GBL 266 IS CRITICALLY ENGAGED ECO-TOURISM IN NEW ZEALAND 4 S.H.
This interdisciplinary course is designed to introduce the student to the culture of the Maori people, topics of stewardship of natural resources, environmental sustainability and positive action for change. A major emphasis in this specific course is the growing worldwide emphasis on green tourism and the expansion of adventure based learning. Students will learn of various methods for conserving natural resources; we will walk on glaciers, hike on a growing mountain range, boat in geologically unique fjords, trek through pristine rainforests, discover stunning waterfalls, study two greatly variant coastlines, compare man-made and natural lakes and a variety of rivers along the way. All these activities will be done with a focus on understanding the special niche each has in the overall environment, Maori's Papa, the Earth Mother.
Prerequisite: GBL 166. Application and acceptance required. Additional travel fee is required. Counts toward Society or Civilization requirement, and satisfies one unit of experiential learning toward fulfillment of the Experiential Learning Requirement.
- Grades count toward an Elon GPA.
- Study abroad courses may not be taken on an audit or pass/fail basis.
Additional Course Information
This is a once-in-a-lifetime course opportunity that will challenge students intellectually and emotionally. Students should be prepared to participate in thrilling hikes through stunning rainforests and along inspiring trails. A student in fairly good shape, with a reasonable pair of hiking boots--along with a good attitude and the support of his or her classmates--should be fine. However, this course involves a high level of outdoor and group activity. To help insure a full and rich experience, the students will be asked to commit and adhere to healthy life choices for the duration of the course, specifically with respect to alcohol consumption. Students should keep this in mind and consult with the course instructors if they have questions before signing up for this course.
Located in the Southern hemisphere, this dual island nation of New Zealand is diverse in its environment. Here is a land about the size of California, with a remarkably varied environment that includes hundreds of miles of rugged coastline, snow capped mountains, active volcanoes, thermal pools, glaciers, sheep-covered pastures, tranquil lakes, raging rivers, glistening waterfalls, sand duned beaches, fjords and lush rain forests. Students will explore the varied natural environment of New Zealand, primarily on the South Island, learning the science behind the physical creation of this dynamic island nation while discussing current environmental challenges.
Students will be housed in hostels for the majority of the time in New Zealand.
- North Island
- Rangitoto (hike) and Motuihe (service project) Islands in the Hauraki Gulf
- Waitomo Caves where we will traverse cave walls and view glow worms
- Waimangu Volcanic Valley
- Visit a Marae, experience a hangi, and raft the Kaituna River
- Join Foris Eco-tours and visit the Whiranaki Forest and raft the Rangitaiki River
- Hike Tongariro Alpine Crossing (weather permitting)
- Visit Te Papa (National museum) and Zealandia Sanctuary in Wellington
- South Island
- Abel Tasman National Park; sea kayak and hike the Abel Tasman Coastal Train
- Visit Fox Glacier and Lake Matheson
- Hike the Routeburn Track
- Spend the night on Doubtful Sound, onboard the Fiordland Navigator
- Visit Otago peninsula with Elm Tours and see Hooker’s Sea Lions, Yellow-Eyed Penguins, Blue Penguin, New Zealand Fur Seals and Royal Albatross
Note: Itinerary is subject to change due to availability of local facilities and scheduling issues.
Eligibility & Application Deadlines
The eligibility requirements specific to this program are listed in the Fact Sheet at the top of this brochure.
See the Deadlines and Events Calendar for the most up-to-date deadline information.
- February 28, 2017: All Fall 2017 travel-embedded and Winter Term 2018 Study Abroad and Study USA programs are announced.
- March 6, 2017: Priority period begins for all programs.
- 11:59 PM, March 16, 2017: Priority period deadline. All applications received during priority period are reviewed for eligibility and merit rather than time of submission.
- March 28, 2017: Notification begins. The GEC will send notifications via email for all applications received by priority period deadline.
- March 28, 2017: Change period begins. Students that submitted applications during the priority period can switch into available programs by submitting a Change Form (available March 28).
- March 30, 2017: Rolling period begins. New applications will be accepted and reviewed on a space-available basis.
