Fact #1: Between May and September it is WINTER in New Zealand!
Fact #2: Despite our best efforts, most ISV volunteers come to New Zealand with inadequate warm clothing and are thus unprepared for the cold conditions.
Fact #3: If you’re traveling with ISV to NZ between May to September each year, don’t worry about Fact #1 and Fact #2 as ISV has implemented a great initiative to keep our volunteers warm while also contributing to some meaningful local conservation efforts.
Volunteers can purchase thermal shirts in a range of colors and sizes for $25 NZD. They are good quality, really warm, look fantastic and are made in New Zealand (to support local industries and reduce carbon footprint). If you wish to buy one can do so (in cash) from your project leader once you arrive at your project. $5 NZD from every shirt sold (ISV makes zero profit) will benefit this year’s designated charity (see below).
2007-2009: ISV volunteers raised $1388 NZD which was donated to the Whangarei Native Bird Recovery Centre. They care for birdlife in Northland and are involved with education, rescue and rehabilitation of birds, as well as opening the centre to the public.
2010 to 2011: $824 NZD was donated to the Fiordland Conservation Trust. This Trust supports conservation projects in Fiordland, Southland and New Zealand's Sub-Antarctic Islands.
2012: This year the ISV NZ office is supporting the New Zealand Whale and Dolphin Trust. This initiative supports conservation of Whales and Dolphins in New Zealand waters and relies on donations and sponsorship to fund their initiatives.
Stay warm this winter and help us support whales and dolphin in NZ! Let’s try and make this year our most successful fundraiser yet!
ISV New Zealand Project Manager