• Continuing the great work from previous SHCG immersion programs to Timor Leste
  • Immersion program with CTID Canossian College
  • Visiting the Vanilale Orphanage
  • Discover local markets and traditional villages.
  • Travelling along the spectacular Northern Coast

We begin our exploration of East Timor in the Portuguese flavored capital of Dili, visiting the symbolic areas of interest in the city, all of which recount East Timor’s turbulent history from both recent and colonial times. We then travel along the northern coast to Timor Leste's second largest city, Baucau, where we join the students and staff at CTID, Canossian College Bacau, on a 6 day immersion program. During this time we will also visit the Vanilale Orphanage. Throughout the program there will be time for group discussions and personal reflections to deepen student understanding of the socio-economic situation in Timor, development issues and historical perspectives.


Start and Finishing Point:





After so many months of planning and preparation the day has finally arrived! You depart Melbourne for Darwin. On arrival we transfer to our accommodation for our night stop over.

Meals:  Nil

This morning we rise and head to the airport for our morning flight to Dili. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel at Timor Lodge for a full safety and trip briefing. We have an orientation program before we aim to visit some of the historic and cultural icons of this city such as the statue of Jesus, Pope John Paul II lookout, Santa Cruz Cemetery and Chega Museum. Tonight we will have the opportunity to discuss the history and plight of the people in Timor over dinner and prepare for our departure to Baucau tomorrow. Overnight Timor Lodge

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning we rise for breakfast and pack up our bags to join our coach and driver at 8:30am for the 3 hour drive to Baucau. We drive by the North Coast, through steep rugged mountains and can stop at vantage points along the way. On a clear day there are magnificent views of the ocean, coral reefs and white sand beaches as we pass through various seaside fishing villages on the way to the town of Manatuto. We can stop here to stretch our legs before resuming our drive to Baucau. Baucau is the second largest city of Timor Leste, set in a hill overlooking the ocean, and features buildings made of traditional materials as well as limestone which the city is actually built on. Fishing and rice farming were once the main activities in the area, though all sort of businesses have thrived here since independence in 2000. The town is a main stopping point for many people on the way to other further districts, making it a very busy city with a lively daily market. We aim to arrive at CTID Canossian College around lunchtime and spend some time meeting the students and getting to know one another. Overnight Melita Guesthouse

Meals:  B,L,D

Over the next four days we will connect with the students at CTID, engaging in a number of programs focusing on arts, cooking, sewing and English language. One day we will leave Baucau and visit Vanilale orphanage for the day. Overnight Melita Guesthouse

Meals:  B,L,D

Today we will attend Church before enjoying a picnic lunch with some of the girls from CTID. After lunch we will enjoy some leisurely activities with the students before returning to our lodge to prepare for our departure tomorrow morning. Overnight Melita Guesthouse

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning we rise for breakfast and have the morning to explore the town of Bacau before heading back on the North Coast road to Dili. Time allowing we plan to stop at important sites along the way including the townships of Vamasse, Laleia and Manatuto. Overnight Timor Lodge

Meals:  B,L,D

On our last full day in Dili we plan to explore a local Timor coffee factory, support the local business at the craft (Tias) markets for souvenirs, and then hike to the top of Cristo Rei Statue. We aim to travel to the beach for a swim and to have lunch before starting our program debrief/reflection. This will provide each person a chance to share their key learning outcomes and put forward suggestions as to how to deepen the community partnership. Tonight we have a celebratory dinner at a beachfront restaurant planned. Overnight Timor Lodge

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning we rise for breakfast and say goodbye to our hosts as we transfer to the airport for our flight back to Darwin before connecting to Melbourne. In Darwin we may explore some cultural highlights of the city and have dinner before connecting for our flight to Melbourne late that night.

Meals:  B,L,D

Addressing the UN Sustainable Development Goals

No Poverty:  Economic growth must be inclusive to provide sustainable jobs and promote equality.

Quality Education:  Obtaining a quality education is the foundation to improving people’s lives and sustainable development.

Gender Equality:  Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world.

Decent Work And Economic Growth:  Sustainable economic growth will require societies to create the conditions that allow people to have quality jobs.

Responsible Production and Consumption:  Responsible Production and Consumption

Life On Land:  Sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, halt biodiversity loss

Peace Justice And Strong Institutions:  Access to justice for all, and building effective, accountable institutions at all levels.

Learning outcomes for students

A World Expeditions Schools regenerative adventure is a unique learning experience. Our journeys are designed to encourage thriving and positive development along with leaving the communities and environments where we travel in a better condition than when we arrived.
The programs are designed to enhance the following life skills that will help you grow as an individual:
• the confidence to lead a group and make decisions
• the value of working together as a cohesive team to achieve a common objective
• the ability to face mental and physical challenges
• the ability to adapt to new environments outside of their 'comfort zone'
• to appreciate and care for the natural environment. The environments we trek through are beautiful and often pristine, invariably the students will gain a deeper appreciation and understanding about how their individual actions impact on the environment
• build strong friendships and bonds with their peers and also the local peoples
• basic outdoor skills
Importantly our adventures help increase general well-being and build resilience in young citizens to help them deal with adverse situations in life whilst helping the local environment and communities in which we travel.


  • Teachers from Sacred Heart College Geelong travelling with the group
  • Australia WEXS staff member accompanying the group and local expert bilingual guide
  • Return economy flights from Melbourne to Dili
  • Overnight in Darwin
  • All meals as per the itinerary
  • All transport as per the itinerary
  • Fresh drinking water during the program
  • Comfortable lodge/guesthouse accommodation
  • Well maintained 4WD vehicle transport to/from Baucau
  • Exploring and entry fees as listed in itinerary
  • Group medical kit
  • Pre Departure Information kit to help plan and prepare
  • Timor entry visa (currently USD$35)

  • Meals and beverages not indicated in the program
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, phone calls, souveniors etc
  • Tips and gratuities
  • International travel insurance (covered by SHCG)



These trips involve outdoor activity in high heat and humidity and you will need a reasonable level of fitness and good health. (Note: These are not easy trips). The fitter you are the more you will enjoy the overall experience. Suggested preparation: 30 minutes of aerobic type exercise, (either cycling or jogging) three times a week.

Why travel with us

Why travel with us

Assisted over
14,000 Students Worldwide

Since the 1980's, we have helped students from around the globe to experience the world's most exciting destinations, allowing them to travel, give, grow.

400+ Service Learning

Together with students, we have completed over 400 Service Learning programs in developing countries. We will always continue to support causes including social justice, animal welfare, the environment and more.

Fully Customised
School Travel Programs

Want to include service learning, your school curriculum and a physical challenge, or any of the above? Contact us and we can design a program fully catered for your students and budget.

Safety and
Support - Our #1 Priority

Every school receives a detailed risk management plan that is guided by government advisories and the local partners we work with. We never compromise on the safety of your students to reduce the price of the program.


Want to find out more?

Our educational travel experts are ready to help you tailor an itinerary or service learning project to suit your school’s needs and budget. Contact us today to receive a free consultation.

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