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Stories from Kiwis who have been on one or more of our programs

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I never thought I would be shoveling Elephant poo!

I never thought I would be shoveling Elephant poo!

Date:Thursday, 31 October 2019

I was excited when I googled volunteering and found that International Working Holidays had options for those 40+ (and even older in my case!)
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 Camp has a special way of getting you out of your comfort zone

Camp has a special way of getting you out of your comfort zone

Date:Wednesday, 23 October 2019

I chose Camp America over other organisations because the resources were so easy to navigate. Once the application process began, again this was completely off a whim from a Facebook advertisement, the ball just kept rolling – and fast! I was hired ...

Nine years at camp and counting!

Nine years at camp and counting!

Date:Tuesday, 8 October 2019

Dec 27, 2010 is the day that I signed up for what would be a truly life altering experience for me. Ever since that day, my world has revolved around camp in some way. If I wasn’t there, I was making decisions based on how they would affect my ...

Camp America is addictive... it calls me back every year!

Camp America is addictive... it calls me back every year!

Date:Monday, 7 October 2019

Hey, my name is Oliver and I thought, why not tell you a little about my time at camp. I’ve been doing Camp America for three years now and it has truly been an experience, but I’ll bring it all back to the beginning. ...

 My favourite memories of camp will always be the people

My favourite memories of camp will always be the people

Date:Friday, 20 September 2019

My Camp America journey started off in 2015 like most other school leavers – meaning coming to the end of college and having no set idea of where I wanted my life to go from there! ...

Camp America is simply an experience you just cannot get anywhere else.

Camp America is simply an experience you just cannot get anywhere else.

Date:Thursday, 19 September 2019

I realised about half way through Year 13 that I wasn’t ready to study at University and heard so many amazing stories of people camp experiences and knew I wanted to travel. After reading into how Camp America works I knew it was the perfect ...

Au Pair in America Amy

Au Pair in America Amy

Date:Monday, 19 August 2019

I always knew that I wanted to nanny overseas and I felt like now was the right time in my life to start this new adventure!
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I finally got the courage to go to South Africa by myself

I finally got the courage to go to South Africa by myself

Date:Monday, 19 August 2019

Ever since completing the certificate in Veterinary Nursing in 2015 I have wanted to start a career in helping exotic wild animals mainly lions, cheetahs, tigers and elephants. ...

How Dee fell in love with Sri Lanka

How Dee fell in love with Sri Lanka

Date:Thursday, 8 August 2019

I didn’t want to be someone who regretted not doing what excited them. So I started researching volunteering programmes.
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My Africa Experience by Briar Miller

My Africa Experience by Briar Miller

Date:Tuesday, 6 August 2019

The IWH team helped so much with the planning stage and can answer any questions you have. I would not have been able to experience this without their help and guidance!!!
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Kerry's Africa Adventure

Kerry's Africa Adventure

Date:Monday, 5 August 2019

I feel like I’ve come home with a wealth of knowledge that no matter where I get hired it will be useful in some way. ...

Maddison's Never Ending Au Pair Journey

Maddison's Never Ending Au Pair Journey

Date:Wednesday, 31 July 2019

My advice if you want to become an Au Pair, just do it! It is the most amazing experience and there is so much to see and do here. ...

Poppy's au pair experience so far…

Poppy's au pair experience so far…

Date:Tuesday, 23 July 2019

America has always been a place I have wanted to go since I was a child. ...

Iona Daws takes on Bali!

Iona Daws takes on Bali!

Date:Tuesday, 16 July 2019

I wanted to travel somewhere in the world and it was my first time by myself so felt like having support would be ideal. ...

Tracey Poutu Welgevondon Adventure!

Tracey Poutu Welgevondon Adventure!

Date:Thursday, 11 July 2019

I have always dreamed of visiting Africa and experiencing the sights and wonders of wildlife of the vast continent! ...

Hunta Davies Au Pair in America Experience!

Hunta Davies Au Pair in America Experience!

Date:Wednesday, 10 July 2019

I made the decision to go on this trip when I googled nannies abroad and found au pair in America. I’ve always wanted to be a nanny and decided I wanted to take this year as a gap year from studying in New Zealand and that Au Pair in America looked ...

Out of my comfort zone in the most extraordinary way

Out of my comfort zone in the most extraordinary way

Date:Wednesday, 10 July 2019

I was tagged in a two week vet experience on Facebook by a friend, it was an opportunity that I just couldn’t turn down.
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Getting a step up in my Vet Nursing Diploma in a ‘once in a lifetime’ African experience

Getting a step up in my Vet Nursing Diploma in a ‘once in a lifetime’ African experience

Date:Thursday, 4 July 2019

I am so grateful for International Working Holidays, to have been able to take the opportunity to do these projects that they offer. It was an experience like no other and I would be very happy to do more through them. ...

Getting muddy with the Elephants and being a part of the change for good.

Getting muddy with the Elephants and being a part of the change for good.

Date:Thursday, 27 June 2019

I never thought in my life I would get so close to these amazing animals, being able to spend a week with them has been a wonderful experience. Being a part of the change for good, #elephantsarentforriding
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An experience that will forever take my breath away

An experience that will forever take my breath away

Date:Wednesday, 26 June 2019

Going to Africa and seeing all the amazing wildlife was something I had always dreamed about doing. So when I came across International Working Holidays website and saw that they offered a project doing just that, it didn’t take me long to book it.
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