De La Salle Santiago Zobel School, located south of Metro Manila, is a basic education institution under the umbrella of De La Salle Philippines, a network of seventeen schools moulding young individuals into responsible adults, guided by the virtues of St. John Baptist de La Salle.
In September 2017, 15 students and two faculty members departed Manila bound for the South Island of New Zealand. The students spent the majority of the programme in Wanaka, an isolated, yet affluent resort town, surrounded by stunning mountain ranges and the beautiful Lake Wanaka. Here, the students were hosted by Mount Aspiring College (MAC), one of the most prestigious co-educational high schools in New Zealand, that specialises in outdoor education.
During the near two week adventure, students participated in a range of academic classes at MAC as well as sampling their outdoor education facilities - like rock climbing! Following daily classes, students discovered local hotspots and points of interest such as hiking Mt Iron, cruising on Lake Wanaka and, of course, a sheep farm, because no trip to NZ would be complete without experiencing at least a few hours on a farm. Needless to say, the students had their daily dose of beautiful New Zealand scenery, culture and people.
Before saying goodbye to The Land of the Long White Cloud, the group flew to Auckland, to discover NZ’s biggest city. Here, the group toured the University of Auckland, NZ’s top university. As with all the programmes, there was ample time to explore the city and purchase pasalubong before flying home to the Philippines.