Volunteer Leader



Become a Kokoda Leader!

The Kokoda Challenge Youth Program (KCYP) is a 9 month life skills program for 14-16 year olds, affectionately known as our ‘Kokoda Kids’, who come from all walks of life and every segment of society. We passionately believe there is no difference between those who are expected to fail and those who are expected to achieve – except for opportunity and the right support.

KCYP is not possible without our incredible volunteer leaders who help deliver the program and make a real difference to the lives of our Kokoda Kids through their mentoring and guidance. Do you want to join the Kokoda Family?

Register your interest for the next program ↓

Kokoda Leader on KYCP trip

All Expenses Paid

Your support means the world to us and without our amazing volunteer leaders, we would not be able to run our KCYP program. The KCYP is an all-expenses paid program that thrives through the kindness and willingness of our volunteer leaders. From entry into the Kokoda Challenge events, to the 9-day trip to Malaysia, our Kokoda Leaders are ensured that this program does not come at an expense.

Backpacks lying on the ground while kids sit by Gladstone Dam in the background near Stannary Hills
A group of trekkers from the Kokoda Youth Foundation under the Stannary Hills sign during their pack donkey trek

Do you want to...

Check-188-25-49-red.svg Challenge yourself and mentor others
Check-188-25-49-red.svg Spend time in nature and participant in training activities
Check-188-25-49-red.svg Conquer the 96km Gold Coast Kokoda Challenge
Adventure to Malaysia for a unique cultural experience
Check-188-25-49-red.svg Help Australian teens realise their true potential
Check-188-25-49-red.svg Inspire others to go beyond their limits
Check-188-25-49-red.svg Give back to your local community
Check-188-25-49-red.svg Mentor young Aussies

What being a youth leader involves

A rewarding experience

Connecting with young people and learning from others, helping each other grow, making life long friends and unforgettable memories.

physical and mental growth

Improve or maintain your fitness. Imagine hiking the equivalent of Mt Everest 3.5 times? This is what you'll achieve, 500kms and 13,000m elevation in 20 weeks!

Epic adventures

The chance to tackle the 96km Gold Coast Kokoda Challenge and trek an 11 day expedition that honours our Australian veterans.

Time away from technology

Enjoy the great outdoors without feeling the pressure to document every second on your devices! We encourage our Kokoda leaders to take time away from their phones and enjoy every moment.

Gain new skills
and learn history

Learn more about navigation and the environment around you! You will also gain a deeper understanding of the history of the Kokoda Campaign. 

be a part of a likeminded comminity

The Kokoda Spirit amongst our KCYP Leaders and Kokoda Kids is often described as a true community. You'll have the opportunity to connect with link-minds to reach a common goal.

Discover your potential


All KCYP Leaders receive a certificate of appreciation on completion and attend a formal graduation ceremony with the Kokoda Kids.



Your details will be sent to our youth services department and we will be in contact once recruitment for volunteer leaders starts for the Kokoda Challenge Youth Program