Students Study Sustainable Business in New Zealand and Australia

Photo of students holding Griz paw flag in New Zealand

Sixteen students from UM explored the wonderful landscape of New Zealand and Australia while studying sustainable business over winter session. The trip started in Queenstown, the “adventure capital of the world”, looking at sustainable tourism. Students hiked the Routeburn track, saw the stunning scenery around Lake Wakatipu, and experienced sports like bungee jumping. The next stop was Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park to hike to the Hooker Glacier overlook and see icebergs floating in the Hooker Lake. The students visited Christchurch, which was leveled by a severe earthquake and saw first-hand the rebuilding of an iconic New Zealand city. The street art was stunning. The service-learning project was to plant trees in Lords Bush for the New Zealand Department of Conservation, as they try to restore a native forest. Students learned about the Maori culture, history, and their very successful businesses at the Onuku Marae near Okaroa. One of the major trip highlights was sea kayaking in the Abel Tasman National Park, experiencing golden sand beaches and learning how they are restoring the native bird species in the area. The final stop in New Zealand was to the capital city of Wellington where students learned about sustainable energy. The last stop of the trip was in beautiful Sydney, Australia where the hotel overlooked the Sydney Harbor Bridge and the Opera House. These student quotes show what an impactful learning experience this trip was.

"University of Montana has given their students the option to expand their education globally while experiencing those cultures." Mitchell Wills, MGMT 2017

"Being able to travel to the places that we were learning about really added an element of depth to our education that will not easily be duplicated. Obtaining a greater understanding of sustainable business in New Zealand and Australia was much easier to achieve because we were able to speak to the professionals that were already making a difference in their communities. With the help of our guide, we were able to completely immerse ourselves in the majestic landscape as we embarked on life-altering adventures." Miles B. Wetzel, MBA 2018