This isn’t your average school trip. Share the adventure of a lifetime with friends—all while giving back.
An Expedition is a school trip with more. More adventure, more giving back, more ownership from students and more planning and support for teachers.
A 3-4 week journey through a developing country, our Expeditions inspire all kinds of things. A new perspective. Gratitude. Mindfulness. They also allow high school students to give back to a community abroad, through a rewarding project they help plan before they go.
Are you a teacher? From the bottom of our heart, thank you. We understand you will have specific questions around our programs that this page can’t answer, so we’ve worked with your peers to create a page just for you. Head over there now →
Aussie and Kiwi high school students.
Middle of year: Jun-Jul
End of year: Nov-Dec
The average trip length is 3 to 4 weeks.
While you will design your own trip there are three core elements you can look forward to:
A thoroughly researched and hands-on project will form a central part of your expedition. Guess who gets to decide what you’ll be doing? You do. During this component, you’ll work directly with a local community, helping to build or renovate school buildings, improve the infrastructure around the community (like building a well or a bridge) or get your hands dirty laying the foundation for a greenhouse or vegetable garden.
Experience the natural beauty of your destination with an inspiring trek through local terrain. Whether it be the mountain tops of Nepal or the jungles of Borneo, you’re bound to discover the most breathtaking places on Earth. If you’re worried about your fitness, don’t be. Everything will be up to your team. From the length of the trek to the pace you walk it, you choose.
Unlike the typical school tour or family holiday, you and your team will have the chance to actually plan your itinerary and make the trip your own. Travelling backpacker style, you explore the sights of your choosing, experience the local culture and have the adventure of your lives.
“Go do it! Whatever it takes, you have to go. It’s a life changing experience that you will never forget.”
One of the best ways to travel is with a guide. You’ll get one with us, but we call them leaders. Why not guides? Because they’re so much more. Unlike other travel companies we don’t hire overseas people to pick you up at the arrival gate and show you around. Our leaders are Australian and New Zealand locals who work closely with you beforehand (at planning sessions and on the training course) and fly the whole way there and back with you.
We’re picky on who we choose to represent us. Being a leader is not a quick cash job, it’s integral to your preparation and trip. Our leaders have been around the world, studied a degree or four and completed enough wilderness training to make Bear Grylls proud. You’ll be led by marine biologists, entrepreneurs, firefighters, school principals, emergency rescue pilots, professional soccer players and academics. Some are even Insta famous. We can confidently say our leaders are the best in Australia and New Zealand, hands down.
Your journey begins well before bags are packed. With more prep and planning than other school trips, we’ll spend anywhere from 6 to 18 months researching, planning and organising every detail of the trip with you. We guide you through preparation activities, help decide what community to help, project to accomplish and where to trek. All this planning (10 individual meetings to be exact, but who’s counting?) builds up to a two-day training course and a travel simulation day—both which will give you a taste of what’s to come when you finally head overseas. What does a two day training course look like? Epic. But don’t take our word for it, check it out below.
“You add a layer to yourself as a person, learning more than you would in a year of school. Other cultures enrich and enlighten you to the true extent of diversity in our world. Worth every cent.”
Parents may ask why you’re choosing an Expedition over a standard school trip, often followed by “it’s cheaper” or “What are you going to get out of it?”
Tell them this.
We started Antipodeans because we believe travel makes you a better citizen of the world. Why? As Mark Twain once wrote, “travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” Can you imagine how different the world would be if everyone travelled? We can.
Reed Hastings (founder of Netflix) was once asked how he was able to push past the fear of risking everything to build his ground-breaking startup. He reflected on his time abroad with the Peace Corps, saying “once you’ve hitchhiked across Africa with ten bucks in your pocket, starting a business doesn’t seem too intimidating.” We couldn’t have said it better.
Travel gives you time to step out of life and look at it in new ways, to experience how people do things differently — often with less — and to learn from new cultures and customs. What you take away from those moments stays with you forever. Steve Jobs once said of his time in India, “I didn’t have a dorm room so I slept on the floor in friends’ rooms, returned coke bottles to buy food and walked across town every Sunday to get one good weekly meal at the Hare Krishna temple. I loved it. Much of what I stumbled into by following my curiosity and intuition turned out to be priceless later on.”