We will explore the South Pacific to use experiential learning and cultural connection to develop our outdoor leadership skills. Through various outdoor recreation activities and settings we will develop your own outdoor leaderships skills immersing you and in the environment and the culture of New Zealand and Fiji. It is through this process we facilitate skills needed to be a better person and better leader for the outdoors.
Souvenirs & other personal purchases (e.g. coffee, clothing, etc.)
KIN 500 (6)
KIN 600 (6)
UHC 350 (3)
IDS 297 (3)
*Cannot receive credit for both KIN 500 and KIN 600
Maximum Credit Hours: 6
Dr. Hugh Gibson
Associate Professor Department of Kinesiology
Pre-Departure Meeting Dates
Pre-Departure Meeting Topic
Depart United States
Auckland to Tauranga, Early morning arrival in Auckland, MSU/ISA Program Introduction
Muriwai Beach and Wild West Coast excursion
Tauranga, Stop at Karangahake Gorge, guided walk Discussion: Leadership and Risk Management, Maori History Arrive at Aongatete Lodge
Tauranga, Team building and leadership field activities
Discussion: Group Management and Participation, Leadership Theory, Emotional Intelligence and Leadership, Natural Leadership Styles
Tauranga, Kayaking and water-based leadership activities, Waimarinoa Water and Adventure Park,
Prepare for kayak journey in Tauranga Harbour
Tauranga, Leadership discussion and group scenarios, Group dinner
Tauranga to Pacific Park, Sea kayaking from Waimarino, transverse Tauranga Habour to Matakana Island, Lunch on Matakana Island
Kayak from Matakana Island to Motuhoa Island, Coasteering on Motuhoa Island, Kayak to Mount Maunganui Ocean Beach
Pacific Park to Rotorau,
Community based Leadership and Sustainability at Kuaka
Discussion: Business as a leader in sustainability, Free afternoon in Rotorua
Discussion: Maori Culture, Tourism and Leadership
Evening at Mitai Maori Village – traditional dinner and cultural show
Auckland to Nadi
Nadi to Nalesutale, Village to begin Nalesutale Village Eco Trek
Nalesutale Village to Abaca Village, Eco trek activities
Abaca Village to Nadi, Complete trek, Return to Nadi
Service project in Nadi
Service project in Nadi (Nalesutale Preschool), Transfer to Pacific Harbour
Pacific Harbour, Optional Rivers Fiji white water rafting Sunset Cruise, Farewell Dinner
Travel Transfer to Nadi, Depart Fiji for US
Financial Aid & Scholarships
Financial Aid and scholarships are only available to currently enrolled MSU students. If you are a visiting student from another institution, you will need to work with your home institution Financial Aid Office to identify any available aid.
The seven colleges at Missouri State University are pleased to announce their respective Study Away Scholarships. A scholarship fund has been established by MSU’s President, International Programs, and the respective college to assist students with their study abroad. Search available college scholarships here!
Other Financial Aid:
Study Away Programs works closely with the Office of Financial Aid to make funding readily available for our study away students. Before students can schedule an appointment with Financial Aid, you must submit an approved STFD Budget Worksheet to Study Away Programs.
Study Away students may be able to use their institutional aid, grants, or loans for their study abroad. Students are encouraged to meet with Financial Aid as soon as possible to plan appropriately for their time abroad. Please request a Study Away Financial Aid Counselor when making an appointment.
Billing & Procedures
Tuition fees are not included in the program fee and will be charged to your University account separately and will be subject to MSU's billing and payment policies.
The program fee will be billed within approximately one week of the application deadline. This fee includes the International Programs Academic Experience Fee.
The program fee is due in full according to the standard program payment deadline (please refer to the "Financial Responsibility, Cancellation, and Withdrawal Policy" signature document). If a student is planning on financial aid to cover some or all program costs, the student must provide documentation to Study Away at least two weeks prior to the program payment deadline.
Students who have not paid the MSU portion of the program fee will be withdrawn from the program and dropped from the course.
MSU students will be billed through their University accounts.
Non-MSU students and program guests must pay through the Study Away storefront.
Cancellation & Refund Policies
If a student withdraws from the program, the participant will be liable for 15% of the total program fee, the International Programs Academic Experience Fee, and any non-refundable purchases made on the participant's behalf.
When the program begins, no refunds will be issued under any circumstances.
All withdrawals must be complete the STFD Program Withdrawal Form with the Program Director's signature to Study Away Programs, Plaster Student Union 209.