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Presentation on theme: "INFORMATION SESSION 07 DECEMBER 2009 Term Abroad in NEW ZEALAND."— Presentation transcript:


2 Semester Abroad in New Zealand - AGENDA - 1.Insurance realities and forms 2.December 01 final fee payment - $2700 3.Pre-departure health briefing from Ms. Leslie Macpherson, RN, Brock University Health Services 4.Pre-departure orientation and NZ cultural overview from Mr. John Kaethler, Manager, International Services 5.Return of passports and student visas 6.Air tickets

3 Semester Abroad in New Zealand - AGENDA - 7.Course expectations for TREN 3P18: Sustainable Transportation TREN 3F94: International Field Course –Ecological Regions and Tourism Destinations in New Zealand TOUR 306: Ecotourism & Sustainability 8.Practical matters: Baggage, clothing, weather, etc. 9.Staying in touch over the Christmas break; plans for meeting at Pearson International Airport on 03 January 2010 10.Other business

4 Insurance realities – DFAIT website ( ) Do not rely on your provincial health plan to cover all expenses if you get sick or are injured while abroad. It may cover nothing or only a portion of the costs. Understand the terms of your supplementary insurance policy. Some credit cards offer their holders health and travel insurance. Do not assume the card alone provides adequate coverage. Carry details of your insurance with you. Also, tell a friend or relative and a travelling companion how to contact your insurer. If you need medical care in New Zealand, get a detailed invoice before you return to Canada. Always submit original receipts for medical services or prescriptions received abroad. Most insurance companies will not accept copies or faxes.

5 Insurance realities: the good news 1)Otago has contracted with a third-party provider for Studentsafe insurance (brochure in your orientation packages) 2)Cost of comprehensive coverage is only $CDN 105 for entire semester, including travel to and from New Zealand 3)Studentsafe insurance coverage is included in your fees

6 Insurance policies and forms 1)Complete and submit insurance commitment form to me today 2)Review the Studentsafe insurance brochure in your application package and fill out the back section 3)Review the terms and conditions of your policy in detail

7 2. DECEMBER 01 FEE PAYMENT $2700 installment was due at Brock Finance Office use Payment Form 5: Balance of field course fees ($2700) ( available online at ) Payment Form 5: Balance of field course fees ($2700)

8 3. PREDEPARTURE HEALTH BRIEFING Leslie Macpherson, RN Brock University Health Services ( )

9 4. PREDEPARTURE ORIENTATION John Kaethler Office of International Services Brock University ( )

10 5. Return of passports and student visas Sign for receipt of your passport on circulated list Check visa details to make sure they are correct Put your passport somewhere safe and accessible when you get home!!

11 6. Air tickets E-ticket provided (not traditional paper ticket) Verify travel details Copy ticket and itinerary and leave with friends or relatives. Make a second copy for yourself and put it somewhere safe in your luggage Bring e-ticket to the airport

12 7. Brock course expectations TREN 3P14: Sustainable Transportation Dunedin, 2 x 3 hr lectures / week: Wed 9- 12; Thu 13:30 – 16:30 TREN 3F95: Ecological Regions and Tourism Destinations in New Zealand Entire course takes place in field

13 TREN 3P14: Sustainable Transportation 2008 outline: Synthesis Session Reports (2 x 25 %)50 % Participation / class attendance / peer evaluation20 % Final exam30 % Total 100 %

14 TREN 3F94: Ecological Regions and Tourism Destinations in New Zealand Assignment 1: Pre-departure Destination Brief - 20% Due Late January 2009 Assignment 2: Field interpretation Outline and interpretive materials: 10% (Due mid-Feb 2009) Onsite interpretation: 20% (Various dates, in field – Feb and Mar) Assignment 3: Structured impact analysis - 20% Due electronically by late March 2009 Assignment 4: Reflection paper - 20% Due electronically by late March 2008 Participation and cooperation: 10% Throughout trip

15 Otago TOUR 306: Ecotourism and Sustainable Development Instructor: Dr Erlet Cater, University of Reading, United Kingdom Course coordinator: Prof. James Higham, Chair, Dept. of Tourism, Otago University Schedule Lectures Thu : 09:00-10:50 Workshops Tue : 12:00-13:50 Field trip: Early January, early February

16 Otago TOUR 306: Ecotourism Operations Evaluation (2009 – subject to change) Essay 40% Field trip report 10% Final examination (2 hours, February 2010) 50%

