Kim Lobdell says she knew “absolutely nothing” about New Zealand when daughter Sara said she was applying for a scholarship to study at the University of Auckland.
“My main concern was that New Zealand was so far away and I wouldn’t be able to get there quickly if something were to happen," says Kim, who is from New Jersey in the United States.”
But once my husband, Joe, and I had done some research, we realised New Zealand was one of the safest places Sara could go.
Sara gained a Generation Study Abroad Award and spent a semester studying biology and music.
“We hoped she would embrace the culture in New Zealand, and she did,” says Kim.
“She had great experiences, made friends and even learned to speak some Māori. Joe and I joined her to travel around the country for 10 days, and we all had a wonderful time.”
Kim says Sara is now considering returning to New Zealand to embark on postgraduate study into ecological restoration at Wellington’s Victoria University.