Australia

Australia

Global Trekker Adventure - Grades 9-12

Earn 24 hours of community service combining the vibrant culture of Australia’s world “down under” on this incredible three-week South Pacific adventure. The pristine beaches, rugged terrain, coral reefs teeming with marine life, and the bustling coastal cities of Australia will make for an adventure you will never forget. Travel to the other side of the globe and experience the joys of  SCUBA diving, surfing, rafting, sea kayaking and meaningful community service.

 

 

 

21 Days

$6,795

  • June 22nd - July 12th
  • Los Angeles, CA (additional fee for international flight)

Day 1-2

You and your trip mates will all make your way to Los Angeles on the first day, where you will meet with your trip leaders and then check into the group flight to the South Pacific. You will all fly overseas together, after having your first group meal together , getting to know each other, playing games, and going over the incredible itinerary for the adventure to come. Believe it or not, but it will take your group the better part of two days to reach your first stop – Cairns.  Not many people can say they have crossed the International Date Line!

Day 3-5

Embark on a natural, cultural, and activity-rich exploration of the surrounding environment. Queensland is home to some of the largest tracks of rainforest anywhere in the world, waiting to be explored! Your first group activity will be an integrated jungle hike and an arial zip-line course. Right off the bat, you will have the chance to experience both top and bottom perspectives of your surroundings – from the forest floor and from the tree canopy above. You will explore the mangroves of Daintree National Park and all this tropical park has to offer and then take a voyage on the beautiful coastal waters of Cape Tribulation by boat, in search of the Australian saltwater crocodile. Finally, before heading back to Cairns, you will work with an Aboriginal guide from the Kuku Yalanji people to learn traditional hunting and gathering skills from their culture.

Day 6

Following your time at Cape Tribulation, you’ll embark on an exciting whitewater rafting adventure on the Tully River. The Tully River meanders through one of the most ancient rainforests in the world. The rainforests flanking this river have evolved unmolested for more than 130 million years, escaping the ravages of ice ages and volcanism that have plagued other notable rain forests. Some individual trees you’ll pass on the river are more than 3,000 years old. This full-day rafting trip on the Tully River will be action-packed as you tackle over 45 extraordinary rapids (class III & IV).

Day 7-9

Barnard Island Group National Park provides the perfect launch pad for your next activity – sea kayaking! These beautiful continental islands are a protected area on the Cassowary Coast and feature fantastically dramatic rock formations and dense rainforests that play host to rare island birds. You and your group will head out in two-person sea kayaks for three days and two nights of kayaking. You will head out each morning and glide over the shallow reefs teeming with tropical fish. In the afternoon and evenings, you will play on the sandy beaches at your remote coastal campsites, making dinner togethers and taking in this once in a lifetime experience as a group.

Day 10-12

For the next few days your group will work in closely with a local project working to protect the Great Barrier Reef. The local non-profit that seeks to educate the public on protecting the reef, and you will help collect data on different sections of the reef. During this service project, you will learn all about the threats that face the reefs and how you can help and educate others. You will also have the opportunity to head out on the reef – a truly rewarding and fun experience to have!

Day 13-17

Following your service work, the next adventure is earning your SCUBA certification. For five fabulous days, you will work with a dive outfit recognized as a worldwide leader in SCUBA education. For the majority of you who are not currently certified, you will embark on a top-notch learn-to-dive program. The first two days of the program will consist of pool and classroom training with your instructors. To complement your initial day of classroom SCUBA instruction, you’ll spend the afternoon learning about historical and modern-day life from the perspective of Australia’s native Aboriginal tribes. By the end of your second day of SCUBA training, you will be ready to use your new skills out in the open water. Days three, four, and five will be spent on-board a Pro Dive vessel on the Great Barrier Reef. While on the reef, you will complete four training dives which will complete the PADI open water certification. Following your training dives, you will be able to enjoy five more dives as a recreation diver, one of which will include a night dive!  Those who are already certified to dive prior to arriving in Australia will have the option to do several more open water dives during the first two days of the program while the rest of the group is learning in the pool.

Day 18-21

After a day of rest along with a bit of packing and cleaning, you will board a flight and head south to the city of Sydney. Packing away your summer clothes, it will be time to put on your warmer layers. Much to peoples’ surprise, late July in Sydney is still winter with considerably colder temperatures. The home to the 2000 Summer Olympic Games, Sydney is not to be missed on any Australian itinerary. Throughout your days exploring the city, you will have a chance to see sights such as the Sydney Harbor Bridge, the Opera House, and Rocks District. You will also spend an entire day catching waves on the coastline of the city. It may be winter, but with wetsuits, the water is brilliant. Your summer adventure will conclude with a final farewell banquet aboard a Sydney Harbor cruise boat, giving you the chance to enjoy wonderful food, great company and to see the city at night from the water. Your return trip home will depart and arrive on the same day in Los Angeles (we will cross the international date line in reverse). Upon arrival in the United States, you will pass through customs together and bid farewell to your fellow trip mates as you head off to your connecting flights home.

