Experience the Down Under as few have, mate! Accept a backstage pass to the iconic Sydney Opera House. Imagine a roaring crowd as you engage in a cricket game at a stadium where the pros play. Discover your inner Aussie during a homestay at a working ranch. Suit up with marine biologists at the Great Barrier Reef. Throw spears and boomerangs with Aboriginal people and learn about their ancient traditions.
Greet fellow delegates in your departure city before boarding your flight.
Skip a day as you cross the International Date Line.
Welcome to Sydney, Australia’s largest city and the capital of New South Wales!
Meet your delegation manager upon arrival at Sydney Airport.
Play cricket where the pros do when you visit the Sydney Cricket Ground, a 46,000-seat stadium that is home of the New South Wales Blues cricket team. This is a hands-on opportunity to play cricket with the training nets used by the professionals.
Discover Darling Harbor, a lively recreational and pedestrian precinct located at beautiful Cockle Bay.
Get a backstage pass to the world-famous Sydney Opera House. Enter areas that are not accessible to the public during an exclusive guided orientation of this iconic facility, a masterpiece of late-modern architecture.
Enjoy a boat cruise on Sydney Harbor though the heart of this magnificent city and marvel at iconic landmarks, including Harbor Bridge and the Sydney Opera House.
Examine and handle exquisite opal, Australia’s national gemstone, during a cutting and polishing demonstration at an opal establishment.
Rise and prepare to sharpen your mental focus and challenge your physical fortitude as you participate in Full On, a day-long program specially designed for People to People delegates.
Boost your confidence and self-awareness during Full On interactive workshops that promise to get your heart pounding—like rappelling down an exposed rock face in the Blue Mountains!
The ultimate Australian cultural experience
Journey north through rural New South Wales to Coffs Harbor, home of surf beaches, fishing operations, and banana plantations.
Keep an eye out for kangaroos, which are often seen in groups or “mobs,” as well as other exotic wildlife native to the Down Under.
Meet your homestay family as you’re welcomed into their home. You’ll learn more about the local culture during the next two days than you ever imagined as you’re immersed in local activities, cuisine, and culture. It’s the ultimate Australian experience!
Nurture lifetime friendships as your homestay continues. This is your opportunity to experience everyday life in Australia and meet locals. Past experiences have included attending school with a student, and participating in culturally immersive activities with family members and their friends.
Bid farewell to your homestay family and cross the border into Queensland, known as the Sunshine State. This unique climate includes sandy beaches, national park forests, vast plains, lush tropical rainforests, forested mountains, massive wilderness areas, and the natural wonder that is the Great Barrier Reef.
Have a rockin’ good time at the Hard Rock Café, and check out its fascinating collection of music memorabilia.
Appreciate the skyscrapers, iconic beaches, and sparkling surf that make up the lively metropolis of Surfers Paradise, one of the world’s most dynamic urban beach destinations, located on the famed Gold Coast.
Today visit Brisbane, the capital of Queensland and Australia’s third most populous city.
Dubbed Australia’s “new world city,” you will see the Brisbane River, Botanic Gardens, Anzac Square Memorial and numerous historical buildings including the Parliament House, old treasury building, and Queensland University of Technology.
Board a ferry for Tangalooma Resort, home to a playful pod of wild bottlenose dolphins.
Learn about the marine life of the surrounding coastal area from a dedicated team of marine biologists at the Tangalooma Marine Center on Moreton Island, which is 95% national park.
Gear up and snorkel near one of the most famous landmarks on Moreton Island, the Tangalooma wrecks: 15 vessels that have been deliberately sunk on the landward side of the island to provide a break wall for small boats. The wrecks attract an amazing amount of marine life, including wobbegongs (also known as carpet sharks), trevally, kingfish, yellowtail, and tons of tropical fish.
Go sand tobogganing on the island’s giant sand dunes.
Hand feed Moreton Island’s pod of wild bottlenose dolphins.
Assist marine biologists with the Dolphin Care Team in their research. You’ll help collect data and record your observations of the dolphins’ behavior and appearance.
Say goodbye to your island getaway this morning.
Travel north to the Sunshine Coast, stretching some 40 miles. This stunning coastline was given its name because the sun shines almost all year round.
Hit the waves! Take to the water at a pristine Australian beach and try your hand at surfing after receiving instruction from surfer gurus.
