Pacific Student Leaders Program

Experience cultural leadership training on a whole new level

Join other aspiring student leaders on a week-long, advanced leadership course hosted at different locations across the Pacific.

Courses are open to Year 12 and 13 students from NZ, Year 11 and 12 students from Australia and equivalent from the Pacific Islands

"The experience, the culture, the people, the hospitality - it was amazing and I’d do it again in a heartbeat!"

Video - credit: Markie Highstead (student)

About the program
Our Pacific Student Leaders Program aims to bring the young leaders of the South West Pacific together while strengthening values, culture and connectedness. Giving our up-and-coming leaders the skills to be effective while leading others, and gaining a sound understanding of Pacifica culture along the way. Not only does the program provide an opportunity for NZ and Aus students to develop their potential, it also provides access to Pacifika students, and builds local capacity. Stronger together. 
Students will get to...
  • Combine leadership training with an unforgettable cultural experience
  • Network with aspiring young leaders from across NZ, Australia & the Pacific
  • Put leadership theories & tool-sets into practice, leading a team multiple times
  • Develop skills like effective communication, collaboration & strategic thinking
  • Learn to lead in varied scenarios, from business to community to environmental
  • Enjoy beautiful scenery, delicious authentic food, and a different way of life
  • Leave with new life-long friends, incredible memories and valuable skills
  • Access the Future Leaders Academy alumni resources, support and community
  • Be better prepared for future leadership roles at school, tertiary, work, and your community


Don't forget to check out the FAQs for more information.


April 2021 (Term 1 Break)

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April 2021 (Term 1 Break)

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July 2021 (Term 2 Break)

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July 2021 (Term 3 Break)



Fee for NZ & AUS students on all courses is $3,000

"The course taught me more than I ever thought it could. Through being with a group of strangers, not only did I gain better teamwork skills and confidence through awesome activities, I also gained so much self-leadership which I have found so useful with my leadership roles back at school. The cultural experience was so eye opening and the 'strangers' I met turned out to be people I would call 'life-long friends'. I would 100% recommend a Future Leaders trip."

Frequently asked questions

When is the next course?

Our next course is scheduled for Thursday 21 - Thursday 28 January 2021 to Norfolk Island). Each course runs for 7 days and we aim to hold it at least 6 times per year: Prior to the start of Term 1

  • Norfolk Is. | 21 - 28 Jan 2021​
  • During Term 1 holidays, normally April
  • During Term 2 holidays, normally July
  • During Term 3 holidays, normally October
Note that upcoming course dates and locations may be subject to change.

Where will it be held?

Locations can be anywhere across the Pacific, including but not limited to:​

  • Norfolk Island
  • Samoa
  • Tonga
  • Fiji
  • Vanuatu
  • Niue
  • Cook Islands
  • Solomon Islands

Who can apply?

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).

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 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.

How many spaces are there?

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.

How much does it cost and when/how do I pay?

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

Are there scholarships available?

We are able to offer one scholarship per course to those who can demonstrate financial hardship. Please email to apply. 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 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.

What’s included in the cost?

​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

What’s not included?

For all students:

  • Domestic travel (e.g. within NZ/Aus, or from outer Pacific Islands)
  • Spending money



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