Do you want an opportunity to be the heart of Dance Camp?

Kaiãwhina - Work Exchange

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 4 hours a day during Camp, in return for getting a half-price camp ticket. 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 group, working together and sharing the camp experience.

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.

What we ask of Kaiãwhina:

Arrive at 3pm 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. 

Friday we complete camp set-up. This is a big day when we all help get camp ready by 3pm (open for participants to arrive). Breakfast is at 8am followed a meeting at 9am for everyone present, to allocate jobs for set-up day and the Kaiãwhina tasks.
For the rest of camp, Kaiãwhina have specific duties to perform 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 supply your own tent and bedding (if you need assistance with any equipment let Veronique know).

How to Apply?

If you would like to be a Kaiãwhina contact Veronique by email at:

Be quick! There are limited positions available and they tend to fill fast.