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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 New Colombo Plan Funded: Yes
Scholarships Available: Yes GCP Points: 30
Program Description:


ArtsEd GEP Vanuatu 2018

Dates: June/July 2018 (inter trimester break between T1 and T2) Final dates to be confirmed.
Applications open: Monday 5 March 2018 (closing Sunday 25 March)


To learn more about the GEP Vanuatu experience, come to an information session:
  • WEEK 2: GEP Vanuatu
    • Friday 16 March 12:00PM in N3.11 (Burwood) and KA3.203 (Waurn Ponds). Online option available. Email for conection details.

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.
 GEP Vanuatu students
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 well resourced. 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.

Use the tabs at the top of this page to find out more about program eligibility, costs and funding and application process.



To apply for a Global Education Program in 2018, you need to meet the following criteria:

  • Current Primary, Secondary or Health & PE undergraduate education student
  • Successfully completed your level 2/second year placement (eg: ETP201, EPP207, EPP203 etc...)
  • Enrolled in the level 3/third year core units in 2018
  • Weighted Average Mark of at least 50 (at time of application)
You will be asked to specify your preferred arranged in your application. You have two options:


EEG302 - Place, Culture & Teaching in a Global Context. 1 credit point, Trimester 3, Cloud based unit

The elective option means you maintain ALL of your third year Victorian placement days. GEP is an additional professional experience opportunity.

The elective is a great option for Primary or Teaching/Arts students with elective space.

Experience is important – get as much as you can!

Unit in Trimester 3 means studying one less unit in another trimester! Lighten your study load in T1 or T2.
  Alternatively, GEP can take the place of an approved placement. The placements associated with each of the units below can completed with a GEP.
  • Bachelor of Education Primary E359: ETP302
  • Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary)/Bachelor of Arts D347, Bachelor of Teaching (Science)/Bachelor of Science D351: EPP304
  • Bachelor of Health and Physical Education: EPP303 - for students to commenced in 2016, EPP305 (T1 2019) - for students who commenced before 2016. 

Example for Bachelor of Education (Primary) student who nominates GEP to replace their ETP302 placement:ETP301 T1 2018 – 10 day placement in Victoria (GEP does not impact this placement.)
ETP302 T2 2018 – Instead of going on a 10 day placement in Victoria, your placement is completed on your GEP. You will mean not going on the ETP302 placement a the same time as your classmates.
This option means you won't complete as many placement days in Victoria, but a fantastic way to embed GEP in your course.
The GEP unit you list in your application will impact your local placements in 2018, so it's important you consider your options carefully. The Arts and Education Work Integrated Learning team and the Professional Experience Office are available to answer your questions about choosing the right option for you.

Cost and Funding

Cost and Funding

Studying overseas doesn't need to break the bank. You could be eligible for financial assistance to help with the cost of travel, accommodation and program costs.

Cost: Up to $4,000 (To be confirmed)
All domestic students participating in the program will receive a $3,000 grant, as part of the Australian Government's New Colombo Plan*!
This means your out of pocket expenses for GEP Vanuatu could be as little as $1,000 or less.
What is included in the program price: Items not included that the students should budget for:  
  • Return flights Melbourne to Port Vila
  • Twin share accommodation
  • Travel insurance for length of the program
  • In-country transport
  • Pre-departure and induction program
  • Some meals
  • Cultural activities and some tourist activities
  • Unit enrolment fees
  • Passport and Visa fees
  • Vaccinations
  • Spending money
  • Tourist activities not specified on the itinerary.
  • Transport
  • Meals not specified on the itinerary.

New Colombo Plan grants

GEP Vanuatuis supported by the Australian Government’s New Colombo Plan. Each student accepted onto the 2018 program will receive a grant of $3,000, provided eligibility criteria is met. Students must be enrolled as a domestic student and have not receive a New Colombo Plan grant for any previous experiences. Age limitations apply for students over 28 years. Speak to the ArtsEd WIL team is you have any questions or concerns.

WIL Student Support Scheme

The 2018 WIL Student Support Scheme is a Commonwealth Government funded initiative under the Higher Education Participation Programme (HEPP). They support the Government's objective of ensuring that undergraduate domestic students from disadvantaged backgrounds who have the ability to study at university get the opportunity to do so and succeed.

Tell me more about the WIL Student Support Scheme


Available only for students on a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP). The maximum loan a student can borrow for Asian destinations in 2018 is $7,998. Students can also access a supplementary amount of $1,065 if they will be undertaking Asian language study in preparation for study in Asia.

Students should apply for an OS-HELP Loan as soon as they receive an offer into a program and have enrolled. Further eligibility criteria applies. See link below.

Tell me more about the OS-HELP Loan

Youth Allowance and Austudy

If you are currently receiving Youth Allowance or Austudy you can continue to receive payments while studying overseas as long you have a full time study load for the year. The following link will provide more information on the Youth Allowance or Austudy.
Travel Insurance
As a Deakin student travelling on a Deakin program, your travel insurance is free of charge for the duration of your GEP. The insurance provided will even cover you for up to 10 days of leisure travel absolutely free!

Registration is not automatic you will need to register for your travel insurance. You will find a link to the registration form the in the DeakinAbroad Portal, once you are made an offer into a GEP.

Find out more information about Deakin International Travel Insurance

Application Process

Application Process

How to apply for the GEP Vanuatu

Attend a GEP Information Session in early Trimester 1 2018. See the 'Program' tab of this site to see dates, times and locations.
Plan your course. Talk to a the Work Integrated Learning team and Professional Experience if you have any questions about the best unit for you to nominate for GEP.

Apply via the 'Apply Now' link from Monday 5 March, 2018. Applications will close Sunday 25 March. In your online application in the Deakin Abroad Portal, you will need to complete:
a) GEP Application questionnaire
b) Student Agreement
Incomplete applications will be ineligible.

Your application will be reviewed upon submission. In addition to your application, your pre-service teaching placement reports will be taken into consideration.
2. INTERVIEW (Scheduled for 9 - 13 April) 
Shortlisted applications will be invited to an interview with the academic program coordinators. All correspondence will be sent to your Deakin email and/or mobile number listed in your StudentConnect.
3. RECEIVE YOUR OFFER (approx. 1 week after interviews)
You will be contacted via Deakin email with your application outcome after the interview.
If you have accepted onto the GEP you will be asked to confirm you offer and register on the Deakin Abroad Portal. This is a mandatory part of studying overseas with Deakin. You will also be provided with information about Reho Study Tours, the travel agency who will manage arrangements for this program.
If you intending to apply for an OS-HELP Loan, you should submit your OS-HELP application as soon as you receive your offer and have accepted your place.

Student Experiences

Student Experiences

Past GEP Vanuatu participants

  • "The GEP Vanuatu was unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. I’ve learnt more about myself than I ever thought this trip would teach me."
  • "A great learning experience – would recommend 110%! Everybody needs this."
  • "I was pushed to my limits and tested my ability to adapt in challenging situations."
  • "...this trip has filled my heart with so much love I am forever grateful for."
  • "This trip has been eye opening in so many ways. I am so thankful to have been accepted. I have learnt so much about myself. The people here have challenged me, knocked me down, and pulled me up. It’s been a whirlwind, and at times too much. Upon reflection, I wouldn’t have it any other way."

GEP Vanuatu


Further Enquiries

Further Enquiries

Contact Arts & Education Work Integrated Learning

Phone: 03 9246 8759
Burwood office: N1.013/N1.015
Waurn Ponds office: ic2.107

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