The University of Otago, with the support of SEA CAPE has developed and delivered a series of interactive workshops to primary and intermediate schools across the South Island. These workshops were designed to encourage students to learn more about the languages and cultures of Southeast Asia. These workshops were run for year 7 and 8 pupils in two primary schools, two intermediate schools and in one after school programme.

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“The pupils enjoyed the activities and learned more about our Pacific neighbours. The visit has also given me added impetus to talk and do some teaching and learning about the regions.”


Involving approximately 220 pupils, 12 teachers, 14 student volunteers and 13 additional university student buddies, this programme was a huge success in exposing a large volume of participants to some of the languages and cultures of countries of Southeast Asia. 

“The workshops were extremely well received by our students and on your departure, they commented on how much fun they had had and how they loved working with students from so many different countries.” 


If you are an international student interested in volunteering, or a teacher eager to bring this programme to your classroom, please contact programme manager Glenys Needs

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