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Greetings!This past winter I studied abroad in New Zealand on the anthropology foreign study program. Rather than writing one post about my entire experience, I’m writing a few posts to highlight some of my favorite moments from my trip.  The official Dartmouth program lasted 10 weeks, beginning on January 1st and ending in early March, but many of my classmates and I opted to stay a few extra days to explore other parts of the country. New Zealand is the adventure capital of the world because bungee jumping, skydiving and paragliding are the most popular tourist activities. For insurance reasons, students are not allowed to participate in these activities during the Dartmouth study abroad period so many of us chose to stay a few extra days or weeks to attempt these adrenaline-producing activities.

Me at the top of Roy's Peak, a mountain in Wanaka, New Zealand
Me at the top of Roy's Peak, a mountain in Wanaka, New Zealand
Once I handed in my final paper at the end of the program, I headed off to the South Island of New Zealand for seven days of exploring. I spent the first half of my week with a friend and the rest travelling by myself and occasionally meeting up with other students on the program. At the end of my adventure, I returned to Auckland to begin my 20+ hour adventure back to the United States. Check out this video of my trip!




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