New Zealand Experience | Teaching

At Pacific University, students have the opportunity to participate in a school practicum and cultural immersion experience in Auckland, New Zealand. Students will be immersed in learning about the New Zealand educational system and culture within schools, the community, and at homestays. While on your 3-week cultural immersion experience in New Zealand, students will also engage in weekly seminars with Pacific classmates.

The school practicum and cultural immersion experience in New Zealand will assist students in understanding and applying concepts and theories of language and literacy acquisition for the children in the New Zealand schools. Students will also experience the role of culture and cultural identity in constructing community learning environments, an understanding readily applied to American classroom settings.

Students who are completing their Early Childhood/Elementary (ECE/ELEM) multiple-subject authorization will student-teach for two or three weeks at Pt England School, a public decile 1A (low SES) school of 650 Maori and Pasifika students (other Pacific islands, notably Samoa and Tonga). Students who are completing their MS/HS single-subject authorization will student teach for two or three weeks at Tamaki College, a secondary school serving the same population of students in New Zealand. Both Pt England School and Tamaki College are part of the Manaiakalani Trust, a cluster of 11 public decile 1A primary and secondary schools in Auckland that are working together to retool school to make it engaging, empowering and successful for all students.

Get a better sense of this trip from the Teach in New Zealand page that includes the blogs of Pacific students who have been to the innovative learning environment of Pt England School. Participation in this experience does require securing a placement from our hosting school. Like any school they may not be able to host a student teacher in a given year.

Contact Us

Anita Zijdemans-Boudreau | Professor of Education & Director, School of Learning and Teaching, Forest Grove
503-352-3186 |

Karren Timmermans | Associate Professor
541-485-6812 |