Experience the Southern hemisphere's most fascinating destinations on an unforgettable journey loaded with cultural immersion, fast-paced adventure, and hands-on learning with local experts. Explore the sun-drenched isles of Fiji's West coast on a magnificent 110-foot yacht. Immerse yourself in the Maori culture during an evening of songs, stories, and dances. Discover stunning sea life as you snorkel alongside marine biologists at the Great Barrier Reef. 22 days—a lifetime of memories!
Greet fellow delegates in your departure city before boarding your flight.
Skip a day as you cross the International Date Line.
Meet your delegation manager upon arrival in Fiji and accept a traditional Fijian lei garland. Your delegation manager is a local expert who will be your destination guide (and source of endless information!) for your journey.
Visit the Kula Bird Eco Park to discover a microcosm of Fiji's natural wildlife as you wander through acres of lush rainforest and encounter Fiji's unique and beautiful flora and fauna.
Discover what school is like in the Southern hemisphere during a day spent interacting with Fijian students. Exchange stories and ideas as you nurture friendships that can last a lifetime during this truly unique cultural exchange.
Understand the Fijian way of life as you're welcomed by locals into their community, a humble rural village. Enrich your cultural understanding through taking part in a common Fijian ceremony and social custom—the Kava Ceremony. Share a national drink made from made the bare root of a pepper tree, pounded into a fine powder, and then mixed with fresh water as you experience something truly Fijian.
Later, journey upriver on traditional longboats surrounded by the natural beauty of rainforests and waterfalls. Take a dip in crystal clear waters when you enjoy a swim at a natural waterfall pond.
Admire the view during a scenic drive eastward through the Coral Coast as you pass local villages before arriving at Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park. Meet an enthusiastic team of park rangers at Sigatoka. These guides will give you an exclusive tour of the dunes, which are famous for their rich archeological history, as well as their geomorphological, ecological, cultural and aesthetical attributes.
Take in the natural beauty of the Sigatoka, with its walking trails and spectacular views from Juvonulevu (Turtle) Lookout, as you enjoy bird watching and see evidence of Fijian history scattered across the dunes.
Give back to your host country when you plant seedlings during a reforestation project that includes replacing invasive weeds with new trees.Your efforts will help sustain the critically-endangered Fijian Dry Forest.
Journey to Denarau Marina, gateway to the stunning, sun-drenched tropical isles of Fiji's West coast.
Set sail on a mind-blowing 110-foot yacht from the Governor General's brigantine, Ra Marama, for Tivua (Mystery) Island. Soak up the sun in the bowsprit as you enjoy the music and entertainment on your way to the island.
Arrive at your island paradise and enjoy activities such as taking a glass bottom boat tour, snorkeling the magnificent coral reefs, and playing local games.
Bid farewell to your Fijian team at Denarau Marina and board your flight to Auckland, New Zealand, a city with a unique blend of harbor, islands, Polynesian culture, and modern structures. Witness Auckland's amazing suburbs, which sprawl generously over a narrow isthmus between the Pacific Ocean and the Tasman Sea.
Travel south through the beautiful farmlands of Waikato to your farm stay, a truly unique opportunity to experience local New Zealand farm life. Get to know your hosts as you immerse yourself in local culture and discover more about life as a New Zealander.
Today, if school is in session, you will have the special opportunity to attend alongside local students and experience what academic and social life is like for New Zealand's students. If school isn't in session, you will be able to take part in other local activities.
Your local stay continues with a chance to experience everyday life in New Zealand as you meet local people, sample traditional foods, and take part in family activities with your host family. Enjoy this special People to People opportunity.
Bid a sad farewell to your home-stay family before departing for another unique cultural stay.
This evening, spend the night in a Marae, an authentic Maori meeting house and the focal point of the Maori culture. Dinner will be prpared in the style of a Hangi, using steam or hot rocks in a pit oven. During this special opportunity to get to know the Maori culture, you'll experience Maori songs, stories, and dances during a festive evening.
Prepare to step outside your comfort zone during Full On, a day-long program specially designed for People to People delegates. Become more self-aware, and build confidence in yourself, during a day of Full On interactive workshops and through taking on the challenges of an outdoor adventure course!
Receive a warm civic welcome to Rotorua from a city council member at the Rotorua Council Chambers. Spend time talking with an official to learn about the local government and the community, which is known for its geothermal activities.
Discover the essence of Rotorua at the Historical Rotorua Museum of Art and History, located in the historic Rotorua Bath House building before taking a step back in time at an English-style tea lunch at the beautiful Blue Baths.
Get a birds'-eye view of Rotorua during a gondola ride up Mount Ngongotaha. Your ride back down will be more exciting, as you'll be zipping down the mountainside on a luge!
Later, explore unique Waimangu Thermal Valley to uncover an amazing series of thermal pools and craters created by the volcanic environment of this beautiful land.
Board a vessel and take a short trip across Rotorua Lake to the sacred Mokoia Island, a private island with limited access and home to several rare species of birds, including the kokako, the kiwi, and a breeding population of the endangered Saddleback.
