NEW ZEALAND

ASSISTING CHILDREN WITH CEREBRAL PALSY AND OTHER PHYSICAL AND INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES IN NEW ZEALAND

Assist with children who have a range of physical and/or intellectual or sensory challenges and contribute to their overall development. You’ll help to support with their learning and care. This is a challenging yet rewarding and inspiring project where you can really make a difference.

Assist in caring for and teaching the children to help their development. The school you'll work in offers education and therapy for students who have a range of challenges. A few have cognitive potential close to their chronological age. Many have hi-tech assistive communication devices.

You’ll work mainly as a Teaching Aide, but may also observe and assist the various therapists as they work with students and the team of staff to facilitate student learning.

SUMMARY: THE BASICS

Hi, I'm Katie, Project Coordinator for New Zealand, and I'll be working with you to arrange your ultimate experience here, so if you've any questions, please contact me:
+44 (0)1903 502595,
or email: info@travellers
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Price: £1,695 (approx. US$2,150) for 4 weeks
£270 (approx. US$345) for each additional week.
Excludes flights. Please see Full Price List & prices in other currencies
Duration: From 4 weeks to 12 weeks or longer. Subject to visa requirements.
Start Dates: Projects start every Thursday, during school term times only (see “Work Content” tab) – you choose your start and finish dates.
Requirements: Minimum age 18. No qualifications or experience required, but you should have lots of patience and enthusiasm to help.
What's included: Arranging your Programme,
Full pre-departure support and assistance,
Payment Protection insurance,
Accommodation,
Meeting you at the nearest airport,
Transfer to your accommodation
Local in-country team support and backup,
24-hr emergency support,
Certificate of Completion
What's not included: Flights, Insurance, Cost of Visas, Food, Daily transport to and from your project, Return transfer to the airport.
Who can do this Programme? All projects are open to all nationalities and all ages over 18.
Suitable for gap years or those taking a year out, grown-up gappers, career breakers, anyone interested in caring for, teaching or working with children overseas while doing voluntary work, care volunteering, or teaching projects abroad, or study abroad. Also available as a summer placement in New Zealand.

WHAT YOU'LL GAIN FROM DOING THIS PROJECT

  • An exciting opportunity to travel, see the world and experience a foreign culture first-hand.
  • New skills, more confidence and invaluable personal and professional development.
  • The enormous satisfaction of helping these disadvantaged children and knowing that you made a difference to them.
  • An opportunity to take a break from the traditional academic track or your current career path in order to gain life experience and global cultural awareness
  • An entry on your CV or Résumé that will enhance your career opportunities and make you stand out from the crowd.
  • Make friends, form relationships and build memories that will last a lifetime.
  • Opportunities to enjoy some exciting adventure and cultural activities while on your programme.
  • And best of all ... an unforgettable experience!
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WORK CONTENT AND DESCRIPTION

The school you'll work with offers education and therapy for students who have a range of physical and intellectual challenges. A few have cognitive potential close to their chronological age. Many have hi-tech assistive communication devices.

The school has approximately 135 children in 22 classes, including a parent and baby group. They provide specialised programmes in classrooms with a high teacher-to-pupil ratio and therapy involvement in all classes. Class teams comprise Teacher, Speech Language Therapist, Occupational Therapist, Physiotherapist and Teacher Aides.

You’ll be working mainly as a Teaching Aide but may also have the opportunity to observe and assist the various therapists as they work with students and the team of staff to facilitate student learning. Some time is spent on supporting students with self-care, such as:

  • Positioning students in standing frame or appropriate seating in readiness for learning activity
  • Transferring, lifting and supporting students in accordance with their needs.
  • Assisting with meal times
  • Changing nappies (optional)
  • Assisting in the classroom as directed by the teacher
  • Working in the class with children at allocated time
  • Assisting students in accessing curriculum and therapy programmes as directed by teacher or therapists
  • Maintaining and cleaning equipment and resources as and when necessary.

There is a main campus (or base school) and 7 other sites, including a 7-class satellite cluster at the Saint Andrews Road campus. Classes range from primary through intermediate, secondary to tertiary. Students are aged between 5 and 21 years.

You don't need any specific qualifications. This is a very challenging and physical placement as well as being very hands-on, so you should be willing to work hard and bring the necessary empathy and patience with you.

This project is ideally suited to those who may be considering a career in teaching, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, music therapy or speech & language therapy and for anyone who just wants to give a helping hand.

