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Trip gives Tarawera students new view of world

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 Seventeen Tarawera High School students have returned to school with a worldly view after attending the school's first international trip.

The students went to China for three weeks, including during the school holidays.

Year 11 student Majean Rogers said the trip was unbe¬lievable.

"We all want to go back. We visited a lot of schools and we had to team up with other students," he said.

Majean said he planned to keep in touch with the Chinese students the group met. The trip also included a visit to the Fenglin Company which is set to open a mill in Kawerau.

"The Fenglin Company Group were an amazing bunch. They've been to Kawerau before so they made us feel welcome and like we were at home. They treated us like kings and queens, giving us a warm welcome and amazing experience."

During the trip the group went to Beijing, Xiamen, Nanning and Hong Kong.

Raewyn Morgan accompanied the students and said some had been inspired to return to China. The students have been exposed to a variety of career opportunities all of which will use their Mandarin skills that they further developed on the trip and will continue to do so on their return to school," she said. "We think the biggest impact is the exposure to another culture and the opportunity to experience the world outside Kawerau and New Zealand. Many have already spoken about wanting to go back and spend more time there."

Morgan said a visit to a university also opened the students' eyes.

''The students explored the university life, eating at the canteen, budgeting their money on a school swipe card, playing basketball and tennis every night with some of the 5000 residents.

"The university was only five years old and housed nearly as many people as Kawerau in enormous dormitories." she said.

"This was an unforgettable experience and well worth the effort. We are already planning our next adventure,"

Year 11 student Destiny Max¬well said she enjoyed meeting new people and building friendships.

"I felt a lot closer with the Tarawera crew alter three weeks."

Tarawera High School

Rotorua Daily Post 2018.5.3

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