Find your leadership style on the South Island
Find your leadership style as you explore mountains, rivers, and the ocean on the Semester in New Zealand. Wake up and smell salt air as you check the wind for sailing and sea kayaking. Listen for the kea mountain parrot, found only in New Zealand, as you hike. You might go to bed listening to wind rustle a broadleaf tree and wake up ready to explore the next turn in the river. Here, you’ll find alpine grasslands, huge snowfields, rainforests, valleys, rugged mountains, and spectacular gorges. To help you get the most out of your time in New Zealand, you’ll take on a variety of outdoor skills that might include sailing, sea kayaking, backpacking, or canoeing. It’s not only about the outdoors—you’ll also learn about New Zealand’s indigenous people, the Maori. You’ll visit a Maori community, where you’ll listen to stories of their history and ways of life and share about yourself, too.
But what’s most important about this course will be the leadership opportunities you find. You’ll learn about how you lead and what challenges you. You’ll work with your group to practice decision making, communication, and meeting challenges together. With these challenges, you’ll find out that you can meet whatever life throws your way. This is your opportunity to make deep friendships and grow as a leader in wild places that only a few people ever visit.