China experience for
science and technology teachers

The Foundation is offering up to 12 places to science and digital technology teachers from New Zealand to take part in a professional development opportunity in China.

The purpose of this trip is to:

  • provide teachers with first-hand experience of the rapidly growing science and digital technology industry in China as well as the economy, history, culture and customs
  • allow teachers to learn about how science and digital technology is taught in China
  • inspire teachers to include more Asia content in their teaching.

The majority of the programme will take place in Guangzhou, China.  

Applications have now closed for this opportunity

The trip will take place between 21 March – 28 March, 2020

What you will do

 During the trip, you will:

  • gain first-hand experience of the rapidly growing science and technology industry in China
  • visit local schools including running workshops
  • visit science and technology centres and companies, local architecture buildings and landmarks
  • attend briefings and presentations from a range of science and technology industry experts
  • take time to understand the economy, development, history and culture of the region and to connect with government officials, local experts and teachers.

While in China participants are expected to create videos reflecting on their experiences and learnings for the Foundation to share via social media.

Pre-departure briefing

There will be a compulsory pre-departure briefing day for participants during Term 1, 2020.


The Foundation will cover:

  • return economy airfares
  • accommodation
  • transport
  • meals for the duration of the programme.

Participants are responsible for travel insurance, visas, personal spending money and gifts.

Who can apply

Applicants must:

  • be a New Zealand citizen
  • be New Zealand registered Primary teachers with a STEM focus and Secondary teachers of Science, Digital Technologies or Robotics
  • be currently teaching at a school and have the full support of your principal
  • not have travelled to Guangzhou previously (other than short transit/stopover)
  • be signed up to the Educators Network (if not already).

Following the trip

After taking part in the trip, successful participants are expected to complete a post-trip project to share their experiences and knowledge gained from the trip such as:

  • creating and teaching a unit of work in a format that could be used by other New Zealand teachers
  • building online connections with the schools in China for science and technology focused collaborative student projects
  • hosting a China focused event(s) in your school in conjunction with the local community and/or Chinese organizations.

 Post trip, successful participants are also expected to:

  • submit a trip report
  • use the experience to develop strategies for including China/Asia content in their teaching
  • share their experiences with their colleagues (within their schools, clusters and further afield)
  • be available to be interviewed about their experience.

 The Foundation reserves the right to publicise your participation in the Forum.

Selection process

Applications will be assessed by a panel made up of Asia New Zealand Foundation staff and an external stakeholder.

It will take the Foundation about three weeks to notify applicants of the outcome.

Please note: individual feedback on unsuccessful applications will not be provided.

How to apply

Applications have now closed for this opportunity

Terms and conditions

Successful applicants will be required to agree to the Foundation's standard terms and conditions.


If you have any further questions, please email education adviser Mei Law: [email protected]