Help & FAQ

Our most frequently asked questions can be found below. If you have one that hasn’t been answered, please get in touch.

Expeditions

For teachers


What is an Expedition?

An Antipodeans Expedition is a 3-4 week journey through a developing country for high school students. Unlike your usual pre-packaged tour, students on Expedition actively make decisions; from helping plan their itinerary and managing the team’s travel budget, to organising the team transport, accommodation and food. Each Expedition incorporates an extensive training and pre-departure program and is led by an expert Antipodeans Leader. The core elements of an Expedition are a rewarding community project, a breathtaking trek and deep cultural immersion and exploration.


Do you run any other types of trips?

Yes, Antipodeans can organise Community Service Tours, Curriculum (History, Language, Arts) Tours and even Sports Tours for your school. We also have an incredible alternative to your typical Schoolies trip for students—our Schoolies Unearthed Program. With 25 years experience in the Aussie & Kiwi educational travel space—we’ve got you covered. Contact one of our friendly School Reps to discuss the type of trip you’re after.


What is a Community Service Tour?

A Community Service Tour is an incredible 8-10 day adventure that gives students the opportunity to participate in a grass-roots community service project, enjoy some incredible sightseeing and be immersed in a new and rich culture. Community Service Tours have a shorter lead-in time than Expeditions, do not include a trek and typically to Asia based destinations.


Where can I go?

We currently provide Expedition experiences in the destinations listed below. Many schools choose to visit a “combo” of two amazing countries on their Expedition journey. Get in touch with us to find out more, or jump onto our destinations page.

  • Argentina
  • Borneo
  • China
  • Costa Rica
  • Cambodia
  • Ecuador
  • India
  • Laos
  • Morocco
  • Nepal
  • Peru
  • Sri Lanka
  • Tanzania
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam

When will we travel?

We will work with your school to arrange a departure time that best suits you. Antipodeans Expeditions typically take place in mid-year and end of year school holiday periods, however, we’re flexible, so its up to you!


How much work is involved for teachers?

Our Programs are designed to relieve teachers of the logistical burden that comes with organising an overseas trip for students. A dedicated Antipodeans Operations Manager is appointed to every school to help guide teachers through the process and take care of pre-departure training, financial administrative tasks and trip logistics - including flights.


How many students and teachers travel per team?

To ensure appropriate ratios for risk management and to meet our responsible travel guidelines, teams range from 12-20 students, 1-2 staff members and 1 Antipodeans Leader. There is no limit to the amount of students who can travel on an Expedition from one school, as we can split students into individual teams.

* For every 8 students that travel, 1 staff member travels free of charge.


What about safety?

We have many risk management procedures in place that ensure a safe and memorable Expedition for your school.

  • Highly qualified Leaders are responsible for team safety and supervision.
  • Pre-departure training courses for students, teachers and Leaders.
  • 24-hour emergency back up from Australia and New Zealand, plus 24-hour Sydney based Support Room.
  • Long term, reliable network of in-country support.
  • Comprehensive Travel & Medical Insurance, plus DFAT and MFAT registration.
  • Vaccinations and medical advice from our expert partners the TMVC (Travellers’ Medical and Vaccination Centre) for all students and teachers.

Read more about safety here.


What about fundraising?

Students can fund their trip with part-time work and events. Setting individual financial goals is an important part of the program and we provide advice and support for students along the way. We've partnered with Woolworths to give Australian students priority on job listings at one of their companies, including Big W, Home Timber & Hardware and Woolworths supermarkets. In New Zealand, we've partnered with Sileni Wines and The Village Press Oils to help with fundraising targets.

School teams can also fundraise towards their community project contribution via school events and campaigns.


Who are Antipodeans Leaders?

Our Leaders are educators, not merely tour guides. Leaders are responsible for the overall safety and supervision of each Expedition team and are there to support the teachers to ensure all school policies and processes are followed. Our Leaders are always Australian or New Zealand based, Wilderness First Aid qualified and 25 + years of age. They work with the team to develop group dynamics prior to departure and actively facilitate leadership training while on Expedition.


Do Antipodeans book our flights?

