Who we are
We see the world differently. We are Antipodeans (an-ti-poh-dee-ans).
Our vision: creating extraordinary people
Our programs—High School Expeditions, Schoolies Unearthed and University Placements—empower students to take ownership and embrace a world beyond their own borders in ways your average beach trip can’t.
With Antipodeans, don’t expect the usual tourist trails. Our bespoke programs and itineraries help students uncover the true essence of each country as they live, work and explore amongst the locals. Whether they’re helping build greenhouses in Peru, providing primary health care to communities in remote Laos or learning rope-weaving with the hill people of Northern Thailand, each experience will be unlike anything found in a standard travel guide or student trip.
Since 1991 we’ve been creating extraordinary people through extraordinary travel experiences. This year over 2000 students will be travelling with us to over 30 incredible destinations.
Underpinning everything at Antipodeans is our commitment to responsible travel. Amidst the sightseeing and exploration, a central focus of every program is a hands-on community project. This offers opportunities to work closely with locals in a developing country whilst contributing meaningfully to their lives. A project like this rewards like no other and isn’t forgotten soon.
Our projects make an impact, too. Through long-standing relationships (some older than 20 years) we ensure all projects and placements are part of the community’s broader development plans—not token.
With Antipodeans there is no ‘voluntourism’, gratuitous projects or orphanage visits. Instead, we collaborate with local partners and communities to ascertain every project is sustainable and responsible.
A bit about us
As an Australian and New Zealand company working with students, schools and universities, we like to keep things personal. Even though there are many awesome people on the Antips team, we make sure it’s the same one you speak to every time. That will be your school or university’s operations manager, the person with all the answers and a dedication to deliver them. And an FYI for family members—our support team provide 24/7 support when your loved one is overseas—we never sleep!
If you’re a high school student the other person you’ll want to know about is the leader going away with you. Unlike other travel companies, we don’t just hire a random to pick you up at the arrival gate. Our Antips leaders are hand-picked Australian and New Zealand locals who not only fly the entire way with you and back, but get to know you beforehand.
When it comes to recruiting leaders, we attract people like marine biologists, entrepreneurs, firefighters, school principals, emergency rescue pilots, professional soccer players and academics—some are even Insta famous. They’re the kinds of people who have been around the world, studied a degree or three and completed enough wilderness training to make Bear Grylls blush. Combine those résumés with our intensive training program and we have the best leaders in the country.
A bit about how we got here
Antipodeans Abroad was started in 1991 by an Australian school teacher, driven by love for travel and belief in its benefits for education and personal development. Since our very first expedition to Nepal things have gotten bigger and busier for us. We’ve opened offices across Australia, New Zealand and Asia, trained 800 different leaders and worked with roughly over 1000 teams. We’re even using drones these days.
Even after 25 years of doing this, the important things stay the same: we’re still Australian and New Zealand owned and operated; we’re still committed to a personal, one-on-one approach; and we’re still having the same staff debates over which destination is best.
What makes a world of difference at Antips?
|AU/NZ owned & operated|
|No major incidents in 28 years|
|The original school trip provider|
|24/7 support at home and overseas|
|One point of contact|
|Only expert, local leaders|
|Meet the leader before you go|
|We’re partnering with the UN|
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 28 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 school trip provider
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.
Only expert, local leaders
We employ local expert leaders only, picked from comprehensive selection initiatives nationwide—no “drop-in” guides like other travel companies. Appointed to school groups in consultation with schools and principals, all leaders are a minimum of 25 years of age.
Meet the leader before you go
Leaders meet their teams prior to departure to develop group dynamics and build rapport with students prior to departure. This is vital as the leaders can then focus on actively facilitating leadership on the trip, not building a relationship.
We’re partnering with the UN
We are a Participant in the United Nations Global Compact, the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative. Our community projects also align with the Global Sustainable Development Goals.
Expedition students travel phone-free and teams participate in mindful minutes and guided reflections.
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.
Learn more about our difference. Read about our people.