A group of students from ITC’s South Auckland campus recently visited Te Tahawai Marae in Pakuranga to learn about Māori culture. The students are currently studying a cultural unit which requires them to research the many different cultures that are important to New Zealand’s tourism industry.
They were welcomed onto the marae with a traditional powhiri, followed by an engaging history lesson about the marae’s heritage. The group learned about the significance of some carvings and listened to stories that have been passed down from ancestors.
ITC tutor Cathy Alder said it was wonderful to see the students enjoy this special experience.
“As most of our students are from different parts of the world, this is sometimes their first time in a marae. This visit was a great insight into the beliefs and practices of Māori culture, as well as an insight as to how much this culture is a part of the New Zealand tourism industry,” says Cathy.In the Community, Student success | Tagged Maori Culture, Maori Tourism, practical learning, Te Tahawai Marae | Leave a reply
On behalf of everyone at the International Travel College of New Zealand (ITC), Happy New Year! We hope you enjoyed a lovely Christmas break.
Now that 2016 is underway, it’s a great time to start thinking about your goals for the year ahead. If you’ve been thinking about pursuing a career in airline, travel or tourism, it’s not too early to start working towards this dream.
ITC has classes starting as early as January 11 – that’s less than a week from now! Even if you’re not ready to enrol on this date, you could still arrange to come into the college for a chat. Every day our friendly course advisers meet with prospective students and chat to them about their interests and ambitions. It’s their job to provide students with advice about which course might best suit their needs.News, Student success | Leave a reply
Exactly 8 months ago to the day, ITC graduate Taryn Brown received the good news that she was off to Disney World for the work experience trip of a lifetime.
Participating in the Disney Cultural Exchange Program has been a goal of Taryn’s since she started studying tourism at ITC. After much hard work and determination, in August she found herself on a plane to Orlando – her dream was coming true.
Now, many new friends and amazing memories later, Taryn has graduated from the program and received her ‘Disney Ears’.Student success | Tagged Disney Cultural Exchange Program, Disney World, Student success | Leave a reply
A graduate from the International Travel College of New Zealand (ITC) has landed a great job with Menzies Aviation at Auckland Airport – and he believes this is largely thanks to the support and encouragement of his tutors.
“I’m over the moon with how much time and support the tutors gave me and my classmates,” says Tony Moses, who recently completed the Level 3 New Zealand Certificate in Tourism with a Strand in Aviation at ITC’s South Auckland Campus.
“They give so much of their own time and advice, and help students with whatever career direction they want to go in. I’m honoured to be known as an ITC graduate,” he added.News, Student success | Tagged Auckland Airport, Menzies Aviation, Student success | Leave a reply
Last Tuesday students from the International Travel College of New Zealand (ITC) descended upon Metrolanes in Queen Street for a day of tenpin bowling fun.
Every class from the City Campus participated in this team building event, a wonderful opportunity for students to get to know each other outside of college.
ITC organises events like this every few months to help students to stay motivated and engaged. Just a few weeks ago, the South Auckland Campus organised an X-Factor competition for similar reasons. Sometimes a break from the classroom is the best thing for productivity levels.
“These events are a great chance for students to make new friends, improve their self-confidence and just generally have a bit of fun. After all, that’s what the tourism industry is about – working with people and having a great time!” says Tisi Tupou, Student Services Adviser.
What’s more, the better students get along, the more likely they are going to look forward to coming to college. Having a good group of friends in the classroom helps students stay on track. By the time graduation rolls around, most students have made lifelong friendships.
“It’s heart-warming to see friendships blossom around the college,” says ITC’s City Campus Manager Michelle Chatfield.
“As long as students are attending class on time, abiding by the college dress code and of course completing their work to a good standard, then we encourage them to have as much fun as possible while they’re here. Like Tisi said, tourism is a fun industry and we like to reflect this on campus.”
With the year nearly coming to an end, the next student event is likely to be Christmas related – watch this space!Posted in In the Community, Student success | Tagged Student events | Leave a reply
Would you like to win some money to go towards your studies at the International Travel College of New Zealand (ITC) in 2016? If you’re passionate about airline, travel or tourism, you could be eligible for a scholarship.
We have a pool of $25,000 on offer, with scholarships ranging between $1000 and $5000 each. Entries close on 7 December, so you have just one more month to submit your application.
Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity to receive financial assistance. Apply now to get your travel and tourism career off to a flying start.News, Student success | Tagged 2016 courses, Aviation, education, ITC scholarships, Tourism, Travel | Leave a reply
The team at the International Travel College of New Zealand (ITC) is incredibly proud of graduate Jacinta Nelson, who recently started her dream job working with Aerocare as a check-in agent for Jetstar.
