New Zealand is a country unlike any other. With warm, peaceful islands in the north to majestic, rugged mountains in the south and any number of variations in between, it is truly a diverse country. The nation is comprised of two main islands, the North Island and the South Island, as well as several smaller islands, all of which are home to singular wildlife, varied cultures, and friendly people. Living in New Zealand offers you opportunities to explore beautiful landscapes, enjoy the friendly hospitality of the New Zealanders, or "Kiwis," and experience a unique country and culture.
Situated at the southern end of the North Island on the shores of Cook Strait, Wellington is the capital of New Zealand and home to numerous NGOs and grassroots organizations. Wellington was named "the coolest little capital in the world" by Lonely Planet and for good reason. It’s a compact city with a big personality. Hike Mount Victoria, explore the beachfront, and take a Lord of the Rings tour. There’s always plenty to do and see in this dynamic city.
ISA Service-Learning offers unique and niche opportunities in Wellington within the health, human rights, community development, environment, and education sectors. Whether you’re organizing workshops at an art therapy center, writing grant proposals for an advocacy collective, or creating an online presence for many of our budding organizations, you will learn about New Zealand’s rich history and culture by engaging with the local Welly community.
ISA Housing provides the opportunity for students to experience aspects of the local lifestyle that are inaccessible to the average visitor. With an open and adaptable mind, the experience of living in another culture can be highly rewarding.
All apartments are located near public transit routes and are fully furnished. Your apartment will have a fully equipped kitchen. The number of participants per apartment, internet access, and laundry facilities vary from apartment to apartment. A $300 USD refundable security deposit will be charged to participants living in serviced apartments. ISA may retain some, or all, of this deposit in the case of damage to property.
You may opt to secure housing independently. If you select this option, you will receive a discount equal to the housing portion of the program price. By choosing to opt out of ISA Service-Learning housing, you are solely responsible for researching and reserving housing, and paying all fees, deposits, and rent directly to the housing facility that you choose.
All participants must have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months AFTER their expected departure date from New Zealand.
Prior to departure, service-learning participants will apply for a Student and Trainee Work Visa. This visa is only available to currently enrolled undergraduate students and can take 6-8 weeks to process. If you are a recent graduate, ISA Service-Learning will discuss alternative visa options. More information about the visa application process will be provided upon acceptance into the program.
Please note that non-U.S. citizens should contact their Consulate to verify specific entry requirements. As these requirements vary based on citizenship, non-U.S. citizens may not be permitted to travel to New Zealand without a visa or outside of their visa dates. Also, visa fees for non-U.S. citizens may differ so please be sure to check specific consulate's website for the most up to date information.
Note: Embassy and Consulate contact information is subject to change without notice. Please refer to the website of the Embassy or Consulate to verify information.
This program is unique in the sense that it has the ability to transcend cultural differences and connect with people so different from one another thanks to one common passion: serving others. If you want the opportunity to really dive into a culture and connect with people of the host community, service-learning is the best way to do it.
(Granada, Spring 2018)
I loved my service-learning experience abroad and would recommend it to anyone! For me, it was a great opportunity to integrate my Spanish language skills with my area of study (nursing), which is a really unique opportunity. It gave me the chance to have more purposeful interaction with the host community during my time abroad, which I think it a key aspect to the study abroad experience.
(Valparaiso, Fall 2017)
I learned so much participating in service-learning. This experience allows you to open your mind to so many different ways of life, social issues happening in other countries, and ways you can help. The skills you develop are endless because you learn to work alongside diverse groups and not only share your knowledge but also learn from them as well. This experience really helped me grow as a person.
(Lima, Summer 2018)