Experience the southern hemisphere's most fascinating destinations on an unforgettable journey loaded with cultural immersion, fast-paced adventure, and hands-on learning with local experts. Explore the sun-drenched isles of Fiji's West Coast on a magnificent 110-foot yacht. Immerse yourself in the Maori culture during an evening of songs, stories, and dances. Discover stunning sea life as you snorkel alongside marine biologists at the Great Barrier Reef. Twenty-two days, a lifetime of memories!
Greet fellow delegates in your departure city before boarding your flight.
Skip a day as you cross the International Date Line.
Meet your delegation manager upon arrival in Fiji and accept a traditional Fijian lei garland.
Visit the Kula Bird Eco Park and discover a microcosm of Fiji's natural wildlife.
Relax as you wander through acres of lush rainforest and encounter Fiji's unique and beautiful flora and fauna.
Discover what school is like in the southern hemisphere when you spend the day interacting with Fijian students.
Exchange stories and ideas with students as you nurture friendships that will last a lifetime.
Understand the way of life for Fijians when you're welcomed into their community and learn how many of them live on a minimal income in their humble rural village.
Participate in one of the most common ceremonial and social customs in the islands, the Kava Ceremony, the consumption of a national drink made from made the bare root of a pepper tree, pounded into a fine powder, and then mixed with fresh water.
Journey upriver on traditional longboats and be amazed by the natural beauty of the rainforests and waterfalls.
Immerse yourself in crystal clear waters as you enjoy a swim at a natural waterfall pond.
Admire the view when you take a scenic drive eastward through the Coral Coast, pass local villages, and arrive at Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park.
Meet an enthusiastic team of park rangers at Sigatoka who will give you an exclusive tour of the dunes, which are famous for their rich archeological history geomorphological, ecological, cultural and aesthetical attributes.
Experience the natural beauty of the Sigatoka, with its walking trails and spectacular views from Juvonulevu (Turtle) Lookout.
Enjoy bird watching and see evidence of Fijian history scattered on the dunes.
Help mitigate the critically endangered Fijian Dry Forest when you plant seedlings during a reforestation project that includes replacing invasive weeds with new trees.
Journey to Denarau Marina, gateway to the stunning, sun-drenched tropical isles of Fiji's West coast.
Set sail on a mind-blowing 110-foot yacht from the Governor General's Brigantine "Ra Marama" for Mystery (Tivua) Island.
Soak up the sun in the bowsprit and enjoy the music and entertainment as you sail to Tivua Island.
Enjoy your island paradise with activities including glass bottom boat tours, snorkeling the magnificent coral reefs and, and local games.
Bid farewell to your Fiji team at Denarau Marina and board your flight to New Zealand.
Welcome to Auckland, with its unique blend of harbor, islands, Polynesian culture, and modern city environment.
Witness Auckland's amazing suburbs, which sprawl generously over a narrow isthmus between the Pacific Ocean and the Tasman Sea.
Travel south through the beautiful farmlands of Waikato to your homestay location.
Enjoy this unique opportunity to be immersed in local culture and learn about life as a New Zealander.
Today, if school is in session, you will have the opportunity to attend school with local students and experience their academic and social life.
Your homestay continues with a chance to experience everyday life in New Zealand and meet the locals, sample traditional food, and take part in family activities.
Bid farewell to your homestay family.
This evening, spend the night in a Marae, an authentic Maori meeting house and the focal point of the Maori culture.
Dinner this evening is in the style of a Hangi, prepared using steam or hot rocks in a pit oven.
Explore Maori culture through songs, stories, and dances as you enjoy a festive evening understanding their way of life.
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.
Enrich your confidence and self-awareness during Full On interactive workshops that promise to get your heart pounding—like experiencing an outdoor adventure course!
Receive a warm civic welcome to Rotorua from a city council member at the Rotorua Council Chambers.
Engage with the official and learn about the local government and the community, known for its geothermal activities.
Discover the essence of Rotorua at the Historical Rotorua Museum of Art and History, located in the historic Rotorua Bath House building.
Take a step back in time and enjoy an English-style tea lunch at the beautiful Blue Baths.
