Japanese blogger’s week at Campbell

Ayumi pictures

English New Zealand hosted Japanese blogger Ayumi Murayama at six NZ English Language schools in NZ in August and September. Campbell was lucky to be one of the schools selected for this programme.

While in Wellington Ayumi attended regular classes at Campbell and in the evenings and weekend she was able to experience what makes Wellington the cultural, arts and film capital of New Zealand. Activities included a visit to Te Papa, the world-famous Embassy Theatre, Weta Workshop, The Lux Light Festival, and Wellington Night Markets. Ayumi also ate at restaurants featured as part of Visa Wellington on a Plate, and watched ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ ballet at the St James Theatre. Check out her pictures and blog posts from her trip there.

I love it here! I’m very interested in art and design, and there are so many historical buildings. I like the mix of old western culture and other cultures which have brought somethings to the city. There are lots of very open and artistic people. People here spend a lot of money on art and welcome those artistic minds.

I like Campbell because of the mix of academic and fun aspects of studying the language. I’m not good at making friends, but at Campbell, I’ve made lots of friends!

Campbell has a really welcoming atmosphere.

Ayumi Murayama – Japan

Ayumi with camera

While she has been here, she has also been writing blog posts as part of her trip. You can read all of her posts here blog or on her facebook page.

Barista Course Graduates Find Jobs

After graduating from the MOJO Barista Course a few weeks ago, we can share some good news! A couple of the students have found work where they can use their newly gained skills!graduation and coffeeSylvain from France is currently working in a hotel in Wellington and is waiting to hear back from another job interview for work in the Banquets and Events department at Te Papa National Museum of New Zealand. He’ll definitely be able to put his latte and flat white making skills into action there. Good luck Sylvain!fun and sylvainAnother graduate, Loubna, has had a promotion to part time duty manager in another Wellington hotel since the course ended. This was a direct result of doing the Campbell MOJO Barista Course, as she now has to make coffees as part of her job! Congratulations!

The Campbell MOJO Barista course is a great way to gain skills to get into the workplace in New Zealand. As a very practical course, students learn how to make the most popular types of coffees, and by the end of the course will be fully fledged baristas.

For more information, check out our MOJO Barista page on our website. If you are interested in the MOJO Barista course at Campbell, including dates of the next course, get in touch with us at info@campbell.ac.nz.

Campbell Pathways Success

Dennis in actionHanzhang Wang, better known as Dennis, is one of Campbell’s successful pathway students now in his first year studying at Le Cordon Bleu NZ on the Basic Cuisine course. Dennis is originally from Tongliao in China and came to New Zealand with the intention of studying culinary arts.

‘The reason to choose New Zealand was because this country is well known as all the great nature ingredients, especially for lamb and beef. Le Cordon Bleu in New Zealand is the school that I always want to study at. However, at the time (before entrance), my English was not good enough to meet the entrance requirement. So I need to study in a language school first to help me improve it. Campbell is associated with Le Cordon Bleu which is the pathway to tertiary education. If I passed this course, (it means) I can go directly to Le Cordon Bleu. My dream is to study cooking styles from different countries. My final goal will be a good chef!’

Dennis Wang

The Campbell Institute provides non-IELTS pathways into a number of tertiary providers in New Zealand. One of the most popular is the pathway to Le Cordon Bleu NZ. Le Cordon Bleu is the world’s premier culinary arts school, founded in Paris, France. Le Cordon Bleu’s Wellington campus is one of their newest and combines new world innovation and local cuisine with the principles, techniques and artistry of the French traditions.Dennis studying at LCB

Charity Auction Hits Record High at Campbell

Staff and students at auction1 charityThis year Campbell charity auction took place on Thursday 18th of June and was a great success.

This year our chosen charity was The Himalayan Trust, which was founded by world famous Kiwi, Sir Edmund Hillary- Hillary and his climbing partner, Tenzig Norgay, were the first people to climb Mount Everest. This charity works to help the people of Nepal by building schools and hospitals, training teachers and doctors, providing volunteers and restoring natural forests.Himalayan TrustThey now have even more need of our support after the earthquakes which struck in April and May 2015.

Local Wellington companies were, as always, very generous with items donated including coffee from MOJO and Havana coffee, cosmetics from Dove, an iPhone from Vodafone, and many other products and gift vouchers from shops and restaurants around the city.

Of course we would also like to thank our students and staff who got their wallets out to donate to this great cause. We smashed all our previous charity auctions, reaching a total of $2,609.60 NZD, with students still donating as the week goes on. Our Auckland campus are also doing some fundraising, so we hope to reach $3,000 NZD- our best charity auction yet!

High Tea at Le Cordon Bleu

Our students were spoilt rotten a few weeks ago when they went to Le Cordon Bleu (LCB) in the centre of Wellington to enjoy a tour and a lovely high tea.

There was a tour of the building including the large and beautifully clean kitchens where Le Cordon Bleu students do their training. They ended up in the lecture theatre where students get lessons and can see close ups of the food preparation done by the professional chefs on big screens.Lecture theatre at LCBMany Campbell students follow the LCB pathway after their English studies are over and were very interested to hear about what they could study. James Kennish from LCB told our students about the different study possibilities, including Diplomas in Cuisine and Patisserie. On their way around the Le Cordon Bleu building, the students were able to see some of the amazing chocolate and sugar art that is created by their students. sugar art and high teaThe students finished their tour with delicious scones, cakes, parfaits and mousses, with tea and champagne.Delicious treats at LCB high tea

Pauline volunteering at Pony Parties

My first week

I’m Pauline from Germany and I’m staying on a pony farm for two months. The farm is in Motukarara, that’s a small place on the south island of New Zealand. I’m living in the family who owns the farm and in this time I’m the right hand of my host mother. Her business is Ponyparties. Children can celebrate their birthdays in an indoor venue with all the animals like rabbits, ponies, donkeys, guinea pigs, a calf, goats and little dog Foxy.Animals at Pony PartiesMy jobs are to help wherever I can. In my first week I had the task of feeding the rabbits, chickens and guinea pigs every morning and evening. I also have to help cleaning and tidying up the house and the farm. I had my first two pony parties last weekend. With two or three other girls I helped to welcome the customers and helped the kids with the animals. We did pony-ridings and the kids could feed the animals. Furthermore we are supposed to keep the venue clean, provide everybody with food and drinks and just have an eye on the guests and make them pleased and happy.

It’s nice to be a part of the family (mother, dad and two girls). However you have to be aware that there is nothing near the farm where you can go. The next big city is Christchurch, it’s half an hour away and I won’t go very often to the city. You need a lot of books and other things for your entertainment. For my work my host mother often takes me out for a ride, when we have time and when the weather is good. That’s very nice for me because I can have a rest from the farm and the work and enjoy riding.
But one thing that also my host mother says very often is that it is not just fun. It is a lot of hard work and sometimes this work is annoying. It is as much fun as it is hard work.

Pony Parties and Pony Riding

It’s my fourth week on the farm now and I’m still enjoying my time here. Sometimes, for example on the weekends, when we have Ponyparties, it’s really stressful. When we have a ponyparty, we have to prepare everything before the customers are coming. We have to put all the animals into the venue and prepare some snack food for the kids and adults. When the customers are there, we have to be there if someone has a question or needs help and we offer hot drinks to the adults.Pauline working hard 1Furthermore we make ponyrides and motorbike rides with the kids and help them with food and drinks. Sometimes the birthday kids are not coming to the venue, but we are driving to their homes or to other  events and make pony rides. In the past few weeks I also had a lot of nice rides with my hostfamily and some other girls who are helping on the farm.

Friends from Wellington visited me last weekend and it was no problem for my hostfamily to let them sleep and eat here and I had two days off to spend some time with them. So you see, I have a lot of work to do but my hostmom is very forthcoming and wants to see my happy and satisfied.Pauline working hard

CAE: Opening Up Opportunities

12 weeks ago, a group of 7 strangers embarked on the second Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) course at Campbell for the updated 2015 CAE exam. All the students came with the intention of bettering their overall level of English, especially in the areas of writing, grammar and vocabulary.

With the course finishing this week, we spoke to Anna, Isabelle and Nele about their experiences of the course and their expectations for the CAE exam next week.

Students studying hard for CAE

“We’ve learned so much, about English and also about ourselves. We’ve learned to be more spontaneous and to express ourselves in a more English way. Generally when we’re speaking, we don’t have to think of what we want to say, we just say it. We’ve learned a lot of new words and expressions and I would say my writing has got better because of the course.

I really like the pressure we had. Sometimes it’s hard to cope with it, but generally it’s good that you can learn a lot and our homework or self study every day.

Because we’re Demi-au-Pairs and we are studying in an English speaking country, everything around you is English, our home stay-families speak English, and even if you are sitting on a bus or in the street, you’re surrounded by it. You don’t only learn academic style English, but also the English you use in your every day life. That’s what’s great about coming to New Zealand to study CAE.

Also, the CAE exam will really help in the future because a lot of our university textbooks and lectures will be in English. And if we want to do a Masters degree in the future, we will be able to use this exam as proof of our level of English.

And going travelling in other countries will be easier… Just knowing that you can communicate and you won’t have so many problems.”

Anna, Isabelle and Nele – Germany

CAE-3-girls
Find out about Cambridge CAE courses at Campbell here.

Ruth’s second project: The Living in Peace Project

I arrived in Karamea, which is about 100 km north of Westport on the West Coast of the South Island. The Karamea Express departs once a day except Sundays.

Karamea has 575 inhabitants, about four or five roads and nearly no cellphone signal.
But you have everything you need: beach, river, mountains, beautiful walking treks, a supermarket and the awesome place called Rongo’s Backpacker’s.

We are 6 Wwoofers who work over here but people come and go all the time. At 9 o’clock we have our daily meeting where we discuss the jobs for the day. Afterwards we do all the Hostel work (changing beds, cleaning, vacuuming, doing laundry, tidying up the kitchen).

