Rotorua plays host to Colombian students

Monday, July 4, 2016

Rotorua is today playing host to Colombian students as part of a pilot programme helping them with both their English and their sports skills.

Local MP Todd McClay is joining the group for dinner at Stratosfare Restaurant at Skyline, after they enjoy a day of activities, including rugby training and luging thanks to the generous support of Skyline Rotorua.

The group of 12 is made up of boys and girls who are  between 12 and 17 years old.

Mr McClay extended the invitation for the visiting students to come to Rotorua during a recent ministerial trip to Bogota.

The students are in New Zealand participating in the “Game on English” programme, a co-operation initiative between the New Zealand and Colombian governments. The initiative was developed by Education New Zealand to combine intensive English language classes with top quality sports training and targets youth from vulnerable, rural Colombian communities such as Buenaventura, Apartad├│ and C├║cuta.

Mr McClay said the programme was a great initiative.

“These students get to learn more about New Zealand and they get to engage with Kiwi kids.” 

He said rugby was a growing interest in Colombia and it was great to be able to help the students improve both their English and sports skills.

“Colombia is an increasingly important partner for New Zealand and New Zealand businesses,” Mr McClay said.

“The country has a strong economy and a strategically important location between Central and South America.

“It is also great that we can showcase some of our country to people who might not otherwise see it.”