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Teach Music to Children in Schools in New Zealand


Volunteering, gap year and career break in New Zealand

Volunteer as a Music teacher Assistant, with opportunity to teach a number of different musical instruments, singing, and more. You can also teach Drama, English and a choice of other subjects on this voluntary project, if you'd like to.

You'll work one-to-one and in small groups with the children to assist them with their music and really give them the attention they need.

There are many ethnic children from the underprivileged communities, as well as those from many different communities and countries (Maori, Somalia, Ethiopia, Tonga and Samoa). These children come from lower socio-economic backgrounds, so your teaching can help them integrate into the normal Kiwi culture!


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Start Dates  

All year round, subject to school term dates and holidays - you choose your start and finish dates!

Programs begin every Thursday, therefore you should plan to arrive in Auckland on a Thursday. You will be given your Induction on the first Friday. Then you will have the weekend free to relax, explore and recover from any jet lag, leaving you fresh to start work on Monday.

Duration/b> 4 weeks to 6 months, subject to visa requirements
Requirements Minimum age 18, no qualifications necessary, but you should have a good knowledge of at least 1 musical instrument.
What's included
  • Arranging your Programme
  • Full pre-departure support and assistance
  • Payment Protection Insurance
  • Accommodation
  • Local in-country team support and backup
  • 24-hr emergency support.
What's not included
  • Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Cost of Visas (if a visa is required)
  • Airport pickup and return (but we can arrange this for you)
  • Daily transport to and from your project
  • Food
Who can do this Project? All projects are open to all nationalities.

Teach Music to Children in Schools in New Zealand


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As an Assistant to the Music Teacher, you'll have the opportunity to work one-to-one and in small groups with the children to assist them with their music and really give them the attention they need. 

Class sizes vary between 20 and 30 children in each class and you'll teach children between the ages of 5 and 18, depending on which school you're at.

You'll be involved in teaching a number of different instruments and groups:

  • Guitar
  • Recorder
  • Keyboards / Piano
  • Choir
  • Instrumental group
  • Ukulele

The lessons you'll teach generally last for 40 minutes and the school day runs from around 8:55 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Your working day will be around 4 to 5 hours of teaching and preparing for your lessons.

The Music project runs from Monday- Friday, or 3 days per week, depending on which school you are at. At Owairaka you would have the opportunity to help 2 days per week as an assistant teacher in normal lessons.


You are likely to work between 8:30 a.m. - 3.00 p.m., Monday - Friday. The programme is only available during the school times, as follows:

The school dates for 2016 are:
Term 1: 1st Feb – 15th April (NB: No arrivals 8-11 Feb & 25-29 March)
Term 2: 2nd May – 8th July
Term 3: 25th July – 23rd Sep
Term 4: 10th Oct – 15th Dec

The school dates for 2017 are:
Term 1: 3rd Feb – 13th April
Term 2: 1st May – 7th July
Term 3: 24th July – 29th Sep
Term 4: 16th Oct – 14th Dec

The school dates for 2018 are:
Term 1: 29th January – 13th April 2018
Term 2: 30th April – 6th July 2018
Term 3: 23rd July – 28th September 2018
Term 4: 15th October – 18th December 2018

Anyone working with children and/or vulnerable adults is required to complete a Criminal Records Check (CRC) as part of their application process. We'll provide you with the necessary papers and take you through the process.

Teach Music to Children in Schools in New Zealand

Teach Music to Children in Schools in New Zealand

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You'll live in a centrally located hostel that is friendly and relaxing, making it ideal for long-term stays. You will be sharing a room with other volunteers. There is a communal kitchen and storage area for cooking meals and plenty of space to relax.

Entertainment at your accommodation includes cheap internet access, TV and free pool table. You are literally a stroll from the Sky Tower, harbor and waterfront.

Accommodation is very central and close to the main train station and shopping district. Buses are also only a few minutes away to take you to parts of Auckland and New Zealand or to the many other ‘things to do’!

Food is not provided on this project, but Auckland has restaurants to suit all tastes - the most popular cuisine is New Zealand lamb which can be ordered at many restaurants around the city and is well worth it. For meals in local restaurants, a trip to Auckland's inner city centre is well worth the effort - it bustles with activity and offers a range of choices of restaurants. 

The city centre boasts great shopping, restaurants and pubs or head over to the viaduct for more pubs, nightclubs and multicultural cuisine. You'll get to work via bus, which is close to your accommodation.

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The city of Auckland is modern and vibrant - a fun and friendly with beautiful surrounding islands and harbour.Some of its more famous attractions include the sky tower, Rangitoto island, the harbor, the Hauraki gulf islands and the many extinct volcanoes that are in Auckland which provide great views of the city.

The waterfront dominates the city. Shopping enthusiasts will be easily satisfied by a large range of shops and boutiques, while sports fans will be delighted in rugby at Eden park which is home to the Blues super 14 rugby team. In and around Auckland you will find plenty of restaurants and cafes to dine at, day trips to local islands and lots of other attractions.

The Sky Tower is Auckland’s main attraction and a must for all visitors as it is the largest freestanding tower in the southern hemisphere. The tower offers spectacular 360 degree panoramic views of Auckland which is a great way to get your bearings and understand the layout of the city. You can also do a sky jump from the top of the tower - falling 192 metres in 16 seconds!

Auckland Museum is a must for people interested in the history of New Zealand. The museum has a comprehensive display or Māori and Pacific Island culture. There are also live Māori shows provided by the museum which will give you a good insight into the Māori culture.

Extinct Volcanoes are plentiful in Auckland itself. There are 11 extinct volcanoes in the Auckland area and they provide great view points of the city and an interesting climb to the summit. The craters are also a good feature and will provide you with some interesting photos. The most well know extinct volcanoes in Auckland are Mt Eden, Mt Wellington and One Tree Hill.

You can also climb the Auckland Harbour Bridge or do a bungee jump off it - not for the faint hearted but great for views of the city and an adrenaline fix! 

There are a couple of superb markets on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Check out Otara Market (6.00 a.m. to noon on Saturdays) - great cultural mix, particularly the Polynesian bargains available, such as Tapa cloths and crafts. On Sundays, visit Takapuna on the other side of Auckland city. This has a more Asian feel and also has local crafts and food, as well as bargain priced imports.

Auckland's busiest tourist season arrives with the warmer weather between November and April, hitting its peak during summer school holidays (from 20 December to late January). To a lesser extent the Easter weekend, Labour Day weekend (late October) and the mid-year school holidays are also busy. January and February are the best beach-weather months, and December and March either side are usually warm - even hot at times. November and April are slightly cooler and not so good for hanging around at the beach, but it's noticeably quieter, and accommodation is easier to find. (taken from Lonely Planet)

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