Author(s): Rebecca Gray
DoP - 2008, Wellington 138mm x 210mm, 72 pp Every year Volunteer Wellington puts more than 1500 capable volunteers in touch with community agencies that need their help. Lately almost half the volunteers are recent migrants. This is the first comprehensive study of their experiences. From interviews a teacher from China, a scientist from Iraq, an accountant from India and a musician from Germany we discover the demands on migrants as they seek a new life in New Zealand, and the many ways volunteering has been a vital first step. In his introduction Governor-General Anand Satyanand says that volunteering offers the opportunity to meet people, improve language skills and gain a better understanding of what it is to be a New Zealander. It can also lead to employment opportunities. And as Ping Ping from China points out, there are just as many advantages for New Zealanders in opening their doors to volunteers from elsewhere. Because they are different, thats why they make your life rich. Make you feel colourful!