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Thursday, during school term times only (see “Work
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4 weeks to 6 months, subject to visa requirements
You should either be in your second
year of study (or higher) or be qualified in, Physiotherapy or
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►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
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
gaining overseas work experience.
Also suitable for anyone just wanting to study abroad
and learn about Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy and
Speech Language Therapy practice overseas.
Please see "Requirements" above.
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
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!
You'll assist in a unit that has a large number of children with
physical disabilities such as multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy and
mobility problems. You'll work alongside and under the
guidance of the current therapist at the unit, helping the children
with their disabilities.
The Inclusion Support Centres we work with are attached to
the following schools:
Primary (for children aged 5-10 approx.)
Intermediate (for children aged 10-12 approx.)
Secondary (for children aged 12-18 approx.). Here students with disabilities can grow
emotionally, socially and cognitively in a challenging and supportive
environment with maximum contact with their age peers. Many of the children at
the unit are wheelchair bound and require constant attention.
Centres have a
number of staff who work with the children, such as
The staff and the parents work together to establish what the aims are
for their children and how the therapists can achieve them with the
outcome of an individual program for each child. Where possible, the
children will be integrated into the mainstream schools to give them the
opportunity to interact with their peers throughout the school day while
supported by special educated teachers, teacher aids and therapists
(Occupational, Physio and Speech Language Therapists).
The centres also boasts a number of facilities, such as a gym which
includes balancing bars, treadmills, weights, stepper, Swiss balls,
stationary cycles for the therapist to work with.
The staff at the center are incredibly friendly and welcoming people,
true Kiwis! You will be learning from qualified professionals who have a
real passion and love for what they do and they are very enthusiastic to
share their knowledge and time with those who truly want to learn. They
are also very keen to demonstrate some kiwi style hospitality so some
post-work socialising will really make you feel like one of the team!
ABOUT YOUR WORK:
You'll work as a teacher aid to the children and have the
opportunity to shadow the existing therapists who treat
the children. You'll work under supervision alongside other teacher aids and
staff in groups or one-on-one with the students. You will also get the chance to work with the children in
a classroom environment and this will give you additional experience in how to work with their
disabilities and to overcome these obstacles within education.
Each child will have different problems that the therapists will be looking
at, therefore they will be creating individual programmes for each
child, which could include any or all of the following:
Swiss ball work,
Compression through the spine,
Using standing frames,
Looking at tone and
Massaging and maintaining good joints.
As a teacher aid, your main objectives are to
enable special needs students to participate as fully as possible in the
education and daily living process.
Assisting children on the
journey to independence. This includes supporting pupils in
the following ways:
In academic and therapy programmes
Ensuring children are working in a
safe, tidy and clean environment.
Supervising children in the
Fulfilment of the primary objective
involves accepting responsibility for completing the following
Following the individual timetable
Supporting children in their
activities as directed by the Center Manager / Therapists /
Preparing, sorting, tidying and
maintaining therapy / classroom / Center resources as directed
by the Center Manager / therapists.
Attending meetings as directed and
keeping records as directed by the Center Manager /
Attending professional development
sessions or courses as appropriate.
Accompanying students on class
outings as appropriate.
Previous graduates have found it to be
an excellent experience which has enhanced their learning and also
made a great contribution to the center. Volunteers work in a
class and with the teacher, specialists and other Teacher Aides in
their collaborative setting. Volunteers are expected to fulfil the
same duties as other Teacher Aides as directed by the teacher.
Orientation and guidance is provided.
Please note this project is a
teacher-aid rather than an internship - this is because
Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists must be New Zealand
registered to be able to carry out their professional role. This
means that the Center is unable to offer formal supervision and
formal teaching; therefore they are not able to assign you to
Previous volunteers have independently
kept a log and completed self generated assignment on their
experience. The Center also provides a reference and evidence of
the hours worked at the end of your placement.
The units generally have around 30
children with a range of disabilities. Many of the children at the
units are wheelchair bound and require constant attention. The
children are split into 3 classes according to the severity of
their disability. This means that you can specialise in an area
you are more interested in within these classes.
PLEASE NOTE: We can only take one
volunteer at a time on this project so we strongly advise booking early.
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: 5th 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
"I am gaining
significant valuable experience. I have worked with children before but
working with disabled children (both physically and mentally) poses a
whole range of different challenges. From learning how to communicate with
them so they understand, to how to motivate them to engage with the task
I am also lucky enough to be working alongside other allied
health professionals, being Occupational therapists and Speech and
Language therapists so I am learning about their work here as well."
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.
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
Support & Backup:
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please click here.