S: New Zealand Study Abroad 2010
FC: NEW ZEALAND | Study Abroad 2010
1: NEW ZEALAND Study Abroad 2010 | Book Created By: Holly Beck
3: Family | Harris | The | Brad | Julie | Sandy
4: Adam Beck | Littleton, CO | "What a wonderful wife I have! I am grateful for the opportunity I had to be a part of this epic adventure." | Holly Beck | Provo, UT | "I loved being in an amazing place with amazing people. We lived with an incredible family that I love so much, and gained an entirely new family with all of our students. I learned so much from each and every one of you."
5: Alexandra Ingersoll | Rancho Santa Fe, CA | "Five years old! Five years old! Five years old!" "Thank you to everyone and especially the Kiwi culture for allowing me the last chance of my adult life to act as the above quote (not so subtly) implies." | Ann Clawson | South Jordan, UT | "I will never forget this study abroad. It was not only fun (hiking mountains, bungee jumping, camping for weeks on end) but also such a powerful growth experience. Every single day I learned to push myself and to appreciate the beauty around me. But most of all I came to value the people I met - I will never forget their kindness or the life experiences they shared with me."
6: Arielle Driggs | McKinney, TX | "Best 4 months of my life! I came back a changed person. I learned useful life lessons like how to motivate myself, be a leader, survive on beets, and read a map. The New Zealand crew will ALWAYS have a special place in my heart. Check ya map!" | Becky Fisher | El Paso, TX | "When you help someone up a hill, you get that much closer to the top yourself." This was especially true for me when I fractured my ankle during the backpacking trip in the Remarkables. Thanks to all of those who helped me up the hill (literally or figuratively) with hugs, words of comfort, prayers, carrying my gear, giving me a blessing, or running miles back down the mountain to call the helicopter even though he was throwing up that day and had a bruised tailbone (aka JJ)."
7: Carly Boyce | Boston, MA | "I loved coming closer as a unit and feeling like we were all part of the same family. I loved learning that I can do hard things. REALLY hard things. And I loved serving in the branch and seeing their faith in Latter-Day prophets, even though they have never had the opportunity to see them in person. And taking rock climbing, surfing, backpacking, and family recreation as classes wasn't such a bad idea either." | Christina Naegle | South Jordan, UT | "New Zealand is amazing, therefore, the study abroad experience could not have been anything less. But this group made it ten times better! I won't forget the experiences I had or the friends I made. Loved it all!"
8: Darren Goring | Fairfield, CA | "With classes like whitewater kayaking, surfing, and rock climbing - what more could you want? New Zealand was a blast!" | Nicole Goring | Newport, OR | "I loved our backpacking trips as a group where we got to spend time together enjoying the beautiful scenery of New Zealand."
9: Elle Fuller | Wasilla, AK | "What doesn't kill you, ONLY MAKES YOU STRONGER. My host mum, Judy Stenton, would tell Erica and I that when things were rough...like everyday!" | Makenna Austin | Morgan Hill, CA | "The New Zealand trip as a whole changed my life. I was able to explore a new country with new best friends and create friendships that I will never forget. I loved being able to push myself to new limits such as white water kayaking, and bungy jumping... But I think my favorite part of New Zealand was becoming part of a new family, both in New Zealand with my host family, and here as part of our group."
10: Heidi Holdaway | Huntington Beach, CA | "If I could pick one word to describe my experience in New Zealand, I would pick "Adventure." In a place where "Action is the Attraction," I shared some of the greatest escapades of my life, with some of the greatest friends I could ever ask for. A good life is made from experiences that expel us from our comfort zone, and push us to adapt and grow to become better versions of ourselves. In New Zealand, I experienced that uncertainty and growth, and my memories of those moments will stay with me forever. So to sum up I will quote the words of Amelia Earhart in saying, "Adventure is worthwhile." | Heather Capson | South Windsor, CT | "One day my friend and classmate Heidi Holdaway asked me if I had thought about going on the New Zealand study abroad. I hadn't because it wasn't something that I would typically think possible. I then thought of one of my favorite quotes by Elder Scott: "If you want to see things you've never seen before, you have to do things you've never done before". So off to New Zealand we went, and that quote continually rang true throughout 4 of the most intensely amazing months of my life. I truly saw and did things that I had never before seen or done and they will forever leave an impression on my life. So thank you Heidi, Elder Scott, and all of my NZ peeps who helped create an unforgettable experience!"
