I ran through the crowds, pushing past people as politely as possible and trying not to overturn any strollers. Around me I heard shrieks and roars but I ignored them all. Even though the zoo was open late certain habitats still closed early, which meant I had less than thirty minutes before I lost what could very well be my only chance to see a kiwi in the land of the Kiwis. Continue reading
This past weekend I had the opportunity to visit the beautiful Bay of Islands in the north of New Zealand. My traveling companions and I booked a day tour on a forty-person boat that would take us through a bunch of islands, through the Hole in the Rock formation, let us help drop off supplies at some of the more remote islands, and to swim with dolphins if we could find any. Unfortunately, the sea was incredibly rough that day and we didn’t get to a lot of our itinerary. We did not get to swim with dolphins. We did not get to go through the Hole in the Rock. We did not get to make deliveries to any of the islands. We did, however, get to go boom netting. Continue reading
I have discovered many wonderful things about New Zealand since arriving a few weeks ago. The people are incredibly welcoming and friendly. The accents are delightful. The weather is gorgeous and everywhere you look the scenery is like something out of a movie. Schools provide dental care for elementary schoolers. Currency actually has kiwi birds on it. There are no snakes anywhere in the entire country. And every morning, at ten-thirty AM, Wakaaranga School has morning tea. Continue reading
On Valentine’s Day I made my first foray into downtown Auckland. I wasn’t going to visit the Sky Tower, the museum, the zoo, or any of the parks; instead, I was meeting a group of friends at a patch of grass in front of a large stone silo in a semi-industrial park several blocks from the ferry station. Because Silo Park, as the patch of grass is known, hosts a Valentine’s Day event each year with food and crafts and the greatest movie of all time projected onto the side of the silo: The Princess Bride! Continue reading
When I came to Wakaaranga Primary School, I expected it to be different than any other school I’ve taught at before. That was, after all, one of my main reasons for coming here to New Zealand: to see a different kind of school and different teaching methods that I can bring home and adapt to my own future classroom. That being said, I did not expect one of the first things I learned about my new school to be that they kept bees. Continue reading
As I sit on Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia, writing my last blog for Marymount, it is so hard to believe that my abroad experience is over. I have traveled a lot in my life but I have never been so fully immersed in a culture in the way that I was in New Zealand. I have met people from all over the world, tried new foods, made a few close friends and yes- even though New Zealand is an English speaking country- I have indeed learned heaps of new words. Continue reading
Although I have been lucky enough to have plenty of leisure time to explore Auckland, my main purpose in coming to New Zealand is to student teach. While I assumed that schools in New Zealand may vary from schools in the United States, it quickly became clear just how different the schools are. Continue reading
Kia ora! That’s hello in Maori, New Zealand’s indigenous language (it would be like us speaking an American Indian language except like 50 years after the colonist settled in America). The Maori language is very much present in culture and students take Maori classes. Many people here are half or full Maori.
I have only been in New Zealand about a week and still very much jet-lagged. Continue reading
When someone tells you they had a hectic week, never take it lightly. My week in New Zealand was hectic/crazy/insightful/fun-filled/organized chaos. Take your pick from the adjectives provided, and it would only cover a portion of my week. It takes them all to explain my week in Auckland. Continue reading
The opportunity to travel to New Zealand has been absolutely wonderful for touring, exploring,
and meeting new people. However, I came to the country to be a part of the Labour Party’s
team, and help the left-centre party earn votes. In a nutshell, the political party I am devoting my summer to is a progressive party that works to protect and be the voice of the working class
citizens of New Zealand. I found out my electorate squad this week as well. I was placed in the
electorate where I will be campaigning this week. My team consists of eight hard-working
Labour supporting volunteers from my Fellowship, and our fearless leader and MP (Parliament
member) candidate Deborah Russell. Deborah is a tax expert, and is running for Parliament for
the first time in the electorate of New Lynn.
My first couple weeks here have been pretty good so far. I arrived in New Zealand on June 1st. I flew from Washington Dulles to LAX then to Auckland. The first leg of the flight from DC to LAX was a little bumpy but very short, so it wasn’t too bad. When I got to LAX, I was very excited as it was my first time in that side of the country. Unfortunately, I couldn’t go out of the airport but, LAX itself was huge. The lay-over went by quickly, and the flight to Auckland was also a breeze.
My first week on the international scene has been nothing short of extravagant. What do I mean by this? I mean there has been a mix of emotions, but all ending in an amazing experience for an initiation to a new culture, in a new country, with entirely new people. In order to best describe my experience, I am going to use some pictures to demonstrate the travel process and the exploration process associated with my first week in New Zealand.