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20th November 2017 Kiwi not for profit, Go Kiwi Go is at the forefront of the new volunteer holiday trend, including gap years, and mid-career breaks.Go Kiwi Go volunteer holidays, are changing the way Kiwi’s travel.

20th November 2017 – Kiwi not for profit, Go Kiwi Go is at the forefront of the new volunteer holiday trend, including gap years, and mid-career breaks.

Go Kiwi Go provides opportunities to volunteer around the globe, from working with children in Nepal, and elephants in Thailand, to women’s empowerment in India, and caring for the elderly in Costa Rica, to diving and marine biology in Greece, Mexico, the Pacific, or Seychelles.

“Volunteer holidays are becoming much more popular, people feel it’s important to give back, or just do something different when they go away. There’s only so many selfies you can take on a beach.” says Go Kiwi Go, Outbound Coordinator, Rhiannon Robinson.

“We have people from not only all walks of life, but all ages; from school leavers looking for a holiday, or gap year, to Baby Boomers who want to keep on making changes in the world.”

“New Zealanders are generous people, they appreciate that it’s not always enough to just lie on a beach somewhere, especially if that country has real needs they can help with, and it’s often cheaper than a holiday. We find that because Go Kiwi Go is a charity, it really resonates with people,” says Ms Robinson. Go Kiwi Go has the added benefit of providing participants with cultural competence training, to help them immerse in the new environment. Projects run from two to 24 weeks, and people can extend if they wish, or move from project to project.

“We get the most amazing feedback from participants, it’s not unusual to have people tell us it’s life changing. One participant, who was working on an education project in Thailand, ended up applying for Teachers College, because he felt so inspired by his work in Thailand,” says Go Kiwi Go Manager, Susan Fogarty.

“We have lots of projects for people who just want to muck in and have a go, but we also have specialist projects, like the diving and marine conservation ones in Mexico, Greece, Fiji and the Seychelles, where the work done feeds into wider conservation work,” says Ms Fogarty.

For more information visit the Go Kiwi Go website http://www.gokiwigo.org/

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