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Our International students come from a range of different cultural backgrounds and have all chosen to study at John Paul College for different reasons. Find out how their experiences have been below…

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Daichi Ito – Japan

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Benjamin Goll – France




Ayu Kawai, Japan


I’ve came for school program which my school prepare for students.we can choose one from Rotorua in New Zealand or Portland in USA.i choose Rotorua because I knew New Zealand are many nature, activity, safety and i wanted to go to foreign school.

Even though I can’t speak English well, a lot of friends talked and helped for me. So I’ve been enjoying New Zealand school life now. I’m really grateful for my friends.

I had my host family take me to the camping for ten days during the Christmas holiday. Almost NZ people spend to the camping during the Christmas and NewYear. I’ve never done it in Japan. It was a valuable experience. Then I tried to do wakeboarding for the first time. l love the activity and it was so much fun. Almost family has the boat.

If  you’ve played the Marine sports and snowboard,you should try it. Marine sports is very popular in New Zealand.

I’ve been staying here for one month. I’ve came for school program so I’m going to left half more year.I want to work airline industry In my future so I need English. I’m used to spend life here, but I was so hard that I can’t  tell my feeling when I came here at the time.







Nayoung Lee, Korea

I came to New Zealand because less racial discrimination than other countries, less time difference with Korea, the weather is good, safety, have a good natural environment and good educational environment. I choose Rotorua because I felt the environment harmonious with nature looks very good and less Korean people than other areas so it is good to learn and to improve English. I heard John Paul College has many Asian and other countries student in John Paul College so I think i can adapt quickly than other schools. John Paul College has many good things. Among them JPC has big campus, students and teachers are very kind and it is good to think and find what i want to do after future and what i am good at. First i think it is hard to make friends because of different culture. But many friends are came to talk to me first. I have many stress of English test so I consulted with a teacher and many teacher match my level. I can feel many teachers are think about student. Also we can choose subjects like Maori, fabric technology, music help to find what they want to be in the future and what I am good at. My favourite subject is Fabric technology because it’s very fun enough not to know when the time is up. I am waiting fabric technology time. Teacher is very kind. Always i asked many questions she answered kind. If you ask friends instead of busy teacher. I am not good at English so they speak English slow and care me to understand English more easy. My homestay family is very good. Everyday they are making very delicious food and they make food with all their heart. We are watching movie together and treat like a family. I do not think I’ve missed my parents a lot because of this good homestay family.

내가 뉴질랜드에 온 이유는 다른 나라보다 인종차별이 적다는 것과 한국과의 시차도 얼마 나지 않고, 날씨도 좋고, 안전하며, 자연환경도 좋고, 교육 환경도 좋아서이다. 그중 로토루아를 선택한 이유는 자연과 어우러진 환경이 너무나도 보기 좋았고 오클랜드보다 한국인이 적어 영어 늘기에 좋은 환경이라고 생각해서이다. 로토루아에서 아시아인과 여러 나라에서 많은 학생들이 존 폰 칼리지를 다닌다는 것을 들었고 다른 학교 보다 더 적응하기 쉬울 것이라고 생각해서 존 폴 칼리지를 선택했다. 존 폴 칼리지는 많은 좋은 점이 있다. 그중에서 내가 제일 마음에 드는 점은 학생들과 선생님이 친절하고 진로를 선택하는데 도움이 되는 점이다. 존 폴 칼리지는 학교 캠퍼스도 넓고 학생들도 친절하다. 반에 들어가기 전에 문화 차이로 친구 사귀기 어렵지 않을까라고 생각했지만 먼저 다가와 주어 학교생활도 쉽게 적응했다. 내가 학교에 와서 영어시험으로 스트레스를 많이 받아 힘들었는데 선생님과 상담하고 도움을 받아 나에게 맞춰서 수업해 준 것은 선생님들이 학생들을 생각하는 마음이 잘 느껴졌다. 또한 마오리, 바느질, 음악처럼 과목을 선택하는 것은 학생들이 잘하는 것을 찾고 진로를 선택하는 것에 도움을 주는 것 같다. 내가 제일 좋아하는 과목은 바느질이다. 바느질을 할 때면 시간 가는지도 모를 정도로 재밌다. 바느질 시간이 기다려질 정도로 재밌다. 선생님도 착하셔서 내가 계속 질문을 해도 친절하게 다 알려주신다. 바쁘신 선생님을 대신하여 친구들에게도 물어보면 영어가 부족한 나를 위해 천천히 알아듣기 쉽게 대답해줘서 부담 없이 수업을 줄길 수 있어서 내가 제일 좋아하는 과목이다. 홈스테이 가족들은 정말 좋다. 매일 정성을 다해서 음식을 만들어주시고 함께 영화를 보며 한 가족처럼 대해주신다. 이런 좋은 홈스테이 가족 덕분인지 아직까지 부모님이 그립지 않은 이유도 있는 것 같다.


