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New Zealand Adventure
Queenstown, New Zealand (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
Program Cost Summer
Fact Sheet:
Academic College: Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Design Best Fit Majors: Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Resources
Language of Instruction: English Program Options: Adventure, Faculty-Led
Credits Earned: 6 Faculty Leader: Marion McClure, Nathan Harlan
Program Description:

Information

New Zealand Adventure
NZThe mountains, forests and coast of NZ are perfect for facilitating a 6 credit learning opportunity focused on leadership and skills acquisition in the context of adventure programming.  Adventure programming is a growing industry, one that is branching out in both application and populations served.  WVU has seen a growth in the application of adventure programming throughout the past decade.  Various programs and departments across the institution utilize and/or instruct adventure activities.  With the growth of this industry comes an increased student interest, both in the participant role, as well as that of professional practitioner.  New Zealand serves as an ideal site.  The country is a leader in the industry of adventure.  In scholarship as well as practice, New Zealand has contributed much to the field of adventure programming.

Adventure New Zealand is designed to meet students on both interest levels, that of participant, as well as aspiring instructor.  This 6 credit course will provide a theoretical and applied study of wilderness leadership in an international context.  Participants will study relevant leadership theory, critical wilderness skills, and international programming concepts.  The program will culminate in a student led “final” in which the instructors step back to observe the students put their new knowledge and skills to the test.
 

Location

City: Queenstown

Country: New Zealand

Population: 28,224

Information: Queenstown, New Zealand, sits on the shore of the South Island’s Lake Wakatipu, set against the dramatic Southern Alps. The surrounding Central Otago region is known for its Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vineyards, and for adventure sports. In winter, there's backcountry skiing and the country’s highest vertical drops. Summer brings paragliding, mountain biking and bungee-jumping (Kawarau Gorge Suspension Bridge is among the sport's original sites).


Places of Interest:
Milford Sound
Lake Wakatipu
Skippers Canyon
 

Academics

RPTR 255 - Adventure New Zealand - 6 credits

Catalog Description:
This course will provide a theoretical and applied study of wilderness leadership in an international context. Participants will study relevant leadership theory, critical
wilderness skills, and international programming concepts. The program will culminate in a student led “final” in which the instructors step back to observe the students put their new knowledge and skills to the test.

Course Description
The mountains, forests, and coast of New Zealand are the perfect learning environments for this 6 credit learning opportunity focused on skill acquisition and leadership of adventure programming.
Adventure programming is a growing industry, necessitating the need for the training and education of highly qualified and trained adventure instructors and professionals. This course serves to meet this need, while simultaneously exploring the landscape and culture of New Zealand. Aside from being a breathtaking setting for the acquisition of skills and leadership, New Zealand serves and has served as a leader in the industry of adventure. Students in the course will be exposed to various and challenging learning environments, including mountains, coast and glacier, multiple modes of travel (land, water, and ice), and will address how New Zealand has been a leader in managing the inherent risks and rewards of adventure programming in these various settings.

Students will practice leadership during a “Leader of the Day” experience and via a student-led final expedition.
 
 

Faculty

Marion McClure
Email: marion.mcclure@mail.wvu.edu

I grew up in Massachusetts and spent as much time as I could exploring the White Mountains of New Hampshire. After college, where I worked as an outdoor program leader and majored in the History of Science, I worked seasonally for outdoor programs in New Hampshire, California, and North Carolina, before eventually returning to graduate school for outdoor education at the University of New Hampshire. I spent my first two years after graduate school working for the Venture program at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and relocated to Morgantown in June of 2013 to work with Adventure WV. Here I work closely with our Program Manager and Graduate Assistant to coordinate all aspects of our Orientation Trips program. I live with my wonderful husband Andy and our two cats, Ofelia and Faun. Andy and I welcomed our daughter, Ila, to the world on December 4th, 2013. Being parents is the greatest adventure yet.
 

Cost

Total program cost: $
* Includes: 6 WVU Course Credits
* Round Trip Airfare
* Lodging and Transportation
* Comprehensive Travel and Health Insurance
* Programmatic Activities and Excursions
 

Misc

Visa Required for US Citizens? No

Useful Links:
How to Apply for a US Passport
 
 


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