The information you give us will help shape your experience here. We will use the things we learn about you to find where you as an individual will fit best in the ministry.
What to Expect
Each of our three ministry centers is distinct in terms of location and housing arrangement. Depending on where you are placed, you may find yourself living in the manager’s house, sharing a room in a lodge, or staying in an off-site facility. If you have specific needs or preferences regarding housing, let us know and we will do our best to accommodate you.
Don’t worry about bringing linens, pillows, or towels unless you have special needs that would require it.
You will at times be included in the life of your host family as well as the ministry. While you’re in New Zealand, we hope you’ll be able to do some personal touring, at least through the beautiful South Island, so consider the option of building in some travel time to your itinerary. We’ll be delighted to help you with your plans, but you will be responsible for the expense of your extra travels, as well as the purchase of souvenirs and other non-essentials you wish to acquire during your stay.
The schedule during the summer months is intense. Be prepared to begin each weekday morning by gathering together for Bible study and prayer. The division of labor requires jobs to be done at various times of the day, so you may be responsible for preparing some or all your meals. Normally, however, we share the evening meal together.
Depending on when you arrive in New Zealand, your daily life may begin early and end late. During the busy summer season, a typical day will begin at 7:30am and end around midnight or later. Only those assigned to night cleaning duties or evening activities will need to work that late, so don’t fret if you’re not a late-night person; we’ll make it work for your body clock. You will be expected to take part in outreach events, relational evangelism, and facility maintenance.
Church culture, like almost everything else in New Zealand, is extremely informal. When it comes to clothes, we simply ask that you have a neat, modest outfit to wear; perhaps a pair of shoes other than your work/hiking boots. Gentlemen, you need not bring a tie. Ladies, dresses or skirts are fine but certainly not required. Bring something in which you will be comfortable, and don’t worry about dressing up.
Because of our ministry responsibilities, it isn’t always possible for all of us to go to church services each week, but it is something we do as often as possible. When we attend, we would be happy to have you join us.
Depending on where you serve, you may not have easy access to shopping. However, if you have a full driver’s license, a good driving record, and aren’t traumatized by driving on the left side of the road or being stopped by herds of sheep, you may be allowed to use a vehicle on occasion.
We are happy to provide you with accommodation at no charge throughout your period of volunteerism. Regarding food, it costs us about NZD$8/day (USD$6) to feed each volunteer, so if you are able to contribute toward that expense, we would be grateful. However, if that would present a hardship, we will absorb the cost.