Xue Gong, China

I had a good time with my teachers and friends and I spent a long school time in the Rotorua ,NZ. New Zealand is a very safe and beautify country and Rotorua is a tourist city with wonderful environment. I could pay attention to my study and stay healthy and safe and not affected by environment. I think Rotorua is a good place for study.     

My study is very relaxed at JPC because my teachers really help me a lot with my English and my subjects knowledge. I enjoyed lots of sports clubs in the school and these could enrich my spare time after school. I joined basketball and badminton club this year, I like playing sports with my friends. As for study, I enjoyed teaching method because I could do lots of something that interests me and learn more from these activities. Then, JPC has many opportunities to show own country culture such as JPC Day, International Food Festival and so on. We made dumplings ourselves and sold them last year and we made lots of money. We were really happy and very proud of my country. However, the most important that we let much people understand our own food culture.

    I learnt a lot at JPC, including my daily life, study at school and making friends. I could solve lots of question with my life and study by myself so I think this helped me to grow up. Most of JPC classes use group discussion this way.Then, I found out this way could improve learning efficiency and we always learnt something during games or other relaxed activities.This not only helped me to learn but also gave me interesting environment to study. I had more chance to conversation with local students and improved my English quickly. I have had a wonderful time at JPC.





Esperanza Jofre Birke, Chile

I was in New Zealand for two months and a half. During my stay here I went to John Paul College in Rotorua. I choose this destiny for the kind people and the cool places to visit.

The most I liked of Rotorua was that it is a small city with a lot of touristic activities. The most I liked about JPC was how much the people care about the international students and everyone is very kind and nice.

My favorite subject in JPC was chemistry because we do a lot of laboratories, not like in Chile. My plans for the future is to degree an university title and have a family in another country.


Estuve en Nueva Zelanda durante dos meses y medio. Durante mi estadía estuve en el John Paul College en Rotorua. Escogí este destino por la amable gente y los lindos lugares para visitar.

Lo que más me gustó sobre Rotorua fue que es una ciudad pequeña y acogedora con muchas actividades turísticas. Lo que más me gustó sobre JPC fue que todas las personas se preocupan por los estudiantes internacionales y que todos son muy amables y simpáticos.

Mi clase favorito era química porque se hace mucha práctica, no como en Chile. Mis planes para el futuro son obtener un título universitario y ojalá conformar una familia en otro país.

Wiphan Jaosakul, Thailand

I have been staying in New Zealand for one and half years since February 2016. I chose to come to New Zealand because first thing English is very important in the world and I want to improve my English. I think English is interesting and I like talking with people, so I decided to come to New Zealand.

I like Rotorua because I think in Rotorua is quiet and it has many beautiful places, such as Rotorua Lake and The Red woods. Also the people live in here are kind.

JPC school is very nice school and have activities to play between student and teacher. Moreover, you can study outside school too, we do not study just in classrooms and it provides more experience for us.

My favourite subject is Math, which is very different in my country. Math in JPC taught well so I know how to explain and understand more in math.

My plan for the future is to study University in New Zealand. I want to study Communications at University so I can have a good job in the future. After that I think I will work in New Zealand for experience around 1 year and I will go back to my country.


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