|“I think voluntary work is of great importance to the world and a way to experience a different place and culture than you are used to. It gives you some amazing opportunities and the feeling that YOU make a difference in the world, which is fantastic. I have always admired people who work as volunteers and I would be proud to be one of those people. The experience will give me a different perspective on my life and I can learn a lot from people who are different to me. My impression of volunteers is that they are open, friendly and compassionate and these are qualities I would like to gain for myself.”
|Karoline Eriksen, Danish volunteer in New Zealand
Welcome to Aotearoa Cultural & Volunteer Exchange (ACVE)Nau mai, haere mai! Welcome to Aotearoa, Land of the Long White Cloud, home of the Maori people, incredible landscapes, remarkable wildlife and friendly locals!
Aotearoa Cultural & Volunteer Exchange (ACVE) is a dynamic international youth exchange organisation responsible for running the ICYE volunteer exchange programme in New Zealand and Australia. Each year we welcome 50 volunteers from around the world to share their skills and volunteer in New Zealand. In return, we send young Kiwis to volunteer abroad in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe.
Projects Update for Kiwis & Aussies- March 2014
Book your place NOW for August 2014!
Denmark Wants YOU!
Our ICYE partner in Denmark has some fantastic After School Activity Centre placements available, and they want enthusiastic Kiwis and Aussies to go and help out local kids. Can you teach them the Haka, how to play Aussie Rules or the refined technique of decorating a pavlova? Then get in touch! Check out the 'Efterskole' projects here: ICYE Denmark
Costa Rica Wants YOU!
The Costa Rica program is diverse and varied, and a hugely popular choice for young Kiwis and Aussies wishing to have a once in a lifetime experience! Get in touch NOW to leave in August 2014!
Uganda Wants YOU!
Uganda is said to be the Pearl of Africa, and there's a reason for that. It is a country of wonder and beauty, with amazing sights, sounds, smells and people. There are many voluntary service placements here that can be life-changing, both for you and the people you're helping. Maybe you'll be in an orphanage, or caring for children abondoned because of a disability. You could also work in assisting communities affected by HIV/AIDS. Want to help? Then please, do get in touch now for the August intake.
ACVE wants you!
ACVE is passionate about encouraging young people aged between 18 and 35 to participate in an ethical, international volunteering programme like ICYE. Our international volunteers come from all walks of life and no special skills or experience is necessary. If you have a big heart, would like to learn about a different culture and language, and have a positive ‘can do’ attitude about helping others, then we want to hear from you!
In return, you can reap the rewards of taking part in a international volunteering programme which encourages you to challenge yourself, to develop strong cross-cultural skills and problem solving abilities and show the world you are a responsible, global citizen. 2011 was the United Nations International Year of the Volunteer +10.
Volunteer in New Zealand or Abroad
Whether you are volunteering in New Zealand or Australia, or plan to volunteer abroad, beginning the journey of a lifetime, ACVE will provide you with full support, training, mentorship and fundraising advice. Our ICYE worldwide partners identify and work with local projects where you can truly make a difference.
Remember, anybody can volunteer with ACVE and become part of a unique, international volunteer experience.
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