Yes, international return airfares and internal flights in the destination country (where required) are included in all Antipodeans Expedition Programs. We have our very own Flights Manager at Antips HQ who takes care of this for all of our teams.


What about medical matters?

Our program caters to students with a variety of health conditions. All students are cleared by their own medical practitioner prior to departure. From there, Antipodeans will work with the individual to make sure a medical condition is appropriately managed. Illness or injury prior to departure or while overseas is covered by Antipodeans' Comprehensive Travel Insurance. Read more about our insurance here.


How can I find out more?

Got more questions? Awesome. Get in touch with us today.

For students


What will I get out of it?

An Expedition will change you in ways you never thought possible! Not only will you get a taste for backpacker style travel, you’ll discover your own leadership style, build resilience and learn what it takes to work as a team. You’ll make amazing friends and share crazy stories. It’s an EPIC adventure that will stay with you for life. Oh, did we mention fun?? SO. MUCH. FUN.


Can I travel with my friends?

Absolutely! We believe every student should take up the Expedition challenge. However, if you decide to sign up without your best buds, we can assure you by the end of the Expedition - you’ll have a whole bunch of new friends to share a lifetime of stories with.


I’m nervous about the trek, how fit do I need to be?

Don’t worry, we’ve got this sorted! We have students of all shapes, sizes and fitness levels participating in our programs. We’ll help you prepare for your trek before you leave home and while overseas, we make sure everyone is taken care of. The main thing we want from you is a keenness to see the world and take on a challenge!


How can I help pay for my trip?

Fundraising and part-time work are great ways to help Mum and Dad out when paying for your overseas travels. Antipodeans FundMyTrip Program gives you a heap of ideas and tips on different ways to earn money for your trip - including fundraising events and applying for a part-time job. Antipodeans has developed a partnership with Woolworths to give our travellers a leg-up when applying for a job! Find out more.


How can I start an Expedition at my school?

Want to get your school involved in the trip of the lifetime? Awesome! Contact us and we can chat about how it works and set up a meeting with your fav teacher to get the ball rolling.

For parents


What’s included in the cost of an Expedition?

Costs cover return flights from your country of origin, comprehensive travel insurance, all in-country costs (i.e. food, accommodation, transport for the entirety of the trip), all pre-departure meetings and student training courses, teacher training and travel costs, an experienced Antipodeans Leader, 24-hour back-up, safety and support. It does not include visas and vaccination expenses.


Is this program suitable for my child?

Our Program is open to all students. We ensure your child is adequately prepared so he or she can be a valued member of the team. Our Leaders are experts at running an inclusive program and developing the skills of individuals as well as the team.


What about health concerns?

Our Program caters to students with a variety of health conditions. All students are cleared by their own medical practitioner prior to departure. From there, Antipodeans will work with the individual to make sure a medical condition is appropriately managed.


What payment options are there?

Antipodeans strives to make the Expedition experience accessible to as many Australian and New Zealand students as possible by providing a range of flexible payment options. These include a monthly direct debit program, installment program or the ability to pay in full up-front. Antipodeans also has a relationship with National Australia Bank (NAB) for those families who may need financial assistance, including access to Personal Loans with repayment periods up to seven years. Find out more.


What about fundraising?

Students can raise all, or part of the cost through part-time work and ‘out of school’ fundraising events. Setting individual financial goals is an important part of the Program.

To assist Australian students, Antipodeans’ has partnered with Woolworths to give travellers first priority on a job at one of Woolworths’ much loved companies including Big W, Home Timber and Hardware and Woolworths supermarkets.

In New Zealand Antipodeans has partnered with Sileni Wines and The Village Press Oils to help with fundraising targets. The team can also fundraise to contribute extra resources for their community project.

Read more about how students can fundraise for their trip.


When can I expect to hear from my child?

Don’t expect to hear from your son or daughter every day whilst they are on Expedition. In fact, we strongly advise against students taking mobile phones or communication devices with them whilst on an Antipodeans trip. Our Expeditions are a chance to disconnect from mainstream technology and ‘reconnect’ with their true self. In saying this, teams usually keep in touch with home via team blogs set up through their school or Facebook groups that they can update when in major towns or cities. Access to the internet is commonplace in accommodation or internet cafes through all of our destinations around the world.


