In its first student mobility initiative the LatAm CAPE partnered with Young Enterprise to send 8 outstanding high school students to São Paulo from 10-17 December 2017.
The 8 students – Rebecca Collier, Jack Dalton, Grace Dee, Ben Kingi, Libby Parkes, Aidan Samasoni-Tukuitonga, Hamish Scarsbrook and Te Arawa Tumai – were selected by Young Enterprise from a cross-section of New Zealand schools, and were accompanied on their journey by Young Enterprise CEO Terry Shubkin and YES Head Colin Kennedy. São Paulo was chosen as their destination as it combined ‘NZ Inc’ in-country support (from Education New Zealand and NZTE) with a local partner (Campus Brasil) who could host the students and organize a programme that would expose them to Brazilian peers, Brazilian start-ups and entrepreneurs, and a New Zealand company in-market (AD Instruments).
(Above: LatAm CAPE Director, Matthew O'Meagher, greeted the students virtually from New Zealand while the students were abroad, discussing the objectives of the delegation and his wish for their success.)
The mission was an outstanding success, and an unforgettable experience for the students. Our thanks go to Ana Azevedo of Education New Zealand for helping us chose São Paulo as the destination; to Colin Kennedy for all his arrangements for the trip; to Daniel Amgarten of Campus Brasil for being a fine and flexible host; and to the students for seizing their opportunity, representing New Zealand with grace and style, and for clarity about ways they can use their learning in the future.