Trekking the vibrant Annapurna wilderness during a service trip | Dylan Coleman
Our experienced team love talking to teachers about incredible travel opportunities. It is rewarding and exciting to know that the students who join our experiential journeys are loving the opportunity to #travelgivegrow.
So, with 2024 just around the corner, where are schools travelling to, and where are some extraordinary gems waiting to be discovered again?
Our Number #1 destination for Schools in 2024 is the Himalayan wonderland of Nepal.
Nepal offers a mesmerising blend of scenic beauty, rich heritage, physical challenge and warm hospitality. Trek, challenge, cultural immersion and service-learning opportunities abound as students immerse themselves in the unique traditions of this enchanting country.
The Himalaya is where our company started way back in 1975 and remains one of our most popular areas for school groups thanks to our experience and variety of options.
Easily accessible from Australia, the rich tapestry of historical treasures and diverse culture has also been a very popular reason why Vietnam and Cambodia are a top choice. Students can discover the bustling streets of Hanoi and Phnom Penh, cruise through the stunning limestone pinnacles of Halong Bay, build a house for a family living in a remote village outside Siem Reap, complete a trek and service program in Vietnam’s hilltribe area and cycle around the ancient temples of Angkor Wat.
Japan with its blend of ancient traditions and cutting-edge technology creates a fascinating tapestry of experiences for students. Walk through the dynamic streetscapes of Tokyo, witness the serene beauty of Kyoto's temples, come face to face with history in Hiroshima, soak in natural hot springs in Hakone all the while experiencing the mouthwatering cuisine that Japan is famous for.
The tropical warmth of the Philippines is another Asia destination that has piqued some of our Schools’ interest. Visiting Manila for mega-cities, island hopping, regenerative service programs and exploring different landscapes has been top of the list.
Exploring our own backyard continues to develop students’ understanding of the ancient wisdom and culture of Indigenous Australia. Our Australian programs travel to every state in the country and have a very unique mix of cultural immersions with local indigenous mobs, physical challenge, conservation and humanitarian service and importantly, loads of fun activities for students to experience.
These destinations will continue to captivate our schools as they have done for decades with the safe and authentic programs we offer.
But what are some emerging destinations that our Schools are looking into?
Borneo, with it’s untamed wilderness including rainforest, mountain peaks and diverse wildlife is at the forefront of our new programs. Here students have the opportunity to gain unique insights into biodiversity and conservation, complete service programs with local tribes and world class conservation groups, trek through lush jungle, encounter orangutans in their natural habitat and witness breathtaking landscapes, a world away from the confines of the classroom and school yard.
FURTHER AFIELD, PERHAPS?
A little bit further afield, Tanzania with it’s vast savannas and abundant wildlife paired with well-established community service learning programs provide the quintessential African school experience.
One destination which was very popular going back a number of years is South America. Ecuador is a fantastic destination for conservation service and has just been voted on the 2024 Lonely Planet Hot List or the best destinations to travel to next year. Peru has long been a favourite amongst our schools with trekking along the many Inca Trails and the history of ancient civilisations being the main drawcards.
If it is more of a STEM program you are after then Europe is now more popular than ever. History, the arts, culture, cuisine with more flight schedules now on offer, the cost for our Europe programs are more value for money than ever before.
With so many opportunities, the important message is to take the time to discuss your learning requirements with our team. With the hunger and passion for travel reignited across the world, we are seeing flights, accommodations and other services book out exceedingly far in advance.
Contact our team now to discuss your next learning adventure to ensure the best possible price and overall experience for your School.