Malaysia visit
for social science teachers

The Foundation is offering a professional development opportunity in Malaysia for up to 14 social science teachers.

About the trip

Dates: 16 April – 22 April 2020

New Zealand’s diplomatic relationship with Malaysia is one of our oldest in Southeast Asia. We celebrated 60 years of diplomatic relations in 2017. Our long-standing friendship is based on strong ties in trade, education, security and defence, and tourism .

The Malaysian population has considerable ethnic, cultural, linguistic and religious diversity. This makes it an excellent destination for New Zealand social science teachers to increase their Asia knowledge, understanding, and confidence.

The purpose of this trip is to:

  • provide teachers with first-hand experience of the rich diversity of Malaysia as well as the economy, history, culture and customs
  • allow teachers to learn about how social sciences are taught in Malaysia (similarities and differences in approaches)
  • inspire school teachers to include more Asia content in their teaching
  •  provide teachers the opportunities to develop connections between students in New Zealand and Malaysia. Teachers will have an opportunity to develop online connections with the schools in Malaysia for inquiry based collaborative student projects
  • build teacher confidence to incorporate Malaysia/Asia content into the social sciences curriculum and allow them to share knowledge with students, colleagues and wider communities.

Applications are no longer being accepted for this opportunity

What you'll do

During the trip, you will:

  • visit primary and secondary schools with opportunity to observe classes and talk to senior leadership team/teachers
  • visit to a Malaysian university with presentations focused on a selection of economics, history, geography, politics, culture
  • attend a briefing at High Commission on the broader New Zealand-Malaysia relationship
  • attend a reception at High Commission (TBC)
  • attend briefing(s) from Malaysian education organisation(s)
  • visit places of cultural and historical significance
  • undertake traditional/contemporary Malaysian cultural activities with an educational focus.

Pre-departure briefing

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

Who can apply

Applicants must:

  • be New Zealand registered primary teachers or secondary teachers of social science who are currently in a teaching role and have full support from their principals
  • be New Zealand citizens or permanent residents
  • be signed up to the Educators Network (if not already)
  • be able to demonstrate how they will share their learnings with students and colleagues
  • be able to demonstrate their intention to remain connected to the Foundation beyond this opportunity
  • not have travelled to Malaysia previously (other than short transit/stopover).


The Foundation will cover:

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

Participants are responsible for paying for and obtaining their travel insurance.

Terms and conditions

After taking part in the trip, participants are expected to complete a post-trip project to share their experiences and knowledge gained from the trip. Possible projects include:

  • Creating a unit of work in a format that could be used by other New Zealand teachers.
  • Building online connections with schools in Malaysia for social science focused collaborative student projects.
  • Hosting Malaysia and/or Asia focused events or workshops in their school/cluster.

Post trip, successful participants are also expected to:

  • submit a trip report.
  • use the experience to develop strategies for including Malaysia/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 trip.

Successful applicants will be required to agree to the Asia New Zealand Foundation standard terms and conditions. 

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


If you have any further questions, please email education director Sean O’Connor: [email protected]