We all know how popular New Zealand is as a tourist destination but by spending time volunteering, working or studying there, you’ll really begin to appreciate the very best of Kiwi culture, live like a laid-back local and gain an amazing amount of life experience. Who knows, you may even decide New Zealand deserves more time than an initial 3, 6 or 12 month stay, especially when you compare Kiwi life to that of the ‘busy-ness’ and pace of life back in old blighty.
New Zealand is undoubtedly a 1st world country, it’s English speaking and is economically and politically safe. It makes for a prime location to base yourself on a gap year, whether that’s straight out of Uni (or before for that matter) or if you just fancy a mid-career sabbatical for a few months.
For those seeking paid work, aside from standard bar/hospitality/call-centre employment there are plenty of jobs in the fresh air. Wine producing regions dot the length of New Zealand and working the grape-vines will be a sociable, physical and rewarding job, of course, you’ll be subject to seasonality so do your research.
Explore the search facility above to find volunteer placements which span the areas of medicine, social care, teaching and conservation amongst others.
No introduction to a gap year in New Zealand would be complete without mentioning the countless opportunities in adventure travel. Again, drill down your search further below but from diving in the Northland to skiing in the Southern Alps, not forgetting kayaking, bungee jumping, skydiving, hiking, zorbing, glacier guiding, New Zealand really does tick to outdoor pursuits box.
For more information on the most appropriate New Zealand Visa visit http://www.immigration.govt.nz