Kia Ora to Auckland from ITC!
ITC students played a key role in giving a real Kiwi welcome to over 1700 international students at the Auckland International Student Welcome.
The event was hosted by Study Auckland, which represents 130 schools, tertiary institutions and private providers in the Auckland region.
Working at events such as this allows ITC students to gain valuable industry experience while they study, says ITC city campus manager, Michelle Chatfield. “It’s a win/win situation!”
This year, nine ITC students worked behind the scenes at the Aotea Centre looking after the performing groups and VIPs including CEO of Tourism Auckland, Graeme Osborne; student speakers; industry sponsors; MC Kasina Campbell and singer/songwriter Sarah Spicer.
“They also helped the international students feel welcome, handed out gift bags and did whatever they could to make the day the huge success that it was,” says Michelle Chatfield.
It was certainly a busy and event-filled day. Tourism Auckland chief executive, Graeme Osborne, welcomed students saying, “We want your learning experience to be superior. We want you to have a fantastic time in Auckland and to encourage your friends and family to come and visit you here.”
Kasina Campbell was the MC for the event and performed to enthusiastic applause with the Torotoro dance group. Around 50 international students were welcomed to the stage to learn some contemporary Maori dance moves.
Several international students currently studying in Auckland spoke positively about their experiences, and there were performances from the Mt Albert Grammar School kapa haka group and singer Sarah Spicer.
The ITC students valued the experience.
“The day was awesome,” says Nik Bradshaw. “I had so much fun and it was great to be involved in such a huge event. Speaking to the students and helping them on the day, seeing behind the scenes and meeting new people – this is why I want to work in tourism.”
Manager of Study Auckland, Debbie Chambers, was grateful for the students’ work.
“Your students did an amazing job!,” she says. “We were very impressed by your student’s enthusiasm and professionalism towards this event. They coped well with the pressure of the busiest times of the day and distributed information and handled all tasks with confidence. We look forward to working with you and the ITC students at next year’s Auckland International Student welcome.”
Another great work experience for ITC students – they look forward to doing it again next year!
To find out more about studying at ITC, phone 0800 868 747 or go to www.itc.co.nz.
Awesome day: The ITC crew.