Day 1-2

You and your trip mates will all make your way to Los Angeles on the first day, where you will meet with your trip leaders and then check into the group flight to the South Pacific. You will all fly overseas together, after having your first group meal together , getting to know each other, playing games, and going over the incredible itinerary for the adventure to come. Believe it or not, but it will take your group the better part of two days to reach your first stop – Cairns.  Not many people can say they have crossed the International Date Line!

Day 3-5

Embark on a natural, cultural, and activity-rich exploration of the surrounding environment. Queensland is home to some of the largest tracks of rainforest anywhere in the world, waiting to be explored! Your first group activity will be an integrated jungle hike and an arial zip-line course. Right off the bat, you will have the chance to experience both top and bottom perspectives of your surroundings – from the forest floor and from the tree canopy above. You will explore the mangroves of Daintree National Park and all this tropical park has to offer and then take a voyage on the beautiful coastal waters of Cape Tribulation by boat, in search of the Australian saltwater crocodile. Finally, before heading back to Cairns, you will work with an Aboriginal guide from the Kuku Yalanji people to learn traditional hunting and gathering skills from their culture.

Day 6

Following your time at Cape Tribulation, you’ll embark on an exciting whitewater rafting adventure on the Tully River. The Tully River meanders through one of the most ancient rainforests in the world. The rainforests flanking this river have evolved unmolested for more than 130 million years, escaping the ravages of ice ages and volcanism that have plagued other notable rain forests. Some individual trees you’ll pass on the river are more than 3,000 years old. This full-day rafting trip on the Tully River will be action-packed as you tackle over 45 extraordinary rapids (class III & IV).

Day 7-9

Barnard Island Group National Park provides the perfect launch pad for your next activity – sea kayaking! These beautiful continental islands are a protected area on the Cassowary Coast and feature fantastically dramatic rock formations and dense rainforests that play host to rare island birds. You and your group will head out in two-person sea kayaks for three days and two nights of kayaking. You will head out each morning and glide over the shallow reefs teeming with tropical fish. In the afternoon and evenings, you will play on the sandy beaches at your remote coastal campsites, making dinner togethers and taking in this once in a lifetime experience as a group.

Day 10-12

For the next few days your group will work in closely with a local project working to protect the Great Barrier Reef. The local non-profit that seeks to educate the public on protecting the reef, and you will help collect data on different sections of the reef. During this service project, you will learn all about the threats that face the reefs and how you can help and educate others. You will also have the opportunity to head out on the reef – a truly rewarding and fun experience to have!

Day 13-17

Following your service work, the next adventure is earning your SCUBA certification. For five fabulous days, you will work with a dive outfit recognized as a worldwide leader in SCUBA education. For the majority of you who are not currently certified, you will embark on a top-notch learn-to-dive program. The first two days of the program will consist of pool and classroom training with your instructors. To complement your initial day of classroom SCUBA instruction, you’ll spend the afternoon learning about historical and modern-day life from the perspective of Australia’s native Aboriginal tribes. By the end of your second day of SCUBA training, you will be ready to use your new skills out in the open water. Days three, four, and five will be spent on-board a Pro Dive vessel on the Great Barrier Reef. While on the reef, you will complete four training dives which will complete the PADI open water certification. Following your training dives, you will be able to enjoy five more dives as a recreation diver, one of which will include a night dive!  Those who are already certified to dive prior to arriving in Australia will have the option to do several more open water dives during the first two days of the program while the rest of the group is learning in the pool.

Day 18-21

After a day of rest along with a bit of packing and cleaning, you will board a flight and head south to the city of Sydney. Packing away your summer clothes, it will be time to put on your warmer layers. Much to peoples’ surprise, late July in Sydney is still winter with considerably colder temperatures. The home to the 2000 Summer Olympic Games, Sydney is not to be missed on any Australian itinerary. Throughout your days exploring the city, you will have a chance to see sights such as the Sydney Harbor Bridge, the Opera House, and Rocks District. You will also spend an entire day catching waves on the coastline of the city. It may be winter, but with wetsuits, the water is brilliant. Your summer adventure will conclude with a final farewell banquet aboard a Sydney Harbor cruise boat, giving you the chance to enjoy wonderful food, great company and to see the city at night from the water. Your return trip home will depart and arrive on the same day in Los Angeles (we will cross the international date line in reverse). Upon arrival in the United States, you will pass through customs together and bid farewell to your fellow trip mates as you head off to your connecting flights home.