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Want to gain practical work experience to complement your studies as you volunteer overseas? The Antipodeans UniBreak Program is a four-week international volunteering placement for tertiary-age students that runs during uni holidays. Find yourself immersed in vibrant community life and culture as you volunteer overseas and live among local people. You’ll be contributing to a community while gaining hands on experience relating to your field of study or interest area.


You will be challenged and rewarded as you volunteer in resource poor settings where you’ll need to think on your feet and problem solve each day. Through all this, you’ll be making meaningful connections and life-long friendships with locals and other Antipodeans volunteers.


Our volunteering placements are in areas of health care, teaching, community development and sports coaching. It’s the perfect way to do something completely different as part of your travels. UniBreaks depart in January, June and November each year so you can volunteer overseas during holidays without taking time away from study.


  • University of Sydney FHS Abroad students please apply here.



Antipodeans has been working with the same communities across 30 countries for a long time – some for more than 20 years. We have deep relationships with local community members and work in partnership to create international volunteering placements that directly respond to their community’s needs. It means our projects are worthwhile for both the community - and the volunteer.


In each destination, our tight network of Partners help oversee all aspects of the UniBreak program - accommodation and orientation; health and safety; management of the volunteering placement and travel advice. These Partners, together with our Australian team, provide students with support and are on call 24-hours a day for the duration of the placement.


We offer overseas volunteering and paid placements for students in the following areas:



Sports coaching
Health care
Community development


Dates & Costs

UniBreaks depart during University holidays in January, June and November. Costs are kept to a minimum for students and cover the majority of aspects of the program including accommodation, meals, transfers, 24 hour back up and training and preparation.


UniBreak 2016 / 2017 Dates & Prices



Scholarships, Financial Assistance & Course Credit


Travel grants, bursaries and scholarships may be available to assist you in funding your time volunteering overseas. Find out what your university has available to students who plan to volunteer abroad. Typically financial assistance for travel is arranged through the university’s International or Global Mobility Office.


You may also be eligible to gain credit for your UniBreak placement. Many universities have flexible internship or community service subjects that are credited as part of the course. For example, the University of Adelaide Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences has an elective subject available to all students within the faculty. We recommend you contact your faculty to find out what may be available to you. 

Apply now

UniBreak Placements are limited with each team comprising of 12 - 14 people. To give students and volunteers the best chance of securing their first preference placement and destination, Antipodeans conducts a selection process consisting of Round 1 and Round 2 Offers. Priority is given to students who submitted their Application in Round 1.


University of Sydney FHS Abroad students please apply here.


Gap Year Programs, International Volunteering, Gap year Africa

Submit Online Application Form.
All students must submit their completed form before the cut off to be considered for a Round 2 Offer. Competition for some destinations is high and it is recommended to apply early.

Volunteer work overseas, Work experience overseas, Teach English overseas Phone Application Meeting with a UniBreak Program Manager
Once your Application has been received Antipodeans will call you to arrange an Application Meeting. This meeting provides you with more information including whether specific skills and experience are required.
Teach English overseas, Volunteer teaching, Gap year Africa Successful Applicants will receive a Round 1 Offer via email. Applicants need to submit their Booking Form to confirm their place on the team.


Get in touch

There are a number of ways to find out more about Antipodeans UniBreak program. Our Information Nights are a great way to start as you can find out about a broad range of placements and speak with our experienced staff.


Further Information

UniBreak Frequently Asked Questions
UniBreak Testimonials





Rachel Finch
Program Development Manager
1800 502 014



Faculty Placements

Antipodeans offers a range of Faculty Placements, designed specifically to meet the academic requirements of each Faculty that we work with.


We facilitate Placements for over 25 Australian University faculties. Our long-standing relationships with institutions like the University of Sydney, the University of Newcastle, the University of Queensland, Griffith University, Monash University and many more, demonstrates our commitment to providing the highest quality educational experiences to each and every team we work with.



          • Nursing and Midwifery
          • Allied Health
          • Exercise and Sport Sciences
          • Law and Business
          • And many more!


Students live and work in developing communities for 2 - 4 weeks where they apply coursework and gain experiential learning in a practical setting that is unlike anything they will experience in Australia.



        • Cambodia
        • Laos
        • Thailand
        • Vietnam
        • Nepal
        • India
        • Sri Lanka
        • Indonesia
        • The Maldives
        • Timor Leste
        • Vanuatu


Download Faculty Placement Information Brief

Faculty Placement Frequently Asked Questions



Community Engagement and Leadership Program


Suitable for any Faculty, Interdisciplinary group, TAFE or student group, CELP provides a unique opportunity for young adults to work together in a challenging environment, giving back to a developing community through sustainable project work that has been directly requested by the community.



        • Cambodia
        • Laos
        • Vietnam
        • Thailand


Download Community Engagement and Leadership Program Information Brief



The Role of Antipodeans

We take care of the planning, administration, recruitment and execution of every Faculty Placement. You will receive a fully-tailored itinerary, pre-departure preparation workshops, documentation and administrative support throughout the lead-up to departure, all from an Antipodeans Program Manager, your Antipodeans point of contact throughout the experience.


Extensive risk management, 24 hour back up in Australia and in-country, and over 25 years of experience gives universities peace of mind that students are supported, well-prepared and making the most of their placement with Antipodeans.





Rachel Finch

Program Development Manager - Faculty Placements

1800 502 014

Met awsone new friends! Had the best time in my life! Thank you so much! You're the best! Best thing i ever did! great experience

My Antips Experience

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