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Teach at a school in the largest city in New Zealand where the children are from underprivileged countries and communities.

You'll work as an assistant teacher, helping small groups of children in a variety of subjects. You may also be asked to work one-to-one with some of the children who particularly need help. This close interaction and undivided attention from you helps to raise their standards of education.

Many of the children come from different backgrounds and countries such as Somalia, Ethiopia and the South Pacific islands.

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, but if you're teaching English, you should be fluent in English.
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 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. Your role will be as an assistant to the main teacher and you'll get involved in a variety of subjects.

The schools are generally “low decile” schools. Some have a large number of ethnic children who are classed as the under-privileged community in Auckland. There are also children from many different communities and countries, such as from the Maori communities and from war-torn countries like Somalia, Ethiopia, Tonga and Samoa. These children generally come from lower socio-economic areas of Auckland.

You'll work one-to-one and in small groups with the children some of the time, to really give them the attention they need. Class sizes vary between 20 and 30 children in each class and you will be teaching children aged between 4 and 17.

As an assistant teacher at the school you will be involved in a number of different subjects, such as:

  • Sports
  • Music
  • Drama
  • Math
  • Art
  • Geography
  • History
  • ... and possibly other academic subjects

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. The length of your working day will be around 4 to 5 hours of teaching and preparing for your 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.



Borah Spoorenberg (Dutch):
"Dear Ana, I just wanted to say that the voluntary work at the Owairaka School was an amazing experience! I returned to my home country a couple weeks ago, and still think about the unforgettable time I had in New Zealand.

... The best thing was to see how open, honest and fun children are. Since I had little experience in teaching children, this was definitely an eye-opener. I also loved the Garden-to-Table project, which is a project where children learn to cook with the vegetables and herbs they have in their community garden. It was fantastic to give them cooking lessons!

Can you describe a typical day?
I left my hostel at 8 am and took the bus to school, which was a 30 minute drive. I usually was at school around 8:45 am and went to the class. On Monday, Tuesday and Friday I had to help children in rooms 4 and 24. Around 10:50 am you had a Morning Tea break, and at 12:50 pm you had Lunch break. On Wednesday and Thursday I had to help in the kitchen, and helped them with cooking a dish, such as pizza or Irish bread. The school ended at 3:00 pm.

Thanks again for this experience and for your help ..."

Andrea Mangione (American):
"I absolutely loved my placement at Owairaka, so much that I am going to stay next term as an employee! As a trained teacher in America I was interested to see how other county's education systems are run and I was immediately taken in and accepted as part of the Owairaka family. I got to spend time in 6 different classrooms a week working with children of different ages and abilities.

I learned more about education and myself than I could have expected and I have Travellers to thank for that. I would have never done something like this and got the wonderful experience I did without this program. I made long lasting relationships with some staff members and the children really touched my life.

I can't wait to get back to my classroom in America and use some of the techniques I learned in New Zealand!"

Jennifer Rigby (British):
"I absolutely loved my placement in New Zealand! The country itself is beautiful, and the people are so welcoming. Whilst there, I helped at a primary school in a low income area of Auckland. It was amazing! The school was brilliant, the teaching staff were all so friendly and seemed genuinely grateful for the volunteers.

A standard day involved getting to school at about 8.45 am in time for morning classes. I was placed mostly with the youngest children, so my day involved supervising them, helping with reading and writing, and assisting with general activities. I switched between 3 different classes throughout the week, and I loved them all. Along with that, I helped with an athletics day, and some P.E. classes, and 4 times a week I was involved with a programme called 'Garden to Table', where we taught the (older) children how to cook healthy meals. The school even gave us Friday afternoons off, in case we wanted to travel over the weekends, which we sometimes did.

I did this project because I wanted to do something different, something not everyone has the chance to experience. I loved every minute that I was there; spending everyday with the kids, who were fantastic, so happy and enthusiastic, and spending free time with other volunteers, meeting new people from all over the world.

The experience had made me more confident, and taught me so much about other cultures. I would recommend it to anyone."


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