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Embracing the Kiwi lifestyle

For student teacher Dustin Flores, studying in New Zealand was an opportunity to gain a cultural experience that would help him forge a deeper connection with the many Pacific Island students he taught back home in Utah.

It was also a chance to travel the world and explore the home of some of his favourite films: the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Gaining a Generation Study Abroad Award gave Dustin the financial backing to further his studies. He also appreciated the scholarship requirement of having to complete a journal, which gave him a chance to reflect on the experience.

Dustin, a student teacher specialising in English language arts, was placed at Hillcrest High School in Hamilton by the University of Waikato.

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I've gained new ideas about education that differ from the standard American educational system that will help me accomplish my goals as an educator.

Dustin Flores, Study Abroad student

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