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Kia Ora from ITC students @ International Student Welcome!

April 2011

ITC students played a key role in giving a real Kiwi welcome to over 1600 international students at the Auckland International Student Welcome. The annual event hosted by Study Auckland attracted students of all ages from across the Auckland region.

Working at events such as this allows students to gain valuable industry experience while they study, says ITC City Campus Manager, Michelle Chatfield: “It’s a win/win situation!”

This year, nine ITC students worked behind the scenes at the Auckland Town Hall looking after the performing groups; VIPs including The Mayor – Len Brown, student speakers; industry sponsors and the MC. “They also helped the international students feel welcome, handed out goodie bags and did whatever they could to make the day the huge success that it was,” says Michelle Chatfield.

Mayor, Len Brown welcomed students and applauded them for choosing Auckland as their study destination. “I’m proud of what our region has to offer – both excellent quality of education and the superior lifestyle. I encourage you to embrace life in Auckland, explore the region and make the most of your time here,” he said.

The ITC students loved the experience: “The day was awesome; I had so much fun and it was great to be involved in such a huge event. Speaking to the students and helping them on the day, welcoming the industry VIP’s and working behind the scenes was so much fun– this is why I want to work in tourism!’ said

Manager of Study Auckland, Debbie Chambers, was grateful for the students’ work: “Your students did an amazing job! We were very impressed by your student’s enthusiasm and professionalism towards this event. They coped well with the pressure of the busiest times of the day and distributed information and handled all tasks with confidence. We look forward to working with you and the ITC students at next year’s Auckland International Student welcome!”

Another great work experience for ITC students – we look forward to doing it again next year!