New Zealand education
Here in New Zealand, I have found that education is family friendly. I have a much smaller study load compared to the Philippines. I was very shocked to discover that I would only be studying 8 subjects over the whole year. In the Philippines, I used to have 9 subjects in a single semester. What a big difference!
Subjects are aligned to the course matter and everything is on schedule. You are allowed to select your own papers and set your own curriculum. Assessments, which we called assignments in our country, are announced at the beginning of the class which allows students to have time to prepare for them. In New Zealand, there is a fair number of assessments and a limited number of examinations.
The best part about studying here as an international student is the experience of having classmates from different countries and cultures. Every culture has a different style of learning. Learning with them is exciting and funny!
I learned a lot of things about different people, what are their likes and dislikes, what are their concerns or areas of interests, what they want to do and what they want to achieve, and how they do things their way. It is a very good environment to be active and involved in.
I also learned that volunteering here is very important to Kiwis and to their community. It helps both parties to sustain the good for everybody.