The Conservation Program
This amazing program is a long term project which aims to deliver significant environmental and community benefits in the Christchurch region. Working in diverse locations from inner-city parks and waterways to scenic hilltops overlooking the Pacific ocean and coastal reserves, volunteers will work on restoring biodiversity in the area, support species protection, help to strengthen community networks, and provide enhanced conservation land for the benefit of future generations.
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 goal of this program - to maintain and restore the diverse native flora and fauna ecosystem. 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, removing invasive pest plants, seed collection, plant propagation at the on-site nursery (where all native plants for the project are grown) and creating walking tracks. 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. Full training is given by project team leaders. Volunteers gain a wonderful opportunity to learn about conservation issues and learn practical conservation skills and can earn references and 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:
- Plant propagation
- Tree planting
- Walking trail construction
- Wildlife surveys
- Seed collection
- Weed control
- 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 program takes place in the greater Christchurch area in the South Island of New Zealand, famous for its stunning landscapes, impressive topography and crystal clear Pacific Ocean waters. Volunteers work on projects both in the city and remote areas - truly in touch with nature and New Zealand at its best
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 arrive into Christchurch airport and take a 20 minute taxi ride to the meeting location.
The local team will provide an orientation lasting around one hour 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.
The first weekend is free time for volunteers, either in Christchurch or your placement 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, AFTER 4PM
- Arrival Airport: Christchurch International Airport, Christchurch, New Zealand (code: CHC)
Accommodation & Meals
Volunteers on this program are accommodated in a beautiful, historic stone house in the Halswell region on the outskirts of central Christchurch. Rooms are dormitory style with 2 - 4 people sharing and split by gender. Volunteers should bring their own sleeping bag, small pillow, towel and toiletries.
The house is comfortable and well equipped with western-style bathrooms, laundry facilities, unlimited wi-fi and communal areas for relaxing.
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.