Length of Service
Volunteers are asked to give a minimum of one year and may serve in a variety of positions, including house parents, nurses, physicians, therapists, teachers, secretaries, gardeners, kitchen help, librarians or assistants in the clinics. In Haiti, volunteers have helped in the hospital. Because of the difficulties that surround training, language and accomodations for short-term volunteers, most positions require a strict commitment to one year of service.
Volunteers must be at least 21 years of age and in good health. We accept couples only if they are married.
Job placement in the Latin American homes will depend a great deal on degree of fluency in Spanish. For technical work and manual labour, a minimal knowledge of the language is needed. For most other volunteer positions, Spanish must be good enough to get along in daily activities.
During your interview with NPH NZ you will be given a short language test to check your fluency. From this assessment we will tell you how many weeks of language school you will need to complete in New Zealand and also in the country before your volunteer year. You do not need a lot of Spanish to apply to volunteer – but you do need a willingness to learn.
The children and staff at the home in Haiti speak Creole, while French is taught in the schools. At the hospital, a minimal knowledge of French is needed to communicate with the doctors and staff upon arrival.
Room and board is provided for all volunteers. Volunteers are expected to pay travel expenses to and from the country where volunteering as well as medical insurance. A small monthly stipend is given to full time volunteers.
The medical clinic at each home is available to volunteers during their stay, but we recommend that volunteers see their GP for any required shots or medical advice for living in any one of the countries.
Our local clinic can deal with any minor illnesses you may experience. However, in the case of a serious emergency you will be taken to a local private clinic, which will be at your expense. This is why you need to buy medical insurance to cover your full stay at NPH, so that you don’t have any issues.
If you would prefer to download an application in Word (English | Spanish), please send the completed application to your local fundraising office. Once you have been accepted as a volunteer, you will be asked to submit a completed health statement (English | Spanish) with your doctor’s signature.