries such as Somalia, Ethiopia and the South Pacific islands.

You'll work closely with the children in small groups, as an Assistant Music Teacher, as well as with the school choir to help them as much as possible with their music - this is where you can make a lot of difference. This is a rewarding, satisfying project - and also a lot of fun!

“Each break time Daniel and I would take ukuleles out into the playground and ‘jam’ with the children. All in all I had a fantastic time working on my placement at Owairaka. The staff are amazing there and I felt immediately welcome.” Bethan Thomas

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Start Dates Projects start every Thursday, during school term times only (see “Work Content” tab) – you choose your start and finish dates.
Duration From 4 weeks to 6 months, subject to visa requirements
Requirements No qualifications or experience required. However, you do need to have a very good knowledge of music and musical instruments in order to be able to pass this knowledge onto the students.
Minimum age 18.
Price Full Price List
What's included Arranging your Program,
Full pre-departure support and assistance,
Payment Protection insurance

Meeting you at the nearest airport
Transfer to your accommodation
Local in-country team support and backup
24-hr emergency support.
Certificate of Completion
What's not included Flights, Insurance, Cost of Visas, Food, Transport to and from your project, Return transfer to airport.
Who can do this Project? This project is open to all nationalities and all ages over 18.
Suitable for gap years or those taking a year out, grown-up gappers, career breakers, anyone interested in teaching music or working with children overseas while doing voluntary work, teaching music projects abroad, or study abroad.
Also available as a summer placement in New Zealand, short breaks or for those wanting to do TEFL teaching.


  • An exciting, never-to-be-forgotten adventure into New Zealand and its diverse cultures.

  • New skills, more confidence, a greater understanding of a different culture, invaluable personal and professional development.

  • The enormous satisfaction of also helping disadvantaged children and knowing that you made a difference to them.

  • An entry on your CV or résumé that will put you head and shoulders above most others in the job market.

  • And best of all ... an unforgettable experience!

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Teach Music to Deserving Children in New Zealand

Teach Music to Deserving Children in New Zealand

Work at a school in Auckland, the largest city in New Zealand. Auckland is known as the city of sails and is surrounded by beautiful islands and extinct volcanoes. At the moment there is a shortage of teachers so your help will be very beneficial and is very much appreciated.

You will work as an assistant teacher to the music teacher. The school has a large number of ethnic children who are classed as the underprivileged community in Auckland. There are children from many different communities and countries at the school such as Maori, Somalia, Ethiopia, Tonga and Samoa. These children come from lower socio-economic backgrounds and so your teaching can make a difference to them and help them integrate into the normal Kiwi culture!

As an Assistant to the Music Teacher, you'll have the opportunity to work one-to-one and in small groups with the children to assist them with their music and really give them the attention they need.  Class sizes vary between 20 and 30 children in each class and you will be teaching children between the ages of 5 and 18, depending on which school you're at. You'll be involved in teaching a number of different instruments and groups:

  • Guitar

  • Recorder

  • Instrumental

  • Keyboards/Piano

  • Choir

  • Instrumental group

  • Ukulele

The lessons you'll teach generally last for 40 minutes and the school day runs from around 8:55 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Your working day will be around 4 to 5 hours of teaching and preparing for your lessons. The Music project runs from Monday- Friday, or 3 days per week, depending on which school you are at. At Owairaka you would have the opportunity to help 2 days per week as an assistant teacher in normal lessons.

Thanks from a School Principal to Travellers' NZ Organiser:
"Hi Annette, Just a quick note so say how much the staff enjoyed having Jennie and Delyth and are still enjoying having Adria. They all fitted in really quickly and have been a tremendous help to us.  As well as helping children read, assist in class and so on, we had a new child arrive who was very needy and Jennie and Delyth were able to work with him separately at different times while we were trying to organize support. This meant the teacher was assisted greatly and could concentrate more on the rest of the children. Just wanting to pass on all the school's thanks for the volunteers and hope there are many more to come. Kind regards, Diana Tregoweth"


You are likely to work between 8:30 a.m. - 3.00 p.m., Monday - Friday. The program is only available during the school times, which are as follows for 2015:

  • Term 1: 2nd Feb –2nd April

  • Term 2: 20th April – 3rd July

  • Term 3: 20th July – 25th Sep

  • Term 4: 12th Oct – 15th/18th Dec

Anyone working with children and/or vulnerable adults is required to complete a Criminal Records Check (CRC) as part of their application process. We'll provide you with the necessary papers and take you through the process.

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Teach Music to Deserving Children in New Zealand

Teach Music to Deserving Children in New Zealand

You'll live in a centrally located hostel that is friendly and relaxing, making it ideal for long-term stays. You will be sharing a room with other volunteers. There is a communal kitchen and storage area for cooking meals and plenty of space to relax.

Entertainment at your accommodation includes cheap internet access, TV and free pool table. You are literally a stroll from the Sky Tower, harbor and waterfront. Accommodation is very central and close to the main train station and shopping district. Buses are also only a few minutes away to take you to parts of Auckland and New Zealand or to the many other ‘things to do’!

Food is not provided on this project, but Auckland has restaurants to suit all tastes - the most popular cuisine is New Zealand lamb which can be ordered at many restaurants around the city and is well worth it. For meals in local restaurants, a trip to Auckland's inner city center is well worth the effort - it bustles with activity and offers a range of choices of restaurants. 

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Got any questions? Please email us: info@travelersworldwide.org

Click here to read a fascinating and informative Diary from Travellers Volunteer Gillian Davidson during her Music Teaching Placement in New Zealand.

