There are a number of conservation projects in New Zealand where volunteers can go along and help out on environmental projects. The conservation work aims to preserve the natural beauty of the South Island and the volunteers will find that there are plenty of different types of work to keep them busy.
Conservation activities include monitoring different aspects of the environment, taking part in heritage restoration, planting trees, monitoring and helping to protect endangered species and helping out with disaster relief. With this variety of activities on offer there is something for all volunteers, no matter what type of environmental work you are interested in. However, a love for the outdoors is a must and you should be prepared to work in all weathers. There are many environmental projects in and around Christchurch.
Those who volunteer for multi-focus projects such as this will find that their work is rotated so they will work on different projects. This type of work is also great for volunteers who want to make new friends as you work in small groups of between 6 and 10 people. It may not always be possible to get a place on your preferred project due to the small numbers on each and the popularity of this type of volunteer work.
There are no special skills that are required to work on a project such as these but a certain amount of enthusiasm is required. Good team working skills are important and you need to be positive about the type of work that you are doing. Volunteers also need to be in reasonable physical health. It is a good idea to consider the type of skills that you will acquire from doing this type of work, not to mention the satisfaction of knowing that you are helping to preserve the environment.