2016-17 Semester 2

Our term in the southern hemisphere begins in cosmopolitan Sydney, Australia. We’ll tour Darling Harbour and see the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House. We can also enjoy a day at one of Sydney’s many beaches, including the hip Bondi Beach, or take a coastal walk.

Australia’s Whitsunday Coast, dotted with islands, is lined with sublime beaches, perfect for sun and relaxation. We’ll sail to the Great Barrier Reef to discover its unique aquatic life.

Up the east coast, we’ll study in Brisbane, exploring nearby parks and reserves to get up close to some of Australia’s unique wildlife and ecology. Its cafes and laid-back culture are a draw for tourists and Aussies alike.

Our first stop in New Zealand is Dunedin, a university town on South Island, known for its Scottish and Maori heritage.

On the shores of Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown is a place for adventurers and thrill seekers. Here, we’ll blend study with outdoor activities: hiking, swimming and toss a disc are just a few ways we’ll enjoy the outdoors.

Our final stop in New Zealand is Auckland. This city offers a remarkable range of scenery, where everyone lives within half an hour of beautiful beaches, hiking trails and enchanting islands. It’s a perfect environment for revision and the final exams.

We begin Term 4 in Nicaragua, whose coastline, culture and natural splendor continue to inspire and amaze visitors. In Granada, we’ll admire the colonial architecture and soak up the buzz of this lively city. Ometepe Island is a nature lover’s paradise and an adventurer’s dream. We’ll hike on a volcano and learn how plants and animals have adapted in this unique ecosystem.  In the seaside town of San Juan del Sur, we’ll hit the beach after classes to play volleyball, take a surf lesson or swim in the cool blue water. From here we will cross into Costa Rica, traveling first to Monteverde where we will visit the Cloud Forest Reserve; home to thousands of species of plants and animals. We’ll learn about cloud forest ecology and take a guided night hike through the reserve. Nearby, we’ll visit Arenal to learn about the country’s most active volcano, before relaxing in hot springs. 

Our next stop is Playas del Coco in the Guanacaste Region of Costa Rica which has a dry tropical climate with a varied landscape. White sand beaches line the coast, and to the east the Guanacaste Mountains showcase national parks and volcanoes. It’s here where we get to zip line through the trees.

Our final destination is Peru, where we’ll be introduced to local culture and history in the lively city of Cusco in the southern Andes. Our travels through the Sacred Valley lead to the breathtaking site of Machu Picchu, where we’ll hike amid a cloud forest and stone cliffs, and explore the history of Incan civilization.

Itinerary

Sydney – Whitsunday Coast – Brisbane – Dunedin – Queenstown – Auckland

Granada – Ometepe Island – San Juan Del Sur – Monteverde – Arenal/La Fortuna – Playas del Coco – Cusco

Sydney

Students arrive in the lively city of Sydney at the height of the southern hemisphere summer, where they will enjoy the classic sights of the Opera House and the harbour on a walking tour.

Whitsunday Coast

One of the highlights of this term will be the Whitsunday Coast, where students will take a once-in-a-lifetime day trip to the Great Barrier Reef.

Brisbane

Students will love Brisbane’s mix of arts, culture, and nature. Enjoy classes beside the river and in the beautiful parkland of this lovely city.

Dunedin

Our final destination on the South Island is Dunedin, where we will be exposed to the beautiful architecture of the First Church of Otago, St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Dunedin Railway Station.

Queenstown

Next we will explore Queenstown, the adventure capital of the world. Surrounded by mountains, glaciers, and lakes, we will spend our time exploring and immersing ourselves in this invigorating community.

Auckland

We will end our term in the city of Auckland, where we will hike to the top of a volcano for panoramic city views and visit Auckland Art Gallery Toi o T?maki. Before saying our goodbyes, we will enjoy a delicious final banquet.

Granada

In beautiful Granada on the shores of Lake Nicaragua, we’ll take a boat cruise to the Isletas de Granada, an archipelago of tiny tropical islands, to enjoy beautiful and unusual flora and fauna.

Ometepe Island

Isla de Ometepe is a nature-lover’s paradise and an adventurer’s dream. We’ll hike on a volcano and learn how plants and animals have adapted in this unique ecosystem. We’ll see petroglyphs (rock carvings), howler monkeys, and unique species of birds in this place of true natural beauty.

