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Student Leaders Programme

Experience leadership training on a whole new level!
For senior high school students, 16 -18yo

Video - credit: Markie Highstead (student)

Are you a...
Prefect | School Captain | Peer Leader | Community Leader
another type of leader... or aspiring to be?

Join other young leaders, from all ethnicities, on a week long advanced leadership course hosted at different locations across the Pacific, having an adventure with new life-long friends.

Each courses is open 40 to New Zealand, and Australian senior high school students, joined by 15 local Pacific Nation equivalent students

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Choose Your Course


Cook Is (1)

Course dates

13 - 21 Apr 2024

Applications Open

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Cook Is (2)

Course dates

20 - 28 Apr 2024

Applications Open

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Applications Closed



More locations and dates coming soon












Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award

Are you completing the Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award? Our programmes can be used to complete your Gold Award - Residential section.

What Will You Do On The Course

DAY 1-2

Arrive at intl 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 your home country
Farewell to fellow students
Return home
  • Who can apply?
    Pacific Student Leaders Programme: Year 12 or 13 students, at the time of your programme dates, 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). Pacific Emerging Leaders Programme: Any young professional (20 - 30yo), in the business, NGO, community sector from New Zealand, Australia, Pacific Nations.
  • What’s the application process?
    There's an online application form requiring: Basic contact information A 250 word personal statement about your experience in leadership role(s) A 250 word personal statement about why you want to do the course Contact details for a reference who can talk to your leadership experience ​​ 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 days. Note that if you're successful you'll need to pay a deposit in order to secure your place.
  • How many spaces are there?
    Pacific Student Leaders Programme: There are up to 60 spaces total on each course – 40 for New Zealand / Australian students and 20 for students from our host countries in the Pacific Islands. Pacific Emerging Leaders Programme: There are up to 36 spaces total on each course – 26 for New Zealand / Australian students and 10 for students from our host countries in the Pacific Islands.
  • How much does it cost and when/how do I pay?
    You'll need to pay a 15% credit/debit card deposit in order to secure your place. 50% of your remaining programme fee is due 120 days prior to your programme departure date. The remaining balance is due 45 days prior to your programme departure date. Balance payments are to be made via internet banking. Payment dates for each course will be advised when your registration is confirmed. We accept EFT/online banking payment. ​ Costs for students from our host countries in the Pacific Islands is NZD$100 to be paid in cash at the beginning of the course. Emerging leaders participants will pay $500 each. Australian student fees: may be higher for certain programmes depending on extra international flight costs, when having to transit via New Zealand.
  • What are the payment, cancellation and refund policies?
    Paying your course fee Full payment is required 8 weeks before your course start date. Course fees are in NZ dollars and are GST inclusive. For fundraising ideas head to our fundraising page. Transfers Your full course fee may be transferred only once to another course date up to 45 days before your original course start date. Transfer requests within 45 days of a course start date will be handled on a case by case basis. Refunds, participant cancellations & departures policy Your course fee, less your deposit, is refundable up to eight weeks before your course start date. Deposits are non-refundable except for medical reasons, at which point a verified medical certificate is required within 7 days of cancellation to be eligible for a refund. If you cancel within eight weeks of your course starting, your full course fee is not refundable. Cancellations must be received in writing i.e. email. You must contact your travel insurance provider for any claims. If you depart for any reason, including behaviour, motivation barriers, injury or illness incurred on course, you will not receive a refund. You must contact your travel insurance provider for any claims. COVID-19 refund policy If you test positive for COVID-19 during your course, you will be provided an area to isolate if necessary. If your isolation period continues past the return travel date, meaning you can’t travel and require supervised isolation support, you will be charged an extra $200 per night, and any travel change costs. You must contact your travel insurance provider for any claims relating to COVID-19. Please ensure your travel insurance includes COVID-19 cover. Future Leaders cancellation policy If something major happens outside our control e.g; natural disaster, international flight departure delays longer than two days, or any other significant operational issue preventing the safe and effective delivery of a programme, we might have to cancel the trip. If we cancel a trip eight weeks or more before departure, full refunds will be paid for any fees paid. If we cancel a trip within eight weeks before departure, no refunds will be given to students. There are two options; contact your travel insurance provider to claim for all fees paid on the cancelled trip, or transfer your paid fees to another available trip.
  • Do I pay for my own domestic flights?
    YES. You must make your own way to the international departure airport. For NZ students it's usually Auckland airport. For Australian students, it's usually Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne. We strongly suggest purchasing flexible domestic flights or other travel. This is due to possible international flight changes, which are outside Future Leaders' control.
  • How can I fundraise?
    We do not currently have scholarships available, however many of our students like to fundraise to help cover their course costs. Here are a few ideas of 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, Lions 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. Pacific Emerging Leaders Programme participants can also be sponsored by their employers or other community funds. For more info see our fundraising page.
  • What’s included in the cost?
    ​For New Zealand/Australian students/participants: International flights to and from the Pacific Island location Transport from the airport to the accommodation and back Basic communal 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 includes accommodation, food, drinks and programme materials. ​ *Supervised with separate sleeping arrangements for males and females
  • What’s not included?
    For all students: Domestic travel (e.g. within NZ/Aus, or from outer Pacific Islands) Spending money Costs associated with changing your domestic travel if we need to change international departure/arrival times. Australian programme participants will pay their own connecting flights to Auckland International Airport, where destination access is via NZ only, e.g. Cook Is, Samoa, Tonga.

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