Aida heads for Wellington

30 July 2015

Aida heads for Wellington

A NorthTec international student has been selected to attend a national conference in Wellington organised by Education New Zealand.

Aida Asri, 18, from Brunei, will be just one of 30 New Zealand-based students to take part in the ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations) Student Voice conference, on 11 and 12 August.

She will be participating in a series of interactive workshops where students will share their experiences and also celebrate the 40th anniversary of the NZ and ASEAN relationship.

Aida, who is studying the level 5 Certificate in Sport and Recreation after completing an English language programme, was chosen to participate in the conference after being nominated by International Operations Manager, Rachelle Eilering.

At the end of the conference, Aida will attend a formal reception at Te Papa museum, along with NorthTec Director Quality Learning, Vasi Doncheva.

Aida’s student profile, written as part of the nomination process, talks about the great support she has been offered by NorthTec tutors and staff on her first study experience away from home. She has found Whangarei to be “a welcoming place with diverse community and rich culture” and has found New Zealanders to be very friendly people.

Aida has also enjoyed her homestay experience, where her homestay parent has made her feel very welcome and provided food that meets her needs as a Muslim. She has also enjoyed the ease with which she has been able to communicate with her family back home.

She says: “Am I just lucky or what? Kiwis are naturally lovely people.”

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