Trip to Rotorua

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Two weeks ago I went with friends to Rotorua. We booked a bus from Auckland to Rotorua and back. The trip started on a Friday morning, we actually needed 4 hours to arrive in Rotorua. First we searched the Backpackers and found a very good one. We were 6 students and booked two rooms. On

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Maori Culture Weekend

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Last weekend, 10 Languages International students and 4 teachers went on an Interactive Maori Culture Weekend, hosted by the Piritahi Marae on Waiheke island and organised by our friends at TimeUnlimited. It was an amazing, uplifting, action-packed yet relaxing weekend that I think we’ll all hold as a memorable, unique experience for a long time

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Advice from TESOL Students

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The Languages International TESOL is a four-week course for non-native speakers who want to have teaching experience. These courses include input seminars on language teaching methodology, observation of experienced teachers, peer teaching and language development at a higher level. Are you thinking about doing the TESOL course? Here is some advice from some previous students.

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New Zealand Wins UK Travel Award

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New Zealand has once again been voted a favourite destination by British travellers, Tourism Minister Damien O’Connor said today. Readers of the Guardian, the Observer and Guardian.co.uk voted New Zealand their favourite long-haul holiday destination in the recent annual Reader’s Travel Awards. New Zealand also won this award in 2006. Mr O’Connor said the win

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New Zealand Voted Country of the Year

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Jules Lund describes why New Zealand deserves the accolade of Getaway Country of the Year Popular Australian TV travel show Getaway has named New Zealand “Country of the Year” for 2008. According to the show’s presenter Jules Lund, New Zealand “really does have an adventure for everyone, incredible scenery, great cities, gourmet food and wine,

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Advice for New Students – from a Student

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Manuel is studying at Languages International Auckland. He has kindly written some advice to help new students get settled in during their first few days in Auckland: Hey! Did you have a good flight to New Zealand? And in your homestay family, is everything OK? I hope so. OK, the first two things that you

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Kia Kaha!

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Languages International student, Rolf Wegmuller of Switzerland, recently had a pleasant yet painful experience of traditional New Zealand Maori art. This took 2 hours. The tattoo is one of a kind. There is not another one like it in the world. The designs illustrate strength, happiness and an easy going nature. Rolf decided to undergo

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Languages International Alumni Reunions in Russia

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Students who attended Languages International in the last two years gathered for a few wonderful reunions in Russia in September and October this year. It was great to see so many ex-students from Vladivostok, Khabarovsk, Novosibirsk, Tomsk and Moscow. Lots of stories were told of new jobs and extra travel after studying at Languages International.

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Languages International CEO Completes MBA

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All of us at Languages International would like to congratulate our CEO, Darren Conway, on completing his MBA. This latest accomplishment adds to an already impressive resumé which includes a Masters in Applied Linguistics and DTEFLA. Darren gained his MBA from Auckland University, where he also lectures in Language Teaching Management on the Masters in

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Treeplanting on Motutapu Island

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Last Sunday, about 20 Languages International Students , Simon (the Social Programme Coordinator) and about 30 other volunteers took the ferry to Motutapu Island, which is located in the Hauraki Gulf, to take part in a conservation project. The rainforest on the Island was completely burnt down by the early settlers because they had found

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