Make your way to Mount Ngongotaha via a gondola and enjoy a birds-eye view of Rotorua.
Hang on during your exciting and fun luge ride to the bottom of the mountain.
Explore Waimangu Thermal Valley, an amazing series of thermal pools and craters created by the volcanic environment.
Board a vessel and take a short trip across Rotorua Lake to the sacred Mokoia Island, a private island with limited access and home to several rare species of birds, including the kokako, the kiwi, and a breeding population of the endangered Saddleback.
Discover how ancient traditions may be part of the solution for preserving the natural balance between man and the environment.
Board your flight to Australia.
G'day, mate! Welcome to Australia, the Land Down Under!
The largest city in Australia and the capital of New South Wales, Sydney is uniquely set on the natural harbor of Port Jackson.
Experience a unique opportunity to learn about, and participate in, two sports that define Australian culture and lifestyle: Aussie rules football and cricket!
Receive personal instruction on the basics of these sports and then set yourself free and practice your new skills on the playing field as you're challenged by locals.
Have a rockin' good time at the Hard Rock Cafe, amid its fascinating collection of music memorabilia.
Leave the city behind and discover the scenic Blue Mountains.
Ride the world's steepest railway incline and then walk along the ancient rainforest valley.
Admire the most spectacular landmark in the region; The Three Sister rock formation, and hear about the Aboriginal legend behind the story.
Appreciate a demonstration of traditional Aboriginal dance backed by the didgeridoo, a wind instrument developed by Indigenous people of northern Australia around 1,500 years ago.
Receive an introduction to Aboriginal culture and history from locals.
Enjoy a dinner cruise on the harbor with Sydney's skyline as your spectacular backdrop, including iconic landmarks like the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbor Bridge.
Hit the waves! Take to the water at the famous Bondi Beach and try your hand at surfing. You will have exclusive use of the historic Bondi Surf Bathers' Life Saving Club.
Try kangaroo for dinner when you dine at a Sydney restaurant overlooking Darling Harbor.
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.
Examine and handle exquisite opal, Australia's national gemstone, during a cutting and polishing demonstration at an opal establishment.
This morning, board your flight to discover the northern coast of Australia.
Arrive in the coastal cosmopolitan city of Cairns, nestled in Queensland amid two of Australia's most treasured World Heritage destinations, the Wet Tropics Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef.
Enjoy a dip in Cairns' best known landmark, the Esplanade lagoon, a beautiful 5,000-square-foot swimming area that overlooks Trinity Inlet.
Take a stroll along the scenic boardwalk with uninterrupted views of Trinity Inlet.
Behold a birds-eye view of the rainforest canopy and the lush terrain below from an elevated walkway reaching heights of up to 50 feet above the Wooroonooran National Park.
Participate in a community service project in Malanda by making scones, then sharing them with the elderly citizens, many of whom were early pioneers in the development and settlement of this area.
Learn about Australian history during this cultural exchange, while enjoying your culinary delights with the residents.
Cruise out to the Great Barrier Reef—composed of over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands stretching some 1,600 miles.
Soak up the pristine waters and magnificent scenery and then gear up with marine biologists for an incredible underwater adventure.
Take the plunge and snorkel the reef, 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? You'll get answers from the marine biologist that exclusively joins your delegation for this experience.
This evening, interact with local Aussie families over dinner and enjoy this unique opportunity to be immersed in local culture and learn about life in Australia.
Travel north along the scenic coastal road to the picturesque township of Port Douglas.
Encounter Australia's unique fauna, such as koalas, kangaroos, and crocodiles at a wildlife sanctuary—then pose for a picture as you cuddle a koala!
Enjoy lunch with the Lorikeets; rainbow lorikeets are brightly colored parrots that are local to the area.
Join the Kubirri Warra brothers for an unforgettable cultural experience learning about their traditional ancestors and the importance of the land of the World Heritage rainforest region.
During your coastal walk you will have the opportunity to try spear-throwing, and learn the ancient ways to hunt and possibly catch a mud crab.
Tonight, tempt your taste buds at dinner and try kangaroo or barramundi, a tasty traditional local fish.
Explore the Cairns Night Markets, a lively emporium for all things unique and Australian, for those 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.