Are you now free from full-time employment and do you at last have time to follow your own interests? U3A Bay of Islands may be just what you need.
Our U3A branch is primarily a social organization for people who enjoy learning and sharing cultural experiences together. Most of our activity takes place in small interest groups, which meet each month in members’ homes. It’s a great way to meet and make friends with people who have similar interests.
Our interest groups thrive by tapping into the experience, expertise and knowledge acquired by our members over time. Members enjoy contributing to the group and learning from each other. There are no qualifications required or examinations to sit. Most groups have one volunteer facilitator whilst other groups share this duty. However we stress that this is never compulsory. Nor is there any obligation to offer your home as a venue.
A wide range of topics is covered and any member may suggest a topic for an interest group at any time. At present, our groups can be loosely categorised under the headings of Creative Arts, Performing Arts, History, Out and About, Science, Discussion and Practical so there is a wide variety from which to choose. Here is a selection from our current programme:
Natural History Computers and Camera
Art History Photography
Singing For Fun Shakespeare
Art House Films Creative Writing
Opera French Conversation
Current Affairs Exploration
History of Food Book Groups
Local History It’s Showtime
Music Appreciation Human Behaviour
Science Poetry for Pleasure
Political Ideologies Philosophy
Our annual subscription is $20 or just $10 if you join after Christmas. This entitles you to attend as many interest groups as you wish. New groups start throughout the year but you are welcome to join them at any time if there is space available.
We also hold five general meetings each year, giving us opportunities to hear stimulating speakers and to meet members from other groups. The general public are welcome to attend these meetings.
A little Background
The University of the Third Age, usually called U3A, is a world-wide organisation that started in France in the 1970s. “University” is used in the sense of people coming together to share knowledge. U3A is a non-political, non-sectarian volunteer organisation and there are no educational requirements for membership.