We don't think about age here at Go Kiwi Go, especially when it comes to the generation we call 'Baby Boomers'. In fact, its quite the opposite, we think you're in a great place, because you have reached a stage where it is time to focus on you again.
Maybe you raised a family, or created a successful business, or dedicated yourself to your job. Maybe you managed to do a combination, or all of these things! Whatever the case, the time to put yourself first is here, Time to start doing some of the things on your 'must do' list.
Near the top of many lists is travel, which is not surprising, it's often something we feel passionate about, and really enjoy, but haven't had the time, money, or both to enjoy. Or you may have been able to travel, but are keen to see more of the world, and not so much as a tourist, just going where everyone else goes.
Go Kiwi Go offers fantastic, overseas volunteer travel experiences, for those wishing to head away, but not necessarily as tourists. The Go Kiwi Go experience gives participants real opportunities to delve into the communities they volunteer with, really engaging with locals, and being part of projects that are making a real difference in people's lives, while providing a wrap around service that ensures you are safe 24/7.
Most people who have been in the work force for a number of years have well developed skills that fit perfectly with volunteering . From teaching, to project management, accounts to building, nursing to conservation, all of those skills are valued on a Go Kiwi Go experience and you can bring your skills to our projects.
Here are some of our diverse range of projects:
Girls' & Women’s Empowerment
Arts and Childcare
Coastal Marine Expedition
Volunteer with Elephants
Volunteer with Turtles
Volunteer with Children
Wildlife Conservation Expedition
"I will be honest and say my 10 days in Pokhara really stretched me. In a good way though. What I liked most was that these volunteers and the organisation that Go Kiwi Go partners with are about long term sustainability." - Megan Singleton, Blogger at Large
Depending on where you'd like to travel, and what sort of volunteering you're interested in doing, most of these projects are available in Central and South America, Africa and Asia. Go Kiwi Go also works on conservation projects with turtles in Greece.
Volunteer experiences are also a great way to see the country you're visiting. Go Kiwi Go, works with trusted partners on both the projects, and ensuing that there are plenty of great activities to do as well. From dance lessons, to fantastic walks, to coffee making, to spending time with elephants, there is something for everyone.
Go Kiwi Go volunteer experiences are very flexible, with projects running from two to 24 weeks and you can:
Just do a Go Kiwi Go experience
Have a Go Kiwi Go experience in the middle of your tourist travel, for example travel for a few weeks, have a volunteer experience, and then return to travel
Do a Go Kiwi Go experience at the beginning or the end of a trip
Blogger at Large, Megan Singleton went on a GKG experience to Nepal, working with SASANE, an organization helping rescue trafficked women and girls. Read more about her journey by clicking here. Or visit Megan's website for more detailed information, click here.
People volunteer for many reasons, mostly out of a desire to give back, or help others, but it’s also okay to want to benefit yourself from volunteering. At Go Kiwi Go, we like to think that volunteering is an exchange, you give, but you also receive.
So how does this work? Well today you might be helping down at your local community center giving out vegetables, and next week, you might be getting some advice from a charity about how to budget. It is about being active on all sides of the cycle, both as a giver, and at times as a receiver.
What motivates people to volunteer? There are numerous reasons, from sharing skills and getting involved in your local community, to keeping busy and learning new skills. It might be as simple as, ‘someone asked me’, or it was just time to give back. And yes, it makes you feel good to help others and share your skills.
Whatever your motivation, it’s important to know that you can make a difference, and that your contribution is appreciated.
"This was the most valuable experience I’ve ever had while travelling and to be able to just spend 2 weeks (up to 24 weeks) is an easy thing to add into your travels." Megan Singleton, Blogger at Large
"We leave the hotel at 6am and go to the Taj, back around 6:30am, then I fly to West India, its so exciting to be on this trip. Seeing so much and learning too." Shirley, volunteering in India, June 2017
Why volunteer with Go Kiwi Go?
Go Kiwi Go is a division of AFS New Zealand, which has been operating in New Zealand since 1947. We have over 70 years experience moving people around the world and ensuing that everything proceeds smoothly.
We have the expertise in place to manage emergencies, and we work with trusted partners for all our programmes providing experiences that exceed expectations.
We have an exemplary safety record, and ensure participants are not only making a difference on projects, but have fantastic, rewarding experiences.
What participants say...
I'd love another experience somewhere in the field." Adele, volunteering in Laos, January 2018
Wow what a day today was. I went to SASANE, an organization helping rescue trafficked women and girls. Utterly abhorrent, stats that made my eyes water and which will be a blog post soon, but the most humble, elegant young ladies you'll ever meet. They put on cooking classes and show volunteers how to make momo (dumplings) then they serve us lunch - including our own handiwork! They are learning hospitality, English and gaining confidence and several of them are training to be paralegals as SASANE was founded by a lawyer in Kathmandu. They then help other women report their cases. Amazing work. Megan Singleton, Blogger at Large in Nepal August, 2017
"My travel buddies were two volunteers - one from India, incredibly useful for communication and uber oorganization, and the other from Indonesia. I now have offers of a house in Jakarta and another in Bali complete with car!" Shirley, volunteering in India, June 2017
If you're interested in finding out more about Go Kiwi Go, the projects, or have any questions, we would love to hear from you. You can call us on 0800 600 300 and ask for Rhiannon, or email firstname.lastname@example.org or fill in the inquiry form below.