SEMESTER TWO ITINERARY
Sydney • Whitsunday Coast • Great Barrier Reef (day trip) • Brisbane • Queenstown • Rotorua • Auckland • Monteverde • Arenal • Playas del Coco • Puembo • Amazon • Otavalo • Lima • Sacred Valley • Cusco
Australia & New Zealand
Boomerangs, didgeridoos, kangaroos and kiwis await you on the other side of the globe. Discover the land down under’s unique wildlife and eco-systems, visit natural wonders, and ride the waves before hopping over to New Zealand’s adventures and astounding landscapes. In Term Three of Global High School, you’ll experience the sand, surf, sun and smiles this part of the world is known for.
Start off Semester Two studying in Sydney, Australia. Tour Darling Harbour and see the iconic Harbour Bridge and Opera House and enjoy a day at one of the city’s many beaches, including the hip Bondi Beach, or take a coastal walk.
Head north out of the city to the Whitsunday Coast, dotted with islands, lined with sublime beaches, and perfect for sun and relaxation. While here, sail to the Great Barrier Reef and discover its unique aquatic life before travelling down the east coast to study in Brisbane, a city that offers a taste of hipster cool, with laid-back cafés, excellent vintage shopping, and an artistic vibe. Visit the area’s Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary to meet koalas, feed kangaroos, and learn about unique Australian wildlife.
A marvel of geography, New Zealand offers dramatic landscapes that provided the backdrop for the Lord of the Rings films—no CGI needed here! Our first stop in New Zealand is Dunedin, a university town on the South Island, known for its Scottish and Maori heritage.
Known as the adventure capital of the world, Queenstown is a place for adventurers and thrill seekers. Here, we’ll blend study with outdoor activities like hiking, swimming, Frisbee and many more.
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 great environment to rest, study and recalibrate before heading across the Pacific Ocean to begin Term Four.
Central & South America
From the rainforests of Costa Rica to the breath-taking vistas of Peru, South and Central America will captivate your imagination and challenge your perceptions. During Term Four of Global High School, you’ll experience new heights, new foods, new languages, and new friends.
We will begin our adventure in Monteverde, Costa Rica. The Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve is home to thousands of species of plants and animals. Learn about cloud forest ecology and take a guided night hike through the reserve. Nearby, visit Arenal Volcano National Park to learn about the country’s most active volcano, and relax in the area’s hot springs before heading to Playas del Coco. It seems like a sleepy seaside town at first glance, but once you’ve familiarized yourself, you’ll find that it’s a friendly and lively place where tourists easily mix with locals and other travellers from around the globe. At night, the central plaza fills with people, food, laughter, and dancing in the true pura vida spirit.
Say goodbye to Costa Rica and head south to Ecuador. Our inland tour will include a stop in Puembo to study in the picturesque public parks and squares, and wander the local markets filled with fresh foods and artisanal treasures.
We then head into the Amazon basin to experience a wildlife adventure of a lifetime—believed by many to be home to the most diverse ecosystem in the world, with thousands of species of plants, animals, fish, and insects. Hike along jungle trails, study poolside and take in the views from your terrace while chattering troops of monkeys swing by.
Move to the northern town of Otavalo to browse the popular Otavalo Market, known for its vibrant, Ecuadorian woven products, which can be bartered and brought home as souvenirs of your incredible time abroad.
Our adventure continues in Peru, a country world-renowned for its ancient archaeological sites, including the famed Machu Picchu, and for its vibrant culture. Experience Lima, the country’s bustling capital where a bustling metropolis exists within an ancient city.
Travel through the Sacred Valley to the breathtaking site of Machu Picchu, hike amid a cloud forest and stone cliffs, and explore the history of Incan civilization. In the lively city of Cusco in the southern Andes, become acquainted with the area’s culture and history. Cusco was the capital of the Inca Empire and reflects its rich history with illuminating museums, striking architecture, and Inca ruins. Immerse yourself and take it all in before final exams and a celebration of your unforgettable year abroad with a farewell banquet.
IMPORTANT NOTE: All visitors to Ecuador are obligated to provide proof of health insurance upon entry into the country of Ecuador. All participants of this program are required to have travel medical insurance.
Group flights are on a request basis. Please contact Admissions at 1-866-960-3552.