- August 31, 2017: Final deadline for Study Abroad programs.
- September 4, 2017: Deposit refund deadline for Study Abroad programs. Students accepted to Study Abroad programs that cancel after this date will not have the deposit refunded.**
- September 14, 2017: Final deadline and refund deadline for Study USA programs. Students accepted to Study USA programs that cancel after this date will not have the deposit refunded.
Students are required to take the fall pre-departure course associated with this Winter Term course. All students will automatically be registered for the pre-departure course but must register themselves for the Winter Term course during pre-registration for Winter Term.
Pre-departure Course: GBL 166
This Winter Term course has a required one semester-hour fall pre-departure course associated with it. Students accepted into the Winter Term course will be automatically registered for the associated fall course. There is no additional cost for the pre-departure course for students who are registered full-time even if the one credit creates an overload for a student's registration.
It is Elon University policy that students who are registered part-time for the fall semester will be charged the additional one credit hour of tuition for the fall pre-departure course. Students will also be charged four credit hours of tuition for winter term in addition to the program fees. If students contact the Bursar's office to verify that they will be enrolled full-time in the spring semester, the four hours of winter term tuition will not be collected.
There will also be a required meeting about the course in May.
Spring Meeting Information
This meeting will be announced shortly.
Fall Course Meeting Information
This course will meet on Fridays 8-9:10 AM, location to be announced.
To cancel your participation in a program, complete the Winter Term Withdrawal questionnaire in your application.
Per the Study Abroad Policies webpage
, please note the following payment and cancellation deadlines:
- September 4 - October 2, 2017: Students accepted to Study Abroad programs that cancel within these dates will not have the deposit refunded.
- September 15 - October 2, 2017: Students accepted to Study USA programs that cancel within these dates will not have the deposit refunded.
- October 2, 2017: Full payment deadline.
- October 3 - 9, 2017: Students that cancel within these dates are responsible for 50 percent of the cost of the program.
- October 10 - 18, 2017: Students that cancel within these dates are responsible for 75 percent of the cost of the program.
- Oct. 19, 2017: Students that cancel on or after this date are responsible for the full program cost.
You are responsible for the costs noted above if you cancel regardless of whether you have paid the program fees at the time of cancellation.
Deposit Refunds -
If you have paid the deposit and are cancelling your participation prior to the deposit refund deadline, the amount will remain as a credit on your account to be applied towards the following semester’s billing. If you have any questions about your deposit, you may contact the Bursar’s office at email@example.com
*All students are automatically enrolled in a travel insurance policy through iNext, an outside insurance provider. This policy covers students who must cancel their participation due to serious health issues that occur after October 1. In some instances (evaluated on a case-by-case basis) the travel insurance may insure against changes in mental health. The insurance does not cover any other changes in circumstances such as disciplinary or academic status; job, internship, graduate school or theatrical performance opportunities; leadership opportunities on campus; fear; other personal issues. Students who must cancel their participation after the final day to have the $400 deposit refunded may be able to seek a refund through the travel insurance company.
If airline bookings have already been made by the time of a student's cancellation, some airlines may issue the student a voucher for the value of the ticket less some penalty fee for change in ticketing. These are usually valid for 12 months with the airline issuing the ticket. The airline can provide specific details.
Costs for study abroad vary program to program and are in addition to the tuition for Winter Term (included in fall semester tuition/bill).
Basic cost information is available on the Cost and Credit Chart.
Detailed cost information is available on the budget sheet (link at top of page).
Students seeking need-based financial support are encouraged to apply for the GEC Access Scholarship.
For additional information on scholarships or other funding for study abroad, see the Funding for Study Abroad page.
If you qualify for a travel grant through any of the fellows or scholars programs, see the appropriate program director for more information on how to apply the grant to your study abroad program. Visit the Deadlines and Events Calendar for travel grant deadlines.
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For More Information
Program Leader 1: Dr. Carol Smith
Department of Health and Human Performance
2525 Campus Box, Koury Center (Athletics) 227
Isabella Cannon Global Education Center
2375 Campus Box, Global Commons 360
Elon, NC 27244