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Life in NZ

Life in New Zealand

Your First Day at PEETO

Your First Day at PEETO

On your first Monday, please come to our reception by 08:30.

After a placement test and interview, you will have an induction with one of our staff.

We will tell you about your classes and the school facilities, and give you some advice on how to get the most out of your New Zealand experience.

We will talk to you about life here, including using the buses and opening a bank account.

You will also have a guided tour of the school and surrounding areas.

What to bring to school on your first day

1. Your passport.
Original, not a photocopy

2. A passport-sized photo.
For your student ID card

3. Basic Stationary (pens and notebooks).

4. Your WiFi enabled device.
e.g. smartphone, tablet or laptop and the WiFi password will be given to you during the orientation. 

5. Insurance certificate and insurance policy in English.

In case of you want the school to arrange your insurance, our student service team will arrange your insurance to start in your first arrival date to New Zealand to the last day in your visa.

6. Taxpayer identification number or national identity number from your country
     if you are planning to open a bank account in NZ

7. Your NZ home address and phone number.

Airport Transfer

If you are studying at PEETO Christchurch and want assistance in airport pick up, we will arrange a driver to meet you and take you to your accommodation.

Friendly, culturally sensitive host families with high standards are selected by the accommodation agents PEETO is associated with. These accommodation agents are aware of and adhere to the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students.

Insurance Support

It is compulsory for all PEETO students to hold current travel and medical insurance cover all their visa period.
If you’d like help organising your insurance, we can arrange a suitable policy for you through our preferred insurance provider Orbit Protect. With specialised plans designed for New Zealand bound international students, Orbit Protect offers quality protection at an affordable price.

Duration

Prime

Lite

1 month

$71.00

$40.00

2 months

$116.00

$78.00

3 months

$153.00

$100.00

4 months

$197.00

$119.00

5 months

$234.00 $150.00

6 months

$272.00

$179.00

7 months

$312.00

$210.00

8 months

$354.00

$239.00

9 months

$395.00

$269.00

10 months

$435.00

$298.00

11 months

$474.00

$328.00

12 months $510.00

$350.00

Note: Fees is subject to change from time to time according to the insurance company’s policy

Visa Requirements

• If you want to work in NZ, it’s very important that you have the correct visa.
PEETO is a Category 1 school so when you enrol for a 14 week full-time course on the Student Visa, you can get a 20 hour per week work permit.
• You may also work on the Working Holiday Visa or a Work Visa however you cannot work on a Visitor Visa!

Visa Assistance

We will also support you in your visa extension process.
For visa information, visit the Immigration website.

A Variety of Opportunities

• Work Experience / Internships.
• Café & Restaurant work.
• Farm Stay or Fruit Picking.
• Volunteering.
• Au Pair.
• Casual / Seasonal / Part Time / Full Time work.


Homestay

Living with a New Zealand family is a great way to get to know Kiwis and New Zealand.
You will be welcomed into a New Zealand home and will be able to practise the English you learn at school every day.

Some frequently asked questions about homestays:

HOW MUCH DOES A HOMESTAY COST?

It is $270 per week. There is a once only $230 fee to organise the homestay for you.

If you are under 18 years, There will be $50/week. Compliance service fee. 

I DON’T LIKE CATS OR DOGS. IS THAT OK?

Yes, we have homestay families that don’t have any pets. Please let us know when you apply for a homestay.

ARE THE HOMESTAYS SAFE?

Yes. Everyone in the homestay family has been checked by the police and our Homestay Coordinator has visited and checked every homestay to make sure they are of a high standard.

ARE THERE YOUNG CHILDREN IN THE HOMESTAY?

Some homestays are families of mother, father and children. Some homestays may have no children.

IS IT NEAR THE SCHOOL?

Our homestays are located in different parts of Christchurch. The school’s central location means it is easy to get there by bus.

DO I NEED TO PAY FOR MEALS?

Breakfast and dinner are included.  Your homestay will provide lunch at the weekend. Please tell us if you have any dietary requirements.

DO I HAVE TO SHARE A ROOM?

No. All students in homestays get their own bedroom. All rooms are furnished and have a desk for you to study.

WILL THE HOMESTAY FAMILY PICK ME UP AT THE AIRPORT?

Yes, if available, the homestay family can pick you up and return you to the airport. Our Homestay Coordianator will pick you up if your host family is not able to (Airport Pickup Fee will be charged).

IS THERE ANY SPECIAL DIETRY OPTION?

Yes, that will be negotiable

ARE THERE OTHER INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS IN THE HOMESTAY

In most homestays there are no other students. Sometimes there may be one or two other students staying there. Please tell us your preference.

After enrolling, you will be sent a homestay questionnaire. This is where you can tell us what kind of homestay you would like and if you have any special requirements.

Private Flats

Some students choose to stay in a flat with other people (flatmates). This is a more independent situation than a homestay. Some flats have furniture, but you may have to buy a bed. Usually the rent is cheaper if there are more people in the flat. You will need to pay for the rent of your room, food, power, phone and the Internet. For example, in a shared flat of three people your weekly costs may be between $160 – $230 per week, including rent, food, power and phone. A good place to look for a flat is on www.trademe.co.nz.

Hotels and Hostels

You may want to stay in a hotel or a hostel for a short time when you arrive, before you decide where you would like to live. A good place to search for a hostel, backpackers or guesthouse is http://www.hostelz.com/hostels/New-Zealand/Christchurch.

You can look for a hotel at www.expedia.co.nz/Christchurch-Hotels.d179996.Travel-Guide-Hotels.

Some hostels also have long-term options for people who want to stay for a few weeks or more. Here are some places in Christchurch that offer this: (This is not a full list.)

http://www.thistleguesthouse.co.nz/

http://www.kiwihouse.co.nz/

http://hakalodge.com/haka-lodge-christchurch/

There is an accommodation notice board at Peeto. This has information about the different options that are available in.

Our experienced team can assist you

with study plan support and advice for the airport transfer and visa assistance, insurance and accommodation as well.

Activities

PEETO offers 5 more main types of activities to students who are seeking the fun and chance to practise in English.

We recommend joining our variable activities programs.

This is the best way to improve your English and learn more about New Zealand and its culture.

 

School Activities

• Seasonal: Parties & events

• Sports: Surfing, football, touch rugby, sailing, kayaking

• Nature: Farm visits, bush walking, bike riding

• Entertainment: Rugby games, music, local events

• Cultural: Maori shows, museums, BBQs

• Sight Seeing: City discovery,  Antartic Centre

• Community Friendly: Tree planting, nature clean-ups, volunteering, fundraising

Pastoral Care

PEETO has a dedicated Pastoral Care Team offering personal support for PEETO students.

You may also contact one of the International Marketers for assistance if you would prefer to use your own language.
In cases where it is established that more professional services are required, the Pastoral Care Team will refer you to specialist support services.

The overall happiness of students is crucial to English language development and therefore PEETO ensures that student counsellors / interpreters are available in many languages when needed.

Interviews can be arranged with universities, polytechnics, secondary schools and other learning institutions to ensure learning pathways are available upon request by a student.