- Listing Type: Summer Programs
- Destination: Australia, New Zealand
- Program Delivery: Residential
- Session Start: July
- Session Length: Three Weeks
- Entering Grade: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
- Gender: Coed
- Category: Travel/Cultural Immersion
- Selective: No
- Ages: 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
Cross the International Date Line and arrive in the Land Down Under! Our journey to Australia and New Zealand is a Travel For Teen’s favorite, combining outdoor adventure with cultural exploration and major travel destinations with little-known gems. Feel a deeper sense of cultural connection when you take part in our community service program in Australia!
In New Zealand, experience the country’s famed natural beauty with a boat cruise on picture-perfect Milford Sound nestled in the mountains. Make sure you keep an eye out for penguins, seals, and even dolphins! Take an exhilarating ride on the world’s fastest jet boat zooming through rock canyons and enjoy a local Maori ceremony to learn more about the unique culture and traditions New Zealand has.
After New Zealand, we’ll hop on a short flight to begin our ultimate Australian experience. Here we will enjoy the best of Australia’s wildlife all while completing service work with local organizations dedicated to protecting the country’s unique and diverse wildlife and natural habitats on land and water. Participants will become Great Barrier Reef advocates as part of this multifaceted program that facilitates Great Barrier Reef research, education, and conservation. Service will include a classroom component — training with marine biologists and developing the skills necessary for our work out on the water. Our hands-on work will involve trips with marine biologists to Fitzroy Island and the Great Barrier Reef to survey reefs, collect data, and visit a turtle rehabilitation center. Over the years, our summer service program has had a huge impact on the community and our former students were even featured on the local news!
The adventure doesn’t stop there — when traveling with TFT, you can be sure that you will cuddle with koalas, pet kangaroos, spend time adventuring in the outback, explore Sydney, discover the Great Barrier Reef, and of course, immerse yourself in the Australian culture and relaxed lifestyle!