Groups are required to meet at the airport 3 hours prior to departure
|Monday, February 11, 2019||WestJet flight 713||Depart Toronto 2:00 pm||Arrive Vancouver 4:20 pm
|Monday, February 11, 2019||Air New Zealand flight 23||Depart Vancouver 6:20 pm||Arrive Auckland 5:30 am, February 13
|Wednesday, February 13, 2019||Air New Zealand flight 101||Depart Auckland 7:00 am||Arrive Sydney 8:35 am
|Friday, May 24, 2019||Avianca flight 860||Depart Cuzco 8:05 pm||Arrive Lima 9:35 pm
|Saturday, May 25, 2019||Air Canada flight 1947||Depart Lima 2:40 am||Arrive Toronto 11:40 am
TERM THREE OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS
Harbour City Night Bridge Climb (Sydney)
Join the journey and climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge at night. You will ascend four ladders to the start of the upper arch, surrounded by the buzz of Sydney’s traffic. Your journey will continue along the Bridge’s outer arch on the Opera House side until you hit the top. After, you cross the spine of the Bridge to the Darling Harbour side to make your descent back to your Climb Base.
Please wear proper shoes and bring water.
Please note: you cannot participate if you have undergone surgery in the last 6 months or have experienced a seizure in the past 6 months.
Anticipated Date: Sunday, February 17th, 2019
Sea Kayaking Down Under (Airlie Beach)
The Whitsunday Coast is the perfect spot to jump in a kayak and paddle the day away. Warm breezes, sunny skies and clear waters will make this a kayaking adventure not to be missed.
Our guide will first introduce us to safe paddling techniques and then help us into our stable kayaks. Along the shoreline from Airlie, we’ll take to the water at Shute Harbour, and explore the sites, secret coves and islands of this majestic coastline. This includes White Rock, where we will have time to swim, explore or relax. Cruising through the turquoise ocean, we’ll see a diversity of marine and birdlife, and there’s even a chance we’ll see humpback whales.
This trip can be enjoyed by both experienced paddlers and beginners. Participants must be able to swim.
Included: cold drinks and a snack, stable double kayaks, buoyancy aid, stinger suits, snorkelling gear, and a dry bag for a towel and spare clothes (please note: we cannot guarantee to keep sensitive electronics dry).
Please bring a hat, sunscreen, bottle of water, swimwear, shoes that are suitable for getting wet, a towel, and dress according to the weather.
Anticipated Date: Sunday, February 24th, 2019
Moreton Island Day Trip (Brisbane)
This full-day adrenaline-charged excursion takes us to the world’s third largest sand island, Moreton Island, just a short ferry ride from Brisbane, where we’ll have an action-packed day!
Guided Snorkelling of the Tangalooma Shipwrecks
The Tangalooma wrecks are a collection of 15 vessels that were deliberately sunk to form a protective breakwall for small ships stopping at the island and now make an incredible dive and snorkel site. Clear waters allow for wonderful visibility allowing snorkellers to see an array of marine life and coral. Our guide will ensure we can explore this safely, with all gear and instructions provided.
In these innovative kayaks, even the seats are see-through! Kayaking through the smooth waters, we see a new perspective on the ocean life passing under us. Feeding the fish will create a frenzy of activity right beneath us. If we’re lucky, the playful local dolphins will even swim alongside us!
Taking a 4WD bus up into the desert area of the island, we’ll get to surf down high sand dunes for an exhilarating ride. Getting up to speeds of 60km/h this is fast and furious! We’ll have special boards and get a safety briefing before hitting the slopes.
In addition to all of that, we’ll get to re-charge with morning tea and a picnic lunch on the beach. There are café facilities to purchase snacks and drinks locally.
Please bring water, swimwear, sunglasses, sunscreen, sunhat and a towel.
Anticipated Date: Sunday, March 3rd, 2019
Jet Boating (Queenstown)
From the moment the accelerator hits the floor, your adrenaline hits the roof as you speed in mere centimetres of water along the famous Shotover River and deep into the spectacular Shotover River Canyons.
It’s an amazing white water ride, as the Shotover Canyon walls tower over you. Your expert driver puts your ‘Big Red’ Jet Boat through its paces and skillfully whips it past rocky outcrops, skims around crags and boulders, and speeds through the dramatic and narrow canyons. Rock faces blur in your peripheral vision and the water sprays into myriads of whitewater crystals with every turn as you speed in your state of the art ‘Big Red’ Jet Boat at up to 85kph over crystal clear water as shallow as 10cm deep.
