- What is the accommodation like?
Your accommodation depends on the project and its location. The volunteers will usually sleep in shared dormitories with bunk beds, comfortable cabins, caravans or tents.
- Is it possible to get placed with a partner or friend?
Depending on the project it is possible to be placed with your partner or friend. You can also apply as a group if you want to. Depending on the open space you will have the chance to work on the same project.
- How is the food provided?
You will be provided with three meals daily. The meals will be prepared by the whole team. For breakfast you will get cereals, bread or toast, some coffee or tea. For lunch you can prepare yourself a sandwich and have some fresh fruits. In the evening the whole team will eat a proper dinner.
- Is it possible to receive vegetarian meals?
It is possible to follow a vegetarian diet. Please inform us about your diet beforehand.
- How are working hours and free time divided?
You will be working from Monday to Friday starting at 8 in the morning and ending at 4 in the afternoon. The working hours may vary depending on the day and conditions. Every project lasts about one or two weeks. Weekends are free. Some projects last longer and your days off are directly following the work days.
- How can I spend my free time?
In New Zealand you can find all kinds of activities. You can spend your free time outside in the beautiful nature and try out some outdoor activities like kayaking or surfing. You can also try Bungee jumping and parachuting if you like. If you want you can also just go for a nice hike or take a boat tour through the fjords.
- Do I have a contact person on site?
On site you will be working with a team of volunteers and project leaders. The Experts will be your supervisors and may help you with your concerns.
- What costs do I have to expect during the project? Can I withdraw cash on site and do I have to pay in local currency?
In general you will not have any other kind of spending during the project since accommodation and food is provided. But you might need money for free time activities, external transfers, wash saloon or additional snacks you want to purchase. You can withdraw cash at the airport or any city.
- How can I contact family and friends at home?
As long as you stay in the cities the telephone signals are present and you can easily find an internet café or Wi-Fi. If you are somewhere outdoors you must expect to be without internet or telephone signal for a couple of days.
- What’s the weather like?
The weather conditions totally depend on the project’s location. The North has a tropical summer and the South has cold winters with temperatures below zero. Due to coastal influences the whole country has a rather mild climate. The further you go south the colder it gets. January and February are the warmest months and July is the coldest month.
- Is there a prohibition regarding alcohol?
Yes, alcohol is strictly prohibited during the whole project. You may not drink at the project site, in the bureaus or vehicles. You may drink alcohol during your free time and go to a pub. Smoking is also prohibited.