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NEW ZEALAND

COACH SPORTS TO CHILDREN IN SCHOOLS IN AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND

Coach sports to children and assist with teaching in Clubs and schools in Auckland, New Zealand. You can assist, develop and play a specific sport, or many different types of sports - the choice is yours! The sports you can choose from are:

  • Athletics
  • Baseball
  • Cricket
  • Gymnastics
  • Hockey
  • Rugby
  • Tennis

SUMMARY: THE BASICS

Price: £1,495 (approx. US$1,975) for 4 weeks
£200 (approx. US$300) for each additional week.
Excludes flights. Please see Full Price List & Other Currencies
Duration: From 4 weeks to 12 weeks or longer. Subject to visa requirements.
Start Dates: Projects start every Thursday, subject to school term times and sports season (see “Work Content” tab) – you choose your start and finish dates.
Requirements: Minimum age 18. You don't need any qualifications or experience to do this project.
What's included: Arranging your Programme
Full pre-departure support and assistance
Payment Protection insurance
Accommodation
Meeting you at the nearest Airport
Transfer to your accommodation
Local in-country team support and backup
24-hr emergency support
Certificate of Completion
What's not included: Flights, Insurance, Cost of Visas, Food, Daily transport to and from your project, Return transfer to the airport.
Who can do this Project? All projects are open to all nationalities and all ages over 18.
Suitable for gap years or those taking a year out, grown-up gappers, career breakers, anyone interested in sports, teaching or working with children overseas while doing voluntary work, projects abroad or study abroad.
Also available as a summer placement or short break in New Zealand, or for those interested in TEFL teaching.

WHAT YOU'LL GAIN FROM DOING THIS PROJECT

  • An exciting opportunity to travel, see the world and experience a foreign culture first-hand.
  • New skills, more confidence and invaluable personal and professional development.
  • The enormous satisfaction of helping these disadvantaged children and knowing that you made a difference to them.
  • An opportunity to take a break from the traditional academic track or your current career path in order to gain life experience and global cultural awareness
  • An entry on your CV or Résumé that will enhance your career opportunities and make you stand out from the crowd.
  • Make friends, form relationships and build memories that will last a lifetime.
  • Opportunities to enjoy some exciting adventure and cultural activities while on your programme.
  • And best of all ... an unforgettable experience!
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WORK CONTENT AND DESCRIPTION

This project provides you with a diverse experience in that your activities will take place in two locations and will also give you the opportunity to coach other sports as well:

  1. During the day you will assist with sports sessions at a school in one of Auckland's suburbs. You'll assist with a variety of sports, depending on the season, with children from communities including Maori, the South Pacific islands and children from many other countries. You'll also be assisting in the classroom and with school activities.
  2. You'll spend some of your afternoons and evenings coaching and/or training at a Sports Club in Auckland. You'll work with a variety of ages at the club and during the weekend you may have an opportunity to compete yourself and test your abilities against the Kiwis! The clubs we work with have very lively social scene and you will be welcomed with open arms.
Your Coaching in Schools Segment Athletics
Baseball Cricket
Gymnastics Hockey
Rugby Tennis

YOUR SPORTS PROJECT AT THE SCHOOL:
The School Sports element of your Programme will take place during the day. The school has children from a variety of backgrounds and countries such as Maori children and children from Sudan and Somalia who are refugees, as well as children from other lower economic countries such as Samoa and Tonga. The school has good facilities that will enable you to coach a variety of different sports.

There is a wide number of sports available to coach on this project and you will be involved in a wide range of sporting activities, giving you great diversity. The sports are generally coached by season, but if you wanted to coach a sport that was not in season, or if you wanted to introduce a new sport to the children, the school would welcome it as long as it was of benefit to the children. Each school offers different sports so if there was a particular sport that you were interested in coaching please let us know and we will make arrangements for this.

The sports vary with each term, as follows:
Term 1: Swimming, Tennis, Cricket, Athletics
Term 2: Rugby Union & League, Football, Hockey, Netball
Term 3: Rugby League, Football, Netball
Term 4: Athletics, Cricket, Cross Country & Football.

ATHLETICS:
This element of your programme will take place in the late afternoons and evenings. You'll work at a athletics club located in the suburbs of Auckland and a short bus ride away from the city centre where your accommodation is located. The club has excellent facilities, including a weights gym, athletics track and top class cross country running park. At the club you will have the opportunity to coach a variety of different ages in a variety of different events. You'll also have the opportunity to train and possibly compete for the club, if you get selected.

The club has a large variety of athletics events available for volunteers to coach and compete in as follows:
All field events,
All track events,
Cross country/middle distance

During the summer months (October to March) the club holds its track and field training. The cross country and middle distance training takes place all year round. The children you will be coaching vary from 7 - 18 year olds. If you would also like to compete yourself on this project, you can do this as a representative of the athletics club or as a representative from your own club.

The athletics season runs from:
Track & Field: October - March
Cross Country, road running and long distance: All year round.

Coaching and training times are as follows:
Track & Field: 5:30 - 7:00 Wednesday
Cross country, road running and long distance: 5:00 - 6:30 - 7:00 Monday - Friday
Athletics meetings take place from October to December and from February to March, and cross country events run throughout the winter period. You can coach athletics all year around, regardless of the school holidays.

If you're a long distance/cross country coach you'll coach for 2 days a week, whereas if you'e a track/field coach, you'll coach for one day a week, but you'll have the opportunity to coach more than this, should you wish.

Please Note: As a volunteer with Travellers you'll receive free club membership but if you wish to compete you'll have to pay around NZ$5 - NZ$7 per meeting.

BASEBALL:
This element of your programme will take place in the late afternoons and evenings. You'll work at a baseball club located just a short bus ride away from your accommodation. The club we work with is the top club in Auckland and has won numerous national championships. The club has a large number of juniors that you will be able to work with. The junior teams have both boys and girls who play together. There are excellent facilities and you'll coach a number of junior teams. You'll also have the opportunity to coach, train, and possibly play for the senior men's team, if you get selected. The junior teams at the clubs fall under the following age groups:

  • 5- 8s T Ball,
  • U 10s 4 teams,
  • U12s 6 teams,
  • U14s 2 teams,
  • U16s

THE BASEBALL SEASON AND COACHING TIMES: The baseball season runs from October to Mid December and from late January to mid March. Coaching and training times are between 4:30pm - 7:30pm and take place one afternoon/evening a week during the week days for both the seniors and juniors but if you wish to coach more then coaching sessions will be arranged for you by the club as they are keen for the children to receive extra coaching.

Games take place on the weekends during the season. The juniors play one Saturday morning - you'll have the opportunity to coach the junior team, putting everything you have taught them into practice on the field. On Sunday it will be your opportunity to play with the seniors. Out of season there will be no opportunity to play baseball at the club.

CRICKET:
This element of your programme will take place in the late afternoons and evenings. You'll work at a cricket club located opposite the Auckland harbor, just a short ferry ride away from your accommodation. There are excellent facilities and you'll coach a number of junior teams. You'll also have the opportunity to coach, train, and possibly play for the senior men's teams, if you get selected. The junior teams at the clubs fall under the following age groups:

  • 6 - 7s softball,
  • 7 - 9's little league,
  • 10 - 13's hardball

If you would also like to play cricket on this project, you can do this with a number of senior teams. There is a good mixture of standards at the club so there is something for everyone.

As well as training and playing for one of these teams, you may also be able to coach them if you're considered good enough. There are a number of senior teams that you can train with and play for:
4 senior 1 day grades (50 over cricket)
5 senior 2 day grades cricket.

THE CRICKET SEASON AND COACHING TIMES: The cricket season runs from:
Pre Season 1st September - 1st October (Indoor Cricket)
Seniors 1st 0ctober - 31st March
Juniors 22nd October - mid December & February - March

Coaching and training times are as follows:
Juniors: 3:45 – 5:30 - Monday - Thursday
Seniors: 5:30 - 7:30 - Tuesday - Thursday

Games take place on the weekends during the season. The juniors play in the morning - you'll have the opportunity to coach the junior team, putting everything you have taught them into practice on the field. In the afternoon it will be your opportunity to play with the seniors. Out of season there will be no opportunity to play cricket at the club.

Note from the Coaching Director to Travellers: "Richard, hope all's well. As promised, just a short email to update you on things at the Cricket Club. Stu and Mark continue to be extremely valuable coaches. I have been able to utilize their coaching skills in a variety of ways, from providing specific 1-on-1 batting coaching to hardball junior players, Little-League 'intro to cricket' skill sessions, and running team fielding skills practices, depending on what is required on the day. Always, their enthusiasm and passion is obvious, and certainly both add plenty of value to the practices they are involved in. They have been coaching for three days a week, and their timekeeping and appearance is always excellent. It has certainly been extremely successful from my perspective." Bruce Warner - Coaching Director

GYMNASTICS:
You'll work as a coach at an excellent gymnastics club in the city of Auckland. The gymnastics club that we work with have a variety of ages that attend and you will be working with children across various age groups. You'll assist the head coaches for each particular event. This will give you good experience and a good insight into a variety of gymnastics events. On this project you will be able to improve your coaching skills and learn from the highly qualified and experienced coaches at the clubs.

No qualifications are required for this project but it would be best if you were a gymnast or ex gymnast and had coaching/training and competed within gymnastics.

You'll work with a variety of age groups and with children at different levels of ability, from beginners through to national gym level. There may also be the opportunity to work with a number of school groups that use the gymnastics club. The club have a variety of different gymnastics events and groups, including:

  • Kindy Gym (2-5 year olds)
  • School gymnastics
  • General Gymnastics (recreational 5 - 12 year olds)
  • Trampolining
  • Recreational Gymnastics
  • Men’s Competitive Gymnastics
  • Women’s competitive gymnastics
  • Teen Gym (13 - 16 year olds)
  • Rhythmic Gymnastics

PLEASE NOTE: If you wish to compete within gymnastics on this project, there might an entry fee involved for competitions. As you'll be a coach at the club. you'll be able to use the club's facilities for training.

THE GYMNASTICS SEASON AND COACHING TIMES: This project runs all year around during the school terms but is not available during the school holidays.

You'll work from Monday to Friday with some optional coaching on the weekend. As this project is very flexible, you may wish to coach on the weekend instead and have 2 days off in the week. Arrangements to do this can be made between yourself and the head coach while on your placement. However, you'll have to take into account that certain events take place on different days. A typical day on this project is as follows:

  • 9:30 - 1:30 Kindy Gym & School groups
  • 1:30 - 3:30 pm: Administration work and lunch time
  • 3:30 - 8 pm: All gymnastics groups at various times

These are long hours, but you'll only be expected to do between 6 and 8 hours per day. Your schedule will be arranged between you and the Head Coach. During terms 2 & 3 there are more opportunities for coaching during the day with school groups.

COMPETING: If you wish to compete in gymnastics competitions, they do run all year round, but the main season is from May to September.

HOCKEY:
This element of your programme will take place in the late afternoons and evenings. You'll work at a hockey club at a number of venues located in the suburbs of Auckland. There are excellent facilities and you'll coach a number of junior teams. You'll also have the opportunity to train, and possibly play for the senior men's or women's teams, if you get selected.

There are a number of junior teams at the club with children aged 5 to 12 and they are about 70+ junior players at the club. The teams at the club are:
Four 5-9 year-old teams
Two 10-12 year-old teams
One youth girls team 15-18 year-olds

If you would also like to play hockey on this project, you can do this with a number of senior teams. There is a good mixture of standards at the clubs so there is something for everyone. The club are very strong in women's hockey and currently have a number of the national women's 'black sticks' ladies who play for them. As well as training and playing for one of these teams, you may also be able to coach them if you're considered good enough. There are a number of senior teams that you can train with and play for:
2 men's teams
3 women's teams
1 youth girls team (if you're 17 or 18 you can play with this team if you wish).

THE HOCKEY SEASON AND COACHING TIMES: The hockey season runs from:
Pre season: February - March
Main Season: April - September

Coaching and training times are:
Juniors: 5:00 – 7:00 - Wednesday
Seniors: Tuesday 7:00 - 8:00 Women, 8:00 - 9:00 Men

Games take place on the weekends during the season. The juniors play their game on Saturday morning where you will have the opportunity to coach a team putting everything you have taught them into practice on the field. In the afternoon or on Sunday, it will be your opportunity to play with the seniors. Out of season there will be no opportunity to play hockey at the club. During the school holidays there is no opportunity to coach hockey.

RUGBY:
This element of your programme will take place in the late afternoons and evenings. As a Travellers' Rugby Union coach, you'll work at a Rugby Union club that is conveniently located fairly close to your accommodation in Auckland.

Auckland is home to the Blues Rugby Team which plays in the Super 14. The stadium is located fairly close to your accommodation and if you time your placement to take place during the season, you should try and watch a game. The club has excellent facilities, including an indoor Astroturf training facility, and a large number of junior teams that you'll have the opportunity to coach. They also have a large number of senior teams including a women's team as well as colts teams (under 19s & under 21s) which you'll have the opportunity to coach, train with and possibly play for if you get selected. The club we work with play to a high standard in Auckland.

The age ranges we work with include U6's to U13's, U19's and U21's (Colts).

If you'd like to play Rugby on this project, you may be able to do so with a number of senior teams. There is a good mixture of standards at the clubs so there is something for everyone. Rugby in Auckland is also divided by weight so if you are under 85 kg you can play in the restricted weight category which tends to be a very fast paced and exciting game to play. The senior teams that you can train with and play for include:

  • 2 Men's open weight category teams
  • 4 Men's under 85kg category teams
  • 2 Colt men's teams (under 19s & under 21s)
  • 2 Men's social sides
  • 1 Woman's team
  • A large number of touch rugby teams in the off season

The club you will be working at has a great social scene - you will soon be embraced into the Kiwi Rugby culture.

THE RUGBY UNION SEASON AND COACHING TIMES: The Rugby Union season runs from:
Seniors Late March - Mid august
Juniors: Mid April - Mid August
Touch Rugby season runs from late Oct - Dec & late Jan - end of Feb

Games take place on the weekends during the season. The juniors play their game in the morning where you will have the opportunity to coach a team putting everything you have taught them into practice on the field. In the afternoon as a senior player it will be your opportunity to play.

TENNIS:
This element of your programme will take place in the late afternoons and evenings. You'll work at one of the Tennis Clubs we partner with, located in the suburbs of Auckland, just a bus ride away from the city centre where your accommodation is located. There are excellent facilities and you'll coach a number of junior teams and age groups. You'll also have the opportunity to train and possibly play for the senior teams, if you get selected.

We work with a number of different Clubs who generally have a large number of junior teams and players at the club. At one of the Clubs, during the summer months (October - Mid April) there are 400 junior players in 50 teams. In the winter (May - September) this club has 200 juniors in 30 different teams. The children you will be coaching vary from 5 - 18 year olds. You'll generally assist the coaches, with approximately 6 students per coach. Some of the coaching elements will include balls, correction, demonstration and drills with individuals. You won't be given total responsibility, but your work will allocated according to your level of experience and ability. As the age of students increases, your assistance becomes more valuable. You will have a certain amount of choice regarding how many hours you'll coach.

If you would also like to play tennis on this project, you can do this with a number of senior teams. There is a good mixture of standards at the clubs so there is something for everyone. The tennis clubs have mixed teams who play singles, doubles and mixed doubles and you will be allocated a team to play in.

THE TENNIS SEASON AND COACHING TIMES: The tennis season runs from:
Summer: 8th October - 18th April with a short break over Christmas
Winter: from 5th May through to 26th September – it may be possible to arrange some tennis coaching at the tennis clubs during these months, although it will be limited and mixed with general sports coaching at the schools during the day.

Games take place: end of September - end of March - beginning of April

Coaching and training times are:
Juniors: 3:15 – 7:00 Monday - Friday
Seniors: 5:00 - 8:00 - Monday - Thursday

Games take place every second weekend if you wish to play tennis. During the school holidays there is the opportunity to coach tennis but for only 3 days a week from 9 - 12 as part of the school holiday tennis camps. Please consult the school sports webpage for school dates. You will be expected to coach for 2 days a week at the club but you'll have the opportunity to coach more days if you wish.

PLACEMENT DATES AND WORKING TIMES:
You are likely to work between 8:30 a.m. - 3.00 p.m., Monday - Friday. The programme is only available during the school times, as follows:

The school dates for 2017 are:
Term 1: 3rd Feb – 13th April
Term 2: 1st May – 7th July
Term 3: 24th July – 29th Sep
Term 4: 16th Oct – 14th Dec

The school dates for 2018 are:
Term 1: 29th January – 13th April 2018
Term 2: 30th April – 6th July 2018
Term 3: 23rd July – 28th September 2018
Term 4: 15th October – 18th December 2018

FREE COACHING MANUALS:
As a volunteer sports coach with Travellers, you have access to a large number of coaching manuals for each sport - these manuals have been produced in-house by our Sports Manager. These manuals are very useful and will help you to plan coaching sessions for your students.

REQUIREMENTS: 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.

ACCOMMODATION

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.

Wi-Fi / Internet: There is Wi-Fi / Internet access in the accommodation, with a small charge.

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:
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.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

YOUR SAFETY, SUPPORT AND BACKUP:
Read important information about the Support & Backup you receive before you leave and during your programme.

Read about the Safety and Security measures we take to ensure your safety and wellbeing while on our programme.

Thanks from a School Principal to Travellers' NZ Organiser:
>Hi Annette, Just a quick note so say how much the staff enjoyed having Jennie and Delyth and are still enjoying having Adria. They all fitted in really quickly and have been a tremendous help to us. As well as helping children read, assist in class and so on, we had a new child arrive who was very needy and Jennie and Delyth were able to work with him separately at different times while we were trying to organize support. This meant the teacher was assisted greatly and could concentrate more on the rest of the children. Just wanting to pass on all the school's thanks for the volunteers and hope there are many more to come. Diana Tregoweth"

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU BOOK YOUR PLACEMENT?
Once you have applied for a placement, we'll contact you and send you our Welcome Pack. You'll also receive Log-on details and password for our Volunteer Extranet where you'll have access to all the documentation and information which we've put together to facilitate preparations for your adventure! Your Project Co-ordinator for your country will liaise with you throughout the arrangements process, as well as while you're on your placement and on your return home.

The documents you'll have access to also include a Country Factfile, Safety Guide and any manuals that may assist you on your particular programme (e.g. Teaching Guide, Sports Manuals, Enrichment Suggestions for Animal Care, etc.). We do all we can to make your stay one that you'll never forget. This is a truly awesome, elegant and beautiful country.

On Arrival, your Introduction to the Country:
When you arrive you will be welcomed by a member of our team who will take you to your accommodation and introduce you to everyone. During your first few days you'll be given an induction so that you can learn about the country and its culture, as well as other useful information, like how to use the transport system, banks, safety issues, tipping, and lots more.

VOLUNTEERING WITH CHILDREN AND VULNERABLE ADULTS
As well as protecting all our volunteers, Travellers Worldwide is committed to all our projects and dedicated to practices which protect children and vulnerable adults from harm. Read Travellers' Child Care and Vulnerable Adults Policy.

Veronica van der Straaten, Deputy Principal, talks about the huge difference Travellers Worldwide Volunteers are making to the Children and the School.:
As the day begins there are screams and laughter coming from the school pool as children at 9.15 a.m. plunge into the cold depths and race around trying to get warm. Meantime in the music room nearby the music teacher is setting up instruments in front of each eager face as the music lesson for a junior class is about to commence. As you walk around the school you notice one or two groups of children reading to an adult while busily in class children are learning, with the help of the adults in the room. In the office area children who are running late are having their names recorded in the absence register, while the telephone rings and a parent with a new five year old waits patiently to have his/her child enrolled. In the resource room volunteers, teacher aides and a parent stamp and bind new books ready to be categorised and to be put onto the shelves ready for teachers to use. In classrooms children are reading, writing, and/or working on their maths.

This is the start of a typical day at Owairaka Primary School situated in the central city district of Mount Albert, Auckland, New Zealand. A busy multicultural school with 320 children, some of whom were born in New Zealand, many of whom have English as a second language or have parents from non- English speaking backgrounds, some are refugees. As you look around the classes and playgrounds there is a vision of the United Nations with Ethiopian, Somalian, Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Samoan, Tongan, Cook Island, English, Maori, European children, and many more cultures, intermingling, playing and learning together.

At the swimming pool, while the class teacher is instructing a group on how to use arm strokes to swim, a volunteer is working with a group of children teaching them how to float. In the music room another volunteer assists the music teacher with her programme, encouraging and assisting the youngest children. The adult listening to the small group of children read is a volunteer from England. He realises the importance of his role because for some of these children reading to a parent to whom English is a second language is difficult. In the office another volunteer is typing up a policy document that is needed for the next Board of Trustees meeting while her friend is working in the resource room, stamping and taping new readers for classes to use. In a year 3 and 4 class, the last volunteer is working alongside a child who needs help to write his news for the day while the class teacher helps the other children.

We are very fortunate at our school. This term we have had the benefit of having six extra adults in our school. They are making a difference! Two of the volunteers from Travellers Worldwide are assisting our music specialist; all of the volunteers are involved with classes so there are at least two adults at the pool at any one time teaching the children to swim. All of our volunteers have children who read to them daily and from last year’s testing we know this has and does make a difference to their learning progress. At lunchtime we have volunteers supervising the free swim time as well as taking the school cricket and softball teams. One of our volunteers works in the library for part of the day binding books and assisting children in the selection of books. All of our volunteers work alongside children in classes at some time during the day. There is variety in their programme and their strengths and interests are utilized.

2007 saw the start of our association with Travellers Worldwide ... [the volunteers] have been welcomed with open arms. I cannot speak more highly of their commitment and dedication to our school and the children. They are making such a difference.

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OPTIONAL ADD-ON ACTIVITIES:

Make the most of your time there! To help you do that, we've put together some exciting activities, courses and tours that you can add to your itinerary. These are designed to be fun, but also to enable you to learn, and expand your personal and professional development enjoyment ... but mostly for your enjoyment! :-)

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Message from Annette Orchard Travellers Organiser in Auckland, New Zealand:

If you're reading this then you are probably a lot like NZ- we are innovative and creative, not set in our ways yet, and still developing our identity. We have a great "can-do" attitude to life.

We are the ultimate outdoor playground and, if it hasn't been done, we invent it- Jet boating, Black-water Rafting and Bungee Jumping to name a few. Within easy reach you can also go Whale-watching, Sky-Diving, White-water Rafting, Abseiling and numerous other activities. The locals are invariably friendly and helpful and will make you welcome.

Auckland "City of Sails" is a modern vibrant multi-cultural city of one million with a beautiful harbour, numerous islands, beaches, parks and volcanoes for you to explore. You will always see people out jogging, walking and cycling. There are numerous multi-ethnic restaurants, great shops and a busy night-life scene. New Zealand has a temperate climate and although winter can be frustratingly wet, it is reasonably short.

We are proud of our country and happy to share it with you!

Terms and Conditions apply for Add-Ons, please see here.

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LOCATION | SIGHTSEEING:

The country can be divided into the North Island, the South Island and Stewart Island, as well as many tiny surrounding islands. The North Island is typically famous for beaches, springs and bush, whilst the South Island boasts mountains, glaciers, alpine forests and farmlands.

AUCKLAND:
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.

Maori settlement in Auckland was at least 800 years ago where by different tribes built theIr fortifications on the various volcanoes in Auckland. When the British arrived in 1840 they claimed Auckland as the capital city of New Zealand until Wellington became the capital 25 years later. The city is modern and vibrant - a fun and friendly with beautiful surrounding islands and harbour.

Some of its more famous attractions include the Sky Tower, Rangitoto island, the Harbour, the Hauraki Gulf Islands and the many extinct volcanoes that are in Auckland which provide great views of the city.

Climate: New Zealand has a largely temperate climate. While the far north has a subtropical summer, the inland alpine areas can get as cold as -10°C in winter. Most of the country, however, lies close to the coast, which means mild temperatures, moderate rainfall and abundant sunshine.

TRAVEL:

Read about Travel arrangements and what happens when you arrive in your new country.

REVIEWS AND FEEDBACK:

LUCY ATKINSON
British
Coaching Sports to Children in Schools in Auckland

What was your most memorable moment? My most memorable moment of the programme was taking a group of students from Avondale school on a surfing trip to piha beach.

What do you think your biggest achievement was on the programme? I think that my biggest achievement of the programme was bringing new ideas to the school and sharing my interests with the school children.Also building a relationship with the class that I worked with which I will remember forever.

What Positive Impact do you think you had on the Project? Bringing exciting/different activities for the kids and sharing my talents with them.

Case Study: My experience on the sports coaching and teaching programme in New Zealand was unforgettable. It is hard to put it into words, as it was all that I ever imagined and more. If you are a keen enthusiastic person willing to meet new people and share your interests/ideas, then this programme is perfect for you.

I am not the most outgoing person but this placement has given me the confidence,knowledge and the most amazing memories. This placement gave me the opportunity to learn about LOTS of different cultures, work in a professional but friendly environment and share my interests in sport with children that may be less fortunate to have that extra help and support.

The school was so appreciative of my help and I was overwhelmed with the comments and gifts from everyone at the school.

I wanted to do this programme to give me an insight to how schools run in a completely different country, meet people from different cultures and share my interests with people who dont neccasarily get the opportunities to participate in sport for whatever reason that may be. I can certainly say that this programm has fulfilled all of my aims and I would definitely recommend this programme.

MATTHEW OVERMYER
American
Coaching Baseball in Auckland

Baseball is still internationally unrecognized outside the USA compared to other sports like soccer. I thought this would be a great way to help be involved in and develop a sport I enjoy in another country.

I chose New Zealand because it was the furthest from home. But seriously because I figure it would be good being down here for summer and grab some good weather and also get to see the other side of the world.

I have found the placement so far great everyone so far has been really friendly. I have not had any problems adjusting to being down here and the city is so relaxed.

JONATHAN DICK
British
Coaching Rugby in Auckland

New Zealand is awesome! Everyone is so nice and welcoming over here. The kids at the school couldn't be happier that I'm here to coach rugby, and couldn't be keener to get stuck in!

It's a lot different at the Rugby Club as the kids there are far more privileged and seem less interested when at training, but it just means that I have a greater challenge in front of me and am looking forward to seeing the results once I come to the end of my time there!

I have my first game with the school team on Tuesday, so it should be interesting to see how much they have picked up in the time I've been there.

I haven't really been out exploring too much yet as have been wrapped up in my project, but I am planning a few trips for the weekends coming up as I begin to get into more of a routine. So hopefully I will be able to get a broader perspective of the country than just the bright city lights of Auckland City!

SIMON THOMSON
British
Coaching Hockey in Auckland

The Hockey club I have been working with has been really grateful for my contribution, giving me lifts all over Auckland to get to junior and senior games. But as far as the club is concerned, I have been really impressed. The club's standard is just right, giving me the challenge of raising my level of play, whilst allowing me to put my own abilities to good use.

I have so far played in all of the clubs games for both the first team and the second team which takes part on the weekend.

The school has also been great. Like the Hockey Club, the staff are forever going out of their way to show their gratitude, from great multitudes of tea and biscuits to lifts home and advice on touring the city.

Furthermore, I have enjoyed the combination of sports activities and reading mileage which gives great diversity to the project and also helps break up all the physical activity during the week. But for me the most impressive aspect of the school so far has been the kids themselves.

All the kids are fantastic, showing great enthusiasm and energy in every aspect of the curriculum. Also, almost without fail the kids love me! Fighting for my attention and approval all the time, which is really flattering. I have very much been placed in some areas of the school as a male role model, which is a role I am more than happy to play.

All said, I have really enjoyed my time at the school so far and would undoubtedly advise it to anyone else who was planning a venture such as mine.

BENJAMIN SWEET
British
Coaching Tennis in Auckland

New Zealand has been fantastic so far. I spend the first day mostly asleep with some jetlag, but then I went out with another volunteer to check out the town in a bit of detail, and it all looks really nice.

The placement is really good, the hostel is friendly, comfortable, and is very close to many important shops in the town. Today we went to two festivals. The first to celebrate Waitangi day, and the other to celebrate the Chinese New Year. They were both fascinating, and a great insight into the different cultures New Zealand and Auckland has.

STUART SAVIDGE
British
Coaching Cricket in Auckland

I am emailing to express my thanks at the best three months of my life, spent volunteering in Auckland and Chong Ming Island.

The support I received before my placement started was extremely helpful and was matched by local staff once my placement had began. It was good to know that despite being in an alien environment, there were people I could ask for help if it was needed.

The placements themselves were great fun, and I really enjoyed working with the children and teachers, who were without exception, the nicest people you will meet.

I really would recommend Travellers to anyone. Keep up the good work.

PHOTO GALLERY: Coaching Sports to Children