Be part of the experience.
We couldn't do what we do without the help of our amazing team of volunteers and interns from all around Aotearoa and the world. Want to give back to your community, or intern at New Zealand's most exciting youth organisation? Read on for more information and if you're interested in becoming a part of the Recreate volunteer or intern team, please click on the yellow button below which will send you to our registration form.
What you will be doing on your placement (Interns)
You will be seeing our beautiful country and meeting fantastic young people along the way. Doing a placement with us is a great time to travel around New Zealand, as it is a lot of what we do with our youth. Since we are limited with staff funding, we all work part time hours. Our office hours are precious to us in order to get all our programme planning done. Therefore, most of your time spent with us will be on our programmes working alongside our young people. However we can facilitate some office time and allocate tasks.
Your responsibilities on our programmes will encompass a very broad spectrum. In very general terms, we would like you to encourage our young people to try each activity, facilitate their success, encourage them to take responsibility for themselves and others, and to have a good time! The most important part of you role is be a mate, friend and comrade on programme, this means the world to our youth!
We highly value your input and see you as a fellow co-leader in helping us deliver a successful and safe programme.
Your responsibility on our programmes will encompass a very broad spectrum. In very general terms, we would like you to encourage our young people to try each activity, facilitate their success, encourage them to take responsibility for themselves and others, and to have a good time!
We will be pushing them a bit to do some things which will be new and sometimes difficult, this is all a part of the learning experience and will gratly benefit their overall development.
The most important part of your role is to be a friend.
Be a role model to our young people
You will be representing Recreate NZ, we have worked hard to earn the trust of participants and their parents and we need your help to maintain this trust. All staff are expected to comply with programme rules and participate fully. Our participants look up to the volunteers to get on board and model positive behaviour. If you're positive, enthusiastic and caring on a programme, this will rub off on the young people.
Support Recreate philosophy by encouraging the positive social, emotional and physical development of our young peope. Supporting young people who experience disability to live meaningful lives, where they are valued for who they are. To see our young people become contributing members of the community where they live independently and have meaningful social networks.
Be a role model to our young people.
Language - we don't tolerate swearing, name calling, mocking or put downs. We want to create a positive and nurturing environment where everyone feels safe.
Behaviour - appropriate personal space and behaviour
Respect the privacy of our young people
Enjoy your experience
"The team was such a great crew and they always offered help and really took care of me... They gave me the feeling that I am a necessary part of the team and that they really appreciate my work".
"It was an awesome and enriching experience for me to work at Recreate! I learned a lot about working with young disabled people, but they also showed me their culture and lifestyle during the trips".
"I really recommend an internship at Recreate without hesitating! It was my best placement I've ever had and I want to come back some time".
It is our aim to provide you with a safe, fulfilling and positive volunteering experience. We hope you will learn something about our young people and become a lot more accepting of the diversity that is out there in our community. Please approach the facilitator about any issues whilst on the programme, our job is to ensure both participants and staff have the best possible experience. Our Programme Co-ordinator is happy to provide you with a reference at the completion of your time with us for you to add into your CV.