Teach Children in Schools in New Zealand

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Country: New Zealand,
Type: Teaching & Education, Working with children,

Teach at a school in Auckland, the largest city in New Zealand, where the children are from underprivileged countries and communities. Many come from different backgrounds and countries such as Somalia, Ethiopia and the South Pacific islands. 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. This is a very worthwhile project that will give you lots of personal satisfaction.

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

  • England

  • ... and possibly other academic subjects

If you'd like to teach a specific subject that is not listed here, please let us know and we'll arrange it for you.


The school dates for 2014 are:
Term 1: 27th Jan / 7th Feb –17th April
Term 2: 5th May – 4th July 
Term 3: 21st July – 26th Sep
Term 4: 13th Oct – 19th Dec

The school dates for 2015 are:
Term 1: 2nd Feb –2nd April
Term 2: 5th 20th April – 3rd July
Term 3: 20th July – 25th Sep
Term 4: 12th Oct – 15th/18th Dec

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.  

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’!

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. 

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.

4 Weeks £1,395
6 Weeks £1,795
8 Weeks £2,195
10 Weeks £2,595
12 Weeks £2,995
Extra Weeks £200

Start Dates
All year round, subject to school term dates and holidays - you choose your start and finish dates!

4 weeks to 6 months, subject to visa requirements

Minimum age 18, no qualifications necessary. If you're teaching English, you must be fluent in English.

What's included
►Arranging your Programme
►Full pre-departure support and assistance
►Payment Protection Insurance
►Meeting you at the nearest Airport 
►Transfer to your accommodation 
►Transport to and from your project 
►Local in-country team support and backup 
►24-hr emergency support.What's not includedFlights, Insurance, Cost of Visas (if a visa is required), Return transfer to airport.


Contact Details



Caravelle House, Goring Road,


BN12 5HY

Telephone 1: 0207 193 6835 (From within the UK) or +44 (0) 207 193 6835 (From outside of the UK)

Website: http://budgetvolunteering.com/new-zealand/teaching-auckland.htm

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