Kaiako / Instructors - Outward Bound

Kaiako / Instructors

Outward Bound Kaiako / Instructors are equipped with the technical skills to keep students safe in our challenging learning environments, and the facilitation skills to ensure students attain long lasting positive outcomes. All new instructors undertake a year-long training and mentoring programme once they have begun their time at Outward Bound, and we are fortunate to attract some of the best outdoor education professionals in the business.

The best thing about my job as an Outward Bound Instructor - is working with students to help them find out that the only limitations are the ones they place on themselves. Once you overcome that you can achieve anything.

Meg Ryan

Join our Kaiako / Instructor team

Our Kaiako / Instructors are exceptional people. They come from a variety of backgrounds. Some are already outdoor instructors, teachers or guides, and some come to us for a change in career.

Either way they have great life experience, and are able to deliver a programme of outdoor activities and facilitate powerful learning that transfers back to real life.

There are opportunities for Kaiako to work a range of different programmes, from teens to older adults, tangata whenua to business leaders.
 

Find more information / apply here

Meet our Kaiako crew

Click on a photo to learn more about our world-class instructors!

Abbey

Abbey

Alice H

Alice H

Ben

Ben

Billy

Billy

Claire M

Claire M

Danielle

Danielle

Hannah

Hannah

Jeremiah

Jeremiah

Josh

Josh

Kent

Kent

Luke C.

Luke C.

Noé

Noé

Paddy

Paddy

Ryan

Ryan

Tim

Tim

Instructor stories

The Outward Bound experience would be nothing without the instructors! To find out more about the amazing people that take our courses, click the stories below, or click here for more profiles.

Instructing the Instructors

Instructing the Instructors

Meg Ryan, current OB Course Design Manager and past OB instructor, shares with us what really goes on during staff training at Outward Bound NZ. And you’ll be happy to hear that yes, even OB instructors get scared! Read more

Nick Williamson

Nick Williamson

Nick joined the OB team in September 2015. He came from a background in Primary School teaching and Adventure Racing. Read more

Instructor FAQs

 

Yes! We are a member of the Accredited Employer Work Visa scheme which smooths the process for overseas applicants wanting to work with us.

Contact us for more information about applying.

Generally you are contracted to work 200 days per year, including staff training (20 days). Typically you work 17 days of each 21 day course, you get 4 days off during course time and at least 5 days off between courses.

You don't work more than 9 days in a row. After working 5 courses you'll often get 4 weeks off, twice a year. 

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