Learn more about how ancient traditions may be part of the solution for preserving the natural balance between man and the environment.
G'day, mate! It's time to board your flight to Australia, the land Down Under! Arrive in beautiful Sydney, the largest city in Australia and the capital of New South Wales.
Learn about and play two sports that define Australian culture and lifestyle: Aussie rules football and cricket! Before competing, receive personal instruction on the basics of these sports. Practice your new skills on the playing field as you're challenged by locals.
Later, have a rockin' good time at the Hard Rock Cafe amid its fascinating collection of music memorabilia.
Leave the city behind to journey into the scenic Blue Mountains during a ride on the world's steepest railway incline and a walk along the ancient rainforest valley. Discover the most spectacular landmark in the region, the Three Sister rock formation, and hear about the Aboriginal legends behind it.
Deepen your understanding of Aboriginal culture through witnessing a demonstration of traditional Aboriginal dance backed by the didgeridoo, a wind instrument developed by Indigenous people of northern Australia around 1,500 years ago.
This evening, enjoy a dinner cruise on the harbor with Sydney's skyline as your spectacular backdrop. Take in a new view of iconic landmarks like the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbor Bridge.
Hit the waves! Take to the water at the famous Bondi Beach and try your hand at surfing. You will have exclusive use of the historic Bondi Surf Bathers' Life Saving Club.
Get a backstage pass to the world-famous Sydney Opera House and enter areas that are not accessible to the public during an exclusive guided orientation of this iconic facility.
Later, examine and handle exquisite opal, Australia's national gemstone, during a cutting and polishing demonstration at an opal establishment before an Aussie dining experience. During dinner at a Sydney restaurant overlooking Darling Harbor, you'll have the chance to try kangaroo!
This morning, board your flight to discover the northern coast of Australia. Arrive in the coastal and cosmopolitan city of Cairns, nestled in Queensland amid two of Australia's most treasured World Heritage destinations—the Wet Tropics Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef.
Enjoy a dip in Cairns' best-known landmark, the Esplanade lagoon, a beautiful 5,000-square-foot swimming area that overlooks Trinity Inlet before taking a stroll along the scenic boardwalk with uninterrupted views of Trinity Inlet.
Behold a birds'-eye view of the rainforest canopy and the lush terrain below from an elevated walkway reaching heights of up to 50 feet above the Wooroonooran National Park.
Practice global citizenship and learn firsthand about historic events during a community service project in Malanda. You'll make scones and then share them with local elderly citizens, many of whom were early pioneers in the development and settlement of this area. Learn about Australian history as you enjoy your culinary delights with the residents.
Cruise out to the Great Barrier Reef—composed of over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands stretching some 1,600 miles—as you prepare for an incredible underwater adventure alongside marine biologists and amazing sea life.
Take the plunge and snorkel the reef, coming into contact with brightly colored tropical fish, giant clams, and an amazing array of soft and hard coral of every imaginable color. If you have questions about the reef or its inhabitants, you'll be able to ask the marine biologist that exclusively joins your delegation for this experience.
This evening, enjoy a dinner with local Aussie families. Learn more about Aussie life during this fun and unique cultural exchange.
Travel north along the scenic coastal road to the picturesque township of Port Douglas where you'll visit a wildlife sanctuary. Encounter Australia's unique animals, such as koalas, kangaroos, and crocodiles at the sanctuary—and then pose for a picture as you cuddle a koala! Later, enjoy lunch with the lorikeets; rainbow lorikeets are brightly colored parrots that are local to the area.
Join the Kubirri Warra brothers for an unforgettable cultural experience learning about their traditional ancestors and the importance of the land of the World Heritage rainforest region. During your coastal walk you will have the opportunity to try spear-throwing, learn the ancient ways to hunt, and possibly even catch a mud crab.
Tonight, tempt your taste buds at dinner where you will have the chance to try kangaroo or barramundi, a tasty traditional local fish. Afteward, explore the Cairns Night Markets, a lively emporium for all things unique and Australian, and take advantage of this final chance to shop for those last minute souvenirs.
Bid a sad farewell to Australia before boarding the coach to the airport for your return flight to the United States.
Note: Highlights featured represent past programs. Your program may differ slightly in some areas due to scheduling conflicts, unforeseen changes, and the arrival of new opportunities. Your program's schedule of activities will be provided as confirmed, closer to actual travel.
Our inclusive tuition is yet another reason People to People Student Ambassador Programs stands out.
|12 hours of pre-travel preparation||Yes|
|People to People Ambassador Programs travel shirt||Yes|
|International airline surcharge||No|
|Taxes and gratuities||Yes|
|Three meals per day||Yes|
|Safety & Insurance|
|On-site 24 hour delegation manager||Yes|
|Supervision (average leader/student ratio 1/10)||Yes|
|24-hour response team||Yes|
|Travel Protection Plan & Cancel For Any Reason Benefit Upgrade:
Available as optional purchases for your program
|One elective high school semester credit||Yes|
|College credit (Eastern Washington University)||No|
|10 service-learning hours||Yes|
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