Pacific Project 2019 Director and Assistant Director Applications


Location: International

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Closing Date: 07/10/2018 11:59 pm


Download the Director and Assistant Director Application Packs here.

Director:PP19 Director Application Pack

Assistant Director: PP19 AD Application Pack



Pacific Project is an annual trip for high school students that educates participants on New Zealand’s relationship with the Pacific. It combines a week at the prestigious UN Youth Australia National Conference with an educational study tour to the Pacific Islands, with previous destinations being Vanuatu or Samoa. Over the trip the delegates learn to critically appreciate the similarities and differences between their own lives and the lives of others. Ten high school students from around New Zealand will be chosen to participate.



National Conference brings together over 130 of the brightest and most engaged young people from across Australia and New Zealand for an incredible week of discussion, debate, and so much more. It is Australia’s largest annual residential youth conference, and is consistently recognised by their government as Australia’s premier conference for young people. In 2019, the conference will be in Melbourne.

During the conference delegates will represent a UN member state and engage with global issues from this perspective. Model United Nations is only a small part of National Conference; students will hear from a range of fascinating experts and participate in discussions, workshops and interactive problem solving scenarios. Over the course of the week, delegates will challenge their perspectives on the world.

For the Pacific Project directors, National Conference offers an opportunity to experience a conference unlike any available in New Zealand, gain and improve skills in facilitation, make friends with university students from across Australia, and watch their delegates benefit from everything National Conference has to offer.



This part of the project acts as a cultural exchange, learning opportunity, and chance for students to engage in locally driven volunteer activities. In past years, the delegation has stayed at a guesthouse in Pango Village, Vanuatu. Here they have spent evenings socialising with a local youth group, attended church on Sundays, and learned about local culture and village life. This leg of the trip is intended to be primarily a cultural exchange; applicants for Director should consider how to maximise this, and avoid volunteering that is incidental to tourism.

The Director Team will be responsible for creating an educational program for this part of the trip. In past years, this has involved working with the educational NGO Live and Learn to visit schools and kindergartens and help out with projects such as seedling delivery. Independently of this, the 2015 delegation helped to clear a section for a medical centre. The delegation has also tended to visit the New Zealand High Commission to learn about New Zealand’s role in development in Vanuatu. There is wide scope for the 2019 Director to expand beyond this and work with a range of organisations in Vanuatu, or another destination chosen in consultation with the National Executive.

There will also be time on this section of the trip for relaxation, allowing for the delegation to enjoy a break alongside the cultural exchange elements of the trip.


We encourage applications from people who demonstrate exceptional ability in the following areas:

  • Passion: Someone with a genuine interest youth development and global affairs.
  • Leadership: A leader who thrives in a team environment and has pastoral care experience.
  • Proactive: Being able to take the initiative and adapt quickly to different situations.
  • Communication: The Director will be involved in liaising with a large number of stakeholders.
  • Organisational Skills: Someone with the ability to organise a complex event with a significant itinerary and involving multiple participants.

Furthermore, UN Youth experience, either as an attendee or a volunteer, is very beneficial but not essential.


You must be:

  • No longer attending secondary school (at the time of applying);
  • No older than 25 years old;
  • A New Zealand permanent resident or citizen, and reside within New Zealand;
  • Available for the duration of the trip, which is typically 2.5 weeks during the July school holidays.

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