New Zealand: A Survey of Geology, Wildlife and Culture
Through highly varied educational activities, we will learn about the history of indigenous people of New Zealand known as The Maori and how they adapted to the European settlers. We will cover the 1840 Treaty of Waitangi and its 100-year implementation. We will study how this treaty affected property rights of the settlers and the indigenous people. We will also study the geology and wildlife on both land and sea. We begin in Christchurch which is the largest city on the South Island. We will go the Maori village located in the Willowbank Wildlife Reserve and attend a Maori Performance along with an authentic Maori dinner known as the Hangi. Our next destination is Kaikoura where students have the option of swimming with wild Dusky Dolphins or hanging out on the boat and observing these wild dolphins jumping, flipping and doing all sorts of acrobatics, and yes, they are wild and untrained! In Kaikoura we will also observe sperm whales in the open ocean. No swimming though as sperm whales use sonic blasts to paralyze their prey. Queenstown is next. Queenstown is centered in a mountainous area in a Lake Tahoe like environment. We will take students to a Maori Cultural show to see a demonstration of the Maori Haka (War Challenge) and dine at a Maori Restaurant high above the lake with spectacular westerly sunset views and scenic beauty. Queenstown will include a powerboat tour of deep river canyons as well as a rafting tour to show students the amazing geological wonders of the South Island. Students will be taken by bus on a day trip a day trip to the ocean fiords of southern New Zealand where seals and sea lions can be observed. We will venture off to Dunedin where we will visit the University of Otago and have a hands-on experience dissecting squid. The university is also the location where the first colossal squid was caught and studied. We will learn more about this predator of the deep at the university. We will also observe “yellow-eyed” penguins. We will complete the trip with a return to Christchurch.
Students will enroll in JAN 427 A for Interim. This course will focus on the geology, wildlife, and culture of New Zealand. In addition, students will learn about the history of New Zealand's indigenous people, the Maori.
This program is open to all majors and class ranks. All applicants must possess a valid passport that expires beyond July 2018 or a copy of an already-submitted application for a new or renewed passport.
Students will be housed in hotels during travel in New Zealand.
Program fee: $8,990
This cost includes international airfare and transfers, lodging, transportation to and from the airport, on-site transportation, all breakfasts, some lunches, some dinners, tour guide and driver gratuities, all fees/tickets for pre-arranged events and museums, and international insurance coverage.
Passport: $150 (all students must have a valid passport to participate)
Wofford Travel Grants
The Wofford College Travel Grants provide assistance to students who are participating in an Interim Travel/Study program. Financial need and academic merit are the principle considerations in awarding these grants. Please note that an application for a Wofford Travel Grant does not substitute for the Travel/Study project application for Interim.
To be eligible to apply for a Travel Grant, students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 (except first-year students applying in the fall) and be in good social and academic standing with the College. Awards range from $500 - $1,500. The number of awards granted will depend upon the number of applicants as well as available funds. The award is directly applied to the applicant's program fees. To apply, complete the online Wofford College Travel Grant application
For More Information
Contact Dr. Chris Waidner
or Dr. Li Qing Kinnison