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History and Goals of Education Focus

Education Focus Ltd was established in 2007 to offer assistance to schools from both Japan and New Zealand make the most of a full academic year abroad programme. Typically, these students have come to New Zealand as full fee paying students, although there are a very small number of exchange places available.

Since then a number of reciprocal agreements have been established, allowing NZ students to be hosted in Japan for short term stays, up to one semester for those with suitable language proficiency.

Education Focus offers NZ schools a layer of support not typical of most agents. Through developing our relationships with both NZ and Japanese clients, we have become much attuned to the needs of both, and assist with the on-going communication/understanding/support for all stakeholders.

Education Focus has full understanding of the Code of Practice, and assists Japanese clients to understand the areas of legal responsibility, while assisting the New Zealand host schools through language support, a holistic orientation programme for inbound students (both in Japan and NZ), regular reporting and planned liaison.

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Purpose

Education Focus can approach New Zealand Schools on behalf of Japanese clients who are interested in developing a ‘Study Abroad’ programme. Please contact us (in either Japanese or English).


Services

We can assist with :

Pre-travel:
- Orientation for both students and parents
- Completion of application documents
- Visa application
- Airport assist at either Kansai or Narita
- Adult escort for flight/s (if requested)

On arrival in New Zealand:
- Meet and greet at airport
- Transfers to arranged area
- 1 – 2 week orientation programme
- Transfers to host family
- Arranging of reporting from host school
- Assistance with visiting (Inspection Trips) during the programme
- Student camp during school holidays (ongoing orientation programme)
- Preparation for departure, including any pre-departure accommodation,and debrief for students to help them prepare for the reverse cultural experience

Post travel:
- Student debrief in Japan
- Follow up English programme prior to examinations


Opportunities for New Zealand High Schools

Any New Zealand High School wishing to enter the exciting and rewarding world of hosting students from Japan can contact us for more details. School placements are typically done during June and August for the following year.

We are currently seeking NZ High Schools who can ‘tick’ the following boxes:

North Island (outside of Auckland city)
Belief in the value of international education
Fewer than 5 Japanese students enrolled for 2013
Supportive senior staff
Great communication
Secure, caring host families

Education Focus Ltd offers our New Zealand Schools over 10 years of experience working between both cultures - we work for you, we work for our client school, but above all we work towards positive personal results for all of the students involved.


Executive Advicer's commet

Executive Advicer
Janet Walter-Kerr


Ever since becoming one of the first Youth Goodwill Ambassadors to Japan in 1972 as a guest of the Japanese Government, I have held a deep affection for Japan and its people. Training as a teacher of English for Speakers of Other Languages has given me the opportunity to return to Japan to teach on many occasions throughout my 41 years in this profession.

After 25 years teaching in New Zealand, I went to live in Tokyo and taught at Nishimachi International School in Azabu Juban for 5 years before moving to Thailand for one year, then returning to New Zealand. This has given me a wealth of experience in teaching students from all language backgrounds, and provided the foundation on which the professional development workshops for teachers are based. It has also served to provide experience in working within the British, American, Cambridge and International Baccalaureate systems of education.

It is this experience which I am very happy to offer Education Focus as a professional and creditable organisation which sets out to prove its name – a focus on education for the benefit of not only students, but also teachers. Whether it is placing students in the best school environment for them, or providing the best professional assistance available to strengthen and encourage teachers, Education Focus is committed to excellence.