Enrollment: Australia, New Zealand, Fiji

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Student Travel - Fiji
The South Pacific

This is one of our planet’s most magical destinations.

  • Fiji boasts sweeping shorelines, a laid-back indigenous culture and lazy days on the beach.
  • New Zealand reveals itself as one of the most beautiful, green and diverse landscapes in the world.
  • Australia is action-packed with big city splendor and wholly unique natural wonder.

Quo’s world-class and local-savvy guides take you behind the scenes to experience each culture up close and find an appreciation for the world Down Under.

Beauty. Adventure. Authentic cultural immersion. This experience will benefit students now and for a lifetime!

Education Travel - Student Travel to South Pacific

Program Highlights:
    • FOCUS: Adventure, Science, Discovery & Cultural Connections
    • Attend school with Fijian children
    • Community Service Day with Fijian locals
    • Yacht to Mystery Island
    • Hobbiton – set of the Lord of the Rings movies
    • Home Stay in New Zealand
    • Maori Marae* Stay (*see day 13!)
    • Alpine Luge down Mt. Ngongotaha
    • “Full On” Personal Growth & Adventure Challenge Day
    • Mountain Rappelling/Abseil
    • Sydney, Opera House and Harbor Bridge
    • Play Aussie Rules Football & Cricket with Local Students
    • Aboriginal Culture Immersion
    • Boomerang & Didgeridoo Lessons
    • Get Up-Close with Kangaroos & Koalas
    • Surf Lessons on Legendary Bondi Beach
    • Explore the Great Barrier Reef with Biologist Guides
    • Glass Bottom Boats & Snorkeling with Wildlife

     

See the full, day-by-day program itinerary below.

