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Brian Monk - Proactive Study Abroad
If you want a chance to visit the land of the long white cloud, read on.

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Proactive Study Abroad is offering one of our junior reporters a spot on the Whitianga English Alive Tour.

Yes you’ve heard correctly, far away and fantastic New Zealand, land of the Maori people, set location for the Lord of the Rings and home of the most dramatic landscapes you’d ever imagined, setting for what could be your best holidays ever. The trip combines study and tourism.

Proactive Study Abroad is a Hong Kong based student recruitment agency founded and directed by English teacher Brian Monk. The Briton knows New Zealand as well as a Kiwi and has been organising such trips since 2007.

This Easter’s ‘grand voyage’ will take place between 23 March and 1 April 2010: 10 days of unapologetic adventure.

This trip will also be an opportunity to befriend 40 Form 3 students and five escorts, all from Hong Kong.

The programme

After landing in Auckland, you will travel by coach to your first destination, Whitianga, east of Auckland. You will stay there for the first week with a local host family.

Every morning, you will attend English classes that have been designed to challenge Form 3 students who already have a good level of English. In the afternoons, you will take part in exciting activities ranging from pottery and beach rescue to cruising around caves by boat and bush hiking. The last few days will be spent visiting the region of Rotorua and the thermal area of Wai-o-Tapu.

The perfect candidate

- A Form 4 student with a higher English level than the average, or a Form 5 student.

- Someone who has never been to New Zealand and dreams of going.

What should you do for a chance to be the lucky one?

1. If you are not already a Junior Reporter, you need to join the Reporters’ Club. To do so log on and go to ‘Over to You’ > ‘Reporters’ Club’

2. Send an e-mail to, with "Kiwi" in the subject field. Include your full name, age, school and form, and telephone number. Also, in three paragraphs, tells us why you want to go to New Zealand and what you usually do during your holidays.

Deadline: send your email by Monday 25 January


The lucky junior reporter who goes to NZ will have to write a report of their experience, which will make the front page of Young Post, and keep a diary that will be posted on the Young Post blog.

If you have any questions, email



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