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ICEP New Zealand


Our partnership in New Zealand is with the Auckland YMCA. The program is based out of the Shakespear Lodge, located on the Hibiscus Coast north of Auckland. Shakespear Lodge operates as a camp and outdoor center during the summer months and becomes vacant during the winter season. ICEP New Zealand participants complete a number of environmental-based service projects in some of the country’s regional parks. Past projects have included removing invasive plants, planting trees, and trail work. The group will also work on social service projects including running activities for youth at Shakespear Lodge Holiday Camp and spending time with kids at an after school program through the North Shore YMCA. Participants will explore New Zealand’s unique geographical features on two road trips on the north island and also spend time learning about Maori culture and history.

Program Highlights

  • Help preserve New Zealand’s unique environment—plant trees, remove invasive species, and help maintain trails
  • Run activities at a day camp and find out what New Zealand teenagers are like by spending time with a local teen group
  • Visit two Maori communities to learn more about New Zealand’s indigenous culture and experience the formal process of entering onto a marae
  • Hike dormant volcanoes and explore New Zealand’s picturesque coastline


ICEP New Zealand is housed for the majority of the program at the Shakespear Lodge – a small camp (off-season) with private bunks for boys and girls. In addition, the group will stay in private homes for their homestay and in either a hostel or dorm-style YMCA facility when traveling. Please note, the exact number of nights in each location is subject to change.

35 nights total:

  • 4 nights CCC/CB
  • 2 nights on plane
  • 12 nights Shakespear Lodge
  • 6 nights homestays
  • 11 nights dorm style housing or hostels on mini excursions around Auckland

Special Considerations

  • June, July, and August are winter months in New Zealand - average temperatures are in the 60s during the day.
  • 24+ hour flight
  • Many service projects are very physical in nature and/or require a hike to reach the service site. You must be comfortable hiking 5 miles on uneven terrain.

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