Full Program Itinerary

Day One – Departure Day
Depart the USA for our flight to Fiji.
Day Two – Jump the Dateline
As we wing our way to Fiji we cross the international dateline and lose a day. Don’t worry, we will get it back upon our return.
Day Three – Life is for the Birds
Upon arrival our Fijian guide will greet us with a traditional Fijian lei. We will have an opportunity to change money into the local currency before heading to our first activity. Leaving the airport we head to Kula Eco Park where distressed animals are rescued and cared for. We will have the opportunity to hold an iguana, learn about snakes, and feed birds as we encounter Fijian wildlife. Later this afternoon we will transfer to our beachfront accommodation.
Day Four – Visit a Fijian Village
Today we will visit a Fijian village. Our visit will begin with a Kava ceremony. Kava, a Fijian tradition, is a drink made by pounding the root of the peppertree into a fine powder and combining it with fresh water. During the ceremony guests sit facing the villagers while a woman prepares the Kava. The elders will then welcome the visitors and the drink will be passed around in a communal bowl. Following the greeting we will journey by longboat up-river to a spectacular waterfall where we will have chance to swim in the clear waters in the pool below the cascade.
Day Five – Fragile Eco Systems, Sand Dunes and Dry Forests
This morning we will drive east to the coral coast, passing local villages and spectacular scenery. Our destination for the day is Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park. Our visit begins with a tour of the sand dunes. The guides will explain the archaeological history of the region and talk about the environmental changes that threaten this fragile environment. We will have an opportunity to assist with conservation by transplanting seedlings in the fragile Fijian Dry forest. If we are lucky we will spot birds and marine wildlife as we trek through the sand dunes.
Day Six – Attending School – Fijian Style!
A very special day waits. Our plan for the day is to spend an entire day with local students at a Fijian school. Upon arrival we will be met by the school principal who will show us to the meeting place. The students of the school will then come out to greet us and show us their school. The day will be spent getting to know the students, and understanding what they are learning about. If anyone has donations for the school this would be an excellent time to bring them out.
Day Seven – Sailing to a Tropical Paradise
Early this morning we will journey to Denarau Marina, gateway to the stunning, sun-drenched tropical isles of Fiji’s West coast. There we will board the 110-foot yacht from the Governor General’s Brigantine “Ra Marama” for Mystery (Tivua) Island. We will bask in the sun and enjoy the music and entertainment as we sail to Tivua Island. A variety of activities including glass bottom boat tours, snorkeling the magnificent coral reefs and, and local games await us on the beautiful island.
Day Eight – Aotearoa Awaits!
This morning we will have a chance to enjoy the amenities of our hotel as we get a leisurely start to the day before heading to the airport for a flight to New Zealand. New Zealand is known as the land of the long white cloud in Maori it is called Aotearoa. Our flight will take us to the largest city, Auckland that is known as the city of sails.
Day Nine – Hobbitsis, Hobbitsis everywhere!
This morning we will depart Auckland and travel south through the beautiful farmlands of Waikato to Rotorua. We will stop at Hobbiton and be transported to the movie set from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit film saga. No visit would be complete without a cider at the Green Dragon Pub. Following a visit you will meet your homestay family as you experience life Kiwi style.
Day Ten – School in New Zealand
This morning we will join our homestay host by attending school with them in their hometown. New Zealand students are always interested to make new friends and to learn about what life is like in your hometown. Be sure to bring pictures of your hometown and school to share with them.
Day Eleven – Thermal Reserves and a Luge
Bid farewell your homestay families and journey to the town of Rotorua. We will ascend Mount Ngongotaha via a gondola and enjoy a birds-eye view of Rotorua and the surrounding area. Hang on to your hat as you careen down the side of the mountain by alpine luge. Don’t worry, no ice involved in this one, the track is made of concrete. After lunch we will explore Waimangu Thermal Valley, an amazing series of thermal pools and craters created by the volcanic environment. Many American visitors have likened this experience to visiting The Yellowstone National Park.
Day Twelve – Full On Mate!!
This morning prepare to be challenged! We will be joining a special one-day program designed to challenge and enlighten you. The Full On program is designed to challenge and stimulate your minds, provoke thought and create more questions than answers… and throughout your Full On experience we will be offering some pretty powerful tools and strategies to support you in answering some of those questions.During the day you will work with a bunch of Full On (by name and nature) crew to understand and put into practice strategies you can use to get more out of the rest of your life.With just the right mixture of listening and action, relaxing and heart stopping moments and a challenge for every single one of you the Full On day will be one to remember for years to come. The climax of the day will be an abseil from a cliff!
Day Thirteen – Maori Culture
This morning you will have the opportunity to soak in the warm waters of the thermal valley before enjoying an English style tea and lunch at the beautiful Blue Baths. Later this afternoon, we will transfer to the Marae, which is a traditional Maori meeting house. A very special welcome awaits us as we join the local Maori for a Hangi, or feast. Following an evening of story, song, and dance, we will be invited to sleep in the meetinghouse. This is a great honor, and a very special part of our journey.
Day Fourteen – Journey back to Auckland
For the next phase of our journey we head back Auckland where we will settle into our hotel and reflect on our time in New Zealand before we head to Australia.
Day Fifteen – Welcome to the Land Down under!
Today we will bid farewell to our Kiwi Delegation Manager and board our flight to Sydney, Australia. Practice saying “G’day Mate!” on your flight across the Tasman Sea. Welcome to Australia, the Land Down Under! Upon arrival we will be met by our delegation Manager. Today we have the unique opportunity to learn about some of the most popular Australian sports; Aussie rules football and cricket. After learning the basics, we will have the chance to try and play them with some local Aussies! This evening the spectacular Sydney Skyline will form the backdrop for our evening dinner cruise. We will sail under the Sydney Harbor Bridge and past the world famous Opera House as we enjoy our meal.
Day Sixteen – The Wonders of the Blue Mountains
This morning we will journey to the Blue Mountains, which lie to the west of Sydney. We will have a chance to see the spectacular Three Sister rock formation and learn about Aboriginal culture as we participate in a traditional dance. Maybe one or two of us would like to try our hand at playing the didgeridoo or seeing if we can get a boomerang to return to us. This evening we will explore Darling Harbor and try kangaroo!
Day Seventeen – Hang Ten and Sing an Aria if you like!
Today we will get to try our hand at surfing at the world famous Bondi Beach. Following our surfing lesson we will head to the world famous Sydney Opera House where we will see the inside of this amazing structure. Opals are unique to Australia and we will enjoy a visit to an Opal dealer who will explain where these unique stones originate and how this gemstone is mined. Australian families will host dinner this evening so we can experience a taste of Australian life.
Day Eighteen – Tropical North Queensland!
We will bid farewell to Sydney as we head to the airport for our flight to Cairns in Northern Queensland. The warm climate of Queensland awaits and we will enjoy a swim at the Esplanade Lagoon before heading to dinner where we can try barramundi, a tasty local fish.
Day Nineteen – The Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef is so large that it can be seen from space. We will board a high-speed catamaran and journey into the ocean for our reef adventure. Biologists will be available on board and they will provide an introduction to the many species we will see today. Upon arrival we will be briefed on how the day will work and there will be opportunities to snorkel, enter the underwater observation room, or participate in a glass bottom boat adventure. Marine biologists are on hand throughout the day to answer questions about the marine life that abounds on this beautiful reef.
Day Twenty – The Rainforest Canopy
Rainforests are an important and delicate ecosystem. Today we will explore the rainforest of Northern Queensland, learn about the environment and what threatens it and then get to experience it from a unique perspective by traversing the canopy on an elevated walkway at the Wooroonooran National Park.
Day Twenty One – Port Douglas – for lunch with the birds
Our journey this morning takes us north to Port Douglas where we will visit a wildlife sanctuary. We will have lunch with parrots and rainbow lorikeets in a unique aviary restaurant. Then it is our chance to pose with a koala – make sure to keep some money so you can purchase a picture of yourself holding a koala! Later we will join the Kubirri Warra bothers who will teach us about coastal Aboriginal life. We may even have an opportunity to learn how to throw a spear, and put the skill to use hunting mud crabs. On our last night, we will have one final shopping opportunity at the Cairns Night Market before heading back to our hotel.
Day Twenty Two
Today, we will have time to reflect on our journey through Fiji, New Zealand and Australia before heading to the airport for our long flight home.