My time so far working with Dave at Institute for Global Studies has been nothing but exceptional. From our first phone conversation, Dave has been nothing but engaged and committed to myself as an individual, and that holds true for the other seven members of our group. Our group orientation week was fantastic. We are able learn about New Zealand's history through museum visits, tours guided by locals, and trips to some of New Zealand's beautiful natural offerings, including the renowned Piha Beach. The housing situation is far better than what I could have possibly imagined. Myself and three others are in a pretty, spacious, and modern apartment overlooking the ocean with Waiheke island in the distance. Not to mention, we are practically in the heart of the city of Auckland; a five minute walk to Queen Street and ten minute walk to the base of the Sky Tower.
The internships started after we had a full week of orientation, which also gave us the time to do some exploring on our own and settle in before we got engaged in our work. My experience with my internship so far has been tremendous. Working at Lot23 has allowed me to meet some awesome individuals and learn about the restaurant business. From talking with the other group members about their internships, everyone is more than satisfied. My two friends working at the animal park have had nothing but awesome stories to tell, and everyone else has only spoken positively about their internships as well.
Overall, the quality of the program has exceeded my expectations and I credit a lot of that to the hard work that Dave puts into this. His commitment to his students is quite visible and gives us motivation to work hard.
This is a program I would highly recommend to any student interested in taking gap time.