"2007 saw the start of our association with Travellers Worldwide ... [the volunteers] have been welcomed with open arms. I cannot speak more highly of their commitment and dedication to our school and the children. They are making such a difference." School Principal.

Working hours are from Monday to Friday from 9.00 a.m. to 2.30pm. This gives you plenty of time to explore beautiful Auckland and surrounding areas.

PLACEMENT DATES AND WORKING TIMES:
You are likely to work between 9 a.m. - 2.30 p.m., Monday - Friday. The programme is only available during the school times, as follows:

The school dates for 2019 are

  • Term 1: 7th February - 12th April
  • Term 2: 29th April - 5th July
  • Term 3: 22nd July - 27th September
  • Term 4: 14th October - 13th December

The school dates for 2020 are

  • Term 1: 7th February - 10th April
  • Term 2: 27th April - 3rd July
  • Term 3: 20th July - 25th September
  • Term 4: 12th October - 18th December

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.

Veronica van der Straaten, Deputy Principal, talks about the huge difference Travellers Worldwide Volunteers are making to the Children and the School.:
As the day begins there are screams and laughter coming from the school pool as children at 9.15 a.m. plunge into the cold depths and race around trying to get warm. Meantime in the music room nearby the music teacher is setting up instruments in front of each eager face as the music lesson for a junior class is about to commence. As you walk around the school you notice one or two groups of children reading to an adult while busily in class children are learning, with the help of the adults in the room. In the office area children who are running late are having their names recorded in the absence register, while the telephone rings and a parent with a new five year old waits patiently to have his/her child enrolled. In the resource room volunteers, teacher aides and a parent stamp and bind new books ready to be categorised and to be put onto the shelves ready for teachers to use. In classrooms children are reading, writing, and/or working on their maths.

This is the start of a typical day at Owairaka Primary School situated in the central city district of Mount Albert, Auckland, New Zealand. A busy multicultural school with 320 children, some of whom were born in New Zealand, many of whom have English as a second language or have parents from non- English speaking backgrounds, some are refugees. As you look around the classes and playgrounds there is a vision of the United Nations with Ethiopian, Somalian, Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Samoan, Tongan, Cook Island, English, Maori, European children, and many more cultures, intermingling, playing and learning together.

At the swimming pool, while the class teacher is instructing a group on how to use arm strokes to swim, a volunteer is working with a group of children teaching them how to float. In the music room another volunteer assists the music teacher with her programme, encouraging and assisting the youngest children. The adult listening to the small group of children read is a volunteer from England. He realises the importance of his role because for some of these children reading to a parent to whom English is a second language is difficult. In the office another volunteer is typing up a policy document that is needed for the next Board of Trustees meeting while her friend is working in the resource room, stamping and taping new readers for classes to use. In a year 3 and 4 class, the last volunteer is working alongside a child who needs help to write his news for the day while the class teacher helps the other children.

We are very fortunate at our school. This term we have had the benefit of having six extra adults in our school. They are making a difference! Two of the volunteers from Travellers Worldwide are assisting our music specialist; all of the volunteers are involved with classes so there are at least two adults at the pool at any one time teaching the children to swim. All of our volunteers have children who read to them daily and from last year’s testing we know this has and does make a difference to their learning progress. At lunchtime we have volunteers supervising the free swim time as well as taking the school cricket and softball teams. One of our volunteers works in the library for part of the day binding books and assisting children in the selection of books. All of our volunteers work alongside children in classes at some time during the day. There is variety in their programme and their strengths and interests are utilized.

2007 saw the start of our association with Travellers Worldwide ... [the volunteers] have been welcomed with open arms. I cannot speak more highly of their commitment and dedication to our school and the children. They are making such a difference.

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ACCOMMODATION

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.

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

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:
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.

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

YOUR SAFETY, SUPPORT AND BACKUP:
Read important information about the Support & Backup you receive before you leave and during your programme.

Read about the Safety and Security measures we take to ensure your safety and wellbeing while on our programme.

Thanks from a School Principal to Travellers' NZ Organiser:
>Hi Annette, Just a quick note so say how much the staff enjoyed having Jennie and Delyth and are still enjoying having Adria. They all fitted in really quickly and have been a tremendous help to us. As well as helping children read, assist in class and so on, we had a new child arrive who was very needy and Jennie and Delyth were able to work with him separately at different times while we were trying to organize support. This meant the teacher was assisted greatly and could concentrate more on the rest of the children. Just wanting to pass on all the school's thanks for the volunteers and hope there are many more to come. Diana Tregoweth"

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU BOOK YOUR PLACEMENT?
Once you have applied for a placement, we'll contact you and send you our Welcome Pack. You'll also receive Log-on details and password for our Volunteer Extranet where you'll have access to all the documentation and information which we've put together to facilitate preparations for your adventure! Your Project Co-ordinator for your country will liaise with you throughout the arrangements process, as well as while you're on your placement and on your return home.

