North Waikato students selected for China youth delegation trip
A rare opportunity of travelling through China as part of a youth delegation has been given to two North Waikato students.
Waeranga's Brittany Wallace and Te Kauwhata College student Marina Wihongi will make the trip next month.
The purpose of the trip is to trace the journey of New Zealand man Rewi Alley who was an influential foreigner in China several decades ago.
Rewi's 60 years in China was based on efforts to improve living and working conditions in the country.
The trip organised by the Chinese Friendship Society gives the opportunity to a small group of New Zealand youth each year.
For 20-year-old Brittany, it will be her first time travelling overseas beyond Australia.
But it will be the first time 16-year old Marina has been on a plane.
And upon receiving the news, she couldn't believe it.
"They called me and said 'when are you able to go to China?' I thought it was a scam," Marina said.
With aspirations of getting into hotel management, Marina said it would help her succeed in the industry by having knowledge about another culture.
Brittany, a Waikato University third year law student, expected a culture shock for the two who come from small villages.
"I come from a massive farm and going to China there will be so many people," Brittany said.
Marina and Brittany will spend two weeks exploring the country with the delegation.