International Students

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Each year, Aotearoa Volunteer and Cultural Exchange (ACVE) welcomes up to 50 international volunteers to New Zealand, around eight of whom will spend time at Cholmondeley.

Hosting between three and six volunteers at a time, our ACVE helpers stay on-site in separate accommodation for either six or 12 months. Many are students studying a relevant subject in their home country, such as child psychology, teaching, or social pedagogy and welcome the experience they gain working with children at Cholmondeley. The children also benefit from the exchange of language and culture, and form fast friendships with our volunteers.

Over many years we have been fortunate to experience the richness of cultural diversity, having had volunteers from faraway places such as: Germany, France, Korea, Iceland, Austria, Denmark, and the United States.

Usually the volunteers are 18 - 24 years old and bring with them an incredible youthful energy and insatiable desire to learn.


If you would like to learn more about volunteering, please visit the ACVE website.

Volunteers are thoroughly vetted before being accepted into the programme and are supported by members of our professional practice team when working with children at Cholmondeley.