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Kaitiakitanga: Guardianship and Conservation

This 3 week-long Global Prep programme blends talks, visits to organisations, volunteer opportunities, workshops and hands-on experiences, for students to learn the best that New Zealand has to offer in terms of sustainability.

Students will take part in daily workshops and seminars run by a diverse collection of organisations and individuals passionate about sustainability in New Zealand. Outside of workshops, students will have the chance to explore Wellington’s beautiful scenery as part of educational excursions and experience Maori language and culture during a Marae experience.

Students will also participate in the Festival for the Future, New Zealand’s largest youth forum, where students can learn about New Zealand’s world-changing ideas concerning the future.

The program includes visits to:

  • Zealandia – A world class conservation project
  • Red Rocks – Explore the rugged south coast of Wellington by walking from Owhiro Bay to the Red Rocks (Pari-whero); an area of national significance with fascinating geology and Maori history
  • Little Yellow Bird – Explore sustainability in the fashion industry
  • Somes Island – Discover native wildlife, visit the lighthouse and WWII bunkers for a journey back in time, and meet the local sheep on the island’s farm
  • Wellington Zoo – A world leader for progressive zoos and aquariums in sustainability
  • Marae stay – Experience Maori culture firsthand and learn about Maori cosmology and ways of looking after the environment

Develop your own sustainability project that can be applied in your own community and make real and meaningful difference with the support of:

  • Young Enterprise Trust – Young Enterprise is a charity that works with NZ youth to give them their first taste of business and teach them how to manage their money well. Adapting to changing circumstances, failing fast, feeling success and learning how to collaborate in teams are only a few of the skills you will learn while you get your hands dirty and create your own social enterprise with the help of their expert team.
  • Inspiring Stories Trust – A social enterprise that is backing Young New Zealanders to change the world and the team behind Festival for the Future. Engage in big issues that affect our future, and build your ideas and skills to make a difference. Harness the power of storytelling to showcase what’s
    possible, increasing the visibility of people
    doing great things for their communities,
    our nation and beyond.
  • AFS Intercultural Journey – students will
    receive access to the Global Prep Journey, a developmental approach with activities online before and after the program to maximise each participant’s learning.

We have lined up a range of organisations who are committed to sustainability and making a change in the world. As part of our programme, you will hear from:

  • Wellington City Council
  • The Department of Conservation
  • Indigenous experts
  • University experts

Eligibility Requirements

Language Requirement: English (Medium to Advanced)