How much spending money does my child need?

Its an all expenses paid trip, so really, there’s no need to take much spending money at all! We usually recommend $150 (max) AU/NZ, if students wish to buy ‘mum and dad’ a special gift whilst they’re away!


What happens if my child gets sick?

Antipodeans has had a long relationship with the Travellers Medical and Vaccination Centre (TMVC) who provide expert advice on vaccinationa and precautionary measures to help prevent illness when travelling. While teams are overseas, the TMVC is available for further advice on symptoms and treatment if required.

Every Antipodeans team also carries an extensive medical kit as prescribed by the TMVC to enable thorough management of medical symptoms that may arise whilst travelling. Antipodeans Leaders all hold Wilderness First Aid Qualifications, and both Leaders and Teachers are trained on the contents of the medical kits and how to deal with sickness while overseas.

Antipodeans Comprehensive Travel & Medical Insurance includes a 24-hour emergency assistance line with trained Doctors and Nurses on call, emergency evacuation and access to a global network of medical professionals and facilities.

Read more about our Comprehensive Insurance.


What about travel insurance?

Included in every Antipodeans Program is our premium, comprehensive travel and medical insurance. Our policy covers emergency evacuation, cancellation due to injury or illness prior to departure, medical assistance for injury or illness while overseas and also provides access to a global network of 24-hour medical services and advice including Australian doctors. For further information on our insurance, go here.

Schoolies Unearthed

For Teachers


Why should my students do Schoolies Unearthed?

Our Schoolies Unearthed Program was born out of consistent requests from schools, students and parents to offer a positive alternative to the typical ‘tired’ Schoolies trips that occur in Byron Bay and the Gold Coast. Unearthed is an alcohol-free, 10-day journey overseas that combines meaningful community service projects alongside adventurous exploration and activities, allowing school leavers to truly immerse themselves in a stunning new environment. The journey also equips school leavers with vital life skills, gratitude for what they have at home and a real sense of pride for what they are able to achieve.


How is it different from the typical Schoolies trip?

Schoolies Unearthed is alcohol free, and all travelling teams are accompanied by a adult, professional Leader who is responsible for their supervision.


What work is involved for teachers?

To be honest, not much at all! We’ll work with you to decide on the best destination for your school leavers. From there we’ll arrange times to present the trip to students and parents - handling all the admin, payment and logistics along the way. You can sit back and relax knowing your students are signing up for a life changing experience overseas.


What countries can school leavers travel to?

Our Schoolies Unearthed destinations include Borneo, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia.


When do trips depart?

Unearthed trips are flexible and designed to fit in with end of school celebrations. Typically, groups depart late November or early December. We will work with you to ensure the destination and departure dates are best suited to your graduating students.


What’s included in the cost?
  • Return airfares from the nearest capital city.*
  • An experienced Schoolies Unearthed Leader to travel with each team.
  • All food, accommodation and transport for the duration of the trip.
  • Comprehensive travel insurance including DFAT and MFAT registration.
  • A sustainable community project.
  • Adventure activities unique to each destination. These may include rafting, snorkelling, a jungle survival course and more!
  • Support and guidance in the lead up to departure.
  • 24-hour emergency backup and support from our Australian-based Operations Team and from local staff overseas, for the duration of the trip.

* Departure city dependent on group make up and number.


Is it safe?

Antipodeans has been working with students in the developing world for over 25 years, without one major incident. We have many risk management procedures in place that ensure a safe and memorable Schoolies Unearthed trip for your students.

  • Highly qualified Leaders are responsible for team safety and supervision.
  • Pre-departure preparation prior to departure.
  • 24-hour emergency back up from Australia and New Zealand, plus 24-hour Sydney based Support Room.
  • Long term, reliable network of in-country support.
  • Comprehensive Travel & Medical Insurance, plus DFAT and MFAT registration.
  • Vaccinations and medical advice from our expert partners the TMVC (Travellers’ Medical and Vaccination Centre) for all students and teachers.

