Online student workshops

Student workshops can be delivered online or face to face to increase student’s knowledge and awareness of Asia. Workshops provide authentic, hands-on ways for students to build cultural competency in different curriculum areas through a range of experiences such as Rakugo storytelling and Wushu kung fu.

Online workshops are suitable for students learning in the classroom or from home.

Workshops are funded by the Asia New Zealand Foundation and available to schools at no cost.

Currently we are only offering online workshops, but hope to run face-to-face workshops in due course.

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About the workshops


Online workshops will be delivered via a combination of livestreaming and pre-recorded videos using the same platforms your school uses for online learning. Workshops are delivered by external organisations.


Each workshop is designed for one lesson (45-60 mins).


We can provide two workshops per school as an initial trial; if your school would like to run more workshops, check out Experience Asia funding.

 Currently we have two online workshops focusing on different curriculum areas and a comedy performance for staff:

  • Rakugo workshop - Drama, English and Japanese
  • Wushu Kung fu workshop – PE, Mandarin and social studies
  • Comedy for staff performance.

Rakugo workshop

Rakugo practitioner Hiroshi Nakatsuji speaking to a group of students

Students can experience traditional Japanese storytelling and learn about the rules and props used to create kobanashi (short stories).

Worksheets will be provided after the online workshop to guide students through creating their own Rakugo story.

Workshops can be delivered in English or a combination of Japanese and English, and are suitable for all levels, especially for drama, English and Japanese classes. Workshops delivered by English Rakugo New Zealand.

To find out more and book in a Rakugo workshop please contact education advisor Yasheeka Bertram: [email protected]

Wushu kung fu workshop

A man demonstrating Wushu kung fu moves

Students will learn the history and background of Wushu while practising basic steps and movements of Chinese kung fu.

Students will also learn some cultural etiquette and apply basic steps and movements to learn three different routines.

Workshops are suitable for all levels of physical education and Chinese language classes. Workshops delivered by New Zealand Wushu.

To find out more and book in a Wushu workshop, please contact education advisor Yasheeka Bertram: [email protected]

Staff performance

School departments or staff can enjoy Japanese comedy through a rakugo performance. Performances can be tailored to suit your staff and will be delivered via Zoom. Suggested timing is between 30-45 mins.

To find out more and book in a staff performance, please contact education advisor Yasheeka Bertram: [email protected]