Volunteering at Kawai Purapura

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Volunteering is an enjoyable, educational, affordable way to explore the world. We welcome volunteers from all over the world to live and learn at the beautiful 19-acre community of Kawai Purapura. The Retreat Centre is tucked away in native bush and a real oasis close to Auckland city. You can easily reach us via bus and car.

Kawai Purapura is a Yoga Retreat Centre; there are a variety of yoga and meditation classes each week, and we run Yoga Teacher Trainings and retreats. Kawai Purapura is a great space to step into teaching as our volunteers are free to offer classes and workshops to the community.

Please let us know with your application what you would like to bring to the community. On the other hand, if you are fairly new to yoga this is a great place to tap into a yogic lifestyle and we are happy to share our passion and path with you.

Kawai Purapura is smoke, alcohol and drug-free and vegetarian. By volunteering you will help us to build a conscious community, take responsibility to support our values and keep the energy of this place clear. We ask our volunteers to participate regularly in the community classes and events.

As a volunteer, you will do 18 hours per week of Karma Yoga. Karma Yoga is the yoga of action; it doesn’t matter what we do, we focus on how we do it: with awareness, with care & love, doing our best, not for ourselves but for the greater good!

There are different departments that will need your help such as the resident cafe, retreat accommodation, grounds/garden, retreat venues, housekeeping, maintenance, zero waste and permaculture. In your application please let us know about your areas of interest and your work experience. We are looking for long-term volunteers to stay for 2 months or more, but feel free to apply for less. Please understand that we do not accept visitors for less than 3 weeks.

Kawai Purapura provides shared accommodation for volunteers, free WiFi, a shared kitchen, and bathroom facilities. You are welcome to use the pool, the beautiful outdoor facilities, and participate in the festivals we run. Partly paid positions (min. 3 months commitment) are entitled to their own accommodation.

Watch the video below to get an impression of what awaits you here!

We look forward to hearing from you. Namaste.

Contact

We are always looking for volunteers, especially for Jan/Feb/March for our festival season.

To apply to be a volunteer, please fill out the form below. For all other enquiries, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator: volunteer@kawaipurapura.co.nz.

APPLICATION FORM

Semi Permanent Volunteer Positions

Kawai Purapura is looking for general volunteers to help at our beautiful centre. We welcome volunteers from all over the world to live and learn at the beautiful 19-acre community of Kawai Purapura.

There are different departments that will need your help such as the resident cafe, retreat accommodation, grounds/garden, retreat venues, housekeeping and cleaning, maintenance, zero waste and permaculture. In your application please let us know about your areas of interest and your work experience.

Ideally, we are looking for long-term volunteers, who will stay for at least 2 months. Please feel free to apply even if you hope to stay for a shorter period. Please understand that we do not accept visitors for less than 3 weeks.

As a volunteer, you will do 18 hours/week of Karma Yoga in exchange for shared accommodation. Karma Yoga is the yoga of action; no matter what we do, we focus on how we do it: with awareness, with care & love, doing our best, not for ourselves but for the greater good!

In exchange for the 18 hours of Karma Yoga, Kawai Purapura provides shared accommodation, free WiFi, a shared kitchen, and bathroom facilities. You are welcome to use the pool and the beautiful outdoor facilities.

Kawai Purapura is smoke, alcohol and drug-free and vegetarian. By volunteering you will help us to build a conscious community, take responsibility to support our values and keep the energy of this place clear.

Kawai Purapura is a Yoga Retreat Centre; there are a variety of yoga and meditation classes each week, and we run Yoga Teacher Trainings and retreats. Kawai Purapura encourages the growth of our volunteers, by allowing them to offer classes and workshops to the community.

Please let us know in your application what you would like to bring to the community. If you are fairly new to yoga this is a great place to tap into a yogic lifestyle and we are happy to share our passion and path with you.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Namaste

We are seeking a semi-permanent Chef for Prema Café. The Café serves vegan and vegetarian food, so the successful applicant will have previous experience as a vegan and vegetarian chef. This position requires autonomy since you will be creating and following recipes for the café. We are seeking individuals who can remain calm under pressure and have an infectiously positive presence to bring to this position.