Will it distract students from their studies?

Short answer, no. The majority of teams begin their Unearthed preparation early in Year 11, meaning they don’t have to worry about their Schoolies plans in Year 12. Students liaise directly with their dedicated Operations Manager with any questions or concerns along the way. We’ve even found booking a Schoolies Unearthed trip is actually a motivating way for students to keep track with their studies!


What if we don’t get the numbers for a team?

Not a problem. We can link your interested students up with an appropriate local school to form a combined Schoolies Unearthed team.

For students


How long is a Schoolies Unearthed trip?

Schoolies Unearthed runs for 10 days.


What destinations do you go to?

Our Schoolies Unearthed destinations include Borneo, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia.


When do trips depart?

Schoolies Unearthed typically departs late November or early December. We will work with your school to ensure the destination and departure dates are best suited to your end of year celebrations.


Can I do Schoolies Unearthed and a trip to the Gold Coast?

Of course! Once you know your exact Schoolies Unearthed trip dates, you can plan you other celebrations around it.


How do I ensure my school does Schoolies Unearthed?

Keen to kick-start an Unearthed trip at your school? Ace. Get in touch with us and we’ll chat you through how it works, and set up a meeting with your fav teacher.


My school’s not doing Schoolies Unearthed, can I still travel?

Definitely! We have number of combined teams that are made up of students from a range of different schools.


What type of project will I do?

Projects vary from destination to destination. However, most likely you will be helping to build and renovate school buildings or classrooms, assisting on education projects and interacting regularly with community members. You’ll be immersed in village life, living and eating with the locals and playing games with the kids. Unique, rewarding and so much fun - this is an experience you’ll never forget!


How do flights work?

International return airfares and internal flights in the destination country (where required) are included in all the cost of all Schoolies Unearthed programs. We have our very own Flights Manager at Antips HQ who takes care of this for all of our teams.


What about travel insurance?

Included in every Antipodeans Program is our premium, comprehensive travel and medical insurance. Our policy covers emergency evacuation, cancellation due to injury or illness prior to departure, medical assistance for injury or illness while overseas and also provides access to a global network of 24-hour medical services and advice including Australian doctors. For further information on our comprehensive insurance, go here.


What is included in the cost?
    • Return airfares from the nearest capital city.*
  • An experienced Schoolies Unearthed Leader to travel with each team.
  • All food, accommodation and transport for the duration of the trip.
  • Comprehensive travel insurance including DFAT and MFAT registration.
  • A sustainable community project.
  • Adventure activities unique to each destination. These may include rafting, snorkelling, a jungle survival course and more!
  • Support and guidance in the lead up to departure.
  • 24-hour emergency backup and support from our Australian-based Operations Team and from local staff overseas, for the duration of the trip.

* Departure city dependent on group make up and number.


What do I need to pack?

We’ll give you a comprehensive kit-list prior to departure. In the meantime, these equipment lists will give you a good idea on what to pack.


Will I have a Leader?

Absolutely. A qualified Leader will meet you at the airport and help you get around overseas. They’re fun, easy to communicate with and ensure each and every trip runs smoothly and safely.

For parents


Is it safe?

We have numerous long-standing risk management procedures that ensure a safe and memorable Schoolies Unearthed trip for all our travellers. These include:

  • Highly qualified Unearthed Leaders who are responsible for team safety and supervision.
  • Support from local staff on the ground, as well as 24-hour emergency back up from our team in Australia.
  • Comprehensive travel and medical insurance, plus DFAT and MFAT registration.
  • Vaccinations and medical advice from our expert partners the TMVC (Travellers’ Medical and Vaccination Centre) for all travellers.
  • All Schoolies Unearthed trips are alcohol free.

What if my child has health issues?

We cater for students with a variety of health conditions. All students must be cleared by their own medical practitioner prior to departure. From there, we work with the individual to make sure any medical conditions are appropriately managed.


