ākonga. 1. ( noun) disciple, student, pupil, learner, protégé.

LOVE NZ, want to GROW in Jesus and His word?
We love empowering, discipling, and growing God's people through Jesus Christ. Our heart and passion is to equip the next generation in fundamental teaching, practical leadership and uncomfortable character development. 

At AKONGA, we believe in Holy Spirit filled, Biblically foundational discipleship that transforms lives. KVCC is the most beautiful place to encounter the living God, grow in Stillness and Silence and see God work in real transparent ways. Living in the Coromandel of New Zealand we live minutes away from the Coast, minutes away from some of the most incredible world class hiking/tramping and an hour's drive to some of the most beautiful beaches you will ever set foot on.

Do you want an experience that you will take with you for the rest of your life?

AKONGA's Purpose:

Description: To serve at Kauaeranga Valley Christian Camp in a volunteer student capacity that trains the Mental, Physical, and Spiritual aspect of each AKONGA Student as they experience discipleship, practical ministry skills and biblical teaching for the devolvement of their Jesus following Journey.


Practical Ministry opportunities:

-Group interaction and hosting
-Mentoring and Discipling youth of the local community
-Providing leadership for planning and executing Ministry camps
-Walk in confidence in facilitating group discussion and teaching
-Encourage a walk with Jesus to the people who use the camp and participate in Ministry Camps
-Understand and Challenge Biblical Foundations and Theology
-Understanding Ministry opportunities in real world living

General Camp opportunities:

-Learn, develop and execute adventure skills for guests
-General support for maintaining and developing the camp site and facilities
-Working in Kitchen, grounds and facilities in furthering the success with Guest Groups and Ministry Camps
-Promotion in communities for Ministry Camp potentials

Proposed Programme:

10-20 hours/week for curriculum (as above): Teaching, Seeking, and Preparing Papers. Interns will Learn from a Variety of Godly leaders/teachers from the Waikato region.

 20-30 hours/week for practical volunteer ministry at Kauaeranga Valley Christian Camp and in the Waikato Region

Overseas Applications:
Programme dates: September 2019 to May 2020, option to stay for the year, or for the duration of their visa.

New Zealand/Australia Applications: 
Programme dates: January 2020 to December 2020. June, July and August 2020 will be at an overseas Camp in Canada.

2021 Intake are now taking applications

Course Costs:
Cost is free*.
All Room and Board is provided through the volunteer programme. Akonga students are required to have a Work Visa for New Zealand (as room and board is seen as payment by NZ government) if not a Resident or Citizen of NZ. 

Akonga Inters are encouraged to raise some support from church family and friends. ($4000) 
Akonga Interns will be required to pay for flights to/from the Programme/Canada.
Akonga Interns will be required to have sufficient funds for all other expenses for the duration of the programme. (IE:  travel, toiletries, etc)
Akonga Interns are required to purchase books for your curriculum.

*Students with financial restraints can contact us about potential funds for overseas flights.

Curriculum for Biblical Discipleship

Biblical Christian Theology
Bible Overview and Understanding, Gospels, Christian Theology and Denominations, Fear of the Lord, Who is Jesus Christ?

Christian Living
How to Study the Word for myself.  What is the “good news” of Jesus Christ?  Understanding Silence and Solitude.  Applying Scripture to life.  Working through Seasons in Life. Trials and Tribulations.  What kind of Leader am I?  Strengths and weaknesses.  Humility and Grace.  LEAD LIKE JESUS.  Character diagnosis and development.

Holistic Training
Hiking/Tramping and Camping.  Enjoying New Zealand Landscape and Adventures.  Beaches, Beaches, Beaches!!  Swimming/Kayaking in our own River.  Join a culture of exercise and wellbeing.

A Little about us!
The Taylor’s have been working in Ministry for their entire married life. They met in New Zealand (Sheli from Canada, Phil from NZ) at a Christian Army Course where they received their Christian Ministry and Evangelism Certificates. Phil went on to explore training in Kinesiology and Teaching; Sheli, Directed a Camp in Southland, NZ. They have just returned to New Zealand after 7 years in Canada where they worked with Youth for Christ and Christian Camping in Alberta and BC.  

They are both extremely passionate about Discipleship in an emotionally healthy, Holy Spirit filled way as they walk with people while God transforms them by the renewing of their minds, enabling their Spirits, and completing the work He has started in each incredible, unique son or daughter for His glory and the establishment of His Word in their lives. They enjoy exploring who God is and embrace the mystery of being still with him. They are both confident teachers and facilitators and enjoy bringing the word of the Lord in their own vulnerable, authentic walk with Jesus.

The Taylors Live at Kauaeranga Valley Christian Camp with their two children; Alzora and Jedi, and their cat T-REX.