Tasks include:
• Preparing vegan and vegetarian meals for the Community Dinner, which occurs every Monday
• Following recipes and creating new ones for food
• Keeping a tidy space in the coffee shop
• Taking payments on the register
• Opening and closing by themselves once they are familiar with how the Café runs
• Cleaning your space once finished cooking
• Knowing how to handle food (food safety)

Expect to go through fluctuations of busy and quiet times, whilst maintaining a good work ethic and positive attitude.

We are seeking a long term volunteer. Due to training, this position is open to people who can stay 6 months or longer.

This role is 18 volunteer hours per week (in exchange for own accommodation), and an additional 9 paid hours each week. When a retreat is on, then there may be additional paid hours for catering.

You are required to have a valid NZ work visa

We are looking for a coffee and tea master with at least 3 years of experience as a Barista! Come join our Café team and serve our community.

The person who is suitable for this role will have confidence in using a coffee machine on their own. The successful applicant will have experience in the hospitality industry as a barista. This position includes both teamwork and independence, and the barista must feel confident serving a variety of coffee and tea without supervision. We are seeking individuals who can remain calm under pressure and have an infectiously positive presence to bring to this position.

Tasks include:
• Using a steam wand and making latte art
• Making coffee and tea
• Food handling – the barista will be expected to help making food when the coffeeshop is not busy
• Keeping a tidy space in the coffee shop
• Taking payments and working on register
• Opening and closing by themselves once training has been completed
• Following recipes and creating new ones for coffee and tea
• Engaging with customers, so good customer good service is a must
• Knowing how to handle food (food safety)

Expect to go through fluctuations of busy and quiet times, whilst maintaining a good work ethic and positive attitude.

We are looking for a long-term volunteer for this role and prefer applicants who will be here at least 2 months.
This role is 18 volunteer hours per week in exchange for twin-share accommodation.

Kawai Purapura is seeking a Venue Manager. The Venue Manager plays a key role in the office. They work with all the community teachers to organize a Community Schedule for Kawai Purapura and the public. The Venue Manager is also in charge of preparing the venues for use, whether it is for a retreat, Yoga Teacher Training, or something else. This role is important to Kawai Purapura, because it creates a sense of community and encourages well-being through workshops. If this role interests you, please apply!

Tasks include:
• Creating the Community Schedule, which means contacting the teachers to organize venues, supplies, and props
• Prepare venues (yoga studios, Prema Café, and clinics) for any event that will occur at KP
• Organizing the cleaning of the venues before and after an event
• Ensure that the needs of the retreats and events are met

Required skills:
• Be a great communicator with a good command English (both spoken and written)
• Be computer savvy (Word, Excel, etc)
• Have excellent organizational and time management skills
• Be flexible, have initiative with the ability to problem solve

This role is 18 volunteer hours per week (in exchange for accommodation). This is a long-term position, so we are seeking someone who can commit to at least 3 months in this role.

We are looking for a detail-oriented and focused Volunteer Coordinator to be responsible for the volunteer applications and the current volunteers.

A successful Volunteer Coordinator should be meticulous about keeping records and passionate about volunteer work. You should uphold the values of our organization while ensuring the comfort of our volunteers in their positions.

Volunteer Coordinator Responsibilities:
• Recruiting, training, and supervising new volunteers.
• Collecting volunteer information, availability, and skills, and maintaining an up-to-date database.
• Using marketing tools such as outreach programs, e-mails, and volunteer databases.
• Keeping new and existing volunteers informed about the organization and volunteer opportunities.
• Matching volunteers to opportunities that suit their skill sets, and ensuring they understand their responsibilities and receive the proper training.
• Organizing training and leading on-the-job training.
• Keeping schedules and records of volunteers’ work.
• Preparing codes of conduct and operating procedures to uphold the organization’s values.
• Ensuring the organization’s purpose is conveyed to the public.

We are seeking a long term volunteer for this position (at least 3 months stay). This position is 18 volunteer hours per week in exchange for accommodation

Come and join us at New Zealand’s largest Retreat Centre and Conscious Community!

A unique opportunity to play a key role on the accommodation team, overseeing the day-to-day operations of retreat accommodation. This role requires a high level of administrative skills, an ability to multitask under pressure, and supervise volunteers.

Tasks include:
• Preparing all retreat accommodation for guests
• Responding to enquiries via email & phone
• Taking group & casual guest bookings
• Maintaining weekly booking sheets
• Supervising volunteer team to ensure the high level of retreat room standards are adhered to

This role is 18 volunteer hours per week for three or more months in exchange for accommodation.