What’s included in the cost?
  • Return airfares from the nearest capital city.*
  • An experienced Schoolies Unearthed Leader to travel with each team.
  • All food, accommodation and transport for the duration of the trip.
  • Comprehensive travel insurance including DFAT and MFAT registration.
  • A sustainable community project.
  • Adventure activities unique to each destination. These may include rafting, snorkelling, a jungle survival course and more!
  • Support and guidance in the lead up to departure.
  • 24-hour emergency backup and support from our Australian-based Operations Team and from local staff overseas, for the duration of the trip.

* Departure city dependent on group make up and number.


Who is looking after them?

A qualified Leader accompanies every Schoolies Unearthed trip. Our Leaders are experts in travelling with groups of young people overseas. They’re fun, easy to communicate with and ensure each and every trip runs smoothly and safely.

Read more about our leaders here.


How can my child help pay for their trip?

Students can raise all, or part of the cost through part-time work and ‘out of school’ fundraising events. Antipodeans provides students with a FundMyTrip program which gives students ideas on how to pay for their trip.

To assist Australian students, Antipodeans’ has partnered with Woolworths to give travellers first priority on a job at one of Woolworths’ much loved companies including Big W, Home Timber and Hardware and Woolworths supermarkets. In New Zealand Antipodeans has partnered with Sileni Wines and The Village Press Oils to help with fundraising targets.

Read more about how students can fundraise for their trip.

Uni Placements

For universities & lecturers


What is an Antipodeans University Placement?

Universities are increasingly looking to provide global learning opportunities for their students that extend beyond the traditional study abroad and exchange programs. Antipodeans University Placements meet the needs of students and universities alike, complementing studies with impactful, bespoke placements to one of 12 destinations in the Indo Pacific region.

Students work overseas for 2–4 weeks in a field related to their degree, immersing themselves in a foreign culture and advancing their learning in a practical setting that’s vastly different from home.


What do students gain?

Not only do students gain valuable practical experience that complements their course objectives and allows them to gain credit towards their degree, the unique overseas context forces them to quickly develop their problem-solving skills, be resourceful and become a team player.

Students feel a sense of empowerment using their initiative and creative thinking to deliver the everyday services that they would otherwise take for granted back home.


What study areas or disciplines do you provide Placements for?

Our University Placements are traditionally centered on the fields of Education, Nursing, Midwifery, Allied Health Sciences and Humanities, Business, Law and Engineering. However, we are continually expanding our existing opportunities. Please contact us to see what we can do to meet your requirement


Is it safe?

We have many risk management procedures in place that ensure a safe and memorable University Placement for students.

  • Pre-departure workshops for students and travelling staff.
  • 24-hour emergency back up from Australia and New Zealand, plus 24-hour Sydney based Support Room.
  • Long term, reliable network of in-country suppliers and support.
  • Comprehensive Travel & Medical Insurance, plus DFAT and MFAT registration.
  • Vaccinations and medical advice from our expert partners the TMVC (Travellers’ Medical and Vaccination Centre) for all students and travelling staff.

Read more about safety here.


When do Placements depart?

Antipodeans facilitates University Placements year round, and will tailor dates to meet your University’s requirements.


How long do Placements go for?

Typically University Placement are from 2-4 weeks in length. The duration of your Placement can be tailored to meet your course requirements.


What destinations are available?

Antipodeans University Placements are available in a range of incredible destinations throughout the Indo-Pacific region. Many factors are taken into consideration surrounding the goals and required outcomes of each bespoke University Placement, as every destination provides different placement opportunities. Your requirements will help us select a suitable destination for your students.


What pre-departure preparation do you provide?

We aim to prepare teams as much as possible before departure to equip them with the skills to live, work and immerse yourself in a developing community. Antipodeans will organise and run in conjunction with the University a First Team Meeting and a comprehensive Pre-Departure Workshop covering important information such health, safety, cultural sensitivity and more. Students will also receive a detailed University Placement Handbook that contains all destination, visa, medical, health equipment, money and communications information. The University Placements team work hard to ensure each placement is prepared to the highest standard.


What is included?

University Placements are packaged to include international return flights from your nearest capital city, a pre-developed sustainable placement, two face-to-face pre-departure training sessions, accommodation, most meals, in-country transport and airport transfers, an in-country orientation and 24-hour support and back up by our in-country partners and by Antipodeans experienced Operations Team here in Australia.


What about travel insurance?

Comprehensive travel insurance is mandatory for all University Placement participants. In the event a University does not provide their students with insurance coverage, Antipodeans’ comprehensive travel and medical insurance can be issues at an additional cost. Travel insurance can be easily packaged into the University Placement cost should the university require. Read more about Antipodeans' travel insurance here.


Does my team require a National Police Check?

We require every student to submit some form of criminal record check, such as a Working with Children Check, a Working with Vulnerable People Check, a Blue Card, an up to date National Police Check or another Antipodeans approved form of criminal record check prior to departure. This is used to determine whether a person is suitable to work on one of our Placements and also acts to protect the communities where groups are placed.

For uni students


Will I get credit towards my degree?

This is dependent on your placement and University, however the majority of Antipodeans’ University Placements are designed to meet criteria specified by the University in order for students to attaint academic credit. Over the last two years 94% of our participants gained credit towards their degree.


What is the OS HELP Loan, and how can I access it?

The OS HELP Loan is a government loan available to eligible students enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place (CSP), who want to undertake a portion of their study overseas. This loan is valued at up to $7,764, and is added on to your existing HELP loan. Eligibility can be determined through the Australian Government’s Study Assist website.


Can I travel during or after the Placement?

A typical working week on Placement is five days with opportunities for team or independent travel on the weekends.

Some students choose to stay on and travel after their Placement is complete. If you are travelling on a group flight fare, please note there may be additional fees for changing or extending your return flight date. Speak with your Placement Manager for more information.


Should I fundraise?

Antipodeans provide students with a comprehensive FundMyTrip Guide and fundraising advice prior to departure, including information on the OS Help Loan and other funding options. Dependent on your placement, your University may also choose to fundraise towards additional materials or resources for your time on Placement.


What happens if I get sick?

Our Operations Team and in-country partners provide 24-hour support for groups in each University Placement destination. Antipodeans has access to hospitals and healthcare services in all destinations we work with should any individuals require more comprehensive care. Our 24-hour support centre based in Australia is always on call in the event of an emergency, and will work with both students and the University to ensure all team members are appropriately taken care of.


What do I need to pack?

Each group preparing for an upcoming University Placement will be assigned an Operations Manager, who will provide comprehensive details with regard to their placement, including a kit-list! They will liaise with the team prior to departure, and in collaboration with academic and supervising staff, brief each group on logistics, itineraries, placement goals and required equipment and gear to pack. Before then, if you want to check out our general packing lists—go here.

Leaders


When do Antipodeans trips depart?

Antipodeans school trips typically take place in mid-year and end of year school holiday periods, however trips can depart year round.


How long do they last?

Leaders can expect to be overseas from 10-30 days depending on the team they are assigned to. Typically, most Expeditions (for example) are 21 days in length.


How many trips can I expect to lead per year?

Our Leaders can participate on one to five trips per year depending on experience and feedback.


What are you looking for in a Leader?

Our Leaders are educators, not mere tour guides. They are genuine, professional, supportive and above all - passionate about travel and Antipodeans' vision for the future. We are always on the hunt for Leaders from all walks of life, however below are a few ‘must-haves.'

  • Wilderness first aid qualification or equivilant (not required at time of Application, Leaders can complete this qualification prior to departure).
  • Must be 25+ years of age before travelling with a team.
  • Present in a professional, genuine and friendly manner.
  • Have a Working with Children check or equivalent.

How are leaders assigned to teams?

We place our leaders on the most suitable trips based on school requirements, experience as a leader, itinerary specific qualification requirements and locality to the school.


When are where are the Leader Selection weekends?

We run our Leader Selection Weekends annually in February and March across Australia and New Zealand. Apply or get in touch with us to find out dates for your location.


What if I can’t attend a selection weekend?

We still want to hear from you! We can keep you informed of future opportunities to get on board.


What if I don’t get assigned to a team?

If you are successful in your Leader application but don’t get assigned to the team, you are still part of our 'Antips Leader Family.’ Hold tight and watch out for emails regarding late placements and future Leader opportunities.