Danya Pavlovich

Danya Pavlovich

Prime Minister’s Scholarship for Asia, Global Internship in Bangkok


Kia ora! Ko Danya ahau. 

My name is Danya; I’m a mixed Croatian and Māori wahine living in Tāmaki Makaurau/ Auckland. My iwi is Ngāti Hine in Northland, New Zealand. Pipiwai, to be exact. I am a Psychology and Māori Studies major in my second year, hopefully finishing undergrad in semester two, 2023. 

I will be taking you to Bangkok, Thailand, with me for two months while I work as an intern. I felt drawn to Thailand because of its diverse multiculturalism. I was also drawn to Thailand as their culture revolves around collectivism, the same as Māori. I look forward to learning about how Thai people interact with each other and how I can bring different approaches back home to better the lives of those within my own communities!

I have many hobbies, including fitness, photography, playing the guitar, and many more creative outlets. I hope to go to some concerts/ gigs and see some local Thai bands play, which I’m especially excited about! I look forward to meeting locals and exploring the spaces that make Bangkok unique through my camera lens. I am absolutely fascinated by history and am especially excited to visit and learn about the beautiful historical sites and temples. 

I can’t wait to share my experiences with you, the good and the bad. Join me and my camera in my journey through Thailand, and who knows, maybe you’ll apply for an internship yourself!

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