17 Practical Matters: Guidebook Lonely Planet – New Zealand 14th Revised edition Charles Rawlings-Way Format: Paperback, 765 pages, 88 mapsCharles Rawlings-Way Pub. Date: 01-Sep-2008 Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications ISBN-10: 1741048168 ISBN-13: 9781741048162

18 Practical Matters: Baggage Checked Bags: Air NZ: 2 pieces, each up to 23kg (50 lbs) HOWEVER: Coach capacity is only ONE bag per person on field course – plan accordingly! Cabin bags: one piece of cabin baggage with a maximum weight of 7kg (15lbs) and maximum total dimensions (length + width + height) of 115cm (45"). personal items such as an overcoat, handbag, camera or slimline laptop.

19 Practical Matters: Baggage Checked Bags (from Kirra Tours itinerary)Kirra Tours itinerary In addition to your Kirra Tours travel bag, a limit of only one suitcase per person is allowed due to our luggage storage space on the coach. Experience compels us to recommend smaller, lighter and therefore more manageable luggage rather than a large cumbersome piece. Ideally your suitcase should not weigh more than 20 kg and recommended maximum suitcase dimensions is 75cm x 50cm x 30cm. Guest laundry and ironing facilities are readily available throughout your tour.

20 Practical Matters: Baggage This thin laptop satchel is considered a personal item and is permitted in addition to your usual cabin baggage allowance This large laptop satchel is counted as 1 piece of cabin baggage allowance

21 Practical Matters: Electricity 230 V, 50 Hz 2x North American voltage!! – check devices for compatibility Distinctive 3-pin angled plug

22 Practical Matters: Electricity Only a plug adapter is required for use with international voltage products A voltage converter is required to use regular 110-115v North American products

23 Most new electronics (laptops, digital cameras, iPods, etc.) are internationally compatible (110-240 VAC input) Check your adapter for details

24 Most portable appliances (hair dryers, kettles, etc.) are NOT internationally compatible May be cheaper to buy local appliances in NZ than buy an expensive power adapter or dual- voltage appliance

25 Suggestion: Bring a Canadian multi-outlet power bar, and purchase one heavy-duty New Zealand plug adapter You can plug several international voltage items into the power bar from one NZ outlet

26 Practical Matters: Money (Dosh) New Zealand dollar worth about 75 cents CDN

27 Practical Matters: Money Coins come in 10 cent, 20 cent, 50 cent, one dollar, two dollar denominations

28 Practical Matters: Money Most Canadian ATM cards work in New Zealand – check for Cirrus / Interac / Plus logos on card, and withdrawal FEE

29 Practical Matters: Climate If you dont like the weather in New Zealand – wait a minute Weather updates: php?alias=dunedin php?alias=dunedin

30 Practical Matters: Annual Climate [hide] Weather averages for Dunedin MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecYear Average high °C (°F)18.9 (66) 17.5 (64) 15.3 (60) 12.6 (55) 10.4 (51) 10.0 (50) 11.1 (52) 13.2 (56) 14.9 (59) 16.3 (61) 17.5 (64) 14.7 (58) Average low °C (°F)11.3 (52) 11.2 (52) 10.2 (50) 8.0 (46) 5.7 (42) 3.6 (38) 3.0 (37) 3.9 (39) 5.5 (42) 7.1 (45) 8.5 (47) 10.3 (51) 7.4 (45) PrecipitationPrecipitation mm (inches)72.9 (2.87) 58.7 (2.31) 70.2 (2.76) 61.6 (2.43) 67.1 (2.64) 68.1 (2.68) 60.8 (2.39) 55.2 (2.17) 47.8 (1.88) 63.7 (2.51) 66.9 (2.63) 75.8 (2.98) 768.8 (30.27) Source: NIWA CliFlo data Musselburgh [33] 1947-02-01 to 2007-09-30 [33]200709-30

31 Staying in touch over Christmas Break CHECK YOUR EMAIL REGULARLY!! Dave Browns office phone: 905-688-5550 x.3293

32 Airport arrival BE AT AIRPORT 3 HOURS PRIOR TO SCHEDULED DEPARTURE!! Check flight details prior to departure at

33 Practical Matters: Miscellaneous! Clothing Medications Social realities Scheduling your work and leisure Computer access Cell phones and calling home Etc. etc. – your questions!!

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