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FLP: New Zealand: Kiwi Power! Knowledge, Innovation, Wisdom, Inspiration
Auckland, New Zealand (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Winter Round 1,
Winter Round 2
This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Program Type: FLP (Faculty-Led Program) Language of Instruction: English
Language Requirement: None GPA Requirement: 2.0
Program Description:

Program Description

In addition to its exceptional beauty, New Zealand is known for its commitment in integrating Maori principles and perspectives into all facets of civic life, education, and social services. This program will provide students with a rich grounding in community-engaged approaches to responding to social issues that address the health and well-being of diverse communities in New Zealand.

Students will learn about strategies on how to engage with communities in order to create change; honoring indigenous knowledge and practices, working to enhance leadership, and facilitating change in the context of large social institutions.

Learning adventures include:
  • Guided tour of Auckland, including Sky Tower and the harbor bridge
  • Visit Rotorua and be immersed in the cultural experience of the Maori people at Mitai Maori Village
  • Visits to multiple social service agencies to learn about all kinds of collaborative work designed to promote opportunity, equality and social justice with Maori, LGBT and other diverse communities

Enjoy the amazing landscape and wonderful people of New Zealand!


SCWK 285 Social Work and Social Problems (3 units)


JS 185 Special Topics in Law and Justice (3 units)

These courses will provide students with an international perspective on community-engaged strategies for addressing social problems, with a special focus on social welfare, health and justice. Through seminars with local experts, case examples, dialog, and visits to exemplary organizations students will learn about strategies for engaging communities in creating change, honoring indigenous knowledge and practice, working to enhance leadership, and facilitating change in the context of larger social institutions. Emphasis will be on collaborative work designed to promoting opportunity, equality and social justice with Maori, LGBT, and other diverse communities.

* Students choose one of these courses.


faculty-new-zealand-drabbleProgram Leader: Laurie Drabble

Laurie Drabble has been a professor in the School of Social Work since 2001. Among other projects, Laurie coordinates an Institute for Community Partnered Research, where she organizes teams of students to work in partnership with local agencies to help improve services and document the value of their work. She also has over 30 years of experience in non-profit and community organizations, with a major interest in women's health, LGBT health, and strength-based approaches to working with individuals and communities. She has a special interest in how organizations and grass-roots groups can be effective in making real and lasting changes to improve the health and well-being of marginalized communities. Laurie loves to travel, and after working as part of a team on a 3-year project to help develop social work education in Vietnam, she has become enamored of the Southeast Asia and Oceania regions. She is passionate about teaching and continuing to learn about different approaches to addressing social problems and advancing social justice from around the world.


faculty-new-zealand-thompsonProgram Leader: Victor Thompson

Victor Thompson is a new professor at San Jose State University in the Department of Justice Studies. Prior to coming to SJSU, he was the Director and Chair of the Department of Sociology and Criminology at Rider University in Lawrenceville, NJ. Much of his scholarship is on the intersection of race and crime but for the last 10 years he has worked on a project with a colleague in New Zealand that looks at the different ways race, ethnicity and other cultural characteristics are captured on the national census for every country in the world over the last 40 years. During this time, Victor has taken many visits to New Zealand and has worked on several research projects specifically about ethnic identity in the New Zealand context. Though he does not claim to be an expert on New Zealand, he is fond of New Zealand and looks forward to sharing his adventures abroad with others. His dream is to spend summers in Hamilton, NZ selling smoked ribs and brisket from a mobile smoker and is secretly using this faculty led trip to set up his business plan. P.S. Don't tell anyone!



It is important to note that each program's total cost will vary depending on the location and the package it offers. 

$750 SJSU Special Session Tuition ($250 per unit)
$200 Administrative Fee 
$2,265 Program fees, lodging, some meals, and class related tours approximately*
$3,215 Total Program Cost 

* Airfare is not included. 

This program is currently not accepting applications.