The documents you'll have access to also include a Country Factfile, Safety Guide and any manuals that may assist you on your particular programme (e.g. Teaching Guide, Sports Manuals, Enrichment Suggestions for Animal Care, etc.). We do all we can to make your stay one that you'll never forget. This is a truly awesome, elegant and beautiful country.

On Arrival, your Introduction to the Country:
When you arrive you will be welcomed by a member of our team who will take you to your accommodation and introduce you to everyone. During your first few days you'll be given an induction so that you can learn about the country and its culture, as well as other useful information, like how to use the transport system, banks, safety issues, tipping, and lots more.

VOLUNTEERING WITH CHILDREN AND VULNERABLE ADULTS
As well as protecting all our volunteers, Travellers Worldwide is committed to all our projects and dedicated to practices which protect children and vulnerable adults from harm. Read Travellers' Child Care and Vulnerable Adults Policy.

LOCATION | SIGHTSEEING:

The country can be divided into the North Island, the South Island and Stewart Island, as well as many tiny surrounding islands. The North Island is typically famous for beaches, springs and bush, whilst the South Island boasts mountains, glaciers, alpine forests and farmlands.

AUCKLAND:
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.

Maori settlement in Auckland was at least 800 years ago where by different tribes built theIr fortifications on the various volcanoes in Auckland. When the British arrived in 1840 they claimed Auckland as the capital city of New Zealand until Wellington became the capital 25 years later. The city 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 Harbour, the Hauraki Gulf Islands and the many extinct volcanoes that are in Auckland which provide great views of the city.

Climate: New Zealand has a largely temperate climate. While the far north has a subtropical summer, the inland alpine areas can get as cold as -10°C in winter. Most of the country, however, lies close to the coast, which means mild temperatures, moderate rainfall and abundant sunshine.

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OPTIONAL ADD-ON ACTIVITIES:

Make the most of your time there! To help you do that, we've put together some exciting activities, courses and tours that you can add to your itinerary. These are designed to be fun, but also to enable you to learn, and expand your personal and professional development enjoyment ... but mostly for your enjoyment! :-)

Coming Soon!

Message from Annette Orchard Travellers Organiser in Auckland, New Zealand:

If you're reading this then you are probably a lot like NZ- we are innovative and creative, not set in our ways yet, and still developing our identity. We have a great "can-do" attitude to life.

We are the ultimate outdoor playground and, if it hasn't been done, we invent it- Jet boating, Black-water Rafting and Bungee Jumping to name a few. Within easy reach you can also go Whale-watching, Sky-Diving, White-water Rafting, Abseiling and numerous other activities. The locals are invariably friendly and helpful and will make you welcome.

Auckland "City of Sails" is a modern vibrant multi-cultural city of one million with a beautiful harbour, numerous islands, beaches, parks and volcanoes for you to explore. You will always see people out jogging, walking and cycling. There are numerous multi-ethnic restaurants, great shops and a busy night-life scene. New Zealand has a temperate climate and although winter can be frustratingly wet, it is reasonably short.

We are proud of our country and happy to share it with you!

Terms and Conditions apply for Add-Ons, please see here.

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REVIEWS AND FEEDBACK:

MARLIES KLOETI-SCHALCHLIN
Swiss
Teaching Children in Schools in Auckland

: I worked as a teacher‘s aid in a school for children with celebral palsy in Auckland. It was a great experience in every aspect. It was interesting to learn to communicate with the kids not only with words but also with gestures and facial expression.

The work with these kids who don‘t have an easy life made me appreciate a lot of things more than ever. To get a smile or even a small reaction to what you did was so special.

I am doing an education as a teacher‘s aid so my volunteering work was a precious experience on my way there. It will be helpful for my work to start back home this year.

It was a wonderful experience to work with the children with cp. Every smile you get from them fills your heart with warmth and happiness. And the team was great to work with. I learned for life.

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RESPONSIBLE & ETHICAL TRAVEL:

Sustainable and ongoing development of local communities is always the primary aim of our volunteer projects and this project is no different. You'll take up where others before you left off, you’ll be involved in the continued personal development of the children and thus helping to continue making this project sustainable.

