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  • Locations: Cuc Phong, Vietnam
  • Program Terms: Trimester 3
  • Homepage: Click to visit
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: Internship, Volunteer Program
Language of Instruction: English Credit Weighting: 1 Credit Point
Credit Type: Undergraduate OS Help Available: Yes
Program Description:

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Global Environmental Placement - Vietnam – Endangered Primate Rescue Centre

Always dreamed of working with primates? The Endangered Primate Rescue Centre is home to Gibbons, Langurs and Lorises. If you’re enthusiastic, have compassion for animals and are willing to pitch in and work as part of a tight knit team - this placement is for you.

There are 24 primate species found in Vietnam and 90% of them are threatened with extinction. This unique opportunity allows you to experience firsthand the rescue and care of Vietnam’s engendered primates. Experience what it’s like to be a wildlife keeper. Challenge yourself to make a difference by assisting in a conservation program. Learn about both Vietnamese culture and wildlife.

The Rescue Centre is staffed by trained animal keepers who you will assist on a daily basis. Interesting and exciting things are common place at a sanctuary and this is your chance to experience all the excitement whilst contributing to conservation, making a difference and getting back to nature.

Some of the activities that you’ll have the chance to get involved in include:

  • Animal food preparation
  • Feeding animals
  • Cleaning animal enclosures
  • Giving tours to visitors
  • Gardening and upkeep of grounds
  • Updating animal records
  • Assisting in data collection and collation
  • Repair and construction of cages
  • Building and installing enrichment items

Don’t expect to get bored, the itinerary for this project changes and alters daily. There will be something new, exciting and interesting to do each day - so be prepared for a life-changing experience.

Program fee includes: 
Required Skills: No specific skills are needed for this project however, you’ll be working in a fairly dynamic environment with a big group of students as well as staff from the local host so it is important that you possess patience and flexibility to do the tasks necessary on any particular day. A keen interest in conservation and wildlife is important as well as the ability to sit back, listen and learn from the experienced staff.
Exercise level: Medium
Relevant for: For students who perhaps have not travelled before but who want to visit Vietnam and learn about conservation from the perspective of their local hosts.
Project type: Practical and educational activities in environmental conservation and animal welfare.
Location: Cuc Phuong National Park Vietnam
Project Activities: As above.
Working Hours: 6.30-8:00am (Breakfast 8:00-9:00am), 9:00-11:30 (Lunch 11:30am-1:15pm) 1:15-4:45pm.
Project Duration: 3 weeks.
Unit of enrolment at Deakin: SLE301 Professional Placement or SLE225 Global Environmental Placement

Dates: 8 January to 28 January 2018

Cost: $1,300 AUD 3 weeks

Deposit: $500 AUD (Deposit due date: 1 August 17 / Final payment due date: 15 September 17)

Program fee includes:

  • Accommodation - you will stay in an EPRC bungalow or a Cuc Phuong National Park room depending on availability
  • 3 meals a day
  • Training: Pre-departure information pack, on-site orientation and project induction are provided
  • 24 hour support from onsite coordinator

The fee does not include:

  • Tuition fee
  • Flights
  • Visas & passport fees
  • Vaccinations
  • Weekend excursions
  • Weekly laundry service

Information Session 

Video recording | Powerpoint presentation


  • 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 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: 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 maximum number of 4 students is required for the program to run.
  • 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.
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.