San Juan Del Sur

Nicaragua’s coastline, culture, and natural splendor continue to inspire and amaze visitors. In the beach town of San Juan del Sur, we’ll hit the beach after classes to play volleyball, take a surfing lesson, or swim in the cool blue water.

Monteverde

From here we will cross into Costa Rica, traveling first to Monteverde where we will visit the Cloud Forest Reserve; home to thousands of species of plants and animals. We’ll learn about cloud forest ecology, participate in hands-on activities, and take a guided night hike through the reserve.

Arenal/La Fortuna

Nearby, we’ll visit and learn about the country’s most active volcano at Arenal Volcano National Park, and relax in hot springs before saying goodbye to Costa Rica.

Playas Del Coco

Next we will visit Playas del Coco on the North Pacific coast. Here we will enjoy some time by the ocean and soccer on the beach.

Cusco

We are introduced to Peruvian culture and history in lively Cusco in the southern Andes. Our travels through the Sacred Valley lead to breathtaking Machu Picchu to hike amidst a cloud forest and stone cliffs, and explore the history of Inca civilization.

Flight Details

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Toronto to Houston flight to be advised for new students joining for Term 4 only

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

United Airlines flight 1421

Depart Houston 6:00 pm

Arrive Managua 8:15 pm

 

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Avianca flight 830

Depart Cusco 5:08 pm

Arrive Lima 6:35 pm

 

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Avianca flight 428

Depart Lima 3:40 am

Arrive San Salvador 7:05 am

 

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Avianca flight 626

Depart San Salvador 7:50 am

Arrive Toronto 2:45 pm

 

Please note: Flights are subject to change by the airline.

Optional Excursions

The optional excursions for the 2016-17 Semester 2 will become available in November 2016.  In the meantime, here are some examples of optional excursions we have done in past Global High School Programs.

  • Surfing Lesson on Manly Beach
  • Sea Kayaking, half day
  • Crocodile Eco Safari 
  • Day Sail to Whitehaven Beach
  • Bungee Jumping (and Bungee Spectating)
  • Overnight to Milford Sound
  • Community Service Program 
  • 2-Day/1-Night Hike of the Inca Trail to Machupicchu
  • Snorkeling
  • Traditional Costa Rican Cooking Lesson
  • White Water Rafting on Corobici River
  • Sailing Day Excursion, San Juan del Sur
  • Community Service Program

February 19 – June 3, 2017
Travel Services
(Plus Taxes)
$12,400
Tuition, Supervision and Health and Wellness$15,675
Total Fee:
$28,075*
or use your Aeroplan Points

Courses

GRADE 11:
  • English (ENG3U)
  • Introduction to Anthropology, Psychology, and Sociology (HSP3U)
  • Visual Arts: Photography (AWQ3M)
  • Biology (SBI3U)
  • Physics (SPH3U)
  • Chemistry (SCH3U)
  • Understanding Canadian Law (CLU3M)
GRADE 12:
  • English (ENG4U)
  • Challenge and Change in Society (HSB4U)
  • Visual Arts: Photography (AWQ4M)
  • Biology (SBI4U)
  • Physics (SPH4U)
  • Chemistry (SCH4U)
  • International Business Fundamentals (BBB4M)
  • World Issues: A Geographic Analysis (CGW4U)
  • World Cultures (HSC4M)
  • Canadian and International Law (CLN4U)

Included in your Program:

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More details of what is included:

  • Walking tours of Sydney, Brisbane, Queenstown, Auckland and Cusco
  • Excursion to the Great Barrier Reef and local beaches
  • Hiking and a traditional Maori feast
  • Surf lesson, zip lining, swimming in hot springs and hiking in a cloud forest
  • Excursion to Machu Picchu
  • Community Service opportunities available

Accommodations

Other Terms

See what destinations, courses and excursions we offer on the other terms:

*Plus $495 registration fee. Includes group airfare arranged by Blyth Academy and an estimated $1,295.00** in airline and departure taxes, local taxes and fees. All itineraries, excursions, and dates are subject to change. Please visit www.blythpoints.com for more details on funding your program through Aeroplan points.

**Plus Cancellation and/or Medical Insurance fees (if selected)**