If you do overseas volunteer work (or work for a token payment) for an approved charity, you can apply to keep your student loan interest-free for up to 24 months.
Ask for a letter
Ask the charity you’re volunteering for to write a letter to us on their letterhead that includes:
- your name and IRD number
- the length of time you'll spend overseas, and the dates you will be volunteering
- the specific tasks and duties that you’re doing, to show that your volunteer work is to relieve poverty, hunger, sickness, or the impacts of war or a natural disaster, or to improve the economy or raise the educational standards of a country on the OECD list of countries receiving development assistance
- an estimate of what your gross income (if any) will be for the work you'll be doing.
Send it to us
Send the letter to us through a message in myIR.
Log in to myIR
What happens next
We’ll send you a letter saying if we’ve granted the application, and if so, the period we’ve granted it for.