** 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.
Faculty of Science, Engineering & Built Environments
Faculty Led Study Tour, Internship, Volunteer Program
1 Credit Point
OS Help Available:
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:
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.
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
Selection will be based on responses to the application questions and if necessary, a short interview with the unit chair.
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