Peren Mountfort

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Title: Resident Director Dunedin
Department: On-Site Staff in Australia, New Zealand, and Fiji
Resident Director

Peren Mountfort began working with GlobaLinks in July 2014 as the Resident Director at the University of Otago. In this role Peren will be supporting students in their exchange and facilitating the GlobaLinks programme in Dunedin.

Peren moved to Dunedin in 2009 and now considers himself an expert of the local area. Peren is very much looking forward to working with international students and showing them what Dunedin and the wider Otago region have to offer – beyond what can be found in a Lonely Planet book.

Peren had a strong background with international education while studying Physical Education at Otago University. Peren’s main involvement with international education was through being a ‘Kiwi-Host’ at Otago University. This involved living with other international students in a University of Otago flat and joining these students in weekend excursions. Peren’s wife, Ashley, is a former Otago study abroad student from the USA.

Peren has travelled New Zealand extensively, but has also been to the United States three times since meeting Ashley. Peren has developed a passion for travel both within New Zealand and around the world. Peren is excited to travel around New Zealand as part of his role with international students. Peren has also spent time in Fiji and Canada.

Peren’s favourite destination is Central Otago, New Zealand where the spectacular scenery offers something for everybody who loves the outdoors. Peren loves nothing better than getting out of the city and exploring nature with other people.
Peren’s best travel advice is to meet locals. The local people always have knowledge of an experience that is greater than what you could find in the internet or the Lonely Planet.


Peren’s favourite foreign food is Japanese.

Peren’s favourite travel quote is “Travel makes one modest, you see what a tiny place you occupy in the world – Gustave Flaubert