Su & Hugo

Speaking of English

When Hugo Garcia (from Timor-Leste) and Su Kalayar Htun (from Myanmar) arrived in Wellington in January this year to begin 20 weeks of intensive English Language Training for Officials (ELTO), they had...
ELTOs and other VUW students perform

Handcrafts exhibition in Wellington raises awareness of Timor Leste

By ELTO Intake 40 participant, Anita Fatima Marques Da Silva from the Ministry of Education in Timor Leste“Life is not about finding yourself, life is about creating yourself” by George Bernard Shaw....
Khaing Khaing Win from Myanmar ready to plant

A group of ELTO officials have been playing a part in helping improve Wellington’s environment while they are studying here.

On Saturday  9 May they  volunteered with the Forest and Bird organisation helping create a place for Penguins to nest near Scorching bay at the west of Point Halswell on Miramar Peninsula,...
Aung Naing Oo with her ELTO Alumni father, Ohnmar Aung Naing Oo.

Myanmar daughter follows in father’s footsteps

When Ohnmar Aung Naing Oo (known as Cheryl) from Myanmar graduated from Victoria University of Wellington in December it was a dream come true for her father, who also studied at Victoria.
Berit Mohr with her conversation partner Trourpleak Ly

Conversation partners reunite in Cambodia

Berit Mohr, one of the volunteer conversation partners for ELTO intake 39, has just returned from her two week trip to Cambodia. She shares her experiences.
NZ Governor General with ELTO Alumni

Vietnam-NZ relationship strengthens

ELTO Alumni enjoyed several parties hosted by the New Zealand Government in August 2013. The  celebrations were in honour of  the Governor General Jerry Mateparae's visit to the region. This...
ELTSO participant Mr Diep with his landfill shop purchase

Surprise find at Southern Landfill

A visit to the Southern Landfill proved more than an inspiration to Mr Nguyen Ngoc Diep, a visiting government official from Hanoi, Deputy General Director of the Economic Department of the Office of...

Wellingtonians drink heaps of Timor Leste coffee

President Taur Matan Ruak of Timor Leste visited Wellington in June. New Zealand imports half a million dollars worth of coffee from Timor Leste every year.  Read all about his visit in this...
NZ vets, Dr Angela Park, Dr Sue Blaikie, and Dr Pietre Allan with Joanita (left)

NZ vets to help Timor Leste vets

A group of New Zealand vets have been inspired to help vets in Timor Leste as a result of a talk given by Ms Joanita Bendita Da Costa. She is a Timor Leste veterinarian working for the Ministry of...
Cambodian ELTSO participants with Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown

Senior officials from SE Asia in Wellington for course at Victoria

In 2011, 14 senior government officials arrived in New Zealand from Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam, to study at Victoria University on the ELTSO (English Language Training for Officials), funded by the New...