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Australian Odyssey 2018

Set out on a once in a lifetime adventure down under. Discover how culture, family life and politics have evolved in Australia through a specially designed and immersive series of unforgettable experiences.
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19 days

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People to People Unique Moments

Authentic Homestay Experience in Australia

Say g’day to your Australian host family and the wider community during an immersive few days spent living the life of an Australian. Your hosts will be specially selected, based off your age and interests, so you can get the most out of this unique People to People experience.

Meet and Greet with the Political Elite

Rub shoulders with the ruling classes as you meet with a Member of Parliament and government officials. Discuss the differences between politics in the USA and Australia, international relationships, and environmental issues during this fascinating insight into modern politics.

A Day in the Life

For the ultimate immersive experience of Australian society attend school for the day, Ozzie style! Listen, learn and play like the locals during this specially arranged, whirlwind tour of the school system. Alongside your new friends, approach learning from a whole new angle in an exciting new environment.

Cultural Exchanges / Education and Service

Stand Alongside Aboriginal Australians

Meet members of the world’s oldest surviving culture, Aboriginal Australians. Get to know your hosts while discovering their fascinating ancient history. Learn to throw a boomerang, take in a traditional dance and listen to the famous tones of didgeridoo music.

The Good Life

The good life isn’t just about the great outdoors and getting back to mother nature. Get to work, during your stay on a farm, among the flora and fauna of the Australian outback. Crack a bull whip and experience the genuine farmhand life before tucking into a home cooked meal and swapping stories with your new friends.

Mingle with the Locals

Give back to the local community in a meaningful and mutually rewarding way. Make scones before tucking into these tasty treats alongside local elderly citizens. Many of the people you’ll be dining with were early pioneers and founders of the settlement of Malanda.

Fun and Adventure!

Snorkel The Great Barrier Reef

Cruise to the Outer Barrier Reef in the company of an expert Marine Biologist, who can answer all your questions about the ecology of the Reef. While snorkelling you can marvel at tropical fish, giant clams and a rich variety of stunning coral. You may even see a Giant Turtle gracefully glide by!

Surf with a Pro on the Sunshine Coast

Hit the beach on the beautiful Sunshine Coast with Australian surfer gurus. Master the art of surfing, finding and riding the perfect waves on picturesque blue seas. This expert surfing lesson will be an experience you’ll never forget.

Outdoor and Leadership

Build your confidence during team bonding sessions. Step outside your comfort zone and take part in a day of outdoor activities. Alongside your new friends push yourself your limit, both mentally and physically, while rappelling down exposed rock faces in the Blue Mountains.

  • DAYS 1-2

    Where did that day go?
    Board your flight to the world’s smallest continent that boasts one of the most rich and diverse arrays of nature found anywhere in the world.
    As you cross the various time lines between America and Australia you’ll lose a day, but don’t worry, you’ll pick it up back up again on the way home!
  • DAY 3

    Those all-important first impressions Get your first taste of Sydney on a guided orientation, that includes a trip to the world renowned Bondi Beach and exclusive Eastern Suburbs. Discover Darling Harbour, a lively recreational district on Cockle Bay, which forms a centre piece of social activities for many residents of Sydney.

    Following a seaside lunch in Cockle Bay, embark on a Sydney Harbour Highlights Tour that showcases the delights of the shoreline while providing the first of many fantastic photo opportunities.
  • DAY 4

    Surfs up! Ride the waves at Bondi Beach, during a hands on surfing lesson that forms one of the highlights of any trip to Australia. With expert help, you’ll be a pro in no time! Tuck into a tasty local lunch and some well-earned refreshment back on land.

