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Why I Chose to Study in New Zealand

I have worked for fifteen years in different educational institutions in my home country, the Philippines. Alongside which, I have finished my master’s degree and built a dance studio business with my partner. Being a teacher/instructor has made me crave more knowledge and skills. I 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 out the school websites, YouTube channels and blogs enticed me, even more, to push ahead with my plan. This plan became firm when I discovered that I could take my partner with me. I wanted 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 relationships 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 helps me cope easily. The support system 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 can still find common ground or topics 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 jobs. A student can work up to 20 hours per week and this is a great help to offset the cost of living. I brought pocket money with me but I still chose to have a part-time job to gain further experience in New Zealand.

I have been to different countries but I would say that New Zealand is so far the one that makes it easy to study. There may be pros and cons her but I really fell in love with this country and would recommend it 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.


By Donna Mae SalubaybaFilipino Postgraduate Diploma Student

Updated 4 years ago

Donna Mae Salubayba is from Manila, Philippines. She graduated from the University of the Philippines – Diliman with a Bachelor Degree in Science and Tourism and Masters Degree in Human Movement Science. She has fifteen years of teaching experience as a physical education and dance teacher. Currently, she is studying for a Postgraduate 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 is enjoying every single day of her stay with her partner.

*Views expressed are the blogger's own
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