Anticipated Date: Saturday, March 9th 2019
Bungee Jumping (Queenstown)
The Kawarau Bridge Bungee is home to the world’s first commercial bungee site. With a 43m bungee and an 8-second free fall, this excursion is perfect for anyone looking for a lot of adventure!
We will depart the hotel in the afternoon and take a short drive to the bungee site. Here there will be an introduction to the site, as well as information on the jump provided by the trained bungee staff of A.J. Hackett Bungee New Zealand. Then it’s jump time!
Students will have the option of many different jump styles, and whether you want to bob above the water, touch the water or be fully immersed it will all add to the experience. After the jump, we will let the thrill sink in and then be transported back to the hotel in time for dinner.
The Staff of A.J. Hackett take safety considerations and gear testing very seriously. They were one of the pioneers of the Australian and New Zealand Standards Authority Guidelines for commercial operations in Bungee Jumping and frequently request auditing from two external corporations: Bureau Veritas; an internationally recognized auditing company, and the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC). The combination of a thrilling experience, quality product and highly-regarded safety record has meant that A.J. Hackett has achieved widespread recognition, with awards from New Zealand Qualmark, the S Mark, and several Tourism New Zealand Awards.
Anticipated Date: Sunday, March 10th, 2019
BUNGEE JUMP SPECTATOR $30
Want to just come out and watch? For those students that are not feeling as adventurous, we offer a transportation-only option which allows for all the fun of watching, but none of the thrill of actually jumping. Come and watch as your friends take the leap!
Sky Diving (Queenstown)
Take to the skies and leap back down to earth (attached to your sky diving instructor).
It takes a certain kind of person to leap out of an aircraft to the ground. It takes courage. You step out of that aircraft door and for some 60 seconds you freefall at 200km/hour. The personal challenge is immense! Students who have previously participated in this say it was one of the true highlights of their year, so if you’ve got the nerve – go for it!
There are two choices: dive from 12,000ft or 15,000ft. The 15,000ft gives you a longer free fall. Your height will need to be decided upon reservation.
Please note: It is not possible to upgrade elevation on site.
Anticipated date: Wednesday, March 13th, 2019
12,000ft Price: $475
15,000ft Price: $575
Zorbing, or outdoor gravity orbing, is an exciting adventure where you roll down a hill in a giant plastic ball! Dive into your ball and roll down Mt. Ngongotaha, a hill on the outskirts of Rotorua, on two specially designed tracks – one is a fast 250m straight run, and the other is a 350m winding zig-zag run. You’ll have the choice of whether you want a wet or dry ride!
Bring your swimwear – and whether you choose to get wet in your zorb, or not, make the most of the hot tubs at the top and bottom of the hill with views over the local farmland. There’s also a café on site for refreshment.
In its modern form, the sport originated in New Zealand though there is some debate of the true inventor as there have been experiments in the past with humans rolling about in objects akin to the hamster ball in France!
Your exhilarating zorbing experience will last about an hour, plus travel time.
Anticipated Date: Saturday, March 30th, 2019
Day Trip to Hobbitton Movie Set: Lord of the Rings (Rotorua)
Experience the real Middle-earth at the Hobbiton Movie Set, where, in the heart of the Waikato region, you can step into the lush pastures of the Shire, as seen in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies.
Journey through the clear beauty of the land, with the mighty Kaimai Ranges towering in the distance. Your guide will then escort you around the set, showing the intricate detailing, pointing out the most famous locations and explaining how the movie magic was made.
You will be guided around the 12-acre set; past Hobbit Holes, the Mill and into the world-famous Green Dragon Inn, where you will be presented with a complimentary, exclusive Hobbit Southfarthing beverage to conclude your own Middle-earth adventure.
Please bring: a hat, sunscreen, a bottle of water, and shoes that are comfortable to walk in.
Anticipated Date: Sunday, March 31st, 2019
TERM FOUR OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS
Discovery Scuba Diving - No Certification Required (Playas Del Coco)
This half-day adventure is for the non-certified diver who wants to experience underwater life first hand. A highly trained instructor will teach students the basics of scuba diving in a swimming pool and then take them on a shallow one-tank dive in the ocean.
Signed waiver required.
