UW Oshkosh

Challenge New Zealand: Leadership Development

: New Zealand
Dates: January 5-19, 2015
Course: Liberal Studies 331 & 336 (4 credits total)
Accommodation: youth hostels; outdoor pursuit center
Program Model: Direct Enroll through a Provider; course professor from UW Oshkosh
ContactJennifer Buchholz, 920-424-0234


This short course emphasizes leadership, personal development, and team building. The Outdoor Pursuits portion of the program encourages students to bond together, trust one another, and learn how to work as a team through hands on outdoor activities.

Program Highlights

Admire the pristine, breathtaking scenery of New Zealand’s North Island.

Build upon leadership skills through immersion in one of the world’s most innovative, culturally-diverse and beautiful countries.

Five-day outdoor recreation program builds leadership insights and expertise through experiential education on the breathtaking Great Barrier Island.

New Zealand speakers, a volunteer service project and local tours to key attractions you an immersion into the unique Maori culture and Kiwi way of life.

Experience personal transformation and self-awareness as you work together with a group of like-minded students from throughout North America.

Academic Focus

The Challenge New Zealand course includes group activities, service learning, cultural integration, discussions with community and business leaders, and a five-day program of outdoor, physical challenges.  

Students will gain the ability to:

Develop their own individual Leadership Mission through a critical examination of personal values, interests, goals and role models;

Identify their personal leadership style and utilize it effectively;

Recognize and embrace the value of leadership styles different than their own;

Appreciate the value of service as an integral element of successful leadership;

Understand some of the common ethical issues faced by collaborative leaders;

Contribute effectively in group decision-making;

Gain decision-making abilities and self confidence critical to effective leadership;

Become empowered to act as a leader within their community or workplace;

Understand the importance of leadership on a global scale, and the role of the US within that global community.

Our Partner

Globalinks "strives to provide students with the highest level of essential services for successful adjustment and integration without adding unnecessary elements that may “Americanize” their experience."

The UW Oshkosh Office of International Education has affiliated with Globalinks because of this organization's commitment to student support. Globalinks provides program selection counseling, pre-departure webinars, in-country and U.S.-based 24-hour-a-day emergency services and overall pre-departure, during-the-experience and post-experience care.


Program Application & Guide
September 3, 2013