Meet Susan Afoa: Former student, current tutor, and Pacifica leadership personal development scholarship recipient!Posted on 25/02/2021 by Hayley Clark
We first introduced Susan Afoa in June last year when she was a new tutor for ITC Botany, but when we first met her, it was almost 10 years ago when she enrolled as a student!
Susan has come a long way in the past decade, and we couldn’t be more proud of her success story, or more excited for her to be part of our team so she can help new students follow in her footsteps.
We recently caught up with Susan to learn more about her experiences, her work as a tutor, and her exciting new scholarship! (more…)Posted in News, Staff News, Study inspiration | Tagged interview, ITC Award winning training, ITC tutor, Student success | Leave a reply
ITC is once again attending the popular Go With Tourism Expo.
This amazing expo is a great opportunity to learn more about a career in tourism and meet with different employers and providers, including ITC.
When: Thursday 6 August to Saturday 8 August
Where: ASB Showgrounds (Greenlane)In the Community, News, Staff News, Student success, Study inspiration | Leave a reply
Mauri, Talofa Lava and Kia ora!
My name is Susan Afoa and I am a new tutor at ITC Botany. I am of I-Kiribati and Samoan heritage, but have lived in NZ my whole life.News, Staff News |
One little-known fact about ITC is that we run professional development days with the likes of Explore Group NZ and Qantas.
Recently, staff from the Qantas call centre came into ITC for a fun day of training and team bonding.
The workshop was led by Daniel Maine, whose main role is short course tutor and marketing support.
Daniel is known for his enthusiasm, energy, and awesome sense of humour – and this workshop certainly ticked all of those boxes.In the Community, News, Staff News | Leave a reply
Two of ITC’s legendary staff members – Michelle Chatfield and Lesley Brough – celebrated exciting employment milestones recently.
Michelle celebrated 20 years working at the College and Lesley celebrated 10 years. Michelle is ITC’s Head of Group Services and Lesley is the International Marketing Manager.
Both were treated like queens for a day of celebration, which included a team lunch, themed cupcakes, heartwarming speeches, and thoughtful gifts such as champagne and flowers.News, Staff News | Leave a reply
Meet Ruby Wade, a travel and tourism tutor at ITC’s Christchurch campus. Since catching the travel bug, Ruby visited 23 countries in just five years and is now teaching her passion to our lucky students in Christchurch. Read on to learn more about Ruby’s experience and travel tales.
Tell us a bit about yourself
I love travel, food and culture with a passion! I have always loved travelling and exploring new places (although it always makes me feel happy to come home to such a beautiful country). I’m also a homebody; I love renovating my house and spending time with my two lovely dogs, Meg and Bailey. I’m also getting married soon so it’s a really exciting time in my life.News, Staff News, Study inspiration | Leave a reply
Earlier this year, officials from Okinawa Council in Japan arrived in New Zealand for a four-day whirlwind business trip.
The officials came to New Zealand to research how to provide better tourism facilities in Okinawa. They reached out to ITC for advice and asked to be shown around the ITC Campus.
Unfortunately, ITC was closed for the summer holiday period, but one of our tutors, Takeyuki Moreta, was honoured to meet with the officials on ITC’s behalf.In the Community, News, Staff News | Leave a reply
Nicola (Nicky) McCutcheon is the newest Employment Consultant at ITC. Her role is to help students find employment in the airline, travel and tourism industry.
She shares this role with Sarndra Stephens, a long-serving ITC employee. Together, they help students with their job search through initiatives such as:
- On-campus CV workshops
- Interview preparation
- Work experience and volunteer opportunities
- General support, encouragement, and advice
Past and present students can use the Employment Consultants in their job search. Whether you’re currently studying or you’ve already graduated, you can reach out to Nicky or Sarndra for support. (more…)Posted in News, Staff News, Study inspiration | Leave a reply
The International Travel College (ITC) recently celebrated two of its long-serving staff members – Carla Sutton & Sarndra Stephens – with a surprise morning tea.
Both Sarndra & Carla have worked for the College for 10 years this May – and that’s just the second time around. They both worked for the College prior to 2008, but left to travel and raise a family before eventually returning.
“They just couldn’t stay away! We are so lucky,” says ITC Marketing Director Claire Huxley.
“Both Carla & Sarndra bring a wealth of experience to the team. And they are two of the kindest, most dedicated people you’ll ever meet.”
Sarndra says she was “completely surprised” when she was ushered into her and Carla’s 10-year-anniversary morning tea. All the staff were dressed in her favourite colours of red, orange and black to celebrate the occasion.
“I love working for ITC and all the supportive people I work with,” says Sarndra.
She said there was “no question” about wanting to come back to ITC after she spent six years living with her husband in Australia.
“Landing back in NZ six years later with a young baby, there was no question about wanting to return to this amazing company with such incredible people.”
She adds: “I loved the morning tea, all the photos around the room of so many wonderful memories, seeing Karen (the former owner), and of course the champagne was just delicious. Big thanks to Claire, Kerry, and Michelle for the wonderful surprise.”
Carla was also blown away by the morning tea, which she said brought a lot of memories flooding back.
“The last 10 years has flown by, it really doesn’t seem like 10 years!” says Carla.
“With ITC’s help, I have been able to achieve both a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) and a Master of Business. Education is always going to be a passion of mine, whether it’s assisting our ITC students or furthering my own learning.”
Carla considers herself a life-long learner and aims to inspire students to approach education with the same energy and enthusiasm.
Sarndra sums it up pretty well: “Assisting ITC students into the airline, travel and tourism industry is such a buzz”.
We hope both Carla & Sarndra continue to enjoy this buzz for another ten years to come.Posted in News, Staff News | Leave a reply
Describe your job
My job involves providing support to the tutorial teams. Some of my responsibilities include monitoring student attendance, inputting student results, and issuing certificates. I work at both the City and Botany campuses, with three days in the City and two days at Botany. I enjoy it as it provides variety in my week.News, Staff News | Leave a reply