    Handle stunning multi-colored opal, Australia’s national gemstone, during an insightful cutting and polishing demonstration before visiting one of Australia’s most iconic landmarks. During an exclusive People to People moment, take a behind-the-scenes tour of the Sydney Opera House.
  • DAY 5

    Time for teamwork Build your confidence during specially designed team bonding sessions. Step outside your comfort zone and take part in a day of outdoor activities. Alongside your new friends push yourself to your limit, both mentally and physically, while rappelling down exposed rock faces in the Blue Mountains.
  • DAY 6

    A journey through nature Head north, through the vast Australian countryside, towards the township of Coffs Harbour. Along the way, marvel at abundance of fauna and flora that make up this beautiful part of the world. Stop off at a hospital for sick koalas for a cuteness overload and yet more brilliant photo opportunities! This really could be the selfie of the summer!
  • DAY 7

    The best of Brisbane
    Get to know Brisbane by exploring its many wonders alongside an expert guide. Visit the Botanic Gardens, Anzac Square War Memorial and Parliament. As one of the oldest cities in Australia, this impressive city was founded upon the ancient homelands of indigenous tribes.Following your tour of Brisbane, cross the border into Queensland and set sail to Moreton Island. On this island paradise, just 75 minutes from the mainland, you’ll find the Tangalooma Wild Dolphin Resort.
  • DAY 8

    Study with a Marine Biologist
    Immerse yourself in the natural delights of Moreton Island. Take advantage of a wealth of expert knowledge from a team of marine biologists working on understanding the behaviors of the pod of dolphins that visit the resort each day.
    Hand feed dolphins during this once in a lifetime, specially arranged People to People experience before delving beneath the ocean. Snorkel around the numerous sea wrecks off the coast of the resort, while learning about the area’s history as a whaling station. Top off an action packed day by going Sand Tobogganing, a truly exhilarating experience!
  • DAY 9

    The Sunshine Coast
    Set sail back to the mainland and drive up the Sunshine Coast for stunning sea-side views. Take a break with some well-earned relaxation soaking up the rays on one of the regions many beautiful beaches.
  • DAY 10

    Australian School Days
    For the ultimate immersive experience of Australian society you can attend school for the day, Ozzie style! Listen, learn and play like the locals during this specially arranged, whirlwind tour of the school system.
    Alongside your new friends, approach learning from a whole new angle in an exciting new environment, as you look at your own education through the perspective of your peers.
  • DAY 11

    Getting to know the reptiles
    Marvel at the breath-taking displays of stalactites in Olsen’s Capricorn Caves before meeting with a government representative to discuss the finer points of Austrian politics. Delve into the differences between politics in the USA and Australia, international relationships, and environmental issues.
    Following lunch, head to a crocodile farm to learn more about the world’s largest reptiles. Come face to face with these impressive and intimidating animals as you listen to the experts during a torch-lit evening tour that ends with you having the chance to sample a crocodile dinner.
  • DAY 12

    Scenery worthy of the silver screen
    Make your way through stunning scenery towards Airline Beach. Here you will not only find a wealth of natural wonders but also the mainland port of the Whitsunday Islands. Catch a glimpse of Mackay as you make your way past thousands of hectors of cane sugar fields.
  • DAYS 13 & 14

    Life in the bush
    Get out into the great outdoors and give a little back to Mother Nature. Answer the call to work, during your stay on a farm, among the flora and fauna of the Australian outback. Crack a bull whip and experience the genuine farmhand life before tucking into a home cooked meal and swapping stories with your new friends.
    Your hosts have been creating unforgettable experiences for People to People International for over twenty years and as such really do know the perfect way to showcase their authentic cattle station, as well as providing a true example of Australian hospitality.
  • DAYS 15 & 16

    Living the Australian life
    Get a taste of the true life of the Australian during one of the highlights of your whirlwind adventure. Following your journey to Cairns, meet your homestay family who have been specially selected due to their ages and interests in order to provide you with the most rewarding experience possible.
    Hang out with locals while living the day to life of your peers and pick up a few Aussie slang words along the way! This is your chance to make life long, world-wide friends and get to know the realities of a completely different culture.
  • DAY 17

    Meeting the first Australians
    Meet members of the world’s oldest surviving culture, Aboriginal Australians. Get to know your hosts while discovering their fascinating ancient history. Learn to throw a boomerang, take in a traditional dance and listen to the famous tones of didgeridoo music.
    Join your Aboriginal friends for lunch, where they will show off some of their tasty delicacies while sharing a wealth of fascinating stories. Pay close attention in an attempt to better understand a whole new perspective on life.
  • DAY 18

    Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef
    Cruise to the Outer Barrier Reef across cool blue waters. They’ll be an expert Marine Biologist on hand to answer all your questions about the ecology and history of the Reef. While snorkelling you can marvel at tropical fish, giant clams and a rich variety of stunning coral. You may even see a Giant Turtle gracefully glide by!
    During the evening, visit Cairns Night Market for some last minute souvenir shopping, and a chance to let your hair down during your final night out in Australia.
  • DAY 19

    Depart for USA
    Return home from your voyage of self-discovery with a wealth of new friends and memories that will last a life-time.