We are passionate about mutually beneficial interaction with the local community. The team members are locals and very community-minded. We work closely with the local community to achieve maximum benefits and emphasis is always placed on doing what is best for the local environment.

To this end, information on how to leave minimal negative impact on the environment is given to you prior to your departure as part of your documentation from Travellers Worldwide. This is also highlighted in your induction on arrival.

SUPPORTING THE COMMUNITY:

We have local staff in each destination where we have Programmes and where we work with local partners, again the staff employed are locals. We have long-standing relationships with local people, making this a sustainable, on-going project. Your work here contributes to, and helps to continue, the long chain of worthwhile achievements in this community. You'll also be directly influencing the local economy and supporting international tourism, an important part of the country's general economy. So, by living in the local area, you're bringing in income through tourism and education through cultural exchange!

The accommodation on this project is locally owned and all the staff are from the neighbourhood. Where food is provided, produce is purchased in nearby shops, helping provide authentic local cuisine. Where you've chosen host family accommodation (where available), families are selected based on their desire to provide real cultural exchange and at the same time a warm family environment.

Social Responsibility: The information we provide prepares you for your placement and how to deal with the local people. It also briefs you on the Do’s and Don’ts and makes you aware of the possible impact of your behaviour. However, you are also expected to do research on the country you're going to and their customs and culture. The research you do will help you to gt the most out of this exciting travel and experience opportunity.

Cultural sensitivity: Volunteers receive an induction and orientation on arrival which covers things like being sensitive to the culture you’re in, everyday processes which will be different to what you’re accustomed to, how to have the maximum beneficial imprint and the minimum negative impact.

We stress the importance of responsible tourism, cultural differences and acceptable/unacceptable conduct. Where appropriate, volunteers are briefed on local customs, particularly those that are different to the volunteer’s accepted norm.

Economic Responsibility: By living in the volunteer house provided by the project you’ll, again, be providing much needed income and employment to the local population. The house is simple and built from natural materials and you are actively encouraged to recycle, be efficient with energy and water usage and preserve the natural surroundings. All food is provided and sourced locally. Your transport to and from the project will usually be either on a bicycle or walking again contributing to green efforts.

For 25 years our volunteers have lived in local communities around the world, spent their money with local traders and brought funding to the projects they work with. Travellers employs local staff and works with local support staff. This helps to fund the project directly and through bringing money into the local community.

In general, the organisations we work with around the world often struggle to financially support and maintain the work they do, so every penny raised makes a real difference.

Our aim is to create always a Win-Win-Win situation in terms of the benefits for, (a) the local communities and institutions you work in, (b) our Volunteers, i.e. you, and (c) for Travellers. We do not embark on any project that is not beneficial to all three of these stakeholders.

The impact of pollution: Where transport to and from the project is required, it is left up to you to choose. Public transport is always recommended by us and all nearby public transport routes are shown to all new arrivals. If taxis are required, you'll be encouraged to share with other volunteers in order to lessen the impact of pollution wherever possible.

Having regard for the local community by being consciously aware of your impact is encouraged in all our documentation for all our projects in all our destination countries. This is because we feel very strongly that many countries are subject to, for example, water shortages, high cost of energy and high impact of energy usage, the negative impact of litter and general pollution. Thus we encourage you to be aware of these possible impacts so that they contribute positively and not negatively to the community in this respect

POSITIVE EFFECTS THAT TRAVELLERS HAS ON THE LOCAL ENVIRONMENT:

We provide you with many tips on how to be a responsible traveller regarding the environmental impact you have.

We want you to be immersed in the culture, by living and working with local people. We work with local communities, local charities, local government bodies and local schools. We also often partner with local organisations whom we have vetted to ensure that they are committed to the projects they run, that they have the same responsible attitude to the local community that we do, that they are eco-friendly and have ethical policies.

In our projects and in our headquarters offices, we take an environmentally responsible attitude towards recycling and reusing of waste products. We encourage all participants to offset their flight emissions via a carbon offset scheme. Our volunteers are given pre-departure Information that encourages them to minimise waste and reduce their use of water and electricity, in other words, to live sensitively in the environment that they’re working in.

Travellers also give donations as and when required by projects. This is often done through our charitable arm, The Bridge The Gap Foundation. Our projects enable vital conservation, research, care and education work to take place directly where it is most needed. Our volunteers contribute, all over the world, to projects that would not exist without them.

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