Student Stories

 Andy - Ecuador                  Rabea - Germany               Karolina - Sweden                Nathaniel - Chile

Andy's Story 2014

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My name is Andy and I'm from Ecuador. For the last eight months I have been living in New Zealand. I really do not even know how start to summarise or explain my exchange year.
This year so many different opportunities and situations have been thrown at me.  I would be lying if I said that this year has not had its struggles (especially with the first few months) but it is those struggles that have helped me to integrate my self into the kiwi culture.
Everything here is so exciting, just because it's new and different.
I really liked staying with my host family, they really care about me and I'm part of the family now.
I remember my first day when my host sister had her sheep inside the house and she was getting him ready for the sheep competition. I was really surprised because I never seen this before.
 The whole environment is so different from Ecuador , the plants and trees, the animals, the houses, the streets. 
Sometimes it’s hard to believe I’m so far away from home, and I have to remind myself that I’m really here. This exchange is nothing like what I imagined it would be like, but it’s the most fun I’ve ever had. There have been a couple of hard days, when I felt so far away from my friends and family and everything I know. But the good times far far far outweigh the bad times
One thing that I really like about the school is the environment. Everyone's is really friendly, I made friends and the teachers are nice.  I like this school environment because everybody knows each other and it's like family (my kiwi family).
I'm the only student from Ecuador and so everyone in the school knows how I am and are nice to me.
Also I went to different places in New Zealand, such as South Island , Rotorua and Auckland. I had a lot of  cool experience like the bungee jumping, jet boating and just having fun with my family and friends.
The coolest thing about this school is I have the opportunity to meet differnt kinds of people, students of TAS as well as other international students of different countries. 
This school has had a lot benefits for me and it was a good decision to choose this school. I recommend this school for you as well.
Mi nombre es Andy y soy de Ecuador , durante los ultimos ocho meses eh estado vivieno en Whangarei en Nueva Zelanda, en realidad nose como comenzar este resumen de mi aniio de intercambio.
En este aniio  eh tenido demasiadas oportunidades y eh estado en diferentes situaciones, estaria mintiendo si dijera que en este aniio no eh tenido complejidades(especialemnte los primeros meses) pero estas complejidades me han ayudado a introducirme en la cultura kiwi(Neozelandes)
Todas las cosas aqui son emocionantes debe ser por que todo es nuevo para mi.
Realmente me gusta vivir con mi familia de acojida, a ellos realmente les importa acerca de mi y ahora ya soy parte de la familia.
Recuerdo mi primer dia mi hermana de acojida estubo con su oveja dentro de la casa preparandola para una competencia de ovejas, estuve realmente sorprendido por que nunca habia visto eso antes.
Todo el ambiente es demasiado diferente de Ecuador, las plantas , los animales , los arboles , las casas y calles
Aveces es dificil creer que estoy tan lejos de casa, y tengo que recordarme a mi mismo que estoy aqui , este intercambio es nada como yo me lo imagine , es demasiado divertido no nunca lo eh estado o eh tenido . Eh tenidio un parde dias dificiles ,cuando me siento lejos de casa , de mis amigos y familia y todas las cosas , pero los buenos momentos son los que sobresalen 
Una cosa que realmente me gusta de la escuela es el ambiente, todos son realmente amigables y los profesores realmente buenos y te brindan ayuda , me gusta el ambiente de la escuela porque  todos se conocen el uno al otro y es como una familia (mi familia kiwi)
Soy el unico estudiate de Ecuador y todos en la escuela saben quien soy y son amigables conmigo.
Ademas eh visitado diferentes lugares como la Isla Sur , Rotorua y Auckland .Tengo demasiadas experiencias  como el salto de caida libre , el bote veloz y eh tenido diversion con mi familia y amigos 
La cosa mas increible de la escuela es que tienes la oportunidad de conocer diferente tipos de personas , estudiantes de TAS que son estudiantes extranjeros tambien cada uno de diferentes paises.
Esta escuela ah tenido bastantes beneficios para mi y fue la mejor decision  al elegir esta escuela .Yo recomiendo esta escuela para ustedes tambien. 




Rabea's Story 2014 

Rabea VolleyballKia Ora! My name is Rabea and I am from Germany. I spent six months at Tauraroa Area School near Whangarei from the start of 2014.

I was very excited on my first day at T.A.S. and I have to admit; I was a little afraid of what school in New Zealand would be like. But right after the hearty welcome ceremony
in the schools hall, I knew there was nothing to be scared of at all. I was immediately included into the schools’ society and the students became close friends, very soon like siblings and suddenly I was a part of the Tauraroa-family! Even the smallest students from year 1 greeted me wherever I went and wanted to be friends with me. After a short period of time I was completely accepted as the German-Kiwi-student and friendly involved at all times.

I was first quite surprised how relaxed but effective teacher and students work togetherto be the “best they can be” which is also the schools’ motto. The learning atmosphere at the small school is extremely friendly and always connected to a bit of humour so learning gets fun and never boring for anyone. I haven’t met at least one student in my entire stay that was unhappy or felt lonely at Tauraroa Area School. I was the only German international student at the school and there were few other exchange students which I noticed as an advantage as this makes the New-Zealand-feeling more intense and individual.

Apart from that, I couldn’t imagine a T.A.S. - home stay family as unfriendly or anything like that. Everybody is open for the internationals and treats them as a friend from another country which is quite exciting for them to see and experience as well. Tauraroa Area School offers a very large variety of sports, also including tournaments, and other activities in which exchange students are more than welcome to participate. I was part of the schools hockey, netball and volleyball team as well as the school jazz band. There is also a choir, Kapa Haka (Maori traditional form of dancing) and lots of clubs to be joined after school or in school time. Especially exciting for me were the sports days for which the students get divided into so-called “houses” with different colours for each house. You can earn house points for activities and everybody, no matter if old or young, big or small, has a lot of fun together. Also the trips and education outside of the classroom make the schools’ students so close and happy. In connection to those I experienced some wonderful adventures with my Kiwi friends. We for example went canyoning with our PE class which was a unique and fantastic trip and also participated in a surfing course with the aim to improve safety - but not at last having a lot of fun, too! International students are nicely involved in many of those trips which give a great opportunity to learn about the country and experience the great way Tauraroa- teacher teach in the pure and untouched nature of the beautiful country New Zealand. The rural environment, the country, and especially the people made those six months of my life the best I have ever had. Those will never be forgotten. I made friends when I came but I leave with a lot of new and heart-warming brothers and sisters who will forever stay in my heart.

Thank you T.A.S!

Karolina – Sweden 


From the first day here at school I felt really welcome from everyone. I quickly found friends in my year group and some really nice friends from other year groups as well. The teachers and staff are all very lovely and helpful. I am really thankful for all the work the international staff have done for the overseas students. They took the international students for lots of exciting trips to Auckland and we visited different places in Whangarei. I wish I could stay to finish my schooling here.