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The ARAMFO Teacher Leader Fellowship Program Abroad
2024-New Zealand Travel Program (27th June – 6th July 2024)
New Zealand Aramfo Travel Program

The ARAMFO Teacher Leader Fellowship Program AbroadNew Zealand
2024-New Zealand Travel Program (26th– 31st May 2024)

Dive into the heart of New Zealand's educational excellence with the "Learning Journeys – Teacher Leader Fellowship - New Zealand 2024." This seven-day adventure, starting June 27th, takes educators through Auckland's coastal charm and Rotorua's geothermal marvels, offering a deep dive into innovative teaching practices and Maori educational philosophies. Experience interactive visits to leading schools and universities, engage in enriching workshops, and immerse yourself in New Zealand's unique culture and landscapes. For $5000, enjoy inclusive international travel, luxury accommodations, and insightful educational experiences that promise to inspire and transform. Join us for an unforgettable exploration of New Zealand's educational landscape.

Initial Itinerary, subject to change

Thursday 27th June - Departure Day from LAX to Auckland 

Day 1 Saturday 29th June - arrive Auckland (D)

Auckland is New Zealand’s largest city with nearly a third of the country’s population and its commercial hub. It’s a sprawling low-rise conurbation in a fantastic coastal location, the narrowest part of the upper North Island. No place is more than a few kilometres from the sea and the beach and it’s a very green city because most of the small volcanoes scattered throughout the urban area are recreational reserves.

  • Arrive Auckland International airport.
  • City orientation, including Eden volcano, as time allows.
  • Check into accommodation.
  • Welcome dinner at Viaduct Basin Restaurant overlooking the harbour.
  • Overnight Auckland central city 4-star hotel

    Day 2 Sunday 30th June Auckland (B) 
    Rest day OR
  • Time permitting, enjoy *adventure activities (*zip-line eco-tour in mature rain forest optional extra NZ$179 pp) or visit *Waimangu Volcanic Valley (optional extra NZ$99): guided walk and lake cruise.
  • Day trip (30 minutes by ferry) to *Rangitoto Island Volcano (adds NZ$62 pp) or *Tiritiri Matangi Island Wildlife Sanctuary (adds $NZ$115) 80 minutes by ferry.

Rangitoto is the largest, youngest and one of the least modified of about 50 volcanic cones and craters in the Auckland volcanic field. It erupted from the sea in a series of dramatic explosions around 600 years ago and is now extinct. It dominates the local seascape and a visit there is like stepping into another world. The island is a public reserve managed by the Department of Conservation and is famed world-wide as a botanical gem. The Rangitoto restoration project began in 2009 with the aim to remove the seven remaining animal pests from the islands. Rangitoto was officially declared pest free on 27 August 2011.

Tiritiri Matangi Island is a wildlife sanctuary and one of New Zealand's most exciting conservation projects. 120 years of farming saw this small island stripped of 94% of its native bush but between 1984 and 1994, volunteers planted between over 250,000 trees. The island is now 60% forested with 40% left as grassland for species preferring open habitat. All mammalian predators have been eradicated and a number of threatened and endangered bird and reptile species have been introduced, including the flightless takahe and the tuatara.

Day 3 Monday 1st July Auckland (B)

  • Auckland University school of Education and Sociology: introduction to the New Zealand Educational system, teacher training and qualifications.
  • Epsom Normal Primary School: Class visits, discussion with teachers, workshop.
  • *Auckland Museum visit (optional extra: entry and guided tour - NZ$48 pp): Guided tour, meet with educators and sample educational programmes on offer to schools.
    Overnight Auckland

Day 4 Auckland Tuesday 2nd July (B)

  • Visit to co-ed Albany Senior High School, with its innovative learning environment and open-plan, flexible classroom spaces.
  • Lunch break in Historic Devonport
  • Visit Cuthberts College, a private school for girls.
  • Overnight Auckland

Day 5  Auckland Wednesday 3rd  July (B)

  • Visit to Belmont Intermediate school, class-room visits, workshops, morning tea with staff.
  • Music Education Centre: Music education in New Zealand. Discussion, sample lesson.
  • Kura Kaupapa Maori: Maori immersion, pedagogy.
  • Overnight Auckland

Day 6 Thursday 4th July (B)

Rotorua is our oldest tourist resort, because of the bizarre geothermal features spread through and around the city, including geysers, mud pools and hot springs. In the 1800s visitors travelled around the world to see the famous Pink and White Terraces, unfortunately destroyed by Mount Tarawera volcano in 1886. The city is still a thermal resort, but now also has a great range of adventure and cultural activities to keep the visitors there a bit longer. Forty percent of the town’s population is Maori of Te Arawa Iwi (tribal) descent so it a prime spot to understand Maori perspectives on education.

  • Transfer to Hamilton and Waikato University’s Faculty of Science.
  • Transfer to Rotorua. *Visit Te Puia Maori Arts and Crafts centre (optional extra NZ$90 pp). Lecture on Maori cultural and educational perspectives. Tour Rotorua’s premium geothermal site with its geysers, mud pools, hot springs and kiwi house OR enjoy some free time.
  • Choose a hot soak in the *Polynesian Spa mineral hot pools (optional extra Pavilion Pools NZ$39.95 pp) with their history linked to Rotorua’s historic therapeutic spa industry or a *Night Walk (optional extra NZ$39 pp) high above the ground in a fairy tale setting in Whakarewarewa
  • Overnight Rotorua

    Day 7 Friday 5th  July (B,D)

  • Visit a kohanga reo Maori immersion pre-school OR a mainstream kindergarten.
  • Visit Rotorua Boys’ High School and its sports academy.
  • Visit Toi Ohomai Polytechnic to examine at approaches to vocational education and training OR free time.
  • Farewell dinner. An *Evening cultural experience at Te Pa Tu Maori Village: Traditional Maori challenge and welcome, interactive tour of the village, cultural performance followed by banquet, a mixture of traditional ground oven cooked food and International-Maori fusion cuisine.).
  • Overnight Rotorua

Day 8 Saturday 6th July (B)

  • Transfer to Auckland Airport with sightseeing/short hike/shopping opportunities en route as time allows.

Package includes:

  • 1- Round International flights from LAX to Auckland 
  • 2- All the visits to schools in New Zealand   
  • 3- Private transportation in New Zealand   
  • 4- Hotel based on 4-star 
  • 5- Breakfast at the hotel every day
  • 6- Lunch every day
  • 7- Welcome and Farwell dinners  

The cost of the trip is $5000 
Payment Schedule (alternate schedule may be negotiated by request of the participant)

  • $1750 by March 29, 2024
  • $1750 by April 30, 2024
  • $1500 by May 31, 2024 
    •  Note:  If an upgrade to single occupancy is requested and available:
      $500 by April 15, 2024, for single occupancy  

The cost doesn’t cover:

  • Travel health insurance
  • Any activities not mentioned in the program
  • Tips

 Cancellation Policy:

  • All cancellations must be received in writing.  The following cancellation schedule applies:
  • 1- 25% of the paid amount refunded 60 days before departure.
  • 2- No refund within 61 days of the departure date.

*There may exist minor changes in the program timetables and venues due to the possible restrictions.

Contact us
Contact Dr. Betty J. Sternberg
Director, The Teacher Leader Fellowship Program Abroad
E-Mail: sternbergb@sacredheart.edu
Phone: 860-463-5871
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