WHEN CAN I START?
The New Zealand academic year starts February and ends in December. The ideal time to start your programme is at the beginning of one the four school terms. It is possible to align your programme with a Northern Hemisphere academic year, arriving in July.
The New Zealand term dates for 2017 are:
Term 1: Between 30 January and 3 February – 15 April (exact start date may vary for each school)
Term 2: 1 May – 7 July
Term 3: 24 July – 29 September
Term 4*: 16 October – 14 December (last day varies for each school)
* Please note that for senior students (years 11,12 and 13), academic courses end on the 4th of November for NCEA exams. We will provide an alternative November programme for senior students not sitting exams.
Do you have a deadline for applications?
We don't have any deadlines for applications.
What are the minimum and maximum programme lengths?
There is no minimum or maximum length. The weekly tuition price is $295, plus $220 per week for homestay. There is a $2000 coordination fee, this is a one off fee which applies to any length of course. For more information on our prices, click here.
For the Chile option, most students will choose between 1 and 4 weeks. Our preferred travel insurance policy (Southern Cross Travel Insurance), covers a stay of up to 31 days on the way home. It is possible to stay in Chile for longer than 31 days, however you will need to organise your own travel insurance to ensure you have adequate cover. Your agent will be able to help you with this.
Can i to extend my stay?
Once you are in New Zealand, you may choose to extend your stay. This may mean you need to change your visa, but we can help you with this.
Is there an Application Form I need to fill in?
Where will I live?
You will live with a homestay family. The family will be part of the school or local community. Many of our schools can offer a choice between town or semi-rural homestays, so you could choose to live on a farm or lifestyle block. Some of our schools also have boarding hostels, so if you prefer to board this may be an option. Please note that hostel places are very limited and prices will differ from those listed. Please contact us for more information.
How much volunteer work will I do while I'M in New Zealand?
You will spend an average of five hours per week on your volunteer project while in New Zealand. This can vary week to week, for example there may be a project over a whole weekend, then some weeks only 1 or 2 hours during or after school for the week. It really depends on which of the volunteer project you choose.
If I choose to go to Chile, what volunteer work will I do and where will I live?
In Chile the volunteer work is based in local schools. You will be helping to teach the students conversational English and/or helping with sports. You will do 15-20 hours of volunteeringper week in Chile. While in Chile there are also one on one Spanish classes available, and you will have the option to attend some school classes to practice your Spanish and make friends. You will be homestayed with a local family organised by our Chilean partners.
How do I choose a volunteer project?
The best way is for you to let us or your agent know what sort of project you would be interested in doing. Would you like to do something social? Are you passionate about the environment? Are you a great sports person who would like to coach a team? The more we know about you and your interests, the better equipped we will be to find a project to suit you. The same goes for choosing a school, this depends on what subjects you would like to take, what extra-curricular activities you want to do, what your hobbies are. Contact us to find out more about the range of volunteer projects we offer.
Who can apply?
Academic Plus Volunteer™ is open to applicants aged 16-19 who want to make a difference. It is well suited to students in their final years of schooling and those who have finished school in their home country. While the programme does require you to attend high school while in New Zealand, our high schools offer a range of interesting subjects that allow you to try out new things, such as outdoor education, specialised sports subjects, performing arts, tourism, food technology and more. For more information about the subject choices and extra curricular activities, please visit the school websites or contact us.
HOw can i apply?
Do you provide ESOL?
Yes, all of our schools can provide four to five hours of ESOL per week. There is no extra cost for ESOL classes.
do i need a visa?
Visa requirements for New Zealand and Chile will depend on your age, the country you are from and the length of your stay. Your agent will be able to help you with the visa process, or contact us if you have any questions.
For information on New Zealand visa requirements, visit www.immigration.govt.nz/migrant/stream/study.
For information on Chilean visa requirements, visit chileabroad.gov.cl/en to find your nearest Chilean Consulate.