Traveler Details

Leaders for Australian Odyssey

June 28 to July 20, 2018 – Departs from Los Angeles (LAX)

Details of traveling Teacher Leaders will be confirmed shortly.

Duration in days

19

Program Details

Day to Day

Los Angeles, California

Depart

Day 1-2

Board your flight to the world’s smallest continent, boasting one of the most rich and diverse arrays of nature found anywhere in the world. You’ll lose a day as you cross the various time zones between America and Australia, but don’t worry, you’ll pick it up back up again on the way home.

Sydney, Australia

G'day Sydney

Day 3

Get your first taste of Sydney on a guided orientation, including a trip to the world-renowned Bondi Beach and exclusive Eastern Suburbs. Discover Darling Harbour, a lively recreational district in Cockle Bay, which acts as a centerpiece of social activities for many residents of Sydney. Following a seaside lunch in Cockle Bay, embark on a Sydney Harbour Highlights Tour that showcases the delights of the shoreline while providing the first of many fantastic photo opportunities.

Bondi Beach, Australia

Surfs Up

Day 4

Ride the waves at Bondi Beach during a hands-on surfing lesson, sure to be one of the highlights on any trip to Australia. With expert help, you’ll be a pro in no time! Tuck into a tasty local lunch and some well-earned refreshments back on land. Handle stunning multi-colored opal, Australia’s national gemstone, during an impressive cutting and polishing demonstration. During an exclusive People to People moment you’ll take a behind-the-scenes tour of the Sydney Opera House, one of Australia’s most iconic landmarks

Blue Mountains, Australia

Rappelling the Blue Mountains

Day 5

Build your confidence during specially-designed team bonding sessions. Step outside your comfort zone and take part in a day of outdoor activities. Alongside your new friends, push yourself to the limit, both mentally and physically, while rappelling down exposed rock faces in the Blue Mountains.

Coff's Harbour, Australia

Koala Care

Day 6

Head north through the vast Australian countryside towards the township of Coffs Harbour. Along the way, be awed by the abundance of fauna and flora that make up this beautiful part of the world. Prepare for cuteness overload when you stop off at a hospital for koalas.

Brisbane, Australia

Historic Brisbane

Day 7

Get to know Brisbane by exploring its many wonders alongside a skilled guide. Visit the Botanic Gardens, Anzac Square War Memorial, and Parliament. This impressive urban area was founded upon the ancient homelands of indigenous tribes and is one of the oldest cities in Australia. Following your tour of Brisbane, cross the border into Queensland and set sail to Moreton Island. On this island paradise, just 75 minutes from the mainland, you’ll find the Tangalooma Wild Dolphin Resort.

People to People Moment

Hand feed dolphins during this once-in-a-lifetime People to People experience before diving beneath the ocean.
Queensland, Australia

Swim with Dolphins

Day 8

Immerse yourself in the natural delights of Moreton Island. Take advantage of expert knowledge from a team of marine biologists working to understand the behaviors of dolphin pods that visit the resort each day. Hand feed dolphins during this once-in-a-lifetime experience before diving beneath the ocean. Snorkel around the numerous sea wrecks off the coast of the resort, while learning about the area’s history as a whaling station. Top off an action-packed day by going Sand Tobogganing, a truly exhilarating experience!

Sunshine Coast, Australia

Beach day

Day 9

Set sail back to the mainland and drive up the Sunshine Coast for stunning seaside views. Take a break with some well-earned relaxation, soaking up the rays on one of the region’s many beautiful beaches.

