||Projects start every
Thursday, during school term times only (see “Work
Content” tab) – you choose your start and finish dates.
4 weeks to 6 months, subject to visa requirements
No qualifications or experience required.
Full Price List
►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
Insurance, Cost of Visas, Food, Transport to and from your project, Return
transfer to airport.
Who can do
This project is open to all nationalities and all ages
Suitable for gap years or those taking a year out,
grown-up gappers, career breakers, anyone interested in
teaching or working with children overseas while doing
voluntary work, teaching projects abroad, or study abroad.
Also available as a summer placement in New Zealand, short
breaks or for those wanting to do TEFL teaching.
WHAT YOU'LL GAIN FROM DOING THIS PROJECT:
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
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!
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. There is a
shortage of teachers in New Zealand so you'll really be able to help
make a difference here.
You will work as an assistant to the main teacher and will get involved
in a variety of subjects. We are working with several school in Auckland
that are all “low decile” schools. Some of the school has a large number
of ethnic children who are classed as the under-privileged community in
Auckland. There are children from many different communities and
countries at the school such as children from the Maori communities and
from countries such as Somalia, Ethiopia, Tonga and Samoa. These
children generally come from lower socio-economic areas of Auckland.
"As a trained teacher in America I was interested to see how other
county's education systems are run and I was immediately taken in and
accepted as part of the “family”. I got to spend time in 6 different
classrooms a week working with children of different ages and abilities.
I learned more about education and myself than I could have expected and
I have Travellers to thank for that. I would have never done something
like this and got the wonderful experience I did without this program. I
made long lasting relationships with staff members and the children
really touched my life. I can't wait to get back to my classroom in
America and use the techniques I learned in New Zealand!"
You will have the opportunity to work one-to-one and in small groups with
the children to 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 4 and 17. As an assistant teacher at the school you will
be involved in a number of different subjects, such as:
If you'd like to teach a specific subject
that is not listed here, please let us know and we'll arrange it for
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.
The length of your working day will be around 4 to 5 hours
of teaching and preparing for your 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.
DATES AND WORKING TIMES:
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
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
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.
Got any questions? Please email us:
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN
YOU BOOK YOUR PLACEMENT:
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
Self-reliance and independence are highly appreciated in
all our destinations and will help you to make the most of this
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.
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.
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
While on your placements, you can also book some Optional
Add-Ons to make the most of your Travel Experience. The most
popular choices are the safari trips from Cape Town and many
volunteers use these as their means of travel to arrive at their
project in Knysna..
project can also be combined with any of our other projects in Argentina, or
you could even do a second project in a different region of the country, thus
doubling your adventure and enjoyment!
LOCATION, EXPLORING AND SIGHTSEEING:
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
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
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
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
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