Anticipated Date: Saturday, April 13th & 20th, 2019
PADI Scuba Certification Course (Playas Del Coco)
Jacques Yves Cousteau himself chose to film a diving special in Costa Rica, leaving little doubt as to the quality of this activity in the region. The same underwater wonders that attracted the great Captain Cousteau to Costa Rica continue to attract divers from all over the world. These qualities include pristine azure waters, hundreds of miles of unexplored coasts and islands, and an abundance of tropical marine life. While beginners may not yet be ready for a large school of hammerhead sharks gliding soundlessly overhead, Costa Rica has snorkel and dive sites for everybody, from the newcomer to the most experienced professional. Join us and complete your full PADI diving certification while on location in Costa Rica.
Equipment: Participants may bring their own mask, fins, snorkel and wetsuit or borrow from the dive shop.
Signed waiver required.
Anticipated Date: Saturday, April 13th & 20th, 2019
Stand Up Paddling (Playas Del Coco)
Whether you know it as SUP surfing, paddle surfing or stand up paddle boarding, this new sport is taking the world by storm. Let’s join the movement and grab a paddle and board and get cruising!
This is the perfect way to enjoy the ocean for surfers and non-surfers alike, and you can tailor it to your comfort zone, from flat water paddling to riding the waves. Its fan base is growing so rapidly because everyone can do it and its great fun! With our instructor, we will learn the safety, basic strokes and turns both standing and kneeling and by the end, you’ll be a SUP pro.
Included: equipment, including a life vest.
Please wear your swimsuit, and bring insect repellent, sunscreen, along with a hat/sunglasses, a towel and a change of clothes.
Anticipated Date: Sunday, April 14th, 2019
Community Service (Playas Del Coco)
Community Service is an important aspect of every Blyth Academy International Program. We try to instill a sense of global responsibility in all of our students as they explore the world. This optional excursion will allow students to engage in locally based environmental or educational initiatives. Their time with local children, animals, or the natural environment of the area will earn them 4-5 community involvement hours which can go towards his/her high school diploma.
Earn one to two volunteer hours before your trip!
Donations (new and used) will be of benefit to many organizations, schools and community centres in the areas that we visit. Items such as school supplies, table games and puzzles (of various difficulty), paint by numbers, books and art materials are needed. Clothing donations will also be accepted. Students may earn up to a maximum of two hours for their time spent collecting the items from friends and family.
Please note: You are responsible for carrying your donation items in your own suitcase.
Anticipated Date: Tuesday, April 16th & 23rd, 2019
Traditional Costa Rican Cooking Lesson (Playas Del Coco)
Try your hand at this delicious cuisine! We will spend the afternoon making casado—the most traditional Costa Rican dish, which incorporates meat or chicken, rice, beans, vegetables and tasty fried plantains. We will start from the very beginning, learning the proper way to soak the beans before cooking, and see the dish to its completion! Once finished, we will enjoy the fruits of our labour. This is certainly a skill to take home!
Anticipated Date: Sunday, April 21st, 2019
Snorkelling by Boat (Playas Del Coco)
This half-day excursion will introduce students to a wide range of the underwater and reef life, much of which can be seen from the water’s surface. Water clarity often exceeds 75 feet at this time of year. Well preserved corals and vast quantities of fish of every shape, size and colour make this trip both memorable and instructive.
We will depart Playas del Coco by boat, motoring through the pristine waters. Once far from the main beach, our guide will lead us into the water, reviewing basic snorkelling techniques and ushering our attention to the diverse life forms of the water.
Anticipated Date: Wednesday, April 24th, 2019
Canopy Adventure Tour (Amazon)
Adventure through the canopy of the Amazon rainforest on this exhilarating tree top adventure!
The tree canopy is an awesome place to spot wildlife from. We will climb from tree to tree via rope bridges, metal platforms and zip lines. Enjoying panoramic views we’ll hope to see monkeys and tropical birds.
Our knowledgeable guide will give us a safety briefing before we get kitted up and tell us all about the wonders we are seeing as we journey through the cool shade of the forest.
Anticipated Date: Thursday, May 2nd, 2019
Otavalo Market and Condor Park (Otavalo)
On this full day excursion we’ll see the hustle and bustle of market life, and appreciate the natural beauty of the Andean flora and fauna.
