New Zealand has long been at the forefront of innovative social, cultural and environmental practices. In this program students get to know the people, places, and ideas that have driven developments such as truth and reconciliation processes between government and the indigenous Maori peoples, and sustainable environmental and governance reforms. Although challenges still abound, students learn—across disciplines—about positive responses.
Students spend their first month traveling by bus to key biodiversity and cultural sites, learning, cooking and discussing together. The next two months are spent in Wellington. Students live with local families, work on a self-directed independent study project, attend classes and complete a significant internship. Student internship placements in past years have ranged from Kennett Brothers Mountain Bikes, to the New Zealand Green Party to Zealandia Urban Eco-Reserve.