NZTC international students’ families join in glorious spring orientation
International students from all over the globe enjoyed guided orientations of their new cities with spring blooms adding colour and fragrance to the day out.
New Zealand Tertiary College (NZTC) hospitality was enjoyed by students from China, India, Sri Lanka, Philippines, Nepal and South Korea with a traditional Māori welcoming ceremony.
Information sessions were also held during the week-long orientation with the International, IT Support, Library, Pastoral Support and Academic Support teams sharing insights and information.
A highlight of NZTC orientation is the Christchurch and Auckland city tours, which were accompanied by students’ family members who also wanted to learn about their new cities.
Pastoral Support Lecturer Joy Donaldson, who guided the new Christchurch students, was delighted to have a larger group to impress with all the South Island’s largest city has to offer.
“The more the merrier for us!” said Joy. “It was a fantastic day out and we had a lot of laughs together while experiencing the beauty that is Christchurch.”
In Auckland, Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Early Childhood Education) student Mona Verma’s ten year old son joined 39 new international students to learn more about the City of Sails.
Mona visited New Zealand almost ten times before deciding to take the leap and move here from India. She was drawn to the culture of “bonding, family values, and intercultural relationships”.
“There’s a lot of respect for all different cultures here so you feel very safe, very secure and loved,” Mona said.
Family is a common reason for why new students choose to study early childhood education with NZTC in New Zealand.
Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Early Childhood Education) student Jennie Bang Sil Kim and her husband decided to move to New Zealand from South Korea with their daughter after visiting in early 2017.
“We were instantly surprised by the environment and the education system. Everything’s so eco-friendly and I’ve been surprised by all the big trees and parks in city centres. In South Korea there’s so many skyscrapers, New Zealand is like a paradise for children,” Jennie said.
New Zealand Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 5) student Jyotsana Maharjan, from Nepal, was inspired by her brother’s safe and positive experience in New Zealand.
“My brother and I travelled to Tauranga and Rotorua when I first arrived, meeting new people and seeing new places was so awesome. I can’t explain how much I’ve enjoyed exploring and seeing the beaches, over here it’s so beautiful and less polluted. I keep falling more and more in love with this country.”