Planting & Restoration
long-term volunteer opportunities
Posted: 29 Apr 2010
Im looking for long-term volunteer opportunities in the South Island of NZ (environmental as well as social projects are equally interesting. It would be really helpful to realize my Te Waipounamu; project (the one year research program, that the main assumption is the cognition of Te Waipounamu endemic environment (the exploration of Ka Tiritiri O Te Moana (Ka Roimata o Hine Hukatere, Te Moeka o Tuawe, Aoraki, Tititea, Te Tai o Wawe, Arthurs Pass National Park), Taka o te Karahu a Tamatea, Te Tai Poutini) and the traditional culture of Tangata Whenua (particuralry the Ngai Tahu), especially the maori-environment relationships (connection through whakapapa; conceptions of the kaitiakitanga, mauri, tapu, whanaungatanga) and its infuence on legislation (e.g. Conservation Act `1987), holistic conception of well-being (hauora), as well as diffusion of the Pakeha and Tangata Whenua culture and their mutual influence. in my opinion, the engagement in local community life (by environmental activity, protection of taonga, mauri, tapu, tipuna, mana whenua, we become a kaitiaki and participate in maintaining of the mana) on voluntary rule is the best way to realize my plans. my advantages as a potential volunteer: - relevant education: the MA in Cultural Studies (including ethnography, intercultural communication, anthropology of culture) and the MA in Geography (principal subject - environmental protection) - multi-ethnic experience (11 months in Caucasus, 2 months in China, a few weeks in Kurdistan, almost a year in UK, two months in France, two months in Scandinavia a number of visits in a number of European countries). - voluntary experience (10 months as a social worker, caregiver and The Sukhumi Charity Canteen for People in Need a project coordinator). - field work experience (e.g. planting, circular areas, environmental impact assessment, Ive just finished;The impact of The Forest Management Plan of Bilgoraj Forest Inspectorate on the Environment. Prognosis&amp;amp;#039;) - relevant knowledge (awareness of cultural relativism and differences; emic and etic approach; enculturation; sustainability; ecology; ecophilosophy; holistic ethics; biodiversity; conceptions of the kaitiakitanga, mauri, tapu, whanaungatanga, hauora; legislation, e.g. The Foreshore and Seabed Act 2004, The Conservation Act 1987) and its practical application. - adaptability, peoples person, intercultural communication competence, open-minded and non-precious attitude, inquisitive mind, team-work organization know-how and experience If you are interested in cooperation, all required documents and other details will be provided. Arohanui lukasz furmanek. Email NZTCV for contact details.