11: Heidi Steenblik | Holladay, UT | "New Zealand: Where Dreams are Possible. New Zealand: Where Utes and Cougs can play together, nicely. New Zealand: Where new jargon is discovered: 'I recon I put my jandals in the chilly bin!' New Zealand: Best experience of my life." | Hillary Christensen | Orange, CA | "My time in New Zealand was such an incredible learning experience for me. I learned so much about who I am and what I am capable of doing. Paddling down rivers, pondering in the rain, climbing to the peaks of mountains, I learned that I really can do great things. All the boundaries I saw in my life were really all in my head. I learned to stop thinking why, and focus more on why not? Who am I not to be?"
12: Isaac Jackson | Provo, UT | "Four months of driving on the wrong side of the road, ice cream, fush und chops, and crazy adventures in the hobbit land was the best way to burn through seven grand." | Jasmyn Hicks | Idaho Falls, ID | "Why was New Zealand Winter 2010 the best study abroad there ever was? Well, where else do you get to ride down the left side of the road on a bright green bicycle, past your professor's house who just invited you over for dinner, through Queen's park where the bathrooms play music for you, past the Night and Day where they sell the best ice cream in the world, past the lolly shop where you get fat, past the beach where the teenage shark fighter plays, to the SIT computer lab where you're guaranteed to run into at least one other American student? Where else do you get to spend almost every weekend on some new adventure with the coolest people in the world who you love heaps because you've spent thousands of hours in a van together and trudged through mud, rain, snow and speargrass together? Where else do you get to climb, surf, and kayak for class, jump rope, swing on vines, drink Milo, jump on giant inflatable pillows, camp in huts, sing Maori songs, wear striped thermals, eat pepper leaves, play touch rugby, feast on Fergburgers, and say "sweet as"? No where else. That's why."
13: JJ Damin | Orchard Park, NY | "The best experience of my life." | Jeff Smith | Ann Arbor, MI | "Spending a semester in the most beautiful place in the world with a great group of people is an experience that I will keep with me the rest of my life."
14: Julianne Dana | Highland, UT | Lindsay Clinton | Las Vegas, NV | "New Zealand was nothing short of a magical experience. It can not be summed up in one sentence, but my favorite thing about New Zealand was the opportunity it gave me to discover. I discovered a new culture, new friendships, new adventures and most importantly I rediscovered myself."
15: Matt Farmer | Highland, UT | "Love is in the air at Queens Park... " | Erica Sonntag (Farmer) | Draper, UT | "I met a group of amazing people who will be my friends forever."
16: Mel Green | Centerville, UT | "Favorite thing: stepping on the plane in January with 30+ strangers and coming home in April with 30+ close friends. We all had to rely on each other doing things that were out of our comfort zone. It was fun to stay up talking at the holiday parks and getting to know each person on the study abroad. I value the experiences, memories, and friendships from this part of my life and those will carry throughout the years." | Meredith Gant | Orem, UT | "A magical adventure and a magical place."
