Youth Advocate Scholarship

A mission trip to Nepal in early 2018 – will you join us?

The Leprosy Mission New Zealand's Youth Advocate Scholarships enable students with a passion for overseas mission to experience our work, learn about the causes and consequences of leprosy, share time with people affected by leprosy and raise awareness and funding for Leprosy Mission projects.

In the past seven years we have travelled to Kathmandu, Nepal and we will return in 2018 to experience the continuing progress in the aftermath of the earthquakes on some of Nepal’s most vulnerable people - people affected by leprosy.

Our past Youth Advocates have provided funding for vehicles and electricity generators that have been vital for the effective delivery of services at the Leprosy Mission’s Anandaban Hospital following the earthquakes. The hospital has managed a tide of crush injuries in makeshift wards and sending teams into the community to assess and attend to their needs.

You now have an opportunity to be there and get involved.

Get in touch with Gillian Whitley to say, “YES – I Am Interested”: / 021 537 356 / 09 631 1806

Or download the application now  - Click here.

Take a leap of faith, apply for the Youth Advocate Scholarship and be prepared to make a difference for people affected by leprosy in one of the poorest regions of the world. 

Past Youth Advocates had this to say…

"Amazing trip that has included so much in a short time"

"The complete environment - place, people, experiences have all been perfect"

"The group feels like it has been hand-picked by God"

This experience has it all:  

  • Immerse yourself in the local culture, share the life stories of people affected by leprosy and Leprosy Mission staff
  • Overview of all aspects of leprosy related work including: In & Out patients, physiotherapy, research labs, rehabilitation, reconstructive surgery
  • Visits to community based rehabilitation projects
  • Time to explore the culture and commerce of city and villages
  • Trekking in the Kathmandu Valley
  • A minimum 10 day trip late January /early February 2018
  • Leprosy Mission senior manager leadership

As a Youth Advocate Scholarship candidate you are challenged to:

1. Participate in the Running 4 Rights (R4R) team in any local event long or short - Find out more.

2. Raise Sponsorship

You are challenged to raise sponsorship of $500 - Find out more

3. Tell Us Who You Are

You are challenged to tell us about yourself, your interest in leprosy and how you will learn from a field visit to witness our work.  Download application here. 

4. Let Us Get To Know You Better

A meeting will be held in Auckland during early October to bring together all Auckland-based Scholarship candidates. Skype/phone interviews will be coordinated for candidates outside the Auckland region.

5. Meet the Application Criteria*

  • Tertiary student in 2017 and 2018
  • Under 24 years old as at 31/12/2017
  • Year 13 students in 2017 intending to go to tertiary study in 2018 can apply (parental consent for under 18 years old)
  • Students in their Gap Year during 2017 or 2018 may apply
  • R4R participation and sponsorship / fundraising of a minimum $500
  • Ability to obtain a valid passport and Visa 
  • Good general health for travelling
  • Availability for the Nepal field trip in late January - early February 
  • 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 2018. 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

Youth Advocate Scholarship Recipients

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

Do you need answers to your questions? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS)

For the Youth Advocates Scholarship application form click here.

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 for please contact Gillian Whitley on (09) 631 1806 or 021 537 356 (txt questions welcome) or email her here.

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