Frequently Asked Questions
Do we need to bring our own sheets etc.?
Sheets, pillows, pillowcases and quilts are provided by the school but you will need to bring your own towels (face-cloths, hand-towel, bath and beach / pool towels).
ABS: sleeping bags and a liner is recommended to keep your sleeping bag clean.
Do I need work clothes?
Monavale: Yes, each Wednesday is workday around the property.
ABS: Yes, we do some projects around the property. So please bring appropriate clothing with you.
Is there a list of items to bring to with me on ABS?
There is a full equipment list of items that you need to bring with you on the ABS course.
Click here to view the equipment list.
What do you suggest that I bring with me to school?
Click here to view a list of suggested items to bring with you when you come to school.
What do we wear?
Casual dress is allowed for lectures but it is important to bring at least one set of good clothes for Church & special occasions. All students are expected to maintain a clean, neat and tidy appearance. Students should show moderation and modesty at all times, no matter what the prevailing fashions may be elsewhere. This especially applies to swim wear.
What Bible and other books do I need?
A Bible (NASV, NKJV, NASB, NIV, ESV preferred). Costs for any other books are included in the 'Student Equipment Fee'. Some of these will be yours to take with you when you leave. General stationary is the students responsibility to provide.
How much money should I bring?
It is recommended to budget for approximately NZD$70-100 per month for personal needs and spending money for laundry, social trips, internet etc. You will likely find that food, personal and cosmetic items may cost more than overseas. When travelling during the two week break students have advised to allow for approximately NZD$1000-$2000 for travel, food and accommodation and up to NZD$500 for sightseeing activities. The funds for travel, food and accommodation varies depending on how many students travel together, their means of transport and accommodation.
Medical & Travel Insurance
Do I have to have medical / travel insurance?
Travel / Medical insurance is compulsory for all students entering New Zealand to study. The New Zealand Ministry of Education has provided minimum requirements as to appropriate levels of insurance cover and these requirements form part of the Ministry’s Code of Practice, which Capernwray has elected to follow.
What if I get sick - who pays?
Most international students are not entitled to publicly funded heath services in New Zealand. If you receive medical treatment during your visit, you may be liable for the cost of that treatment.
What if I have an accident?
The Accident Compensation Corporation provides accident insurance for all New Zealand citizens, residents and temporary visitors to New Zealand. However, you may still be liable for all other medical and related costs. Further information can be viewed at http://www.acc.co.nz. Full details on entitlements to publicly funded heath services are available through the Ministry of Heath.
Click here to view the Minstry's website.
Which medical insurance do I get?
To ensure all our students have the appropriate insurance coverage we have selected two insurance companies - Orbit Protect and Uni-Care, who offer excellent student plans which comply with the Ministry of Education’s requirements.These plans provide cover for trips outside New Zealand for up to 31 days as long as you are in Australia or the South Pacific and you return to New Zealand. Both policies will cover you for any manual work carried out within New Zealand, but only the Uni-Care policy covers manual labour outside of NZ (e.g. the Fiji missions trip*).
For students selecting the "Downunder" package with studying in both New Zealand and Australia, we recommend that you consider the Uni-Care Australasian policy, which covers you in both countries. This special policy can also be upgraded to cover any other country if you are planning a stop-over in other places. Contact our insurance broker for individual quotes for pricing based on dates of stay in each country.
Your cover must commence on the day you begin your travel and we recommend it concludes when you arrive back home. We require all our students to take out a policy with one of these two companies and we must receive a copy of your insurance certificate before or on arrival at school. If we do not have a copy of your insurance certificate at the time you register on the first day of school, we will require you to immediately take out a policy with either OrbitProtect or Uni-Care.
To get a quote and make application for medical insurance with either of these companies, click on the links below that will take you to their respective websites.
*If considering participating in one of the optional 2-week Pacific Island mission outreaches (e.g. Fiji), the Uni-care policy covers you automatically for this. The OrbitProtect policy will incur an additional extension costing $50 when you register for the outreach trip.
Will my parents travel / medical insurance be OK?
Unfortunately, most parents travel / medical insurance will not be acceptable, but below are the minimum cover requirements that we will accept (The "sums insured" must be very high so that they will not be exceeded in any possible claim)...
• NZ$600,000 for hospitalisation, general practitioners, and prescriptions
• NZ$600,000 for medical rescue/repatriation should you become seriously ill or injured and need to be accompanied home with a medical professional
• NZ$15,000 for funeral expenses and repatriation of the body back home
• NZ$30,000 for accompanying relative cover. If you becomes seriously ill or die, cover is required to support a relative to accompany and support you. This should include the relative's day-to-day accommodation, reasonable living costs and the cost of airfares
• NZ$20,000 to fly you home should a member of your immediate family become critically ill or die
• NZ$20,000 for death or disability benefit
• NZ$1,000,000 for personal liability
• NZ$5,000 Loss or damage to baggage and other personal effects
• NZ$5,000 for travel delay and missed transport connection
In addition, the following requirements must also be met:
• The insurance commences on the day the student begins their travel
• The insurance applies whilst the student is in transit
• The insurance applies 24 hours a day for the total period of travel overseas
• The insurer must provide emergency 24-hour, 7 day per week cover
• Any excess or co-insurance must not exceed NZ$1000
• The broker or agent promoting the policy is a reputable and established company with substantial experience in the travel and medical insurance business
• The insurer (or re-insurer) is a reputable and established company with substantial experience in the travel insurance business. The credit rating must be no lower than BBB from Standard and poors, or B+ from A M Best