Otago Polytechnic – New Zealand

Embark on a journey to deepen your understanding of the preservation of our natural environment while broadening your intercultural awareness by discovering the unique culture of the first people of southern New Zealand – a tribe of Māori known as Kai Tahu.

Take the opportunity to engage with the natural environment and learn the skills to make a real difference to the future of our planet. New Zealand’s stunning mountains, forests and waterways are the perfect setting for a life-changing overseas experience. Enhance your awareness and deepen your knowledge of one of the biggest global issues facing the modern world – sustainability. The outdoors will become your classroom as you explore sustainability issues in one of New Zealand’s most diverse wildlife ecosystems and the site of a world-leading ecosanctuary – Dunedin and its surrounding areas. Awareness of sustainability issues and the opportunity to actively participate in ecological restoration form the basis of this experience. The course culminates with a ‘journey’ – an expedition through some of New Zealand’s most beautiful and untouched natural terrain.


Constructing Culture – Understanding a Bi-Cultural Perspective Our world is a global village made up of numerous ethnic groups and diverse communities all co-existing in increasingly less-defined geographic regions. As individuals, we are increasingly aware of difference but can be uncertain of how to understand or co-exist alongside it. This can be particularly true when interacting with First Nation peoples. First Nation peoples occupy a unique space in any global village as their cultural practices, knowledge and understanding of the world do not exist in any other place.

Embark on a course that looks at the Kai Tahu tribe’s relationship with the Crown through the ‘The Treaty of Waitangi’ – the founding document of New Zealand. You’ll also have the opportunity to engage with unique cultural experiences such as staying on a Marae, the traditional meeting house of the Māori people. Learn about the conditions that created contemporary New Zealand society and take advantage of this opportunity to examine and reflect on your own cultural context, and the relationships in the places we share.

June 1 – 26, 2020
$4,000 NZD per person (approx. $3,320CAD)

Be World Ready is proud to offer a $1000.00 grant to assist in offsetting costs

  • Airport pickup and drop off from Dunedin
  • New Zealand Accommodation mainly with New Zealand Homestay family
  • camping expenses
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner during the program dates
  • Expenses for extracurricular activities and transportation for visits and transfers.
Not Included:
  • Roundtrip airfare
  • Activity fees outside those included in the program itinerary
  • Incidentals, spending money
  • Baggage and trip cancellation insurance,
  • Visa (if applicatble)
  • Travel health Insurance





*Price may increase or decrease depending on exchange rates, final vendor quotes and number of participants.


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This opportunity is available to all full-time Niagara College students

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*Note: if we will be flying through the United States of America, you must have permission to enter and leave the United States. If you require a U.S travel visa it is your responsibility to obtain this document and email [email protected] a copy/photo.