As an Academic Plus Volunteer student, you'll have a high school experience abroad with a difference.


The choice is yours

Choose one of our participating schools, the type of local project you'll volunteer on and the length of your programme. Then choose whether to add a volunteer project in South America on your way home.


What's Involved

  • An academic course at your chosen school including exciting subjects and extra-curricular activities.
  • Up to 5 hours per week of volunteering on your chosen sporting, social or environmental project.
  • Live with a homestay family from within the school community.
  • Optional travel with an international student travel company within NZ and Australia during school holidays.
  • Optional volunteer project of up to 4 weeks within a public school in South America on your way home.

who can apply

Academic Plus Volunteerâ„¢ is open to applicants aged 16-19. 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.