The Conservation Program
This inspiring project was created with the goal of helping to preserve the ecologically significant environment around Auckland city and its surrounding area. The conservation program allows volunteers to take part in vital conservation work to preserve the natural environment and wildlife in some of the most beautiful and threatened parks and reserves across this breathtaking region. From maintaining wetlands and replanting inner-city parks to helping after natural disasters and even whale strandings, volunteers will work across any number of projects and situations with the same objective – to preserve the region’s natural heritage. From volcanic peaks and rugged black sand West Coast beaches to native forests and beautiful East Coast white sandy bays, Auckland has an awe-inspiring natural environment that needs protection. This program plays a vital role in protecting New Zealand’s wildlife and environment in urban, regional and remote locations. From working with the most threatened species, to assisting in environmental restoration, volunteers make a huge difference.
Goals of this Project:
- Protect New Zealand’s beautiful parks, reserves and natural heritage
- Protect many species of wildlife from extinction
- Restore and open more parks and reserves to the public for them to appreciate and learn more about their significance
- Enable inter-cultural exchange between all parties and teach international visitors more about environmental practices and New Zealand
How You Can Help
Volunteers play an integral role in achieving the goals of this project. Volunteers work to conserve, restore, rehabilitate and manage land using conservation tools and people power to improve conservation land and to provide access for people to enjoy and appreciate nature. Like many conservation programs, a willing volunteer labor force is essential to the success of the program. Volunteers will assist program staff with tasks that are essential to conservation projects such as planting, weeding and mulching around native trees, removing invasive pest plants, fence removal and repairs, seed collection, plant propagation and creating walking tracks. Other projects may include wildlife rescue and surveys or regenerating an inner-city park – all projects play their part in conserving Auckland’s natural environment and animal life. Working in a team of up to 10 other international volunteers, teams work alongside local communities, environmental groups, universities and conservation experts on well-planned and managed, safe, valid and essential projects. Volunteers will generally visit at least 3 different project locations, and undertake at least 2 or 3 different project activities, with full training given by project team leaders. This is a wonderful opportunity for volunteers to learn about conservation issues and gain practical conservation skills and earn references and conservation certificates.
Volunteers will contribute in a number of ways and on any number of environmental or wildlife projects and can expect to undertake the following tasks:
- Tree planting
- Walking trail construction
- Wildlife rescue and surveys
- Seed collection
- Weed control
- Conservation fencing
- Heritage restoration
Love Volunteers welcomes all those 18 years and over who wish to give their time and energy to help protect the natural environment of New Zealand. This 'hands-on' project is best suited to those who are either pursuing a career in conservation/environmental studies, or who simply wish to explore an interest in this field. However, the project is open to all and does not require participants to have specific education, qualifications or experience, as you will be shown everything you need to know by your local project leader. Importantly though, all applicants must first and foremost have a genuine willingness to help, show drive and initiative, and bring a positive 'can-do' attitude. If this sounds like you, we want you on the team!
Additionally, volunteers applying to join this program will be required to supply to following documentation:
- Emergency contact
This project takes place in New Zealand's biggest city. Auckland lies in the North Island and is known locally as the ‘City of Sails’ for its harbours and inlets. Auckland is also home to some 50 dormant volcanos which dot its skyline from almost every viewpoint. A short drive from the city sees you immersed in national parks, rural farms and nature in all its abundance.
Famous for its stunning landscapes, impressive topography and crystal clear Pacific Ocean waters, New Zealand offers a vast array of activities for locals and international visitors alike.
Start Dates & Duration
This project is available year-round and programs start every FRIDAY. Volunteers can choose to participate for periods ranging from 1 week to 12 weeks. Longer stays can be arranged directly with the local team, but will be subject to availability and individual visa conditions.
Spaces on this project are limited and therefore subject to availability. Early booking is recommended.
For current available start dates please check the calendar on the right.
Arrival & Orientation
Volunteers make their way from Auckland International airport to the offices of our local team. All volunteers receive an orientation, lasting around 1 hour, when they arrive on Friday morning. Orientations are provided using a visual presentation (DVD), with additional information provided by a presenter. Volunteers are also required to complete a Volunteer Registration Form at this point, including our local teams Conditions of Participation.
Following this volunteers will either be moved to the local volunteer accommodation or to regional placements by train, bus or project vehicle (our local team make all travel arrangements). The first weekend is free time for volunteers, though some travel may occasionally be required on Sunday if you are going to a very remote project location. Volunteers will be advised when their Team Leader will pick them up for the first project – usually 8am on Monday morning (times may vary slightly by season).
Additional inductions take place on every project site, carried out by the onsite Team Leader, before the volunteers begin each activity. These cover the conservation aims of the specific project, how it will be carried out, including any instruction or training required for the volunteers, essential safety information, the facilities on-site and nearby.
- Arrival Day: FRIDAY (prior to 11am)
- Departure Day: FRIDAY
- Arrival Airport: Auckland International Airport, Auckland, New Zealand (CODE: AKL)
Accommodation & Meals
This program offers a range of accommodation options dependent on the project location. Volunteers may be hosted in a volunteer house, caravan, hostel, bunkhouse or camp site (tents are provided). A great way to experience the great outdoors!
Accommodation is shared and volunteers should bring their own sleeping bag and small pillow. The program fee covers accommodation from the Friday of arrival until the Thursday preceding the final day volunteering. Volunteers should fly out Friday evening or arrange their own accommodation that night.
All the usual amenities are available in each location including western-style bathrooms, laundry facilities (either on-site or nearby), kitchen, communal areas for relaxing and hot showers. Wi-Fi may not always be available in remote locations.
Three meals per day are included in the program fee. Breakfasts will typically be self-serve cereals, bread or toast and condiments. Lunch is prepared by volunteers with ingredients provided and is likely to be sandwiches and fruit. Volunteers are also involved in preparing dinner which may include pasta, roasts and vegetarian dishes. Fresh, local cuisine after a hard day’s work – nothing tastes better!
*In addition to the program fees listed above a Registration Fee is payable to secure your place. The registration fee is USD 299 for those volunteering with Love Volunteers for the first time or USD 149 for any subsequent volunteer placements. The registration fee includes: lifetime LV Alumni Membership, fundraising support & advice, dedicated pre-departure support, certificate of completion (on request), and exclusive access to the LV Trip Planner.
Some things are not included in the program fees listed above, such as flights, visas, vaccinations, travel insurance, additional foods and snacks, spending money, local transport, in-country trips and excursions, return airport transfer (unless mentioned above).
Please note that prices are subject to change without notice. Please ensure you have read the Love Volunteers Terms and Conditions & Refund Policy.