Kaiãwhina - Work Exchange

What an opportunity to be the heart of Dance Camp!

Participating as a Kaiãwhina for the week gives you an opportunity to be a valuable part of the team and the heart of Dance Camp. There is a wonderful reciprocity of giving and receiving. 

Kaiãwhina means "assistant", and as such you are an important part of the team for Dance Camp Aotearoa. Each year we offer around 14 positions. Kaiãwhina work up to 3 hours a day during Camp, in return getting half off their camp fee. This allows a balance between work and joining in with Dance Camp activities. Some of our Kaiãwhina return year after year. Kaiãwhina who are attracted to be part of Camp are often a hard working group from Aotearoa and different countries and cultures. They usually create a close knit community, working together and sharing Camp. The Kaiãwhina team has a daily meeting with the Co-ordinator each morning for sharing, support and dealing with any challenges which may have emerged.  

Our expectations of Kaiãwhina:

  • To arrive at Dance Camp between 2 – 5pm on Thursday, the day before Camp starts, unless you are helping to put up the marquee in which case you need to come Thursday morning (10am). Some volunteers will be asked to help prepare a simple meal for the Thursday evening meal. We will gather as team creating heart community together on Thursday evening.
  • Friday is Camp set-up day.  This is quite a big day when we all help get Camp ready by 5pm. Breakfast is at 8am followed a meeting at 9am of everyone present to allocate jobs for set-up day and the Wwoofing tasks.
  • For the rest of Camp, Kaiãwhina have specific duties each day. 
  • On the final day of Camp Kaiãwhina need to be available to help until the end of Camp clean-up, usually around  5pm.
  • Kaiãwhina are generally required to camp and to supply your own tent and bedding.

How to Apply

If you would like to be a Kaiãwhina in Dance Camp, contact Joanne Brown by email at:   joanne_frances_brown@yahoo.com.au