Rarotonga​, Cook Islands
We’ve partnered with Tereora College to host this course, along with support from local organisations & stakeholders.


2 – 9 October 2021
The course takes place over the first week of term three school holidays, and dates are inclusive of travel.


Year 12 & 13 NZ students
Open to students in leadership roles or with potential. 30 spaces open for NZ students, joined by 20 Cook Is students.


Food, accommodation and course materials are included.Costs not covered is domestic travel to & from Auckland airport.

Our Pacific Student Leaders Program is a week-long course that sees young people from across both the Pacific Islands, New Zealand and Australia come together to develop their personal and team leadership skills through fun, unique, hands-on activities. Each intake is held in a different location across the Pacific, with the last intake being held in Rarotonga (Cook Islands)in 2019. Our next course is the first course we are able to run since Covid-19 so it is definitely not one you will want to miss.

The course is designed to get students into a new environment which exposes them to a different culture and way of life. They will have an opportunity to travel the island, learn about the rich history, experience the tasty local cuisine, meet and collaborate with students from different schools and locals. Our courses have been hugely beneficial for students to gain a new perspective, build useful skills to take into the final years of school and after, make life-long friends and unforgettable memories.

Our Fiji course was so impactful it even made it onto the Fiji News!

What will I do on the course?

DAY 1-2

Arrive at Akld airport
Meet your fellow students
Fly to your Pacific Island
Official welcome
Team building
Leadership skills workshop

DAY 3-5

Work in your syndicate
Lead your team
Guest speakers
Practical scenarios
Environment issues
Humanitarian issues
Business topics
Youth wellbeing insight
Outdoor adventure
Team development
Immerse in the local culture


Fun beach day
Formal course function
Leadership evaluation
Final cultural activities


Farewell to Pacific students
Fly to Akld
Farewell to fellow students
Return home

*Financial Support

Frequently asked questions

Year 12 or 13 students from New Zealand (Australian equivalent – Yr 11 & 12) and the Pacific Islands in leadership roles or who have proven leadership potential (e.g. with a reference from a teacher)

There’s an online application form requiring:

  • Basic contact information
  • A personal statement telling us a little about yourself, your experience in leadership roles and why you want to do the course​​

One you’ve submitted your application it will be reviewed and we’ll let you know whether you’ve been successful or not. We’ll normally contact you within 2 weeks after applications close, but timelines can vary. Note that if you’re successful you’ll need to pay a deposit in order to secure your place.

There are 50 spaces total on each course – 30 for New Zealand / Australian students and 20 for students from our host countries in the Pacific Islands.

The standard price inculding international flights, accommodation and food ranges from $2500 – $3000 depending on the destination, but keep an eye out for our Early Bird pricing. Note that if your application is successful, you’ll need to pay a deposit in order to secure your place, with the full balance due prior to attending. Payment dates for each course will be advised when your registration is confirmed. We accept online banking payments.

Costs for students from our host countries in the Pacific Islands is $100 to be paid at the beginning of the course.

See the next questions with info for help with course fees.

We are able to offer one scholarship per course to those who can demonstrate financial hardship. Please email for further infortmation about how to apply.

Many of our students like to fundraise to help cover their course costs. Here are a few ideas for how to raise money:

  • Approach your school: The skills you develop during the programme will help you succeed in your leadership role, so why not approach your Teacher, Careers Advisor, Dean or Principal to see if the school would be able to sponsor you.
  • Use a crowdfunding website: Set up a Givealittle or PledgeMe webpage. Make sure you spread the word to reach as many people as possible! E.g. ask all your friends and family to share the link on social media.
  • Contact a community organisation: Try your local RSA or Rotary Club as they often offer monetary support for courses like this.
  • Offer your services: You could do small jobs or chores for your family and neighbours in return for a donation. E.g. cleaning, dog-walking, babysitting, weeding or mowing the lawns.
For New Zealand/Australian students:


  • International flights to and from the Pacific Island location
  • Transport from the airport to the accommodation and back
  • Hostel or dorm-style accommodation for the duration of the trip*
  • All food and drinks during the trip (breakfast, lunch, dinner & snacks)
  • All programme materials (e.g. for activities and exercises)
Inclusions for Pacific Island students will be confirmed by host schools, but at the least will include food, drinks and programme materials.
*Fully supervised with separate sleeping arrangements for males and females
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