Thailand Internship Programme was beyond expectations for Laura Sahng

My 2019 began with 6 incredible weeks on the Thailand Internship Programme coordinated by UC PACE which offers a unique learning experience by immersing students in a new culture.

Along with 13 other UC students, our weekdays were spent interning in Bangkok and staying at Mahidol University, while our weekends were filled with adventures across rural Thailand and Vietnam!

For my internship, I was placed at a company called HUBBA which provides co-working spaces to tech startups, digital nomads and other small businesses. They have a diverse customer base, who I would interview and collect data from in order to inform improvements to HUBBA’s services. It was such a special experience to learn and adapt to a foreign work culture.

This year we were fortunate enough to be funded by the Prime Minister’s Scholarship for Asia (PMSA), which aims to strengthen UC’s international partnership connections.

For us as students, being globally aware and open to new cultures is more important than ever before. The range of activities included really gave us a wonderful taste of Thailand. By the end of the programme, we had a greater understanding of Thai culture.

Elephants at Sai Yok National Park

The most memorable moments for me would have to include feeding the baby elephants at Sai Yok National Park, learning Thai boxing, eating all the street food and being welcomed with a traditional ceremony in the rural village that we stayed at. Wherever we went, we were welcomed so warmly, and any language or cultural barriers were overcome with the kindness of the Thai people.

We were also fortunate enough to visit the New Zealand Embassy in both Thailand and Vietnam where we had some fascinating discussions with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade staff, including the ambassadors of each country. 

As I reflect on our time in Thailand, there is really not a single thing that I could fault about this programme. It was beyond any of my expectations. When people say that something will be a “life changing experience”, I tend to be a little skeptical. I was proved wrong and I would recommend you to experience this for yourself.

A big ‘kob kun kah’ to Stephen and Hannah from the UC Centre for Global Experience, Chan & Mahidol University, and to the PMSA.

This will be one to remember forever.

Study with confidence – Academic Skills Centre

E pokea ana koe? Tackle your study with confidence. Te Pokapū Pūkenga Ako | Academic Skills Centre is here to support and help you overcome academic hurdles you encounter.

The team can help you understand assignment instructions and questions, improve your academic writing, and manage your time better. They run a series of workshops during the term to help you with topics such as the writing process, excel basics and giving presentations. See the full calendar of workshops and seminars here.

You can also book an individual consultation with a learning advisor to discuss a specific assignment, and access online resources, which provide information on a wide variety of academic skills.

The SVA Big Give is back for 2019

The Student Volunteer Army (SVA) Big Give is back for 2019 and bigger than ever.

For those who have missed it, the Big Give brings together up to 1000 students for a morning of volunteering, followed by a free lunch and concert. It is our largest student volunteering event since the Christchurch earthquakes.

This year we will be helping out at two sites along the Styx River, restoring and strengthening the catchment’s unique ecosystem. Together, we will be planting native bush, weeding, mulching, painting, and revitalizing a nature trail. 

Afterwards, line up for free food from the Malaysian Society (CMSA), Korean Society (UCKS), as well as the infamous SVA snags, as you groove to the funky tunes of The Raddlers. Mr Whippy and a coffee stand will be on standby too for those of you who have a bit of spare change in your pocket.

Don’t forget sturdy shoes, sun protection and water. We’ll give you an SVA member’s tee to complete your volunteer aesthetic.

All you have to do is download the SVA app, click on the Big Give event and say you are going. Then turn up to the Foundry at 8.30 am on 2 March and we will sort out the rest.

Download the SVA app here for Android and iPhone.

Follow the SVA on Facebook and Instagram for more details and promos.

And finally, here is a video from Big Give 2018 to get you amped for some volunteering this coming Saturday!