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  • Locations: Punakaiki, New Zealand
  • Program Terms: Trimester 3
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Deakin applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Trimester 3 2018 13/07/2018
Rolling Admission 04/01/2019 01/02/2019

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

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Fact Sheet:
Deakin Faculty: Faculty of Arts & Education, Faculty of Business & Law, Faculty of Health, Faculty of Science, Engineering & Built Environments Program Type: Faculty Led Study Tour
Language of Instruction: English Credit Weighting: 1 Credit Point
Credit Type: Undergraduate OS Help Available: Yes
GCP Points: 30
Program Description:


NZ South Island

Information Session

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Global Environmental Placement - New Zealand, South Island - Environmental Sustainability

New Zealand has an ever-changing landscape, from subtropical forest to volcanic plateaus, vast plains to glaciers and sandy beaches to rugged mountains. The terrain can prove difficult to manage with climatic instability and human impact. NZ’s fragile environment is unfortunately suffering a decline in endangered species and environmental degradation. Deforestation is a significant factor and a growing concern. Scientists are concerned about the changes occurring to the local environment and climate.

The focus of this environment project in NZ is on preserving and restoring New Zealand’s unique wilderness and natural landscape. The activities could include; endangered species protection and disaster relief, environmental monitoring, tree planting, heritage restoration and much more! People who love nature and the environment will love this project. It is a challenging project with an environmental focus but is incredibly rewarding. Volunteers start in either Christchurch or Auckland with transfers to the rural locations of the placements around the likes of Punakaiki or Hamilton, where the natural environment can be truly appreciated. There is a one to a two-week rotation on this project, which means you will get to experience a range of different settings and challenges in your project.

Required skills: You will need to be fit and healthy, passionate about the environment and want to make a difference. No formal qualifications are required; however, if practical skills or academic knowledge exists, they will be drawn on to add value to the project. Volunteers must be prepared to work together in small teams. Exercise level: Medium to high.
Relevant for: For all students and great for first-time travellers
Project type: Practical environmental projects with hands-on activities
Location: Students may be located across project sites in the North and South Islands. Exact locations will be determined after final applications in August
Project activities: Restoration of land in the mountains or close to the coast. This may include tree planting, weed removal and/or seed collection, conservation fencing, heritage restoration and disaster relief. Your project may also be associated with river restoration and catchment care. Those placed further to the South of NZ (the Alps), may get involved in projects relating to the removal of wild pines to help with the growth of native plants.
Working hours: Monday to Friday 8 am to 4 pm
Project duration: 4 weeks
Unit of enrolment at Deakin: SLE225 Global Environmental Placement or SLE301 - Professional Practice
Partner to deliver this program: CIS Australia

Selection: Selection will be based on responses to the application questions and if necessary, a short interview with the unit chair.

Compulsory content hours:

Information session: Thursday, 26 April 2018

Introductory briefing: Thursday, 26 July 2018

Half day compulsory unit class & pre-departure session: Monday, 1 October 2018 (Burwood) / Tuesday, 2 October 2018 (Waurn Ponds)

In-country component: 4 January - 1 February 2019

Application close: Friday, 13 July 2018



  • For enrolment in SLE225 Global Environmental Placement - A student from any Faculty who has an elective credit is eligible to apply for this program. Enrolment will be in T3 2018. Before starting this unit in T3 2018 students must have completed at least 8 credit points of study.
  • For enrolment in SLE301 Professional Practice - Students must be enrolled in one of the courses S393, S394, S398, S382, S399. Enrolment will be in T1 2019. Before starting this unit in T1 2019 students must have completed at least 12 credit points of study.
  • Students in either unit must also arrange to enrol and complete the online modules for STP010 Introduction to Work Placements before leaving for their placement.

Cost and Funding

cost and funding
Cost: $2,749 AUD

$500 deposit due before:  Monday, 16 July 2018
Final payment due date: Friday, 31 August 2018
Program fee includes: 
  • Accommodation: Shared rooms in caravans, hostels, bunkhouses, shearer’s quarters or camping (tents are provided)
  • Food: 3 meals per day (including weekends), volunteers help with meal preparation
  • Training: Orientation upon arrival and training
  • Support: 24-hour support from on-site coordinator and project leaders
  • Wildlife guidebook and map of location
  • Volunteer ID Card with special offers and discounts
  • All project-related travel

The fee does not include:
  • Tuition fees
  • Flights
  • Visa and passport fees
  • Vaccinations
  • Leisure activities
  • Laundry

OS-HELP loan
Overseas Student HELP loans (OS-HELP) are provided by the Commonwealth government to eligible HECS-HELP students undertaking various international experiences for credit. This loan is added to your HELP debt and can be up to $7,998.
The following link will provide more information on the OS-Help

WIL Financial Support
  • Who is eligible: domestic undergraduate students who come from low socio-economic status backgrounds to undertake a discipline specific placement as part of their degree
  • Amount: up to AU$2,500
  • Detail information, eligibility, and application: WIL Financial Support Scheme Website.

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.

Location Profile

Location Profile

Home of the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, NZ is an amazing place of natural beauty and the epicenter of adventure travel. NZ is made up of two large Islands - North and South, and numerous smaller islands. NZ has over 15,000 kilometres of beautiful and varied coastline. NZ is located 1,500 kms east of Australia across the Tasman Sea and approx. 1,000 kms south of Fiji.

Maori were the first to arrive in NZ, journeying in canoes from Hawaii about 1,000 years ago. A Dutchman named Abel Tasman, was the first European to sight the country but it was the British who made NZ part of their empire.

Over thousands of years, much of the NZ landscape has become submerged. The Marlborough Sounds and Fiordland are examples of high mountain ranges that have ‘sunk’ into the sea creating spectacular sounds and fiords. NZ has some spectacular geothermal areas and relaxing hot springs - Rotorua is the hub, with mud pools, geysers, and hot springs in active thermal areas.


Important Notes

Important Information
  • Places in this program are limited to 6 students in total. Selection will be based on those first to complete a full application.
  • Travel insurance is provided by Deakin for the length of the program, students travelling more than 10 days beyond the program dates will need to pay for additional coverage.
  • The OS Help loan can take up to 4 weeks to process so payments deadlines must be met regardless of the status of your loan.
  • All students outside of Science, Engineering and Built Environment must seek permission from their home Faculty to enrol.
  • Students are reminded to apply for Deakin Travel Insurance as soon as they have been accepted into the program to cover any unexpected withdrawals or costs that are incurred as refunds may not be available.
CIS Australia Cancellation Policy
  • Before deposit deadline: No cancellation fees apply
  • After deposit deadline: Loss of $500 deposit
  • After deposit deadline and before final payment: Loss of $500 deposit, along with any non-recoverable program fees are payable (i.e.: supplement accommodation deposits, transport, travel costs)
  • After final payment deadline: No refund of any program fees
Global Citizenship Program

This program is currently not accepting applications.