AUIP: Service Learning

By: Auip  06-Dec-2011
Keywords: Study Abroad

Program Description

This 10-day study abroad program will examine ecological restoration and resource conservation of New Zealand's North Island through an active engagement in service learning projects. New Zealand is at the forefront of restoring degraded habitat by reintroducing native animals and original native flora after removing animal pests. Students will learn about restoration approaches and how they can lead to improvements in biodiversity conservation and carbon offsetting through classroom lectures and field trips. They will then use their knowledge to assist community groups with long-term restoration projects. The course will include an examination of Maori conservation values and culture and how these social aspects influence restoration outputs.

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Program Objectives

By the end of the program students will:

  1. Understand the impacts of human actions on natural systems, and human responses to those changes, using the case of New Zealand’s North Island;
  2. Develop an understanding of conservation actions and restoration approaches used in New Zealand’s North Island;
  3. Learn about human values through integration into another culture;
  4. Enhance intellectual/personal maturity and self-confidence through cross-cultural understanding and self-reliance;
  5. Understand and identify personal strengths and areas for improvement; and
  6. Be able to explain how the service learning experience enhanced or altered post-graduation plans.

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We encourage students from all majors to apply, as we take an interdisciplinary perspective to examine global issues in the conservation of unique wildlife, natural systems, and cultural places. Students should have a minimum GPA of 2.5 and be in good standing with their home university or college.

Program Fee

The program fee includes:

  • Transcript
  • Accommodation at hostels and motels
  • Orientation
  • Some meals
  • Group activities
  • In-country transportation 

Additional costs that students are responsible for include:

Top Reasons to Choose this Program

  1. New Zealand is one of the most geographically diverse countries in the world with temperate rainforests, glaciers, golden sand beaches, deep fiords, alpine herb fields, and rugged coastlines.
  2. You will spend most of your time out in the field, visiting and observing New Zealand first-hand. We believe that students learn from study abroad experiences both in and outside of the classroom.

Keywords: Study Abroad