- Do I need specific requirements or abilities to apply for this project?
To be able to sign up for this programme, you need to be at least 18 years old and have sufficient English skills. Since you will be outdoors a lot and sometimes working under high temperatures, this project requires a moderate level of physical fitness. Therefore, we ask you to hand in a doctor’s certificate confirming your state of health and physical fitness. You should be motivated to be part of serious and dedicated nature conservation projects. You should be fine with living and working in a team but should also be able to work independently. Depending on your nationality you might need a visa for your time in New Zealand. You might check out the foreign department’s website for the visa standards or ask the Natucate team directly.
- What services are included?
Prior to your departure to New Zealand we will help you organize and plan your whole stay, assist you in arranging flights and support you with your visa application. During your time in the programme you will be accommodated in hostels with dorm rooms, shared bathrooms and a communal kitchen. Food will be provided so that you can prepare your own meals (except for breakfast on your first and dinner on your last day as well as meals on the weekend). You will also receive the equipment you need for carrying out your volunteer work. The staff of the project and the Natucate team can be contacted 24/7 if you need support. Included are also visits of the following highlights of the southern part of New Zealand: Paparoa National Park incl. Pancake Rocks and Putai Blowhole, visit of the seal colony at Tauranga Bay/Westport, visit of Arthur’s Pass National park incl. Truman Tracks and a hike to the Devil’s Punchbowl waterfalls. Flights, insurance, visa fees, airport transfer and personal expenses are not included.
- Do I need certain medical precautions or requirements?
Before your departure you will need to get travel health insurance. It is also important that you are physically fit as you will carry out physical work. We recommend you check with your doctor if you are vaccinated against Diphtheria, Morbilli, Mumps and Rubella (MMR), Whooping cough, Influenza, Hepatitis A/B, Polio, Pneumococcus and Tetanus. You should bring a small first-aid kit, including band-aids, painkillers, medication in case of diarrhea, electrolytes, antihistamines and, if you need, special medication (please bring enough). Regarding your medical precautions and your vaccination, you should consult your doctor and inform yourself on the foreign department’s website about possible risks and how to prevent them.
- How long can I participate?
You can participate for five days or up to four weeks.
- What kind of equipment should I take with me?
Long and sturdy pants, long-sleeved shirts as well as sturdy and waterproof boots. Don’t forget to bring warm and waterproof clothing should not be missing in your backpack. You should also bring warm and waterproof clothing. Especially during the summer month clothes which you can wear in layers are very useful. As you will spend most of your time outdoors, your clothes should be durable. A sleeping bag, a towel and perhaps a pillow should also be on part of your equipment as well as a backpack, a hat for sun protection, sunscreen, sunglasses, insect repellant and a refillable water bottle are very useful. Moreover, you should not forget your passport, an alarm clock, your phone and other items which you may use in your leisure time. Please do not forget that your luggage is limited to a maximum of 15 kg in this project.