People to People Unique Moments
Be at One with Nature
During an exclusive People to People experience, immerse yourself in the wildlife of Sigatoka during a special arranged trek, alongside professional park rangers, before helping to preserve its natural beauty by joining a reforestation program. Discover a window into Fiji’s past by unearthing the wealth of history found scattered among the sand dunes.
For the ultimate South Pacific experience, immerse yourself in the rural lifestyle and seize the chance to live as local students do. Compare and contrast the differences between your own schooling and that of your peers from the other side of the world during a truly unforgettable school visit.
Authentic Homestay Experience
Your host family, specially selected based off their ages and interests, can’t wait to welcome you with open arms. People to People exclusive homestays are designed to build lifelong friendships, meet local people, sample traditional foods and showcase genuine family life in the region in the most rewarding way possible.
Cultural Exchanges / Education and Service
Meet Aboriginal Australians
Meet members of the world’s oldest surviving culture, Aboriginal Australians. Get to know your hosts while discovering their fascinating ancient history, traditions and practices. Join your Aboriginal friends for lunch, where they will show off some of their tasty delicacies while sharing a wealth of fascinating stories.
Join a Fijian Village
Set sail on a journey up river, on-board traditional longboats, past the stunning natural beauty of the rainforest. Arrive at crystal clear waters where you’ll find a picture perfect scene that offers you the chance to swim beneath a waterfall while discovering genuine Fijian village life as you’re welcomed into their community.
Maori Myths and Legends
Immerse yourself in Maori culture, hearing all about their famous myths and legends first-hand in the renowned Waipoua Forest during a magical twilight walk. You’ll also have the chance to visit the site where modern day New Zealand was born, and the treaty signed between Maori leaders and the British Crown.
Fun and Adventure!
Snorkel The Great Barrier Reef
Cruise to the Outer Barrier Reef in the company of an expert Marine Biologist, who will enthusiastically answer all of your questions concerning the ecology and history of the reef. Whilst snorkelling, you’ll see tropical fish, giant clams and various types of coral. You may even see a Giant Turtle gracefully glide by!
Luge Down a Mountain
Ride a gondola up Mount Ngongotaha and luge back down before uncovering the secrets of the Waimangu Thermal Valley. In this ecological paradise not only will you be immersed in the stunning natural beauty of the area, but you’ll also be able to discover our relationship with the ecology of the region.
Team Work and Confidence Building
Take part in a full day of thrilling activities designed to help with team building and self-development among lush green fields and rolling landscapes. These confidence building sports and games include the thrills of a High Ropes Course as well as Bubble Soccer, which is guaranteed to put a smile on the faces of everyone involved.
DAY 1Slumber party!
Join your fellow travellers in Los Angeles and get to know the group on your first night together before your red-eye flight the following morning.As a group of similarly aged students, looking to get the most out of this once in a lifetime South Pacific adventure, there should be no shortage of things to talk about!
DAYS 2-3Where Did That Day Go?
Board your flight to the world’s smallest continent that boasts one of the most rich and diverse selections of nature found anywhere in the world.As you cross the various time lines between America and the South Pacific you’ll lose a day, but don’t worry, you’ll pick it up back up again on the way home!
DAY 4Those all-important first impressions…
Enjoy a warm Fijian welcome as you are presented with Shel Lei by an official Pacific Destination Representative in Viti Levu. As Fiji’s largest Island, it is home to over 70% of the country’s population.Explore the City of Nadi before tucking into a tasty local lunch. Soak up some rays around the resort, indulge in a little retail therapy and play a game of volleyball or two. Sit back, relax and take some time to acclimatise to your pacific paradise!
DAY 5Crystal Clear Waters
Set sail on a journey up river, on-board traditional longboats, past the stunning natural beauty of the rainforest. Arrive at crystal clear waters where you’ll find a picture perfect scene that offers you the chance to swim beneath a waterfall.Discover genuine Fijian village life as you’re welcomed with open arms into their community. Take part in a traditional welcome ceremony where you’ll drink a helping of the delicacy ‘Kava’ and tuck into a typical local lunch before exploring the surrounding wildlife on a rainforest walk.
DAY 6Regeneration and Reforestation
Set out on a scenic drive through the famed Coral Coast on your way to the Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park. Work alongside a team of enthusiastic Park Rangers and take advantage of their expert knowledge on a tour of the area.Immerse yourself in the wildlife of Sigatoka during a special arranged trek including bird watching before helping to preserve its natural beauty by joining a reforestation program. Discover a window into Fiji’s past by unearthing a wealth of history found scattered among the sand dunes.
DAY 7Wild School Days
For the ultimate immersive experience of Fijian society attend school for the day, during a specially arranged People to People visit. Listen, learn and play as the locals do during this 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. Head out into Kulo Eco Park on a quest to uncover Fiji’s wild side.
