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  • Locations: Raglan, New Zealand
  • Program Terms: Maymester
  • Restrictions: UP applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language: English
Program Description:

LDR 391: Global Perspectives on Leadership, New Zealand

For more information about the program, visit the Franz Center's website: Global Perspectives on Leadership 2019
Or, contact Dr. Dave Houglum at 

Applicants will receive priority in the application process for this course if they are participants in the Leader Certificate Program and have or are currently taken LDR 225.

Only students who are Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors will be considered for this course due to Phase III, which requires participation after the completion of the global field study.

This course is open to students of all majors.

NZ Maori Cultural Greeting

Course Structure/Curriculum:

In the spirit of developing leadership for the common good, the Leader Certificate Program offers a global leadership academic course in New Zealand. The course involves three phases of instruction: classroom instruction, field experience, and community/social justice outreach.  This three-credit course will be offered beginning in the spring for enrolled students participating in the subsequent phases of the course.  Students who successfully complete all requirements for this course will receive the distinction of “Emphasis in Global Leadership” on his or her Leader Certificate upon completion of the Leader Certificate Program.
  • Phase I (Spring Semester 2019): The classroom phase and orientation to global leadership and development of intercultural competencies needed for the immersion in New Zealand. Faculty will provide the academic, reflective, and experiential foundation for the summer course.
  • Phase II (Summer 2019): Global leadership immersion and service-learning in New Zealand. This will include a month-long immersion in New Zealand. During the course of the four weeks in New Zealand, students will participate in the following academic requirements; a written reflective journal, BLOG postings, a cultural research project, culture seminars, and nightly reflections.  Students will be responsible for a final written paper incorporating this material and their experience.  A partnership established by the University of Portland with Carpe Diem Education will help coordinate logistics for this phase of the course and be available to assist and interact with the students.
  • Phase III (Fall Semester 2019): Participants will debrief and reflect deeply on their academic and experiential undertakings in Phases I and II.  They will engage their transformative New Zealand experience to implement educational and service-oriented activities related to New Zealand and its influence on leadership, culture, and life in the University of Portland and local Portland community.  They are also highly encouraged to take follow-up courses and engage in activities that will help process their experience and better comprehend their role in serving as leaders and positive agents for global justice.

Learning Goals:

  • Understand and practice the seven leader character habits and key concepts of leadership theory through an international experience. 
  • Develop a deeper awareness of leadership strengths and practice leveraging those strengths in a global setting.
  • Develop and express an ethic of accompaniment, curiosity, compassion, and gratitude while interacting with others
  • Recognize components of other cultural perspectives and worldviews and use them while initiating and developing interactions with others (GILO Level 2: World Citizen)
  • Recognize new ways of seeing components of one’s culture that inform/influence one’s worldview, values, belieGILO Level 2: World Citizen) 

NZ Group Exploration

The Experience:

What follows below is a draft itinerary of the experience in New Zealand and could change depending on program costs, group needs, and availability of sites.

Service Learning #1: Maori Culture and Activism, 9 days

While living in a “marae”, the local meeting place for the Maori (the indigenous people of New Zealand) the group will meet with several different stakeholders each day to gain a better understanding of culture and its influence on society and politics. They will be staying at the Kokiri centre, a place of great significance in New Zealand’s history as it was the first land returned to the Iwi (the native people) post colonization. Dame Eva Rikard, a Maori rights activist and visionary is buried on the site and her grandson Kawharu will participate in some activities with the group. The 9 days will be a mix of service learning and cultural and historical learning from local experts including: local weavers, filmmakers, environmental activists, and more. While working and learning with each contact, the group will get a lens into their own philosophy on leadership and what it means in the context of their life and work. The final night will be spent in a traditional Native American sweat lodge where the group will be prompted into deep personal reflection about their journey through the connection of humans and the land.

Outdoor Leadership Development: Tongariro National Park, 6 days

Travel from Raglan towards Tongariro National Park, the land where Lord of the Rings was filmed and the iconic Mt. NGauruhoe was coined “Mt. Doom.” Spend a day and a half regrouping, doing laundry, posting blogs, and reflecting before heading out on a 3-day journey of climbing, rafting, hiking and being physically challenged in the outdoors. Here the students will learn about the power of teamwork, effective communication in leadership, and will experience inner transformation through pushing themselves outside of their physical comfort zones at the Blue Mountain Adventure Centre. *Note, activities are subject to change based on seasonality, weather, and environmental conditions.

Service Learning #2: Mangarara Family Farm, Hawkes Bay, 9 days 

Transitioning from the mountains to the east coast of New Zealand, stop in Napier for two days and learn about how the 1931 Hawke's Bay earthquake impacted the future of this coastal city and remains New Zealand's deadliest natural disaster. Take time to learn how local leaders and officials responded to rebuild this beautiful city from scratch and prompted a thorough review of the New Zealand building codes, which were found to be totally inadequate. As most of the region's rebuilding took place in the 1930s, Hawke's Bay architecture is regarded today as being one of the finest collections of Art Deco in the world. From there we will move on to the Mangarara Family Farm, where the group will stay in an educational lodge on the property while learning from leaders in sustainability, Greg and Rachel Hart. Here the group will be volunteering each day with different tasks, including reforesting what was once pasture land, feeding, cleaning, and caring for the animals, tending to the organic garden, and helping out in whatever way is necessary.


Closing site: Wellington, 3 days

From the farm, travel south to the cultural capital of New Zealand, Wellington. Home of the Te Papa Tongarewa (The Museum of New Zealand), explore the roots of Maori culture and see first hand how it exists today in the parliament of the country. Take time to explore the city that was ranked the 12th best based on quality of living in the world in 2014 while posting final blogs, reflecting on the experience, and celebrating the end of the trip. In culmination, work with a local expert in Mind Based Leadership practices through hands on SKE mapping (skills, knowledge, and experience) to help with the transference of this experience in leadership to our lives at home. 


Program Dates:

The global field experience aspect of this course in New Zealand will begin in the days immediately following UP’s commencement ceremony and will last approximately one month (Currently TBD).

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Application Instructions:

Please click "apply now" to begin an application. You must complete the application questionnaire and submit a recommendation from your RA or a former employer in order for your application to be considered. 

Priority deadline for applications: November 2nd, 2018.  

Decisions will be announced in late Fall. 


Financial Aid 

This program might be eligible for State, Federal, Private and UP Financial Aid depending on one’s field of study; however, summer aid typically is in the form of loans. For more financial aid information visit:


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Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.