How We Welcome International Students to New Zealand – Video Blog

Welcome to my first blog!

I work at the University of Otago as Co-ordinator of International Marketing and Recruitment (North America and Europe).  One of my roles is to recruit some of Otago’s bloggers for i-studentglobal.

One of our new bloggers this semester is Courtney Windju from the USA

Courtney is here for a semester through a study abroad programme called GlobaLinks, which not only allows her to study for a semester at Otago like a local student but also provides a five-day orientation in the North Island prior to flying down to begin the semester at Otago.  This orientation took place at the end of June, and I had the opportunity to join the orientation for the first couple of days this year.  I made a small video following the students as they arrived in New Zealand for the first time, spent a day in Auckland, and then travelled south to visit a Maori Marae in Rotorua where they learnt various indigenous arts and crafts there.  See Courtney at 3:35 in the video below talking about making poi.

Most of my role here at Otago is to build and maintain our partnerships throughout North America and Europe.  This means I travel overseas for a total of 4 months a year!  Through this blog I hope to give you a bit of an insight into what I do in my role here at Otago, especially when I am overseas racing from hotel to university to airport… it is a crazy lifestyle, but I love it!