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New Zealand

Explore the beauty and variety of New Zealand's dramatic landscapes while preserving fragile ecosystems found nowhere else on earth. From the rolling mountains to the sweeping coastal plains, New Zealand will leave you breathless!

New Zealand programs are unavailable for 2017.

New Zealand Volunteer Projects

Help save threatened habitats & species throughout native New Zealand ecosystems!

New Zealand is like no other place on earth. The iconic kiwi bird is a flagship species that exemplifies the plight of New Zealand’s rare and threatened species. Land management practices, introduced predators and invasive species have threatened native species survival and caused a loss of many species and ecosystems. ISV has partnered with a range of New Zealand local organizations that are doing meaningful hands-on projects to conserve and rehabilitate the precious habitats and species that remain. You have the chance to make a difference through volunteering on ISV’s conservation projects which are located in some of New Zealand’s most beautiful regions. Projects focus on habitat restoration, and some involve meaningful interaction with indigenous Maori communities.

Each project runs for 2 weeks and is operated in partnership with well-established local conservation organizations including government and non government organizations (NGOs), private reserves and farms, and local grassroots community groups. Projects are based in a variety of locations, from the remote West Coast of the South Island to reserves and sanctuaries near main cities.

Environmental Management

Environmental Management Photo

Isolated for millennia, New Zealand is a place like no other. Species on Aotearoa (the indigenous Maori name translating to "land of the long white cloud") evolved without mammalian predators and many of its bird species such as the iconic Kiwi remain flightless today. With an incredible history and unique wildlife – New Zealand’s plant and animal species are under threat from human development and foreign predators. Here is your chance to contribute to a wide variety of environmental management initiatives that help restore New Zealand’s ecology to its former glory.

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