UnionAID

Young Leaders Host Information

UnionAID’s young leaders from Myanmar, East Indonesia and Mindanao stay with host families while they are in New Zealand. This is an opportunity for the young leaders to experience living with a NZ family, learn about NZ culture and lifestyle, and to immerse themselves in speaking English. For hosts, this is a rewarding and inspiring opportunity – one that many families have enjoyed enough to continue hosting young leaders every year. 

About the Young Leaders

Participants are young leaders from community and non-government organisations from East Indonesia, Myanmar and Mindanao (Southern Philippines) .

Participants from East Indonesia are based in Auckland for the duration of the programme, and students from Myanmar and Mindanao are based in Wellington.

The young leaders are between the ages of 23 – 30 years, and  represent diverse religions, ethnicities and genders.

Why host a young leader?

Hosting a young leader is a rewarding experience.

Your family will have the opportunity to engage with and learn from the students, while also sharing your home, your knowledge and New Zealand life-style.

Host families join the wider Mindanao Young Leaders Programme community and are invited to join special events and activities.

Host Requirements

  • Openness and willingness to share your home with a young person from a different background than your own
  • Intercultural awareness and sensitivity
  • Religious tolerance
  • Genuine interest in fostering a young leader’s learning

As a host you would need to provide:

  • A separate bedroom
  • Bed
  • Bedding and linen
  • Towels
  • Desk and lamp
  • Heater
  • Access to internet
  • Breakfast and an evening meal from Monday to Friday
  • Breakfast, lunch and an evening meal at weekends