Japanese high school students choose New Zealand for studying and exploring
Japanese high school students have opportunities to go abroad, learn English and explore beautiful sceneries in New Zealand. Many of these students are preparing for their universities overseas next year so these experiences become very valuable to them.
Kyoai Gakuen High School was one of the high schools in Japan which sent students to learn English and join outing activities at Auckland Institute of Studies (AIS) in New Zealand this year.
This time, the high school sent 42 students and three teachers. The students spent time studying English through lessons and activities in class. The group tour also organised for the students to explore Hobbiton Movie Set, visit Auckland Museum, watch a Māori performance and have English classes outdoor.
Another exciting experience for the students is staying with homestay families. They shared meals with New Zealand families, helped them with daily chores, housework and went out together at the weekend. Students become more independent and increase their English speaking abilities while being exposed firsthand to a new culture.
Ms Eriko Bush – Japanese teacher stated:
We would like students to experience first-hand new cultures, new people in a new country. We expect the students to become more independent and learn so much more from a trip overseas. The most important thing is that they will have a wonderful trip.
A student from Kyoai Gakuen high school said:
I had such an amazing time with my host mother and her family. I got on really well with her cousins and her children. We play with each other all the time and had an unforgettable time.
Another student added:
Different people in New Zealand all live in harmony here. New Zealand’s scenery is just stunning. People live close to nature, New Zealand is surrounded by lakes and beautiful beaches. The air is so fresh.
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