NEW ZEALAND APPLICATION 2019 – 2020
Dear Parents and Jr. Guards:
The following application is for the upcoming 2019 – 2020 educational exchange with New Zealand. The City of Huntington Beach Jr. Lifeguards has had an ongoing educational exchange with New Zealand since 1979. The purpose of the exchange is to share common interests and differences as they apply to lifesaving. Other aspects include cultural experiences and to a lesser extent, competition. This packet includes the following: application process, eligibility requirements, selection process, and brief expectations. Please read the information before you fill out the application. Applicants will be paper screened out of the processs if they fail to meet the requirements. Late applications and/or incorrect or false information will automatically disqualify the applicant from the interview process.
To apply students must meet the following criteria:
- Students must be between the ages of 14 and 17 as of December 25, 2019. (The approximate departure date)
- Students must have completed at least 3 years in the program prior to the departure date.
- Students must be enrolled as a junior lifeguard during the summer of 2019 and they will be expected to house one or two New Zealand guards from July 3 through July 17th 2019. If you become a lifeguard the summer of 2019 you will be dropped from the team.
- Students must be of good academic standing and will be asked to provide information regarding their GPA.
- Applicants must commit to all fundraising and traning meetings scheduled during the next 18 months. Every attempt will be made to develop a schedule that minimizes conflicts with school and sports activities. Due to the nature of this event the commitment must be a priority in the applicant’s life.
- Students and parents will be responsible for any monies not raised during the fundraising events. At the time of this letter the total cost of the trip will be between $4,000 and $4,500. Currently airline costs are fluctuating weekly so it is difficult to predict the exact cost. This is a high estimate but students who do not raise the money will be expected to make up the difference.
- Students applying will be expected to adhere to a strict code of ethics from the time of selection until the end of the 2020 exchange. Those failing to adhere to the code of ethics will be dismissed from the team and any monies raised from fundraising will be divided up among the other students on the team.
- Two letters of recommendation are due to Mr. Eich at Junior Guard Headquarters by September 10th, 2018
- A typed essay (200 words or less), turned in or emailed explaining why you deserve to represent HBJG on our New Zealand team. Due September 10th, 2018.
It is imperative that those applying realize the commitment to the trip and their teammates. This is a demanding process and it is a long road to New Zealand. The rewards are well worth the effort for those who can endure the commitment. Junior guards selected are not only representing our program but the City of Huntington Beach and the United States.
The following is a rough time line of the selection process:
- August 1, applications available.
- August 26, applications due, one week after the last day of the program.
- August 26 through September 9, paper screening.
- September 15, first round interview letters mailed out.
- October 6, second round interview letters mailed out.
- November 1st, team selection completed selection letters mailed out.
- December 2nd first team meeting, junior lifeguard headquarters.
Again, the above time line is tentative and slight modifications may be made. Applicants must remember this is a competitive process and not all students can be selected.
Junior guards will be evaluated and assessed along the following criteria:
- Evaluation and recommendation from previous instructors.
- Participation in fundraising events (Pancake Breakfast)
- Volunteer experience in junior guard events (4th of July Run, fireworks stand, Pancake Breakfast)
- Physical abilities (Swim times, Run times)
- Educational aptitude (GPA)
- Junior guard experience (Years in JG’s)
- Interview performance
- Application quality
Students must be prepared for both the positive and negative scenarios. Students will be evaluated on their current and previous behavior while in junior guards as well as their ability to express themselves and their physical fitness. Students selected to be interviewed must realize that we will be talking with their former instructors about attitude, dedication, and whether the individual in question would represent our program well.
The following expectations are just a brief overview. Due to the nature of the trip, we have to maintain the highest level of ethical behavior. Students will be expected to adhere to rules set forth by the junior guard program.
- Be involved in all fund raising efforts regardless of their ability to pay.
- Maintain a high level of physical fitness.
- Treat all other members on the team with the utmost courtesy and respect.
- “Zero” tolerance of use of alcohol and or drugs will be enforced.
- Participate in scheduled training sessions.
- Be a member of junior guards during the 2019 summer season.
- Student’s social media will be followed; inappropriate behavior and or photos may result in a student’s dismissal from the team at any time.
Students and parents need to understand that the commitment to the New Zealand students when they are here is absolute. If you are in a sport or other activity, it will take a back seat to the New Zealanders when they are here! During the two weeks they are here you are expected to be with them; you the Jr. Guard. Before you fill out the application, realize that you will have to miss some games and or swim meets to be on this trip. Failure to adhere to this stipulation will result in your dismissal from the team.
Students not adhering to the above expectations may be removed at any time during the process. If an infraction takes place overseas, the student will be sent home on the next flight at the parent’s expense.
The educational exchange has no provisions for scholarships; students must raise the monies or provide the difference prior to departure.
Students filling out the application indicate that they and their parents and or guardians understand the responsibilities and agree to the aforementioned guidelines.
You may begin the application process by filling out information using the following link: