NEW ZEALAND: Rewarding Teach Music to Underprivileged Children in Auckland!

Company : Travellers Worldwide
Activities: Community Volunteer Projects / Teaching
Country: New Zealand
Location : Auckland
Duration: 4 weeks to 6 months
Approx Costs: 1250 to 3000+ £ Pound (UK)

Teach music at a school in the largest city in New Zealand, Auckland. You will be teaching music at a school where the children are from underprivileged countries.

A lot of the children come from different backgrounds and countries such as Somalia, Ethiopia and the South Pacific Islands.
You will work closely with the children in small groups, as an assistant teacher. You'll also work with the school choir to help them as much as possible with their music - this is where you can make a lot of difference.


► An exciting, never-to-be-forgotten adventure into New Zealand and you'll learn about the Maori culture that makes this country so fascinating!
► The enormous satisfaction of also helping disadvantaged children and knowing that you made a difference to them.
► New skills, more confidence, a greater understanding of a different culture, invaluable personal and professional development.
► An entry on your CV or résumé that will put you head and shoulders above most others in the job market
► And best of all ... an unforgettable experience!


You will be working at a school in Auckland, the largest city in New Zealand. Auckland is known as the city of sails and is surrounded by beautiful islands and extinct volcanoes. In New Zealand at the moment there is a shortage of teachers, this project will enable people who are possible thinking about moving permanently to New Zealand to do teaching with the opportunity to get a taste of it before deciding.

You will work as an assistant teacher to the music teacher. The school has a large number of ethnic children who are classed as the under privileged community in Auckland. There are children from many different communities and countries at the school such as Maori, Somalia, Ethiopia, Tonga and Samoa. These children come from lower economic social backgrounds areas of Auckland and are not as fortunate as other children - this is where your teaching can make a difference.

You will be working as an assistant to the teacher, you'll have the opportunity to work one-to-one and in small groups with the children to assist them with their music and really give them the attention they need.

Class sizes vary between 20 and 30 children in each class and you will be teaching children between the ages of 4 and 12. As an assistant music teacher at the school you will be involved in teaching a number of different instruments and groups:
► Guitar
► Recorder
► Instrumental
► Keyboards/Piano
► Choir
► Instrumental group


The lessons you'll teach generally last for 40 minutes and the school day runs from around 8:55 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Your working day will be around 4 to 5 hours of teaching and preparing for your lessons.


Our accommodation is located in the city centre of Auckland. Therefore you are very central, close to the main train station and shopping district.
You'll be accommodated in a centrally located lodge that is friendly and relaxing, making it ideal for long-term stays. You may have your own room or you may share a room with other volunteers. There is an excellent kitchen and storage area for cooking meals and plenty of space to relax.

Entertainment at your accommodation includes cheap internet access and cable TV (Sky) as well as an outside balcony. You are literally a stroll from the Sky Tower, harbor and waterfront. Trains and 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’!

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 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 city with beautiful surrounding islands and harbour.

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


If you’d like more information about this or any of our projects, please email or call us! If you’d like to apply for this project, please go to our website and complete the application form. As soon as we receive it, we’ll liaise with you and then start making your travel adventure happen.

Start Dates

Flexible start and finish dates you choose during school terms only. Our placements are flexible and can be tailored to match your preferences. For availability please contact the office.

Costs / Benefits

Costs vary depending on length of placement, but starts at £1395 for four weeks and £175 for each additional week. You can participate for up to six months, subject to visa requirements.
Included is full support from the moment of booking and throughout your placement to your return home. There are support staff 24/7 in all our destinations worldwide and a 24 hour emergency international telephone line direct to the Head Office. Accommodation is provided (whether a rented house, a hotel/hostel, homestay, apartment or flat).
You’ll be met at the nearest airport on your arrival by our in-country manager who will take you to your accommodation and give you a full induction into the area. He/she will also be on call 24/7 and you’ll see them frequently.
Pre-departure you’ll receive comprehensive information about every aspect of your placement and necessary preparations, ranging from what to pack, to visa information, to what to do on your weekend travel in the country. Your safety, well being and happiness throughout your placement are our primary concerns and we will keep in touch with you throughout. International flights not included.


No qualifications or previous experience are necessary, just a good dose of enthusiasm! Everyone is welcome on a Travellers programme, whether gap year, undergraduate, on a career break - or even retired! From 17 years old upwards, and all nationalities. This placement would suit anyone who wants to make a real difference, wants first-hand experience of a different culture and has initiative.

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