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A guide to moving and teaching in New Zealand on a budget

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Teaching overseas has always been a popular way to see the world and earn a decent salary while doing it. But with the recent outbreak of COVID-19, many people are reconsidering their options for international travel. If you’re looking for an affordable way to live and work abroad, you might want to consider relocating and teaching in New Zealand with the Overseas Relocation Grant!


Currently, the NZ government is offering a $10,000 relocation grant to encourage people interested in teaching in New Zealand! With all your travel & relocation costs practically covered by the grant, in this blog post, we’ll give you some tips on how to make the of your travels in New Zealand!


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Get your relocation costs covered in the $10,000 Overseas Relocation Grant by moving to New Zealand to teach!


How To Make the Most of your teaching in New Zealand experience!


The first step is to do your research and figure out exactly how much it will cost you to relocate to New Zealand. This includes the cost of your flight, housing, and any other necessary expenses like getting a visa.

Once you have a rough estimate of your total costs, you can start planning how best to use your grant money. The $10,000 currently being offered should be more than enough to cover the majority of your relocation to New Zealand. This gives you the opportunity to use your own funds on the things that really matter… getting out there and experiencing the best New Zealand has to offer!


Step 1: Planning your travel


One of the biggest expenses you’ll have when moving overseas is your airfare. To keep costs down, we recommend flying during the off-peak season (usually May-September). You can also use sites like Skyscanner or Google Flights to compare prices between different airlines and find the best deals.

Another way to save money is by using points or miles from credit cards or loyalty programs towards your flight. If you plan ahead and are strategic about your spending, you can easily save hundreds of dollars on airfare alone!


Step 2: Planning your accommodation


Once you’ve arrived in NZ, it’s time to start looking for housing. If you’re able to find roommates (preferably other teachers), you can split the cost of rent and other bills like utilities and groceries.

There are also a number of affordable hostels and guesthouses around the country that offer temporary accommodations for travellers on a budget. And if you really want to save money, there are plenty of free camping options available throughout NZ as well! Just make sure you do your research beforehand so that you know what amenities (if any) will be available at each campsite.

You can also check websites like TradeMe Property – a popular privately operated website with lots of rental properties advertised. This will give you an overview of rents and the types of rental properties available in the area you are considering.


Step 3: Planning your lifestyle


No matter where you decide to live or how much money you have available to spend, one of the best ways to make the most of your time teaching in New Zealand is by getting involved in the local community. There are dozens of meetups and social clubs catering to all sorts of interests, so there’s sure to be something for everyone.

Not only will this help you meet new people and make friends, but it’s also a great way to learn more about Kiwi culture without spending any money at all!


Step 4: Planning your New Zealand experience!


Great news for you, traveller – Your Overseas Relocation Grant should be more than enough to get you over there and exploring New Zealand’s breathtaking locations. Whether it’s walking in Frodo Baggins footsteps, scaling one of New Zealand’s epic mountains hiking trails, snowboarding to the bottom of Coronet Peak in Queenstown, or finding your way to the bottom of your mug in one of New Zealand’s trendy urban coffee spots – there is an adventure waiting for everyone.

If you’re keen to find out a little more about what sort of activities are waiting for you in New Zealand and the sorts of costs involved, we’ve found a great little article to help you get a few ideas yourself.

If you’re looking to get the absolute most value for money out of your New Zealand trip, a hot tip from the team here in New Zealand would definitely be to travel during the shoulder season: New Zealand’s shoulder season (or ‘off-season’ for tourists – March-April and October-November) is a great time to visit if you’re looking to travel on a budget. During these months, accommodation and flight prices are typically lower than they are during peak season, and there are often fewer crowds at popular tourist destinations.


To summarise:

Moving and teaching abroad can be a great way to see the world on a budget. And with New Zealand currently offering a $10,000 overseas relocation grant, there’s never been a better time than now to consider making the move!


We hope this blog post has given you some helpful tips on how best to use your grant money so that you can enjoy all that NZ has to offer without breaking the bank. Thanks for reading!


If you would like to chat with one of our team about how you can start your New Zealand adventure today  – Apply now here! – or feel free to reach out to our email >>


Looking forward to hearing from you!

Aroha (with love) – Prospero Teaching NZ