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.
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.
Prerequisite Preparatory Seminar: GBL 166
This Winter Term course has a required one semester-hour fall prerequisite preparatory seminar 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 prerequisite preparatory seminar 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 prerequisite preparatory seminar 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
The Spring meeting time, date and location to be announced.
Fall Course Meeting Information
The fall pre-departure course will meet on Fridays from 08:00-09:10 AM. Location TBA.
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.
Activity Level: Demanding
Activity levels are rated to fit into one of four categories: easy going, moderate, challenging and demanding. This program is rated as demanding, which means you should be be prepared to push yourself and to keep a steady pace on rugged and steep terrain. At the end of the day, you will likely feel like you’ve had a real workout.
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.
To cancel your participation in a program, complete the Winter Term Withdrawal questionnaire in your application.
- 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.
Students will be housed in hostels for the majority of the time in New Zealand.
Costs for global study 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 Financial Planning for Global Study 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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