Aitutaki, Cook Islands
Fifteen droplets of land cast across 2 million sq km of wild Pacific blue, the Cook Islands are simultaneously remote and accessible.
Travel Teachers volunteer expeditions take you to the island of Aitutaki. Neighbouring the nations capitol Rarotonga, Aitutaki is smaller island, with a beautiful sloping interior of rainforest giving way to sandy beaches and beyond to a lagoon five times the island's land size. Its unspoilt and blessed with fine powder white sand, turquoise waters and an endless array of flickering fish and other marine life making snorkelling the most popular pastime for visitors, it really is paradise!
Aitutaki is also traditionally known as Araura and Utataki, is one of The Cook Islands, north of the countries Capital Rarotonga. The islands population is approximately 2000 and is the second most visited island. The main village on the island is Arutanga, located on the west side of the island, the side which contains many of the islands important features.
Aitutaki is an island, until now that has been spared by mass tourism, allowing visitors to experience an authentic feel when visiting the island. As a volunteer with Travel Teacher you will stay in the heart of a island community and live like a local.
Araura College is the only secondary school on Aitutaki. The school has approximately 200 students from year 7 (form 1) to year 12 (form 6). The school follows the Cook Islands curriculum framework, this is largely based on the New Zealand curriculum Framework as historically young people on the island tend to migrate to New Zealand to study at university or polytechnics. Part of our long term vision is to provide opportunities for further education on the island of Aitutaki.
The most popular sports on the island is Rugby Union and Netball, followed closely by volleyball. The young people on the island have a passion for sport although there are limitations in competition due to the remote nature of the island and the costs associated with travel to neighbouring islands and the capital.