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Why I Choose to Study in New Zealand

I have worked for fifteen years in different educational institutions in my home country, Philippines. Alongside with it, I have finished my master’s degree and have put up a dance studio business with my partner. Being a teacher/instructor makes me crave for more knowledge and skills. I do believe that learning is never ending.

New Zealand has been a dream for my partner and I. When I decided to study again, but this time in a foreign country, New Zealand was my first and only choice. Checking the school’s websites, you tube channels and blogs entice me more to push my plan. This plan became firm when I learned that I could tag along my partner with me. I would want to explore new things in a new place with my partner. Our future plan is to settle in a country where there is less stress, where there is an acceptance of same-sex relationship and where work-life balance is practiced.

Fellow Filipino students

Fellow Filipino students

Studying can be stressful with lots of assignments and assessments. But in my case, I am having a great time. The combination of fresh air, no traffic, newfound friends make my learning more interesting and help me cope up easily. The support system given for international students from our school is really great. The learning advisors are also a big help in giving comments and tips to improve our essays and research papers.  A one-week break during the term is a big help to rest our minds and reset our energy levels for the remaining weeks of the term. This break is also a good time to explore the country and visit places that will make you closer to nature. It is something that my partner and I really love!

Performance at Toi Ohomai

Performance at Toi Ohomai.

Another interesting thing is dealing with people from different cultures – from the tutors, to school staff, and classmates. I am amazed by how we are all different but still can find a common ground or topic to start a conversation with – like family and food! And I do not feel any discrimination at all. 

One thing that also amazes me is the equal opportunity given to international students to find a job. A student can work up to 20 hours per week and this is really a big help to be able to keep up with the cost of living in this country. I may have brought pocket money with me but I still chose to have a part-time work to be able to also get a New Zealand experience.

I have been to different countries but I would say that New Zealand is so far the one that is very conducive for studying. There may be pros and cons in this country but I really fell in love in this place and would recommend to my friends and relatives who are also planning to study abroad.

A one-week break during the term is a big help to rest our minds and reset our energy levels for the remaining weeks of the term.

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By Donna Mae Salubayba

Updated 24 days ago

Donna Mae Salubayba is from Manila, Philippines. She graduated from University of the Philippines – Diliman with a degree in Bachelor of Science in Tourism and Masters Degree in Human Movement Science. She has fifteen years of teaching experience as physical education and dance teacher. Currently she is taking Post-graduate Diploma in Business Management at Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology in Rotorua, New Zealand.  She has been in this country for almost six months and enjoying every single day of her stay with her 14-year partner in life.

*Views expressed are the blogger's own
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