Once you have applied for a placement, we'll contact you and send you our Welcome Pack. You'll also receive Log-on details and password for our Volunteer Extranet where you'll have access to all the documentation and information which we've put together to facilitate preparations for your adventure! Your Project Co-ordinator for your country will liaise with you throughout the arrangements process, as well as while you're on your placement and on your return home.

The documents you'll have access to also include a Country Factfile, Safety Guide and any manuals that may assist you on your particular program (e.g. Teaching Guide, Sports Manuals, Enrichment Suggestions for Animal Care, etc.). We do all we can to make your stay one that you'll never forget. This is a truly awesome, elegant and beautiful country.

As with all our destinations, the culture and heritage is different to what you're used to ... which, although one of the most exciting aspects of travelling, should be borne in mind.    Self-reliance and independence are highly appreciated in all our destinations and will help you to make the most of this wonderful opportunity! 

On Arrival, your Introduction to the Country: When you arrive you will be welcomed by your Project Supervisor who will take you to your accommodation and introduce you to everyone. During your first few days you'll be given an induction so that you can learn about the country and its culture, as well as other useful information, like how to use the transport system, banks, safety issues, tipping, and lots more.

Veronica van der Straaten, Deputy Principal, talks about the huge difference Travellers Worldwide Volunteers are making to the Children and the School.

'As the day begins there are screams and laughter coming from the school pool as children at 9.15 a.m. plunge into the cold depths and race around trying to get warm. Meantime in the music room nearby the music teacher is setting up instruments in front of each eager face as the music lesson for a junior class is about to commence. As you walk around the school you notice one or two groups of children reading to an adult while busily in class children are learning, with the help of the adults in the room. In the office area children who are running late are having their names recorded in the absence register, while the telephone rings and a parent with a new five year old waits patiently to have his/her child enrolled. In the resource room volunteers, teacher aides and a parent stamp and bind new books ready to be categorised and to be put onto the shelves ready for teachers to use. In classrooms children are reading, writing, and/or working on their maths.

This is the start of a typical day at Owairaka Primary School situated in the central city district of Mount Albert, Auckland, New Zealand.  A busy multicultural school with 320 children, some of whom were born in New Zealand, many of whom have English as a second language or have parents from non- English speaking backgrounds, some are refugees.  As  you look around the classes and playgrounds there is a vision of the United Nations with Ethiopian, Somalian, Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Samoan, Tongan, Cook Island, English, Maori,  European children, and many more cultures, intermingling, playing and learning together.

At the swimming pool, while the class teacher is instructing a group on how to use arm strokes to swim, a volunteer is working with a group of children teaching them how to float. In the music room another volunteer assists the music teacher with her program, encouraging and assisting the youngest children. The adult listening to the small group of children read is a volunteer from England. He realises the importance of his role because for some of these children reading to a parent to whom English is a second language is difficult. In the office another volunteer is typing up a policy document that is needed for the next Board of Trustees meeting while her friend is working in the resource room, stamping and taping new readers for classes to use. In a year 3 and 4 class, the last volunteer is working alongside a child who needs help to write his news for the day while the class teacher helps the other children.

We are very fortunate at our school. This term we have had the benefit of having six extra adults in our school. They are making a difference! Two of the volunteers from Travellers Worldwide are assisting our music specialist; all of the volunteers are involved with classes so there are at least two adults at the pool at any one time teaching the children to swim. All of our volunteers have children who read to them daily and from last year’s testing we know this has and does make a difference to their learning progress. At lunchtime we have volunteers supervising the free swim time as well as taking the school cricket and softball teams. One of our volunteers works in the library for part of the day binding books and assisting children in the selection of books. All of our volunteers work alongside children in classes at some time during the day. There is variety in their program and their strengths and interests are utilized.

2007 saw the start of our association with Travellers Worldwide. We had three volunteers work in our school, mainly listening to children read and assisting with our physical education and sports programmes. This year we have six volunteers for two months. At the start of the year with our busy swimming program they have been welcomed with open arms. I cannot speak more highly of their commitment and dedication to our school and the children. They are making such a difference.' 

Veronica van der Straaten Deputy Principal

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While on your placements, you can also book some Optional Add-Ons to make the most of your Travel Experience.

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This project can also be combined with any of our other projects in New Zealand, or you could even do a second project in a different country, like Australia, for example, thus doubling your adventure and enjoyment!

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The country can be divided into the North Island, the South Island and Stewart Island, as well as many tiny surrounding islands. The North Island is typically famous for beaches, springs and bush, whilst the South Island boasts mountains, glaciers, alpine forests and farmlands.

The city center boasts great shopping, restaurants and pubs or head over to the viaduct for more pubs, nightclubs and multicultural cuisine. You'll get to work via bus, which is close to your accommodation.

Maori settlement in Auckland was at least 800 years ago where by different tribes built theIr fortifications on the various volcanoes in Auckland. When the British arrived in 1840 they claimed Auckland as the capital city of New Zealand until Wellington became the capital 25 years later. The city is modern and vibrant - a fun and friendly with beautiful surrounding islands and harbour.

Some of its more famous attractions include the sky tower, Rangitoto island, the harbor, the Hauraki gulf islands and the many extinct volcanoes that are in Auckland which provide great views of the city..

"Thanks at the best three months of my life ... The support I received was extremely helpful ... I really would recommend Travellers to anyone. Keep up the good work."   Stuart Savidge

Climate: New Zealand has a largely temperate climate. While the far north has a subtropical summer, the inland alpine areas can get as cold as -10°C in winter. Most of the country, however, lies close to the coast, which means mild temperatures, moderate rainfall and abundant sunshine.

To read about Travel arrangements and what happens when you arrive in your new country, please click here.

Support & Backup: To read about the excellent Support & Backup we provide before you leave and during your program, please click here.

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