A once-in-a-lifetime adventure through some of the world’s most spectacular destinations. This is how you do schoolies.

A different way to do schoolies

So you’re about to finish high school. You’ve spent the past 12 years working your butt off and it’s time to celebrate. Do you do it with a same-old schoolies week? Or do you head on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure through some of the world’s most spectacular destinations?

Schoolies Unearthed designed for those who like to do things a little differently. An incredible 10-day journey overseas, school leavers travel together to explore new and vibrant parts of the world whilst contributing to a sustainable community project. Accompanied by an Unearthed leader, our Schoolies teams embrace a totally new culture, discovering the incredible food, lively locals and stunning scenery along the way.

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“Rafting, staying in the jungle, building a house for a village–it was so fun. It’s the best trip my friend and I have ever been on.”

Hassan, Schoolies Unearthed Borneo

Good to know

WHO IS SCHOOLIES UNEARTHED AVAILABLE TO?

Aussie high school leavers.

TRIP DEPARTURE DATES

End of year: Nov-Dec

HOW LONG DOES THE TRIP GO FOR?

10 days

OTHER HANDY TIDBITS
  • A leader will travel with your team.
  • We go to Borneo, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam.
  • Trips include a community service project, adventure activities and sightseeing.

Your itinerary

If you’re searching for that awesome story to mark the end of high school, this is it. Here’s how you’ll do it:

A community service project

Always thoroughly researched and proudly sustainable, our project component is the rewarding highlight for most Unearthed teams. Whether you’re helping out on building and renovation projects, or working on conservation and education initiatives, your team will interact directly with the local community and contribute meaningfully to their lives.

Sightseeing and exploration

From the buzzing night markets of Northern Thailand to the breathtaking tropical waters of Borneo—every Unearthed journey takes exploration to an epic level. With our unique itinerary, you’ll step away from the typical tourist trail and really discover what each destination has to offer.

Adventure

No trip is complete without activities that get the heart racing. Dependent on the destination, you could be white water rafting, swimming with and helping wash elephants, snorkelling with tropical marine life or even zip lining through jungle canopies.

“Simply put, it’s fun as hell.”

Issa Chokr, Student (Borneo Schoolies Unearthed)

Your personal guide

One of the best ways to travel means having your very own guide. We call them leaders. Why not guides? Because they’re so much more. Our leaders are Australian and New Zealand locals who work hard to ensure your trip runs smoothly.

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.

We’re different and because of that, you can be too

Parents may ask why you can’t just go on a beach trip, often followed by “it’s cheaper” or “What are you going to get out of it?”

Tell them this.

Humility. Understanding.

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.

Perspective. Fearlessness. Independence.

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.

Confidence. Purpose. Perseverance.

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 stay 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 for 5¢ deposits to buy food with and I’d walk across town every Sunday to get one good meal a week 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.”

Get inspired. You’ll travel to one-of-a-kind destinations with us. Read about Borneo, Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand.