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Date: Thursday 26 April
Time: 11:00am - 12:30pm
Global Environmental Placement - New Zealand, South Island - Environmental Sustainability
New Zealand has an ever-changing landscape, from subtropical forest to volcanic plateaus, vast plains to glaciers and sandy beaches to rugged mountains. The terrain can prove difficult to manage with climatic instability and human impact. NZ’s fragile environment is unfortunately suffering a decline in endangered species and environmental degradation. Deforestation is a significant factor and a growing concern. Scientists are concerned about the changes occurring to the local environment and climate.
The focus of this environment project in NZ is on preserving and restoring New Zealand’s unique wilderness and natural landscape. The activities could include; endangered species protection and disaster relief, environmental monitoring, tree planting, heritage restoration and much more! People who love nature and the environment will love this project. It is a challenging project with an environmental focus but is incredibly rewarding. Volunteers start in either Christchurch or Auckland with transfers to the rural locations of the placements around the likes of Punakaiki or Hamilton, where the natural environment can be truly appreciated. There is a one to a two-week rotation on this project, which means you will get to experience a range of different settings and challenges in your project.
Required skills: You will need to be fit and healthy, passionate about the environment and want to make a difference. No formal qualifications are required; however, if practical skills or academic knowledge exists, they will be drawn on to add value to the project. Volunteers must be prepared to work together in small teams. Exercise level: Medium to high.
Relevant for: For all students and great for first-time travellers
Project type: Practical environmental projects with hands-on activities
Location: Students may be located across project sites in the North and South Islands. Exact locations will be determined after final applications in August
Project activities: Restoration of land in the mountains or close to the coast. This may include tree planting, weed removal and/or seed collection, conservation fencing, heritage restoration and disaster relief. Your project may also be associated with river restoration and catchment care. Those placed further to the South of NZ (the Alps), may get involved in projects relating to the removal of wild pines to help with the growth of native plants.
Working hours: Monday to Friday 8 am to 4 pm
Project duration: 4 weeks
Unit of enrolment at Deakin: SLE225 Global Environmental Placement or SLE301 - Professional Practice
Partner to deliver this program: CIS Australia
Selection: Selection will be based on responses to the application questions and if necessary, a short interview with the unit chair.
Compulsory content hours:
Information session: Thursday, 26 April 2018
Introductory briefing: Thursday, 26 July 2018
Half day compulsory unit class & pre-departure session: Monday, 1 October 2018 (Burwood) / Tuesday, 2 October 2018 (Waurn Ponds)
In-country component: 4 January - 1 February 2019
Application close: Friday, 25 May 2018
Home of the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, NZ is an amazing place of natural beauty and the epicenter of adventure travel. NZ is made up of two large Islands - North and South, and numerous smaller islands. NZ has over 15,000 kilometres of beautiful and varied coastline. NZ is located 1,500 kms east of Australia across the Tasman Sea and approx. 1,000 kms south of Fiji.
Maori were the first to arrive in NZ, journeying in canoes from Hawaii about 1,000 years ago. A Dutchman named Abel Tasman, was the first European to sight the country but it was the British who made NZ part of their empire.
Over thousands of years, much of the NZ landscape has become submerged. The Marlborough Sounds and Fiordland are examples of high mountain ranges that have ‘sunk’ into the sea creating spectacular sounds and fiords. NZ has some spectacular geothermal areas and relaxing hot springs - Rotorua is the hub, with mud pools, geysers, and hot springs in active thermal areas.