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*J-Term New Zealand | Learning While Tramping on the Tracks of New Zealand (KINS 319) PE - CLOSED
Abel Tasman National Park, New Zealand; Akaroa, New Zealand; Christchurch, New Zealand; Dunedin, New Zealand; Fjordland National Park, New Zealand; Hokitika, New Zealand; Motueka, New Zealand; Mount Cook, New Zealand; Queenstown, New Zealand; Te Anau, New Zealand; Wanaka, New Zealand; Westport, New Zealand (Outgoing Program)
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Program Terms: J-Term
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Housing Option: Cabin Minimum GPA: 2.0
Program Type: Faculty-Led Language of Instruction: English
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Language Prerequisite:
None Class Eligibility: 1.First-Year, 2.Sophomore, 3.Junior, 4.Senior
Academic Area: Kinesiology Language Courses Offered: No
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Credit Type:
Department Credit, Elective, General Education (PE) Program Advisor: Megan Grover
Eligible to Non-PLU Students: No Faculty Leader(s): Professor Bradford Moore
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Program Description:
Program Description:
Program Overview:
This course will provide opportunities to hike in spectacular areas of physical diversity including volcanic, coastal, and alpine regions of New Zealand's South Island. Educational visits to the only Antarctic center in the world and to the Canterbury Museum where Maori culture, history, and the European colonization of New Zealand are presented. We also visit a Maori cultural center where students see native animals including rare Kiwis, an authentic Maori village, Maori songs and dances performed by locals, and experience a Maori hangi meal. Students interact with local educators in multiple settings to hear their perspectives on importance issues such as diversity, endangered species projects, and their environmental emphasis on natural resources and sustainability.

Why Study Kinesiology in New Zealand?
 Kinesiology is the science and study of human movement which makes New Zealand is an ideal country to visit to personally observe how the Kiwi culture of healthy living and lifetime activity can impact a person's health in a very positive way.  This course provides many opportunities to meet and interact with these active Kiwis as we are hiking and backpacking throughout the South Island of New Zealand for the month of January.

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Applicants *may* be invited for an interview by the faculty leader.
This course fulfills one semester hour towards PE GenEd element.

Tentative Program Dates:
January 2-31, 2019

Health & Safety Considerations:
Participants will travel on domestic and international airlines. A charter bus with a professional driver will transport the group throughout the South Island. At the end of the Abel Tasman Track, the group will use a water taxi boat from Awaroa back to Marahau.
Most accommodations are in backpacker type housing; while in Christchurch (YMCA), Akaroa (Bon Accord), Bank's Peninsula Track (Farm Houses), Marahau (Marahau Beach Camp), Abel Tasman Track (DOC Huts), Westport (Basil's Backpacker Hostel), Hokitika (Mountain Jade Backpackers), Wanaka (Lakeview Holiday Park), TeAnau (Lakeview Holiday Park), Routeburn Track (DOC Huts), Queenstown (Lakeside Backpackers), and Dunedin (Geeky Gecko Backpackers). While at Mt. Cook, the group will stay at the Alpine Lodge which is a hotel. 
Physical Demands
The physical demands of this course vary from easy walking while in cities, easy to moderate hiking on some day trips, to more strenuous hiking during the three backpacking excursions. The overall physical demand is mostly moderate with some strenuous hiking and a few short parts of the backpacking trips as very strenuous. Students are encouraged to train for backpacking trips by walking and hiking wearing their hiking boots and carrying backpacks, ideally on mountain trails. The faculty leader shares his training program as a model for how participants may prepare for the physical demands by hiking regularly and include weeks of rigorous stair workouts in Olson Auditorium. Students are briefed about each backpacking trip and are shown graphs of the elevation changes which clearly identifies that the group will be climbing some long steep hills, as well as, hiking on some downhills. The ground tends to be uneven and sometimes rocky which is why high-top hiking boots are recommended.
Potential Health Risks
The safety of students is always the highest priority and is why the faculty leader encourages participants to physically and specifically train for hiking before the program start. Adequate physical fitness is one of the best ways to prevent potential injury while walking and hiking. There are also some health risks associated with being in cities and walking where there is traffic which is why the faculty leader emphasizes not being in a hurry when crossing streets, always being aware that the traffic drives on the opposite side than we are used to, and because of New Zealand's no lawsuit mentality; pedestrians do not have any assumed right-a-way as we do in the US. Because hiking may occur on uneven and sometimes rocky surfaces, there is some risk of falling. The Program Assistant leads the group at a reasonable pace with adequate stops for rest and water and the faculty leader is the last person in the group so he can observe and help students as needed. Students are not permitted to wander off on their own during a designated group hike. The basic safety rule in this course is there must be a minimum of three students together at all times. Another potential health risk is related to animals in hiking areas, mostly sheep and birds. Sheep can be a health hazard by carrying disease which is why the faculty leader emphasizes the importance of using hand sanitizer before consuming food during hikes through farmland. There is also some health risk with insects (especially sandflies) and sunburns. Proper insect repellent and adequate sunscreen use are imperative. Swimming is optional but does have some risk if students are not experienced swimmers.

Final Program Fee: 

Cost Includes:
  • Round-trip airfare
  • Lodging
  • Program-related ground transportation
  • All meals
  • All entry fees to sites required for class and group excursions
  • International emergency medical insurance

Not included in the Itinerary:
  • Trip cancellation insurance
  • Cost of individual recreation
  • Laundry and personal expenses
  • Telephone/Internet charges

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