Volunteer Abroad in Wellington

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A Guide to Volunteering Abroad in Wellington

Situated on the North island of New Zealand is Wellington, the “coolest little capital in the world” and the official cultural center of New Zealand. Always ranking in the top spots of best cities in the world to visit, Welly is a homey place where you can ingrain yourself in the local culture and befriend some truly welcoming, life-loving Kiwis no matter how long you are there. As a small city with a big reputation, there is so much to discover as a volunteer in Wellington, including some amazing volunteer projects for nature lovers!

What you need to know to volunteer in Wellington

Wellington (and New Zealand in general) is such a small area of land, where both animals and humans must coexist, so it is essential for Kiwis to preserve the beauty that surrounds them. Enter: Wellington volunteer opportunities:

Popular causes and program types in Wellington. The biggest programs to volunteer abroad in Wellington fall within the scope of the environment and conservation. Although Wellington is a developed city with a high standard of living, there are always underserved populations that result in a need for volunteers in areas such as community development and teaching. Additionally, there are caregiver placements for volunteers interested in social work, giving volunteers the opportunity to work in a facility that helps the elderly or those with mental or physical disabilities.

Short term volunteer programs in Wellington. Once you decide on the what, the next step is to decide on the how long. The duration of volunteer programs abroad in Wellington can vary from days to months or even longer. If you don’t have a lot of time, don’t sweat it. Many like-minded humanitarians opt to volunteer abroad short term and in the summer months because it is a great way to fill that cherished time off and end up with more than an awesome tan by fall.

Long term volunteer programs in Wellington. A couple of weeks or months of volunteering will definitely make a lasting impression (on you and Welly), but volunteers are always encouraged to stay as long as possible to maximize impact. If compassion for Wellington is consuming you and you’re considering jumping in for the long haul, there are definitely long term volunteer abroad programs in Wellington.

Life in Wellington for International Volunteers

Wellington volunteer opportunities leave time to enjoy a fun-sized city bursting with creativity and bohemian vibes. These quirky feels are heavily fueled by the caffeine and craft beer scene, which is enshrined in Wellington’s culture. When the wind and rain sweep the city streets, it’s best to seek shelter in search of the city’s best flat white or IPA.

Wellington is home to Te Papa museum. Arguably the best in the whole country, it is completely free to enter and will give you incredible insight on the indigenous Maori culture. A ride on the cable car up to the botanical garden is mandatory, with the bonus option of visiting the Carter Observatory while you’re up there. After dark, Courtenay Place comes alive with merrymaking, and if you look carefully you will find everything from gin bars to cowboy themed clubs. Volunteer work in Wellington is meaningful, but leaves time to play, too.

GoAbroad’s Inside Scoop for volunteers in Wellington

You won’t have to rough it while volunteering in Wellington. New Zealand is renowned for its easygoing atmosphere, and Wellington is no different. Wellington ranks as one of the safest cities in the world, and on top of that it is compact and walkable, making it easy to get around. Enjoying a high quality of living and volunteering abroad don’t usually go hand in hand. 

One of the best things about volunteer work in Wellington is how easily you can explore the rest of New Zealand. Wellington is central to the whole country—you might hear it referred to as the middle of Middle Earth. The fjords and mountains of the South Island are only a ferry ride away, while the golden beaches and glittering lakes of the north are easily accessed by buses.

Now that you think Wellington volunteer opportunities are literally perfect, hold onto your hat. Windy Welly is a common nickname for the city, due to its extreme wind. You’ll be breaking out the windbreaker often, but you can make lemonade out of this weathered lemon by hopping on a sailboat or trying windsurfing!

Deciding to volunteer abroad in Wellington you give you all the adventure you could ever dream of, and so, so much more. You’ll be able to leave knowing that your hard work has helped preserve the uniqueness of New Zealand for generations to come. So what are you waiting for? Go get in touch with your inner Kiwi, experience life in one of the world’s coolest capitals, and volunteer abroad in Wellington.

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