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  • Locations: Auckland, New Zealand
  • Program Terms: Trimester 3
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Deakin applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Trimester 3 2018 30/08/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** 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.
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, Internship, Volunteer Program
Language of Instruction: English Credit Weighting: 1 Credit Point
Credit Type: Undergraduate OS Help Available: Yes
Program Description:

New Zealand North Island

Global Environmental Placement - New Zealand, North 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 two week rotation on this project, which means you will get to experience a range of different settings and challenges in your project.

Program Details

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. 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 8am to 4pm.
Project Duration: 4 weeks. 
Unit of enrolment at Deakin: SLE225 Global Environmental Placement or SLE301 Professional Practice
Partner to deliver this program: CIS Australia
Dates: 27 October to 24 November 2017
Cost: $2,653 AUD
Deposit: $500 AUD (Deposit due date: 1 August 2017 / Final payment due date: 15 September 2017)
Program fee includes: 
  • Accommodation: Shared rooms in caravans, hostels, bunk houses, 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 Fee
  • Flights
  • Visa and passport fees
  • Vaccinations
  • Laundry
  • Weekend activities

Information Session 

Video recording | Powerpoint presentation

Eligibility and Enrolment

  • 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 in T3 2017.  Before starting this unit in T3 2017 students must have completed at least 8 credit points of study with a minimum average of 65%.
  • For enrolment in SLE301 Professional Practice - Students must be enrolled enrolled in one of the courses S393, S394, S398, S382, S399. Enrolment will be in T1 2018. Before starting this unit in T1 2018 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. 
Selection will be based on responses to the application questions and if necessary, a short interview with the unit chair. 

Funding options 

Funding options - OS-Help Loans:
  • Who is eligible: domestic UG students 
  • Amount: up to AU$6567
  • Purpose: to assist students with a range of expenses, such as airfares and accommodations.
  • Detail information and eligibility: OS-Help website

WIL Financial Support (Funding for 2017 has been fully allocated)
  • 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 and eligibility:? WIL Financial Support Scheme Website.

Important to note

  • A maximum number of 8 students
  • 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 on any program fees

International Placements can earn you 40 points towards the Global Citizenship Program.