Aerocare is Australia and New Zealand’s leading ground handling company. It partners with airlines to deliver exceptional customer service and support to passengers.
Jacinta has long had her eyes set on a career with Aerocare and was overjoyed to be offered a job. A mature student, Jacinta is sharing her experience to show others that it’s never too late to follow your dreams.
“I believe everyone – at any age – can fulfil their dreams and achieve their goals,” Jacinta says.
“To all current and future students: don’t give up too easily. Keep going until you reach your dream.”
Jacinta joined ITC’s Botany Campus in April 2015 and completed the New Zealand Certificate in Tourism with a strand in Aviation. This 21-week course is an ideal introduction into the world of aviation and covers topics such as check-in, aviation security, flight attending, international travel documentation and more.
Many students who complete this course go on to work at airports or for airlines. It’s a great course for anyone who is passionate about air travel and wants to work in this exciting industry.
Jacinta is a shining example of how with hard work, determination and the right qualification, you can achieve your career dreams.
“We are so proud of Jacinta – she is a role model to all students, past, present and future,” says ITC Botany Head Tutor Cathy Alder.
“She said a couple of years ago that she thought she could never do it. Well, now here she is: she has proved that she can! It’s never too late to starting learning and never too late to gain your dream job. Congratulations Jacinta – you’re a super star!”
ITC is enrolling now for 2016 courses – get in touch today for a friendly, no-obligation chat about how we can help you achieve your career goals.Posted in Student success | Tagged Aerocare, job outcomes, success stories | Leave a reply
“The tourism industry is all about people.” This is something ITC students hear multiple times from their tutors throughout their studies. ITC places a huge emphasis on customer service skills, as there’s nothing more important in the tourism industry than being able to work with a variety of different people – all while maintaining a bright smile and friendly attitude.
For some people, great customer service comes naturally, but for others – especially those who are shy – it can be hard to talk easily to strangers. The ITC tutors do their best to give shy students a confidence boost, through effective training and support.
However, sometimes the best confidence boosts come through trying something a little bit different!
Every year the ITC Botany Campus holds an ‘X Factor’ style competition. This student event is designed to be a bit of fun, but it has the added bonus of helping people overcome their stage fright and learn how to speak with confidence in front of crowds – a skill that is invaluable out in the industry.News, Student success | Tagged Customer Service, ITC Botany Campus, ITC teamwork, people skills, Student success, team building | Leave a reply
Students at the International Travel College (ITC) aren’t just known for their passion for airline, travel and tourism; they’re also gaining a reputation for being incredibly generous!
ITC regularly runs bake sales, mufti days and other student events to raise money for New Zealand charities. These events are a great way for students to socialise and have fun, while at the same time contributing to an important cause.
Friday August 21st was Red Nose Day, a fundraising campaign for Cure Kids New Zealand – the charity that funds important medical research into conditions that affect Kiwi kids.News, Student success | Tagged Cure Kids, Fundraiser, ITC students, Mufti Day, Red Nose Day, Student events | Leave a reply
Student blogger Kelsi recently went on a four-day Famil trip around New Zealand’s central North Island. This trip is included in the New Zealand Certificate in Travel Level 4 and is one of the highlights of studying at ITC, as it’s a chance to experience the travel and tourism industry firsthand. Kelsi gives us a rundown of this amazing trip, featuring adrenalin-pumping white water rafting and the best Maori fry-bread ever!
Day 1: Bye for now, Auckland!
On Monday the 10th of August, three combined classes and one (brave) teacher set off with Stray for the ITC Famil to Rotorua! Tutu was our driver and once we were out of the CBD, he told us what to expect from the trip and a little bit about the company. A popular option with tourists, Stray offers a hop-on, hop-off bus service and guided coach tours throughout New Zealand and Asia.
Our first stop was Matamata, the home of Hobbiton. We had lunch at the I-site, which is shaped like a hobbit house!
After photos had been taken and lunch eaten, we continued on to Agroventures in Rotorua. Debbie, the Sales and Marketing Manager, talked a little about her career and the activities they offer at Agroventures. The most popular attraction is the Swoop, a 40 metre high swing. You are safe inside a full body harness but have to pull your own rip cord, swing down toward the ground before cables catch you. You can reach speeds of 130kph.
Debbie had some great advice for us: “Build excellent working relationships as they will make a difference in your travel and tourism career.”In the Community, Student success | Tagged Adventure Tourism, Agroadventures, Blue Duck Station, Crash Palace, ITC Famil Trip, Kaitiaki Rafting, Kohutapu Lodge, Lake Taupo, Matamata, Rotorua, Tongariro National Park |