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  • Locations: Efate, Vanuatu; Port Vila, Vanuatu
  • Program Terms: Trimester 1
  • Restrictions: Deakin applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Deakin Faculty: Faculty of Arts & Education Program Type: Faculty Led Study Tour
Language of Instruction: English Credit Type: Undergraduate
OS Help Available: Yes
Program Description:
GEP Vanuatu
Global Education Program - Vanuatu
  • Applications now open!
  • Applications close Sunday 26 March, 2017.
Program dates: 16 June to 8 July, 2017.

Information sessions:

Tuesday 7 March
12:00 - 12:50PM
Burwood: N3.11
Waurn Ponds: ic3.315

Friday 17 March
2:00 - 2:50PM
Burwood: N3.11
Waurn Ponds: ic1.108

Situated in the South Pacific region and some 4 hours flight time from Melbourne, the Republic of Vanuatu is a tropical, multicultural island nation of about 260,000 people living on over 90 islands and speaking almost a hundred languages. 
Participants in the Vanuatu program can be expected to be challenged not only by the beauty of living on a tropical island but also by the many issues confronting this small, poor nation as it emerges from decades of colonial rule. The Vanuatu Department of Education is strongly supportive of this program and individual schools will warmly welcome you. 
The teaching program takes place on the main island of Efate during the Inter-trimester break in the last two weeks of June and the first week of July. Teaching in ni-Van schools requires a high degree of cultural sensitivity and respect for Kustom / cultural practice. With large classes (up to 45 students in primary classes), few of the 'normal' teaching and learning resources and different teaching practices, participants in this program need to show initiative, flexibility, adaptability and a sense of humour when working with ni-Van / local students and teachers. The benefit is that you will develop new skills and a stronger commitment to teaching.  
There are opportunities to teach in both primary and secondary schools (all subjects). Most of the schools are located in the capital, Port Vila, and nearby villages and islands. You will travel to and from your school each day by bus or boat. 

Teaching in schools in Vanuatu is a challenging experience. Students are keen to learn, they speak at least 3 languages, student-based learning is a recent strategy and class sizes are often large and the classrooms can be hot and are often not wel rsourced.? Classes start at 7.30am!? Students love having you in their classes and they will encourage you to fully engage in their culture. The classroom language of instruction is English, but outside students and staff will speak the national language, Bislama. Younger children are taught in Bislama. 

Past students have reported that they learned to: build relationships with students – connecting to the interests and needs of the children; teach with minimal resources; organise and improvise in a challenging and sometimes-chaotic environment; and resilience. For all students the Vanuatu GEP teaching experience affirmed of their commitment to the vocation of teaching and the enjoyment of teaching. You will also have the opportunity to organise and run three activity (sports or arts) afternoons for local children, to work at the Yut Senta for students unable to attend school, visit a Kustom village, attend local theatre, dance and music performances, and participate in some tourist activities such as an around island tour and snorkeling on Hide-Away Island. 
Accommodation is in a motel (with a swimming pool) in the capital, Port Vila.

  • Students must be enrolled in an undergraduate teaching course and be in their 3rd year of study in 2017.  
  • GEP must replace an approved placement unit, or be included as part of EEG302 Place, Culture & Teaching in a Global Context
  • Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of at least 50 at time of application.
Feedback and comments from prior student placement reports are considered as part of the application process.

Approved courses and units for Vanuatu:
Bachelor of Education (Primary) E359:
ETP302 Curriculum Enquiry
EEG302 Place, Culture & Teaching in a Global Context
Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary)/Bachelor of Arts D347
EPP304 Ways of Knowing Children and Adolescents
EEG302 Place, Culture & Teaching in a Global Context

Bachelor of Teaching (Science)/Bachelor of Science D351
EPP304 Ways of Knowing Children and Adolescents

Bachelor of Health and Physical Education E377
EPP305 Policy, Schooling and Society (T1 2018 enrolment)

Costs (approx.)
$3,500 - $4,000.

What is included in the program price
  • Return flights
  • Shared accommodation
  • In-country transport
  • Several cultural and tourist activities
  • Travel insurance for length of the program
  • Your contribution towards Vanuatu school gifts from Deakin University
  • A Deakin shirt, so we travel easily as a group
Items not included that the students should budget for
  • Unit enrolment fees
  • Passport and Visa fees
  • Vaccinations and travel medications
  • Spending money
  • Any additional tourist activities
  • Transport to and from schools and private excursions
  • Meals not specified on the itinerary

Funding and grant options:
Domestic students may be eligible to apply for an OS-Help Loan of up to $6567 to help fund their participation in the program. The purpose of OS-HELP is to assist students with a range of expenses, such as airfares and accommodation. Further information on eligibility for OS-Help can be found here.
We recommend students apply for their OS-HELP Loan as soon as they are accepted and enrol into the study tour unit. Please note that the OS Help loan can take up to 4 weeks to process and payment deadlines set by Reho Study Tours are mandatory, regardless of the status of an OS-HELP Loan application.

GEP Travel Grants:
You may be eligible for a $500 travel grant from the Faculty of Arts and Education. Eligibility criteria and how to apply available at:

Academic program co-ordinators: Dr John Cripps-Clark and Dr Peta White.

Important dates:
Interviews: 3rd - 7th April 2017
Deposit ($1,000): Wednesday 19th April 2017
Final payment: Wednesday 10 May, 2017
Group meetings with GEP Vanuatu students and staff:
  • Saturday 22nd April 9am - 4pm Science Education Lab M1.103 (Burwood) 
  • Monday 29th May 10am - 4pm Geelong Waterfront (Level 4, Sally Walker Blg) 
Deakin Abroad Pre departure: dates to be posted on Deakin Abroad's Pre-departure Session website.

Travel Insurance:
Complimentary travel insurance is provided by Deakin for the length of the program, plus up to 10 days coverage for personal travel. Students travelling beyond the program dates will need to pay for additional coverage.
More information about International Travel Insurance for Students can be found here:

Cancellation policy for REHO payments:
Over 90 days: Loss of $500 deposit
90-60 days: 50 % cancellation penalty
60- 0 days: 100 % cancellation penalty

Deakin's Global Citizenship Program
* 20 points towards Deakin's Global Citizenship Program

Any questions?
If you have any enquiries about this program, you are welcome to contact the Arts and Education Work Integrated Learning Office: or Phone (03) 9246 8759.


This program is currently not accepting applications.