17: Missy Johnson | Sandy, UT | "Thinking about New Zealand, I'm bombarded with memories. Getting hit in the head with a surfboard, hiking Mount Doom, Lord of the Rings horseback rides, Zorbing, special trips into Queenstown to get Fergburger and Patagonia. Getting flat tires in the middle of nowhere, having a hobbit change my tire, and a chainsmoking man who you could only understand his swear words (which were often) fix my tire, then almost running out of gas. John Kappa. Kayaking, rock climbing, eel fishing, trips away, the Sagmyr family, and on and on. These are just a few of my favorite memories, but the two most important things to me are the lifelong friendships I made and the ways that I grew as a person through both tears and laughter." | Monica Boyer | Provo, UT
18: Rachel Longhurst | Alamo, CA | "New Zealand has set a new standard of happiness for me. It might take forever for me to climb that high again." | Rusty Christensen | Worland, WY | “The highlight of my trip was sharing a sausage with Rachel, Tressa and Alex in the sausage capital of the world. We saw a sign and I just had to get my teeth on one of them sausages. It was so big! What a flow experience!”
19: Sarah Whittier | Eagle, ID | "It was a hard decision for me to come to New Zealand with everything that was going on in my life. As it turned out, it was just about as hard for me to actually go back home with the friendships I had made and the experiences (as cheesy as it is) that changed my outlook on life. I still don't know that I fully understand the impact that that trip and the people made had on me. I guess I just didn't expect I would gain a whole new family (and gain so many pounds...but that ice cream was good). I feel like I should add a rhyme...but maybe I'll do that some other time." | Stacy Elverud | Provo, UT
20: Tylyn Hansen | Pleasant Grove, UT | "Between the gorgeous, photogenic landscapes and the endless adventures, it's hard to say what my favorite part about New Zealand was. Our backpacking trips were definitely among some of my most memorable experiences. I also loved learning how to surf and kayak. The best thing, though, were the friendships that were built because of our time together, and that I will never forget!" | Tressa Tenney | Temecula, CA | "New Zealand opened my heart and showed me how to be a passionate person. Between the people I met, the sights I saw, and the food I devoured, I have never felt more connection and love with all the things that surrounded me. Life is extraordinary since the fresh awakening of New Zealand."
21: Van Nielson | Hemet, CA | "Our group was super fun! Way to be!" | The Harris Family
24: OUR CARAVAN
25: 'WHITE TRASH' | 'RED RUMBLY' | 'THE SMURF'
27: THE LUGE | SLEDGING | ZORBING
32: TONGARIRO CROSSING
36: FERRY TO PICTON
39: FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER
42: FOX GLACIER
44: INVERCARGILL BRANCH
45: S.I.T. | TONY | DAVID FENTON | JOHN KAPPA | FIRST DAY OF CLASS
46: ORETI BEACH
47: BLUFF | QUEENS PARK
48: LATTER-DAY SAINTS
49: HELPING HANDS DAY
53: ROCK CLIMBING
54: COLAC BAY
60: QUEENSTOWN | LAKE WAKATIPU
62: [Taken by: Tylyn Hansen]
64: ROUTEBURN TREK
66: ROUTEBURN TREK
67: THE CATLINS | [Taken by: Tylyn Hansen]
69: THE REMARKABLES
71: THE REMARKABLES
73: [Taken by: Tylyn Hansen]
74: THE REMARKABLES
75: KEPLER TREK
76: KEPLER TREK
89: ROUTEBURN TREK | KEPLER TREK
90: Biscuit – Cookie Bonnet – Car hood Boot – Car trunk Brekkie – Short for breakfast Bring a plate – Everyone brings food to share Bushed – Exhausted Chips – French fries Chocka – Full Choice – Very good Crisps – Potato chips Fizzy drink – Soda pop Flat – Apartment Jandals – Flip-flops Kiwi – New Zealander Lolly – Candy Long drop – Outdoor toilet | New Zealand Lingo | Loo – Bathroom Lorry – Truck Mate – Buddy Rubbish – Trash or garbage Serviette – Napkin She’ll be right – It will be okay Snarky – Mixture of sarcastic and nasty Sunnies – Sunglasses Sweet as – Awesome or cool Ta – Thanks Takeaways – Take-out or To-Go Tea – Dinner Togs – Swimsuit Uni – University Wop-wops – In the backcountry or middle of nowhere Zed – Z (the last letter of the alphabet)
91: KIA ORA