“I think voluntary work is of great importance to the world and a way to experience a different place and culture than you are used to. It gives you some amazing opportunities and the feeling that YOU make a difference in the world, which is fantastic. I have always admired people who work as volunteers and I would be proud to be one of those people. The experience will give me a different perspective on my life and I can learn a lot from people who are different to me. My impression of volunteers is that they are open, friendly and compassionate and these are qualities I would like to gain for myself.”

Karoline Eriksen, Danish volunteer in New Zealand

Welcome to Aotearoa Cultural & Volunteer Exchange (ACVE)

Nau mai, haere mai! Welcome to ACVE!

Aotearoa Cultural & Volunteer Exchange (ACVE) is a dynamic international youth exchange organisation responsible for running the ICYE volunteer exchange programme in New Zealand and Australia. Each year we welcome 50 volunteers from around the world to share their skills and volunteer in New Zealand. In return, we send young Kiwis and Aussies to volunteer abroad in Africa, Asia, the Americas and Europe.

Next Long-Term Intake - Make 2015 AMAZING!
We're now looking ahead to the February 2015 Long-Term group. This is for candidates interested in 6 or 12 months abroad. This is where the impacts made on yourself and the projects you're helping really do become life-changing moments. Don't hesitate - do something extraordinary today and get in touch with us now!

Current Long Term Specials!
Every now and then we are able to throw on super saver specials to some of our favourite destinations! Check out the current flavours on special for February 2015!
  • Costa Rica      $1,000 off program fee for 12 Months! 2 spaces left!
  • Ecuador           $1,000 off program fee for 12 Months! 2 spaces left!
  • Mozambique   $1,000 off program fee for 12 Months! 5 spaces left!
  • Vietnam            $   500 off program fee for 6 Months! 4 spaces left!
  • Denmark          $1,000 off program fee for 12 Months! 5 spaces left!
  • Germany          $1,250 off program fee for 12 Months! 3 spaces left!

Short Term Programs going off!
A tonne of Kiwis and Aussies are lining up to offer a helping hand overseas in our STePs Program (4 - 16 weeks). If you haven't got a whole lot of time to spare, but still want to volunteer abroad, we can make it happen!

Some of the places our STePs vollies are going include: Uganda, Indonesia, Vietnam, Costa Rica...the list goes on!

If you would like to join up for a Short-Term volunteering experience abroad, get in touch today!

ACVE wants you!
ACVE is passionate about encouraging young people aged between 18 and 35 to participate in an ethical, international volunteering programme like ICYE. Our international volunteers come from all walks of life and no special skills or experience is necessary. If you have a big heart, would like to learn about a different culture and language, and have a positive ‘can do’ attitude about helping others, then we want to hear from you!

In return, you can reap the rewards of taking part in a international volunteering programme which encourages you to challenge yourself, to develop strong cross-cultural skills and problem solving abilities and show the world you are a responsible, global citizen. 2011 was the United Nations International Year of the Volunteer +10.

Volunteer in New Zealand or Abroad
Whether you are volunteering in New Zealand, or plan to volunteer abroad, beginning the journey of a lifetime, ACVE will provide you with full support, training, mentorship and fundraising advice. Our ICYE worldwide partners identify and work with local projects where you can truly make a difference.

Remember, anybody can volunteer with ACVE and become part of a unique, international volunteer experience.

Do something extraordinary today...

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