People to People Moment

For the ultimate immersive experience of Australian society, attend school for the day, Aussie style! Listen, learn, and play like the locals during this specially-arranged tour of the school system. Alongside your new friends, approach learning from a whole different angle in an exciting new environment.
Sydney, Australia

Attend School, Aussie Style

Day 10

For the ultimate immersive experience of Australian society you’ll attend school for the day, Aussie style. Listen, learn, and play like the locals during this specially-arranged tour of the school system. Approach learning from a whole new angle as you look at your own education through the perspective of your peers.

People to People Moment

Rub shoulders with the ruling classes as you meet with a Member of Parliament and government officials. Discuss the differences between politics in the USA and Australia, international relationships, and environmental issues during this fascinating insight into modern politics.
Sydney, Australia

Meet and Greet with the Political Elite

Day 11

Marvel at the breathtaking displays of stalactites in Olsen’s Capricorn Caves before meeting with a government representative to discuss the finer points of Australian politics. Delve into the differences between politics in the USA and Australia, international relationships, and environmental issues. Following lunch, head to a crocodile farm where you’ll come face to face with these impressive and intimidating animals. Listen to experts during a torch-lit evening tour that ends with you having the chance to sample a crocodile dinner.

Airline Beach, Australia

Natural Beauty

Day 12

Take in the stunning scenery on your way to Airline Beach. Here you will not only find a wealth of natural wonders, but also the mainland port of the Whitsunday Islands. Catch a glimpse of Mackay as you pass by thousands of acres of cane sugar fields.

People to People Moment

The good life isn’t just about the great outdoors and getting back to mother nature. Get to work on a farm among the flora and fauna of the Australian outback. Crack a bull whip and experience the farmhand life before digging into a home-cooked meal and swapping stories with your new friends. Your hosts have been creating unforgettable experiences with People to People International for over twenty years and know the perfect way to showcase their authentic cattle station, as well as how to provide a true example of Australian hospitality.
Australian Outback

Life in the Bush

Day 13-14

Get out into the great outdoors and give a little back to Mother Nature. Answer the call to work during your stay on a farm in the Australian outback. Crack a bull whip and experience the farmhand life before digging into a home-cooked meal and swapping stories with your new friends. Your hosts have been creating unforgettable experiences with People to People International for over twenty years and know the perfect way to showcase their authentic cattle station, as well as how to provide a true example of Australian hospitality.

People to People Moment

Say g’day to your Australian host family and the wider community during an immersive few days spent living the life of an Australian. Your hosts will be specially-selected, based off your age and interests, so you can get the most out of this unique People to People experience.
Cairns, Australia

Living the Australian Life

Day 15-16

Get a taste of local Australian life during your homestay. Following your journey to Cairns, meet your homestay family who has been specially-selected based on your age and interests. Hang out with locals while living the day-to-day life of your peers, and pick up a few Aussie slang words along the way! This is your chance to make lifelong, worldwide friends, and get to know the realities of a completely different culture.

People to People Moment

Meet members of the world’s oldest surviving culture, Aboriginal Australians. Get to know your hosts while hearing about their compelling ancient history. Learn to throw a boomerang, observe a traditional dance, and listen to the delightful tones of didgeridoo music.
The Australian Outback

Meeting the first Australians

Day 17

Meet members of the world’s oldest surviving culture, Aboriginal Australians. Get to know your hosts while hearing about their compelling ancient history. Learn to throw a boomerang, observe a traditional dance, and listen to the delightful tones of didgeridoo music. Join your Aboriginal friends for lunch where they will show off some of their tasty delicacies and share fascinating stories. Pay close attention in an attempt to better understand a whole new mindset towards life.

Cairns, Australia

The Great Barrier Reef

Day 18

Cruise to the Outer Barrier Reef across cool blue waters. There will be a professional marine biologist on-hand to answer all your questions about the ecology and history of the Reef. While snorkeling, you can marvel at tropical fish, giant clams, and a rich variety of stunning coral. You may even see a Giant Turtle gracefully glide by! In the evening, visit Cairns Night Market for some last-minute souvenir shopping and get a chance to let your hair down during your final night out in Australia.

Cairns, Australia

Depart for USA

Day 19

Return home from your voyage of self-discovery with a wealth of new friends and memories that will last a lifetime.