This experience has taught me to appreciate how beautiful NZ really is. Its special cultures, amazing scenery and clear skies all contribute to making NZ one of the world’s most incredible places.
Please ensure you have read the eligibility criteria on this page before submitting an application.
The 21-day Southern Cross course focuses on connecting students of diversity or who are fostering diversity in their own communities.
This course celebrates dimensions of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, religious beliefs, political beliefs, and other ideologies.
This is a chance for New Zealand’s young people to explore their own social identity and explore its impact on everyday life, gain a greater appreciation of our country’s diversity and develop skills to work together with other young people from wide-ranging areas of society. Southern Cross aims to build a network of emerging young leaders from diverse backgrounds who together aspire to enhance the progression and success of New Zealand’s minorities.
If you’re championing diversity in your community, put in an application following the link above. For any questions about the Southern Cross course, reach out to the Southern Cross Relationship Manager Ryan Williams on 04 495 1771.
As well as receiving applications from the general public, each year Outward Bound calls for applications from community organisations that have been appointed by the Human Rights Commission. These community organisations include: New Zealand Chinese Youth Trust, Baha'i Office of External Affairs, Rainbow Youth, Ngati Whatua, Refugee Youth Action Network, Multicultural New Zealand, Refugees as Survivors and Hindu Council.
The fitter you are, the more you will get out of your course. For our standard 8 or 21 day courses, you will need to be able to run 3km in under 25 minutes and complete a full day of activities. Some other courses have varying fitness requirements (eg Aspire, Discovery, Leaps and Bounds, Navigator and Compass)
Check out our guide to getting fit and healthy for OB.
The Southern Cross course fee is fully funded by Outward Bound’s generous donors. Cost of travel and the cost of a doctor’s appointment for the enrolment process are not included.
Annalise found the confidence to take the next step with her work with the community.Read Annalise's story