Your chance to follow in Frodo's footsteps

PUBLISHED : Friday, 15 January, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 15 January, 2010, 12:00am

If you want a chance to visit the land of the long white cloud, read on. Proactive Study Abroad is offering one of our junior reporters a place on the Whitianga English Alive Tour to New Zealand.

Yes, you heard correctly, New Zealand! Home to the Maori people, this country and its incredibly dramatic landscapes provided the locations for the Lord of the Rings movies, and could be the setting for one of your best ever holidays. The trip combines study and tourism.

Based in Hong Kong, Proactive Study Abroad is a student recruitment agency founded and run by English teacher Brian Monk. The Briton knows New Zealand extremely well and has been organising trips there since 2007.

This Easter's 'grand voyage' will take place between March 23 and April 1 - 10 days of uninterrupted adventure.

During your trip, you will attend English classes and take part in exciting activities, ranging from boat cruises through caves to bush hikes. Also on the trip will be 40 Form Three students and five escorts, all from Hong Kong.

The perfect candidate

A Form Four student with a higher than average standard of English, or a Form Five student.

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

What you need to do to have a chance of being the lucky one

1. If you are not already a Junior Reporter, you need to join the Reporters' Club. To do so log on to 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.


Send your e-mail by January 25.

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