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, contact us on 0800 688 927 to apply for our open enrolment places on this course.
The remaining course places are nominated by community organisations across New Zealand, who have been appointed by the Human Rights Commission. In the past, we've worked with organisations such as 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.
We have two fully funded places available each year for Southern Cross. Contact us on 0800 688 927 to find out more.
Annalise found the confidence to take the next step with her work with the community.Read Annalise's story
Ollie worked on his fitness, diet and lifestyle to get to OB. Find out how.
Rosie raised her course fee through fundraising. Check out her story.