The EcoQuest program is committed to providing a learning environment that offers mentorship, empowers students, encourages self-directed learning and enables students to succeed. The most important selection criteria for EcoQuest participants are intellectual curiosity, motivation, a willingness to be engaged and to be challenged, and a commitment to become a positive and supportive team member. We invite applications from forward-thinking students who have already embarked on their personal journey to gain an understanding of sustainability and to acquire practical skills and tools that enable participation in research and resource management processes anywhere on the globe.
EcoQuest-UNH programs are founded on interdisciplinary learning. There is a lot of emphasis on how to achieve effective communication among different cultures, interest groups, scientists and stakeholder organisations in order to investigate and develop paradigms for a sustainable world. Program content will build on many ideas and questions that students may have formulated as part of their prior learning. We will take students away from the walls of conventional learning institutions. These are programs for open-minded, conceptual thinkers. During their stay in New Zealand students will be challenged to combine existing knowledge and awareness with new experiences and concepts through involvement in real-world issues and problem solving.
Programs are academically rigorous, and may be physically challenging. Students need to demonstrate a moderate to high level of physical fitness, and importantly, stamina and resilience.
We encourage a diversity of origins, backgrounds and viewpoints among our students to make the most of our vibrant and dynamic learning community. Download brochure
- Agreement with the fundamental principles of intensive study, group cooperation, conservation ethic, and personal responsibility that are central to the EcoQuest living and learning environment.
Ecology in Action Programs
- Successful completion of at least 48 semester credit hours (or equivalent) of college or university studies, including at least one semester course in the natural sciences (biology, chemistry, earth sciences, physics) and one in the social sciences (anthropology, economics, geography, political science, sociology).
- A moderately high degree of physical fitness, including the ability to swim competently (semester programs only), to participate in the occasional overnight hike, and to work outside for extended periods in all weather.
Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Aotearoa
- Successful completion of at least 36 semester credit hours (or equivalent) of college or university studies, including at least one semester course related to agriculture production and management (such as Sustainable Agriculture, Horticulture, Animal Science, Agroecology, or equivalent courses), and at least one related to Agricultural Business, Environmental Economics, or Food and Society.
- A moderately high degree of physical fitness, including the ability to work outside for extended periods in all weather.
- Non-native speakers of English must demonstrate competency in English in an interview situation.