DAY 8Island Paradise
Set sail on a cruise to paradise. Board a mind-blowing 110 foot yacht, from the Governor General’s Brigantine to the many wonders of Mystery Island.Once on the island, you’ll have access to a whole host of amazing activities including local sports, games and snorkelling. Explore the seas on-board a glass-bottom boat tour that allows you to marvel at the area’s magnificent reefs. Life doesn’t get much better than chilling on the beach with good friends and tasty Fijian BBQ food!
DAY 9Farewell Fiji
Bid farewell to Fiji and your local hosts as you set out on the next leg of your South Pacific tour. Upon your arrival in New Zealand, set out on a guided walking tour of Auckland that showcases its many landmarks as well as a variety of hidden gems off the beaten track.From the heights of the Sky Tower to the history of the Viaduct Harbour, uncover a wealth of fascinating facts, tantalising tales and engaging experiences during an action packed first day in the city.
DAY 10The Twilight Forest Walk
Head to Hokianga, a picturesque drowned valley to the North of Auckland. Following your journey, visit a local school to meet up with your New Zealand peers for an insight into life in this rural part of the country.Immerse yourself in Maori culture, hearing all about their famous myths and legends in the renowned Waipoua Forest. Explore the natural wonders of the forest, including the largest living kauri tress in the world, during a magical twilight walk.
DAY 11Natural Treats and International Treaties
Explore some of the most spectacular examples of geology in the world, as you clamber over the Wairere Boulders, made from ancient volcanic magma. Visit the famous Mangungu Mission house, over-looking the Harbour, a serene scene that contradicts the occasional turbulent history of the area.Explore the Waitangi Treaty Grounds; where Māori chiefs first signed their accord with the British Crown that is considered New Zealand’s founding document. Enjoy strolling through one of New Zealand’s great beauty spots with its panoramic views of the Bay of Islands.
DAYS 12-13Living the Life
Take a trip into the Kawiti Caves and discover just what exactly is spookily ‘glowing’ up above you, before meeting your host family for the next two nights. P2PI’s exclusive homestays are designed to build lifelong friendships, meet local people, sample traditional foods and take part in general family life on the Island.Your host family, can’t wait to welcome you with open arms. While immersed in the life of a genuine New Zealander, there are also a whole host of activities to try including a school visit, where you’ll be learning so much more than you would during your usual middle period math lesson!
DAY 14Rough and Tumble
Take part in a full day of thrilling activities designed to help with team building and self-development. These confidence building sports and games include the thrills of a High Ropes Course as well as Bubble Soccer, which is guaranteed to put a smile on the faces of everyone involved.Stay overnight in Tui Ridge, described as the ‘real New Zealand experience’. Gaze out over the lush green fields and rolling landscapes that make this part of the world one of the most beautiful places in which to get up close and personal with nature.
DAY 15Hop into Hobbiton
Uncover the secrets of the Waimangu Thermal Valley, during a fascinating hike over the volcanic area which showcases our own relationship with the ecology of the area. Here, you’ll also be able to take a skyline gondola ride as well as enjoying the thrills of a luge.Immerse yourself in the stunning setting for the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films. Following a specially arranged Hobbit themed feast it’s time to live the life of a Hobbit. Visit Hobbiton to see the beautifully detailed props and sets of the smash hit movies and imagine you’re a star of the silver screen.
DAY 16Discover the Land Down Under
Take a deep breath… there’s a lot to get through today! Make new friends by trying your hand at a range of popular sports during a specially arranged event. After playing Aussie Rules Football and Cricket alongside locals in Sydney, get to know the city on an orientation tour.Following some famed Ozzie cuisine embark on a Sydney Harbour Highlights Tour that showcases the delights of the shoreline while providing an array of fantastic photo opportunities.
DAY 17Meeting 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. Take a ride on the world’s steepest train journey, the aptly named ‘Scenic Railway’.
DAY 18Surfs 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 19Luxurious Lagoons and Jumping Kangaroos
Enjoy a dip in Cairns’ best-known landmark, the brilliant blue Esplanade lagoon. Relax by crystal clear waters as you make the most of this truly spectacular natural wonder.Australia is famed for a range of tantalising BBQ dishes, so tuck into a number of delicacies from Barramundi (a tasty local fish) to the slightly more adventurous Kangaroo!
DAY 20Snorkel 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 day down during your final night out in Australia.
DAY 21Into the Wild
With expert help, head to the beach and try your hand at the ancient art of spear throwing. These traditional practices weren’t just for war time, but also played a vital role in rituals and relationships.Explore Australia’s rich and diverse abundance of wildlife alongside those who are trying to preserve it. Cuddle a koala and kick it with the kangaroos at a wildlife sanctuary working to maintain the region’s natural beauty.
DAY 22Depart for USA
Return home from your voyage of self-discovery with a wealth of new friends and memories that will last a life-time.