Monday to Friday:
8am: After having your breakfast, you will walk from the volunteer cabin to the visitor centre next door. You will meet with the staff and other volunteers in the kitchen and help prepare the meals for the caged birds, reptiles, and eels. When completed, you’ll help with the feeding out. Afterwards, the team will meet for a discussion of the days plans and ‘morning tea’ (a typical mid-morning break in New Zealand which comprises of a hot drink, and if you’re lucky, a sweet treat!). You will coordinate with the other volunteers and team leaders to prepare the necessary equipment for the project for the day. The exact activities each day are changeable depending on what groups are coming to visit, the weather, any emergency repairs or wildlfie care needed. For example, one day you may help with the refurbishment on an enclosure, the next day you may be asked to help out with a school group talk (assisting one of the staff who will give the actual presentaion). You will have lunch typically around 12-1pm in the visitor information centre with the other staff and volunteers. In the afternoon you will likely help with the feeding out of the wild eels and the educational talk to park visitors, as well as continue on with the projects discussed in the morning. At around 4pm you will help with the closing of the visitor information centre, and head abck to the volunteer log cabin to have a chance to shower and relax before preparing dinner.
For a more detailed list of the type of activities you will likely be involved in during your placement, click here.
Saturday & Sunday:
During your free time (typically Saturday and Sunday), you are able to arrange your own leisure activities (these are not scheduled as part of the program). Typical leisure activities to choose from include visiting local beaches, trekking/hiking, bird watching, exploring the local area (a bicycle is available for volunteer use), travelling to Wellington city via train (museums / nightlife / shopping), or relaxing at the volunteer accommodation.
Please note that the specific activities during your volunteer placement will vary depending on the season, weather, and project requirements. The schedule above gives a general guide as to a typical format of a week with the project.