Later we go over to the farm and work over there: feeding chickens, clearing beets, turning the compost, weeding, petting Baba the sheep…
Volunteering in Karamea at the Living in Peace projectI have to cook for myself but I get milk, sugar, coffee and lots of other stuff for free. Nearly every day we have fresh veggies from the farm. On Saturday we had a Hillbilly-themed pot-luck dinner, where everyone made one dish and we all ate together. That was delicious! Oh, and we dressed up as Hillbillies. In my free time, I read a lot, I play the piano or the guitar and I go to the beach with the others. Rongo can be a bit hippie in the beginning but you soon get to know the spirit and now I love it over here!

Entry 2: After nearly four weeks at Rongo I can proudly say, that I slowly become a Rongolian.I have a lot of fun with the other Wwoofers and really enjoy Karamea.Last week, two French Wwoofers left to go on the Heaphy and two other Wwoofers and me went the first part with them together. We went to Scott’s Beach and after saying good bye, Jenna, Te Ana and I collected seaweed which is supposed to be very good for citrus trees.

Two new british Wwoofers arrived, which are nice, too. Everyone who comes to Rongo is nice, only one guest so far wasn’t nice. Jenna is a Yoga-instructor and her lessons were really inspiring.

Volunteering in Karamea: The Living in Peace projectLast week I also did my first Radioshow and Radio Karamea. I hope it wasn’t too bad! This week, it has been quite rainy so we couldn’t do a lot on the farm besides small jobs. Paul took me and the two new Wwoofers for a tour over the farm and told us all about the Living in Peace Project. It’s really fascinating. We also let the ducks out to eat all the snails and bugs around the beets and afterwards we could watch Moo, the dog, who chased them all back again.

What I love most about Karamea is the beautiful nature and of course Rongo Backpacker’s which is a real treasure!Volunteering in Karamea The Living in Peace Project

Greetings, Ruth

A little corner of paradise – Pupu Rangi Nature Sanctuary

Pupu Rangi Nature SanctuaryPupu Rangi Nature Sanctuary Volunteer programme which was offered by The Campbell Institute and Octavian was definitely different from other adventures, or tour programmes in New Zealand. It was just a great experience!

I am a South Korean mother and I studied and worked as an intern for 2 years in The Campbell Institute Auckland Campus. Fortunately, my friend’s family and mine could join this volunteer programme for three days this Easter Holiday. The impression I had of this programme was that we could participate in some nature conservation activities like feeding some rare birds in the deep forest. But I realized that this was completely false when I met Octavian.

He came to my house to give us a lift to Pupu Rangi Nature Sanctuary from Wellington. I just thought he was a travel agent, but he was the private owner of the 100 hectares of land and he had got permission for this private forest to become a sanctuary. He showed us some trees being cut down in the mountains on the way to the sanctuary, and he told us it is essential for the future to protect the trees, and we totally agree with him.

On the way to the sanctuary, we visited Piroa Fall and climbed Tokatoka Peak. The peak was a particulary steep but short climb of 20 metres before the summit. From the top of this peak, the 360-degree view was stunning. The 20 minute climb was well worth it!

The sanctuary is located on the west cost of New Zealand, like a nest on the slopes of the Tutamoe peak in Northland and this region is not often popular with tourists. So we were able to enjoy the extremely pure nature at the sanctuary.

Pupu Rangi Nature SanctuaryThe accommodation is very different as well. There was no power, and no flushing toilet but we can use the water which is collected from rain drops on the roof.

On the night, we saw the Southern cross, Sagittarius and Milky Way without a telescope. After that, we walked through a dense, jungle-like forest wearing gumboots and using torches for 3 hours. The ferns were taller than us and the ground was covered in wet moss. We were the explorers of middle earth! We found NZ crayfish and an ell in the brook and glow warms on the wall of the dark cave and heard the hunting call of kiwi. I will never forgot these precious memories.

On the second day, it was the start of the activities as volunteers, we made a path in the dense forest. We cut the vines and branches from the path, and it was very important to protect the trees from the possums. We checked the traps and filled them with poison which can kill possums gradually in the plastic bottle. We never had experienced this kind of work before and it was definitely difficult, but we felt very proud of ourselves.

The meals which were offered three times a day were different as well. We could only cook on gas burner. It was very impressive and I realized we can live with just a small amount of energy. Hot water for the shower came from a generator which was powered by sunlight.

Pupu Rangi Nature SanctuaryThe night safari also an exciting experience. We looked for wild kiwi in Trounson Kauri Park without making any noise. It was interesting that the wild kiwis would not be disturbed by red light. We were lucky enough to see some wild kiwi and their nest that night.
Tane mahutaOn the 3rd day of the volunteer programme, we visited Tane Mahuta: the Lord of the Forest, which was a 2000-year-old Kauri tree. We arrived safely at our place in Auckland after approximately 4 hours of driving from the sanctuary. Thanks for all Octavian’s efforts. He is a savior of the future for our environment and has made me try to change my way of living.

Yeon Lee – South Korea