Study Abroad

Kia Ora from New Zealand!

HECUA students group suited up and ready to grab surfboards on Raglan’s main surf beach. Each semester, one student from each HECUA program abroad takes on the role of student blogger, sending regular dispatches from the field. Halla Dontje Lindell will be HECUA’s student blogger for the New Zealand program this fall semester. Halla is […] Read More »

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The Year of Children in the Garden: Internships in New Zealand

Kaia Desai Fihn will be HECUA’s student blogger for the New Zealand program this spring semester. Kaia is a junior majoring in History and minoring in Race and Ethnic Studies at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. You can read Kaia’s previous post here. Internships sites across Wellington by Kaia Desai Finn Wellington has easily […] Read More »

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Wicked Problems and Sustainability in New Zealand

Kaia Desai Fihn will be HECUA’s student blogger for the New Zealand program this spring semester. Kaia is a junior majoring in History and minoring in Race and Ethnic Studies at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. You can read Kaia’s previous post here. Our goodbyes at the marae were long, for we were not only […] Read More »

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On the marae in New Zealand.

It was only a little over an hour to the marae. On our way out of Tongariro National Park, we stopped at Lake Rotopounamu. This lake is tapu (sacred) to Māori, as it’s a place where Māori women went to give birth. We stood in a circle with our new companions from Whitecliffe College (see […] Read More »

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Kaia visits Mount Ngauruhoe.

Kaia Desai Fihn will be HECUA’s student blogger for the New Zealand program this spring semester. Kaia is a junior majoring in History and minoring in Race and Ethnic Studies at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. You can read Kaia’s previous post here. Week 4: Mordor It was a long journey to our next destination—Tongariro […] Read More »

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Kaia in New Zealand – Glowworms and Surf Lessons

Phil also spoke with us about activism and community action in the Raglan region. He is an avid surfer and leader of KASM (Kiwis Against Seabed Mining). In order to not let activism burn out, Phil suggested more people need to surf. He then provided us with this opportunity! Read More »

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On the trail of the Tuatara – more from student blogger Kaia.

Kaia Desai Fihn will be HECUA’s student blogger for the New Zealand program this spring semester. Kaia is a junior, majoring in History and minoring in Race and Ethnic Studies at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. You can read Kaia’s first impressions of New Zealand here. Week 2: Sustainability From Masterton, we traveled to Turangi for one night. Here, we had […] Read More »

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Treaty rights and food forests – first impressions of New Zealand.

On our second day, we went down the gravel road to Wairarapa Forest School. This is an outdoor classroom created for children, integrating children back into the outdoors. Its focus is to let children be children--to teach them about bugs, soil, gardening, trees--things that children no longer truly learn about in today's society. We were welcomed in a traditional Māori way. Māori words were exchanged and we entered the circle and sang a Māori song. This classroom was so welcoming, I too felt like I reentered my childhood. While barefoot, we climbed trees, looked for bugs, and drank from the fresh spring with the children. Afterwards we explored the land. Read More »

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Beach cleanups for credit – more from Thomas, New Zealand blogger

I always saw New Zealand as being in better shape environmentally compared to the United States. I was shocked to find bags upon bags of trash in just a few months of participating in the cleanups. Read More »

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XTreme Zero Waste! – More from student blogger Thomas Stephenson

I’ve been in New Zealand two weeks, and I’ve already experienced so much it was tough to limit myself to one topic! After our group’s tour of the Xtreme Zero Waste recycling and reuse plant in the small surf community of Raglan, however, I knew that this was experience I wanted to share. Read More »

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