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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



To find out more about the Youth Advocate Programme please contact us at youthadvocates@leprosymission.org.nz

Youth Advocate Scholarship

  • Highlights from past Youth Advocates

    Highlights from past Youth Advocates

    Please enjoy watching this short video of some powerful reflections from some of our past Youth Advocates.
  • 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.