Visit the small community of Gin Gin, nicknamed “Wild Scotsman Country” due to the capture of one of Queensland’s few bushrangers, James Alpin McPherson, in the area on March 30, 1866.
Interact with students at the Gin Gin School, where funds raised through hosting years of People to People delegates has resulted in construction of the P&C Friendship Pavilion, named “Friendship.”
Donate supplies to grateful students at a community school.
Hit the road again on the Bruce Highway to Rockhampton. Located on the Tropic of Capricorn, Rockhampton is considered the capital of Australia’s beef industry, producing about 18 million head per year.
Tonight, arrive at the seaside township of Yeppoon, gateway to the Capricorn Coast, a quiet yet vibrant location with its pristine beaches and shallow coves.
Discover Olsen’s Capricorn Caves, a unique system of above-ground caves in a limestone ridge that are renowned for their unspoiled beauty and unique natural formations.
Learn about Australian government during an exclusive briefing with a government representative.
Tonight, walk on the wild side at a crocodile farm where you will have the opportunity to spot crocodiles lurking in the dark, murky waters.
Pass through Mackay, a major center for the sugar cane industry in Australia. Did you know that Australia is the 3rd largest supplier of raw sugar in the world with production reaching $2.5 billion annually?
Make your way to Airlie Beach, the gateway to the 74 Whitsunday Islands on the amazing Great Barrier Reef.
Explore a wildlife sanctuary and encounter Australia’s unique fauna, such as koalas, kangaroos, crocodiles, and wombats.
Cuddle with an adorable koala and have your photo taken.
Observe the changing vistas from the coast to the Outback during your scenic journey west along the inland highway.
Arrive at your farm stay, outside the historical gold mining town of Charters Towers, which was discovered by chance at Towers Hill on Christmas Eve 1871 by 12-year-old Aboriginal boy.
Meet your farm stay hosts and enjoy country hospitality when you feat on a home cooked meal that may include crocodile chowder, prawns, and traditional Aussie meat pie.
Enjoy a full day of activities in the Outback, exploring the bush, spotting wildlife, and observing flora.
Witness firsthand what it takes to manage an Australian farm, working alongside your host family as you experience their daily life, learn to crack a bullwhip, and participate in an environmental cleanup project.
Pass through Townsville, the official capital of Far North Queensland.
Head to Cairns, the northern-most destination of your Australian adventure!
Welcome to Cairns! This coastal cosmopolitan city is nestled in northern Queensland amid two of Australia’s most treasured World Heritage destinations, the Wet Tropics Rainforest and the world’s largest living organism … the Great Barrier Reef!
Cruise out to the Great Barrier Reef across pristine waters.
Take a plunge and snorkel the Great Barrier Reef alongside marine biologists, coming into contact with brightly colored tropical fish, giant clams, and an amazing array of soft and hard coral of every imaginable color.
Got questions about the reef or its inhabitants? Ask away! You’ll get answers from the marine biologist that exclusively joins your delegation for this experience.
Enjoy a birds-eye view of a tropical rainforest as you ride the Skyrail Rainforest cableway that spans 4.6 miles over pristine tropical rainforest.
Glide just meters above the rainforest on the cableway before descending through the canopy layers deep into the heart of the forest as you explore one of the most botanically fascinating and diverse areas on Earth.
Be immersed in the Aboriginal culture with a demonstration of Aboriginal traditional dance, boomerang and spear throwing, as well as an introduction to Aboriginal history.
Explore the Cairns Night Markets, a lively emporium for all things unique and Australian, for last-minute souvenirs.
Board 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 experienced teacher leaders are the backbone of our unique student travel programs. Many of these educators have led our delegations for more than five years, and some for more than 20. Their interaction with the students on their delegation begins long before travel. Each leader devotes eight to 10 months of pre-travel education and orientation to ensuring that every student is ready to make the most of the experience.
All of our leaders meet rigorous standards that include classroom experience, CPR certification, a background check and personal interview, safety training, and strong recommendations from supervisors.
Our inclusive tuition is yet another reason People to People Student Ambassador Programs stands out.
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* Activity highlights feature 2012 programs. Our 2013 programs may differ slightly in some areas due to scheduling conflicts, unforeseen changes, and the arrival of new opportunities. The program's schedule of activities will be provided as confirmed, closer to actual travel.