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Application Criteria

If you are a tertiary student and have a heart for mission, this is an amazing opportunity for you!

Youth Advocate Scholarship Recipients
  • Tertiary student in 2023 and 2024
  • Under 24 years old as at 31/12/2023
  • Year 13 students in 2023 intending to go to tertiary study in 2024 can apply (parental consent for those under 18 years old)
  • Students in their Gap Year during 2023 or 2024 may apply
  • R4R participation and sponsorship/fundraising of a minimum of $500
  • Ability to obtain a valid passport and Visa 
  • Good general health for travelling
  • Availability for the Nepal field trip in January 
  • Live in New Zealand
  • A sound understanding and enthusiasm for the mission and core values of Leprosy Mission New Zealand
  • Commitment to raising awareness and funding for Leprosy Mission projects in 2024. This will be your primary mission focus for that year.

*Please contact Gillian if you do not meet the criteria as there are options available to be involved in the Youth Advocate experience.

*If you are selected to be a Youth Advocate, you will be expected to complete a police check and sign The Code of Conduct of The Leprosy Mission New Zealand.

The Youth Advocate Scholarship includes:

  • Fully paid flights
  • Overseas accommodation
  • Meals
  • Internal transport in Nepal
  • Travel Insurance

Scholarship successful recipients are responsible for:

  • Passport
  • Visa 
  • Travel to and from Auckland Airport
  • Discretionary spending money
  • Vaccinations and medication
  • Police check 
  • Sign The Code of Conduct of LMNZ

Apply now

Full information on how to register for the R4R team can be found here

Full information on the Auckland Marathon

For other runs, you can take part in around New Zealand

Full information on other event options

To find out more about the Youth Advocate Programme please contact us at

Youth Advocate Scholarship

  • What to expect

    What to expect

    Immerse yourself in the local culture, share the life stories of people affected by leprosy and Leprosy Mission staff.
  • Youth Advocate Scholarship FAQs

    Scholarship FAQs

    Hope you will find this helpful, if you have any more questions please feel free to contact us.