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  • Locations: St. Lucia, South Africa
  • 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 Science, Engineering & Built Environments Program Type: Faculty Led Study Tour, Internship, Volunteer Program
Credit Weighting: 1 Credit Point Credit Type: Undergraduate
OS Help Available: Yes
Program Description:
South Africa children in class

Global Environmental Placement - South Africa - Rural Healthcare and Education

Through this program you'll enjoy living and volunteering in St. Lucia, South Africa, a small coastal community surrounded by beautiful landscapes and diverse wildlife - a UNESCO World Heritage location. Surrounding the beautiful area of St. Lucia are rural villages inhabited by thousands of people with scarce healthcare resources. Working alongside community health workers, care givers, and medical professionals, you'll provide both direct treatment as well as awareness and prevention of HIV, tuberculosis, and lifestyle/social issues such as family planning and nutrition. This project gives you the opportunity to engage with people – young and old – to make a positive impact while at the same time undergoing an unforgettable, life-changing experience.
In South Africa there are plenty of myths surrounding the issue of HIV/AIDS. Education is vital in preventing the spread of infection and breaking down stigma. Not many people know how to prevent infection, and even fewer people know how to deal with the virus once they have it. Many South Africans still lack the education that could help fight many of the effects of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, including how to prolong their lives by practicing healthy living and taking medication in the right doses. Discrimination against those who are HIV positive is also still prevalent, which perpetuates the cycle of infection. In addition to HIV/AIDS awareness, the project also addresses numerous other health and nutrition issues through education, prevention, and treatment.
The following are common project activities, which vary depending on local needs and volunteer skills and interests:
  • Clinical Assistance
  • Home-Based Care
  • Nutrition
  • Gardening
  • Building & Refurbishing
  • HIV/AIDS Education and Support Family Empowerment/Other Support Groups
  • Science students – build your skills, expand your horizons and volunteer to make a difference in beautiful St Lucia.

Program details

Exercise Level: Medium
Location: St. Lucia, South Africa, a small coastal community surrounded by beautiful landscapes and diverse wildlife - a UNESCO World Heritage location
Project Activities: Will include education, prevention, and treatment of health issues; clinical experience / observation; nutrition program assistance; garden maintenance; building and refurbishing; other local demands/topics
Working Hours: Monday to Friday, approximately 6.5 hours per day
Project Duration: 4 Weeks
Unit of enrolment at Deakin: SLE225 Global Environment Placement
Partner to deliver this program: CIS Australia
Police check required: Yes

Dates: 29 October - 26 November 2017

Cost: $3,488 AUD

Deposit: $500 AUD (Deposit due date: 1 August 2017 / Final payment due date: 15 September 2017)

Program fee includes:
  • Accommodation in local housing
  • 3 meals per day (excluding weekends)
  • Airport drop off and pick up
  • Orientation upon arrival and training
  • 24 hour support from on-site coordinator and project leaders
The fee does not include:<
  • Tuition Fee
  • Flights
  • Visa and passport fees
  • Vaccinations
  • Weekend activities

Information Session 

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Eligibility and Enrolment

Enrolment will be in SLE225 Global Environment Placement 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%. Students 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

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 minimum number of 3 students is required for the program to run and places are limited to 18 students.
  • Travel insurance is provided by Deakin for the length of the program, students who are travelling more than 10 days beyond the program dates will need to pay for additional coverage.
  • Students must 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
  • The OS Help loan can take up to four weeks to process. Program payments deadlines must be met regardless of the status of your OS Help application.

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.