University staff

We create extraordinary people through extraordinary experiences. You can, too.

Who we are

We are Antipodeans, educational travel specialists. We create extraordinary people through extraordinary travel experiences. We started this company because we believe the more people we educate through travel, the more positive the future will be. So, over the past 25 years we’ve been dedicated to empowering students take ownership and embrace the world beyond their own borders. Australian owned and operated, we’ve explored more than 30 destinations, with over 10,000 students since being founded in 1991.

Fathers, mothers, sisters, uncles, nurses, rescue helicopter pilots and former school teachers we are people just like you. You can read all about us here.

“I can’t speak highly enough of Antips. Their risk assessment is extensive and they’re always happy to discuss issues or concerns to find workable solutions. Thanks for providing my students with an opportunity to make a difference and appreciate diversity in a way they can’t at home.”
Hazel Rands, Dep. Program Director for the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Griffith University

Dan Donati and Lachlan Bunn. Directors, adventurers and big believers in shaping the future through responsible travel.

Our placements

We’ve built our reputation on collaboration with Australian and New Zealand universities, delivering international placements that meet your institution’s needs–not ours. Your students’ placements will be designed to support course objectives and meet academic requirements, whilst honing their professional and personal skills.

For 2 to 4 weeks students are immersed in developing communities overseas where they apply coursework and gain experiential learning in practical settings that are vastly different from home. Students must overcome language, social and cultural barriers whilst supporting and working with local staff. They build on core life skills like critical thinking and problem solving. They become global citizens.

Developed in conjunction with the communities we travel to, an Antipodeans University Placement is a professional learning experience that adds real, tangible value to a student's résumé and positively impacts the lives of many around the world.

Disciplines we work with

We currently work with 29 university faculties across various disciplines: Arts & Humanities, Business, Health, Education, Law, Science and Social Sciences. We can also offer Community Engagement or Leadership programs for any discipline, so if you don’t see yours, please get in touch.

Countries we go to

Antipodeans is proud to work closely with international communities who share our vision for the future and offer immersive experiences for students. We will continue to develop our global partnerships in response to university needs, so if you don’t see the country you wish to travel to in the list below, get in touch.

Wonder what a placement looks like? Head to our case studies to see how, with the help of people like you, we are making a sustainable impact in communities all over the world.

Participating universities

  • Central Queensland University
  • Charles Sturt University
  • Federation University
  • Flinders University
  • Griffith University
  • James Cook University
  • Monash University
  • Southern Cross University
  • University of Canberra
  • University of Newcastle
  • University of Notre Dame
  • University of Queensland
  • University of South Australia
  • University of Sydney
  • University of Tasmania
  • University of the Sunshine Coast
  • University of Wollongong

How we support you

As experts in international tertiary placements, Antipodeans manage all aspects of the placement on behalf of the university—from start to finish.

We will:

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“One of the most rewarding things I’ve done with students. Students learnt the importance of communication, being tolerant, sharing opinions and considering other points of view. They learnt versatility is a trait all nurses should have and, as a profession, that we can make a real difference.”
Dr. Kerry Reid-Searl, Nursing Senior Lecturer at Central Queensland University (Thailand Community Health Placement)

Why choose us?

We love universities. And they love us, too.

We’re not selling you a trip. We see ourselves as people helping create an experience for you and your students. We are your trip planners, educators, cultural gurus, operations managers, problem-solvers, shoulder, ear and one point of contact.

We don’t take our universities for granted and know it starts with you. We’ve worked with some of the most passionate educators in Australia and New Zealand. Without them, these incredible learning experiences wouldn’t be possible, so we help universities as much as we can to do things differently. See how, below.

Antipodeans Competitors
100% AU-NZ owned and operated
No major incidents in 25 years
Local 24/7 backup and support
One point of contact for each trip
Risk management experts
Partner with the UN
Sustainable programs

The difference, explained.

AU/NZ owned & operated

Our programs are developed right here. This means support that’s only a phone call away and local staff who understand every school and uni is different. We’re right here, invested in Aussie amd Kiwi students too.

No major incidents in 25 years

This record is no fluke. The preparation we go through for every trip is unprecedented in the industry, meaning students, teachers and leaders are better prepared and more confident on trips.

The original

We’ve been doing this for 25 years. Some will claim to have been here just as long, but there can only be one, true original. That just happens to be us.

24/7 support at home and overseas

Your team’s location is tracked at all times with GPS. Our operations and support teams are based in Australia or New Zealand and further assisted by 24-hour backup in our Sydney-based support centre. We don’t sleep.

One point of contact

You get a dedicated staff member to help plan and communicate with the university/school, supervisors/parents and students. We sweat the details so you don't have to; ensuring you keep focused on students and educating them—not planning a trip.

Risk management experts

We have 25 years experience managing risks for travelling student groups. Our Operations Team are highly experienced and between them, share over 40 years managing risks–and that’s just at Antipodeans.

We’re partnering with the UN

We are a signatory of the United Nations Global Compact, the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative. Our community projects also align with the Global Sustainable Development Goals.

Sustainable projects

Our overseas employees and partners abide by the Antipodeans Code of Conduct, ensuring projects truly benefit the community. Students rated our projects a ‘9.5 out of 10’ and 97% of educators felt their project had real impact.

Ready to get started? Have questions? Get in touch.