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My Study Abroad Experience in New Zealand – Riho M.







I did a short study abroad program in New Zealand for 3 weeks. I took classes at Ara Institute in the mornings from 9:00 to 12:00. I mainly took classes focusing on grammar, vocabulary, and listening. For lunch, I brought my lunch, which my mother made every day—mainly sandwiches and snacks. In the afternoon, we participated in activities and experienced the gondola, zoo, and canoeing.

At the homestay, we were invited to the house where the host mother lived alone. When I returned home, we had dinner together every day, and afterwards we spent a relaxing time talking, watching TV, and doing puzzles. I wanted to spend a lot of time with my host mother, so I spent a lot of time in the living room and tried to communicate with her a lot. Since New Zealand families go to bed at 10 p.m., I said “Good night” to my host mother around 10 p.m. and went to my room to study vocabulary and school assignments until bedtime. I spent one day with my mother on the weekend and she took me to the sights of Christchurch and places I wanted to visit to make memories.

I had a hard time in the first week because of the difference in accent and pronunciation of New Zealand English.

Christchurch is a very comfortable place to live, and many people are very kind and friendly if you need help. The weather in Christchurch changes many times a day, so it was difficult to cope with it.

After spending three weeks there, I felt I was very fortunate to have met my host mother, the friends I made there, and the environment, and I gained many good experiences. I strongly hope to visit Christchurch again if I have the chance.

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