18 July 2018
Latin American agents tour New Zealand
Nine education agents from Mexico and Brazil visited 11 high schools in New Zealand in May as part of an agent famil organised by IEP Brazil.
The trip was organised by Carlos Robles, Director of IEP’s New Zealand Choice Schools, a consortium of 14 New Zealand secondary schools. It began in the north with a visit to Kerikeri, and covered schools right through to Dunedin – hitting Auckland, Te Puke, Napier, Rotorua, Wellington and Queenstown in between.
Carlos said the diverse range of schools and settings gave the agents useful insights into what New Zealand offers as a study destination.
“At Kerikeri High School, the agents participated in a Sailing Academy with the students, while in Queenstown they witnessed the modern facilities and collaborative learning approach at Wakatipu High School,” said Carlos.
“It showed agents the range of education experiences that Latin American students can have in New Zealand and that often aren’t available in their home countries.”
In Napier, the group visited Taradale High School and William Colenso College before hitting Western Heights High School in Rotorua where the students performed a haka. The whirlwind trip ended at Te Puke High School.
ENZ’s Senior Market Development Manager Brazil, Ana Azevedo, said the agents returned to Mexico and Brazil with a deeper knowledge of the secondary school possibilities they can share with their students.
“It reinforces that experiencing a Kiwi classroom first-hand is a great way to inspire agents to promote the variety of high-quality education offerings in New Zealand.”
The agents also had some time for adventures including taking in the sights in Queenstown and Milford Sound, spending an afternoon at Te Papa in Wellington, cycling through the vineyards in Napier and relaxing in the hot pools of Rotorua.