Setting off to Otavalo Market after breakfast gives us plenty of time to shop for souvenirs and hone our haggling technique at the world-renowned Otavalo artisan market. Here you’ll find handmade textiles, ceramics, wood, silver, leather and metal products, along with commercial goods.
After free time for lunch, we will visit Condor Park. With beautiful views over the city of Otavalo as the backdrop, you’ll learn about the work of this non-profit organization, whose vocation is to protect, rescue, rehabilitate and re-introduce to the wild raptors, vultures (the Andean Condor) and owls. We’ll enjoy a display of falconry seeing the magnificence of these birds in flight.
Anticipated Date: Saturday, May 4th, 2019
2-Day/1-Night Adventure Tour (Cusco)
(Add-On to the Included Machu Picchu Visit, preceding the included overnight tour to Machu Picchu)
This overnight excursion will take place prior to the included visit to Machu Picchu and will give participants an extended time to explore the nature, ecology and history of the area before re-joining the group for the visit to Machu Picchu.
We will see birds such as parrots, hummingbirds and eagles and the plantations of Coca (Sacred Leaf of the Incas), coffee, yucca, and fruit trees.
Our adventure will include hiking and biking through spectacular mountains, exploring ancient ruins and visiting with local communities (descendents of the Inca who still live a traditional lifestyle) to learn more about their way of life. Along the way, we’ll see breathtaking vistas, enjoy delicious home-cooked food and get to relax surrounded by ancient landscapes.
We do recommend you have a basic level of fitness to participate in this excursion due to activities at high altitude.
Price includes all transportation to, from and during the trek; bicycle and equipment rental; all entry and guide fees; breakfast, lunch and dinner daily; accommodations each night. One male and one female staff will accompany the group on the excursion.
Anticipated Date: Sunday, May 12th, 2019
Half Day Mountain Biking (Cusco)
One of the best places in the world to mountain bike is Peru! Join us on a half day biking adventure around the outskirts of Cusco. We will traverse the high plain above the city, taking in panoramic views of Cusco and its surrounding mountains.
We will make our way to the Huayllarcocha lagoon through the archaeological sites of Sacsayhuaman and Qenqo. If the weather is clear to the south, our highland route offers a breathtaking view of the sacred mountain Ausangate. Our route takes us past one more archeological site: Rumiwasi. Our adventure will finish in the Qarigrande neighbourhood in San Sebastián before returning to your hotel.
** All equipment, including mountain bike and safety gear, is included.
*** Tour does not include entry into the archaeological sites along the route.
Anticipated Date: Saturday, May 18th, 2019
February 11 – May 25, 2019
(Including taxes & fees)
|Tuition, Supervision, Health & Wellness||$12,070|
- English (ENG3U)
- Biology (SBI3U)
- Physics (SPH3U)
- Chemistry (SCH3U)
- Visual Arts: Photography (AWQ3M)
- World History to the End of the Fifteenth Century (CHW3M)
- English (ENG4U)
- Biology (SBI4U)
- Physics (SPH4U)
- Chemistry (SCH4U)
- Equity and Social Justice: From Theory to Practice (HSE4M)
- International Business Fundamentals (BBB4M)
- Visual Arts: Photography (AWQ4M)
- World Issues: A Geographic Analysis (CGW4U)
- World Cultures (HSC4M)
- World History Since the Fifteenth Century (CHY4U)
Included in your Program:
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 boat tour in Granada
- Excursion to Machu Picchu
- Community Service opportunities available
Sydney: Sydney Central YHA
Whitsunday Coast: Colonial Palms Motor Inn
Brisbane: George William Hotel
Queenstown: The Lofts Queenstown
Auckland: Econo Lodge Auckland
Rotorua: Sudima Rotorua
San Jose: Hotel Aeropuerto
Monteverde: Hotel Montana
Arenal: Hotel Los Lagos
Playas Del Coco: Villas Mapache
Puembo: Rincon de Puembo
Amazon: Casa del Suizo
Otavalo: Las Palmeras Inn
Lima: Palmetto la Perla
Sacred Valley: Mabey Urubamba
Aguas Calientes: SevenMapi Machu Picchu Hotel
Cusco: Siete Ventanas Hotel
*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)**
All visitors to Ecuador are obligated to provide proof of health insurance upon entry into the country of Ecuador. All participants of this program are required to have travel medical insurance.