Taupiri has around 450 residents. In 2006 32% of the population were still Maoris. Mount Taupiri oversees the small village from the North and is revered by the Maoris as the holy burial site of Waikato. Taupiri is located in the northern Waikato basin between the Mangawara stream and the Waikato river, as well as the Hakarimata in the south and the Taupiri mountains in the north.
Project. The Eastwest College prepares missionaries for the mission field. The focus of the lessons is on living and working in intercultural teams. But also in everday life, great attention is paid to working and living with people from various cultures. The team and their families, the students and the volunteers all live together at the college. As a volunteer, you live in a shared apartment with a student, through which you quickly integrate with the students and the community.
Tasks. Volunteers often help in the kitchen to prepare the meals. There are also practical jobs to do like cleaning, mowing the lawn or painting. Upon request, it is also a possibility to attend a few hours of teaching per week with the students. Once a week, there is also a time of ministry. During this time you would lead a youth group of boys or girls. It is also possible to help with child care in the house-owned kindergarten.
– Devotional and prayer times
– Listen to reports from missionaries
– Regular meetings with the mentor/team
– Integration in local churches
– Practical work Monday and Friday afternoons
– Day trips and sport
Team. 8 married couples/families from different countries, 2 – 5 short-termers
Churches. Oaks Church (onsite), Horscham Downs (10minutes away), Gateway Church (20minutes away), lots of others in Hamilton
Challenges. Multicultural experiences, making contact with locals can be hard because you are almost always at the school, less activities at weekends
Particular benefits. Great community with students, lots of opportunity for sport at the school (football, volleyball, table tennis…), experience God, grow in faith, enjoy the nature and tranquility of New Zealand, learn a lot about mission.
Freetime. Sport, parks, lakes, cycling, make music, hiking, singing, have community etc.
Previous volunteers are ready to give more details:
Stefanie Kümmerle: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mininum 12 months, 1 school year