Orama is a ‘global village’ with both kiwi and international volunteers learning, laughing, sharing and working side by side in daily life.
We offer a unique opportunity to live and work in a faith community in one of the most stunning natural locations in the world.
We take both short term (1 to 3 months) and long term (6 to 12 months) volunteers. Some volunteers have felt called to stay even longer and in some cases have eventually joined our staff.
Orama is a place of welcome and hospitality. The turnover of guests and clients is constant. As a volunteer you will be an integral part of the daily running of Orama. The main tasks our volunteers participate in are housekeeping, kitchen help, grounds & maintenance. As well as the daily tasks, you will also have the opportunity to work in your area of skills / interest.
There are usually many different projects on the go; for example building a playground, reinforcing the creek after flooding, refreshing the paint in the guest accommodation, promotion & catering of events etc. Orama values personal development and acknowledges that each volunteer comes with different skills or interests. Your individual giftings can be discovered and developed while you contribute to the daily life of community.
Orama is a hub for people who enjoy outdoor activities.
With the ocean at our front door and many onsite recreational areas like a gym, large front lawn for sport, there are plenty of outdoor activities to engage in. We also have a sound system, musical equipment, books and a movie projector if you’re more that way inclined too.
Some of the most popular activities done right from our property include; Swimming, trampolining, fishing, diving, snorkelling, hiking, sunbathing and kayaking. Additionally, with transport and gear you can also explore what the rest of the island has to offer – see the beaches, surf our incredible waves & find the odd cafe.
Because Great Barrier Island lends itself to outdoor activities and being in nature, with no mall or cinema on the island – it’s up to you make your own fun and do things ‘from scratch’.
“He aha te mea nui o te ao?” (What is the most important thing in the world?)
“He tangata, he tangata, he tangata – It is the people, it is the people, it is the people.” Maori proverb.
Perhaps the most you will get out of coming to Orama is more to do with people and relationships than work or location. The community is welcoming and genuinely cares about people’s well-being. There is a generational mix of families, couples and single people from New Zealand and overseas – all living together. If you are coming as a volunteer you will most likely be integrated into a self-contained house with other volunteers or possibly a single room in the main lodge with shared facilities.
Families and long-term staff are accommodated in private housing. Orama has a common area where everyone meets which includes a dining room, commercial kitchen and big lounge to hang out in. We meet in the dining room for morning tea, lunch and dinner during the week. On the weekend you can cook for yourself in your own accommodation or plan to eat together with others.
Living in the ‘vollie flat’ with other volunteers you get many opportunities to do things together, like cooking and eating as a little family, playing games, watching movies or taking a hike. Visiting with people for a cup of tea or a meal is something past volunteers report as being a highlight of their time at Orama. Meal times are a key part of the way that we connect with each other.
Orama is a close-knit Christian community of like-minded people striving to live transparently and authentically in their expression of self and spirituality. They value meeting together and sharing regularly. A dedicated 24 hour prayer chapel is available for you to use. Devotions and prayer as a community takes place each morning tea with a time & often someone will lead a time of fellowship & worship on Sundays.
Orama is an environment that fosters rest and reflection. A large welcoming lounge is always available to retreat to, offering a wood fire, comfy couches with blankets, bibles, a sound system, projector (great for movies) and stunning views. St Johns a local inter-denominational church meets each Sunday and is a 30 minutes drive down the island at Medlands. Orama staff are inter-generational and there is always someone available to meet with volunteers and fellowship together as a part of daily life.
Our volunteers are a key part of Orama’s mutli-cultural make up. At Orama each individual is recognised as having something of value to contribute regardless of age, background, reason for coming or length of stay. No one person is more important than another and everyone’s time here is a significant part of their journey. As a volunteer you will welcomed with open arms and will be a valued member of our community.