Margaux Raymakers – Rixensart, Belgium
I studied in New Zealand for 10 months… it was an amazing experience (probably one of the best of my life), and I left with unforgettable memories. I did so much during my time, and learned a lot about myself.
New Zealand is the best choice I could have made for my exchange. It’s probably the most beautiful country of all, with so many different landscapes (beaches, mountains,…). I made a few trips around to see as much as I could.
I arrived in NZ to be welcomed by a wonderful host family, really caring. Being in a family was awesome, because I learned more about the NZ culture than if I wasn’t in a host family.
I really enjoyed my time at Wellington High School. I couldn’t have hoped for a better school for my exchange. First, the people in the international office are so lovely and made me feel really comfortable about talking to them. They always did their best to make me feel good and were there at all times to listen to me.
Secondly, the students and the teachers were so friendly, welcoming and encouraging. In particular, my Outdoor Education teacher (Mr Rapson), who encouraged me to do stuff that I never thought I could do, like surfing (one of my dreams) as well as the experiences I had on the amazing outdoor trips he organised.
I was so sad to leave, but I will definitely come back to this unique country to see all the wonderful people who made this experience so incredible.
Margaux (in front) riding the rapids on the Whanganui River canoeing trip organised by Brook Rapson from Outdoor Education