We were recently travelling around New Zealand and caught up with our good friend Braedene from South Africa and asked her a few questions regarding her gap year with Letz Live.
Q. Here we are in sunny Hamilton, New Zealand. What attracted you to spending your gap year in NZ?
A. I have always been interested in New Zealand. The people, culture and diverse countryside. New Zealand really has it all. New Zealand offers you the best of both worlds; from the city hussle and bussle, great shopping and trendy restaurants to stunning and unique nature / scenery. All within a matter of hours of each other! I think I would struggle to find another country that offers anything remotely like New Zealand.
Q. Tell us about your role within the school.
A. My primary role is to help in the boarding house with various duties such as supervising the children in their daily activities, waking them up before school and helping them with homework. I also assist in the school with physical education classes (which I love), assisting academic staff with some basic administrative work and helping students with their school work.
Q. What is the best part of your role working in New Zealand?
A. It is working alongside the students, they make the job enjoyable and I thoroughly enjoy watching them learn something new everyday. Because you are in such close proximity to the boarders, you get to know them very well to. It has been a privilege to be able to assist them and watch them grow over the past 11 months. I am not sure how I will survive not seeing their smiling faces every day when I head home!
Q. We all know a gap year isn’t always easy. What has been the most challenging part of your time overseas?
A. The hours are long and can be quite challenging. Waking up early and going to bed late; with a busy day inbetween does take some getting used to. BUT, reflecting back, it is all worth it when you look at the bigger picture plus you do get some amazing holidays!
Q. What is next for you?
A. Before I head home, I am going to meet with my family in Vietnam over the festive period before a quick visit to Australia taking in the Gold Coast and Sydney before heading back to see more of New Zealand then its back home.