Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Kelley International Perspectives-New Zealand

When looking at top ranked MBA colleges, one of the things I really wanted was the opportunity to travel abroad and to gain additional global knowledge. Over spring break, I had the chance to be a part of Kelley International Perspectives (KIPs) in New Zealand and Australia. Here is the first update on our MBA adventures in New Zealand!

My time in New Zealand was one of my favorite memories of MBA student activities throughout my two years at Kelley. We kicked of the trip in Auckland with a tour of the city, stop at the aquarium, and finally a trip to the top of the Sky Tower. While in country, we met with Ernst & Young and Constellation Wines. These companies could not be more different, but it was really interesting to learn about both their professional roles and current projects, in addition to how being in New Zealand influences the type of work they do. For example, I loved learning about the challenges in the wine industry, managing a global business from a very small country. We were light on the business side on this trip, but they were great introductions to business in that area of the world.

As a group, we traveled inland to Rotorua for a day of easy hiking and getting to learn more about the Maori culture. We saw the hot springs, mud pools and toured the cultural center. We were in for a real treat with the evening's cultural performances, as several Kelley ladies got to try their hand at traditional dance and the men with the Haka.

We spent the end of the week in Queenstown and had the most amazing time. The group split up and we all experienced our own outdoor adventures. One group went canyoning, another hiking, and another white water rafting. I joined 10 others, including fellow MBA program blog contributor, Melanie Griesser, for an all day excursion where we flew in a tiny 5 seat-er airplane touring the glaciers, were dropped off in this valley at the top of the mountain range. From there, it was a two hour hike to the bottom of the mountain where we then were picked up in a boat to jet boat back to where we started. It was totally awesome and a memory I will never forget.

While just the highlights, I hope this provides some insight into what a potential KIP trip may be like. I will have an update on Australia soon!

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