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Work as an assistant to the Music teacher, teaching a number of different musical instruments, singing, and more. You'll also have the opportunity to teach Drama, English and a choice of other subjects, 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. A very enjoyable and worthwhile project!

Please see the Prices Page. Prices for all projects are listed and you can choose which currency you'd like to see them in. Prices exclude flights.
From 4 weeks to 12 weeks or longer, subject to visa requirements.
Start Dates:
Projects start every Thursday, during school term times only – you choose your start and finish dates.
Minimum age 18. No qualifications or experience required. However, you do need to have a very good knowledge of music and musical instruments in order to be able to pass this knowledge onto the students.
What's included:
  • Arranging your Programme
  • Payment Protection insurance
  • Full pre-departure support and assistance
  • Personalised online project portal where you'll access all information your programme, health & safety and country advice.
  • Your own dedicated Project Co-ordinator to help you throughout the pre-departure process
  • Accommodation
  • Full safety, support and back up from our local in-country team.
  • Project orientation & induction on your arrival.
  • 24-hr emergency support.
What's not included: Flights, Travel Insurance, Cost of Visas, Daily transport to and from your project, Food, Pickup and Return to the airport (but we can arrange this for you).
Who can do this Programme?
All projects are open to all nationalities. Suitable for gap years or those taking a year out, grown-up gappers, career breakers, anyone interested in music, the arts, teaching, working with children or education, or care.



You'll work at a school with children ranging from disadvantaged upwards, in Auckland, the largest city in New Zealand. There is a shortage of teachers in New Zealand so you'll really be able to help make a difference here. You'll work with children from all backgrounds, including Maori children and refugee children from underprivileged countries such as Somalia, Ethiopia and the South Pacific islands.

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 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

REQUIREMENTS: 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.



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’!

Wi-Fi / Internet:

There is Wi-Fi / Internet access in the accommodation, with a small charge.


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.



Billy Ray McClelland) (American):
"It has been fun, informative and an experience I will always cherish. These kids and this time are truly special! I had a most wonderful time. I helped with the Music department. I focused on guitar mostly but was able to help with other aspects as well. Working with a competent teacher was a great experience for me. She really had a finesse with the children and made the music learning fun. I have to say I wouldn't trade my time there for anything!

Chris Hauplfeld (American):
The most memorable moment of the program was when I taught Tyrese, a student suffering from severe palsy, how to play the trombone. Due to his affliction, he was unaccustomed to success with instruments that required precise fingerings. However, when he made his first sounds and began to play the trombone, his face lit up and he was visibly excited. That was rewarding.

My biggest achievement was my instruction of two beginning trombone players named Corbin and Rodney. They had never picked up a trombone previously. They learned much through my guidance, including note names, slide positions, and even scales--fairly advanced for musicians with only a few weeks of experience. They progressed most rapidly, I should think, of all my students, and the skills they acquired during our lessons constitute my biggest achievement.

My most significant impact was probably teaching the students practically. I was assigned several tasks, from photocopying music to building shelves to teaching trombone, piano, and music theory. Out of these, the most helpful and meaningful to the project was certainly teaching the students of Mount Roskill Grammar School how to effectively play their instruments.

Bethan Thomas (British):
"... Tuesday to Friday would be spent teaching music with Robyn (the fantastic music teacher ).In the first four weeks of term we were focusing on the topic of ‘Elastics’ which involved a lot of singing and dancing about lycra, making shapes, playing games etc. Music is the only lesson each week not taught by the children’s form teacher. It is therefore a change for the children and gives the teachers an hour of well earned non contact.

As well as helping Robyn in lessons, we ran two choirs, one for Puriri team which was a rather large group and so more like crowd control at times but incredibly rewarding to listen to their sound and one for Kauri team which was my favourite part of the week – they made such a beautiful sound and were so enthusiastic.

I also ran a special music group for a group of Gifted and Talented children in Rimu team. In these we would sing and play musical games and had great fun learning more about music! Each break time Daniel and I would take ukuleles out into the playground and ‘jam’ with the children. Having never played the ‘Uke’ before coming to New Zealand, many of the children were far better than me but I worked hard and soon became competent enough to teach!

When not at school, our time as volunteers was spent seeing the sights around Auckland such as Devonport, Waiheke Island, Rangitoto, and Mission Bay and experiencing the fantastic Maori culture Auckland has to offer. Once a week we would try and cook a big group meal which was great fun as there was usually about ten to twelve of us. We also went out to various restaurants we had scouted out – recommendations go to Mt Fuji (amazing Japanese place on Queen Street). BK Hostel is a great place to stay, it’s clean and friendly and well situated within Auckland.

All in all I had a fantastic time. The staff are amazing there and I felt immediately welcome. Having worked in a school in England for the rest of my gap year I have observed that there is a much more relaxed attitude to life in New Zealand. The children are amazing and I will remember them and my time teaching forever.


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