THIS INFORMATION PAGE IS FOR INTERNATIONAL - CHILEAN STUDENTS ONLY
Welcome to the information page for Tecnicos para Chile. These programmes are available to Chilean students through an initiative between the Chilean Government and Otago Polytechnic.
Select the programmes below to view more information.
Contact Alex.Huffadine@op.ac.nz for further information about this initiative or the programmes available.
- Central Otago
- 13 weeks
- Starts anytime
- Apply anytime
This programme has been developed specifically for international students to develop their skills in delivering horticulture training and to gain a deeper understanding of New Zealand horticulture industry.
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Alex Huffadine, Programme Manager (Natural Resources)
Alex heads the Natural Resources Group (horticulture, viticulture and pest management). He holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours), as well as diplomas in horticulture and teaching. Alex is an expert in the field of natural resources as a researcher, commercial cherry and summer fruit grower and high country farmer near Cromwell in Central Otago.
If you asked Roberto Dezorzi what the best thing is about his time studying at Central Campus in Cromwell, he says it’s hard to choose just one thing – the whole experience has been life changing!
Roberto was working as a marketing professional for the Sao Paulo state government and state parliament before he decided it was time for a change. “Living in a city of over 11 million people can become stressful and my while my career in marketing was satisfying, the constant busyness of working and living was taking its toll, so I decided it was time to look for some new opportunities.”
Roberto searched online and discovered that he could study Horticulture (Level 2) at the Otago Polytechnic’s Central campus based in stunning Central Otago. “The Horticulture programme combined with some English studies was perfect. The study of Horticulture interested me very much and the costs made it all seem worthwhile to head over the oceans and start something new.”
“I loved the progamme, the hands-on practical learning helped a lot with the learning of theory, and the work-experience helped meet new friends and made me really feel a part of the community. The teachers and staff were amazing, they taught me so much and really made all of the students feel so welcome.”
Roberto has successfully graduated from the programme and has continued with seasonal work. He is heading back to Sao Paulo armed with new skills and full of ideas for his future – “Perhaps I will combine my marketing experience and my new knowledge of primary industry and work with vineyards and international markets – who knows, there are so many possibilities now.”