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 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 to 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! 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 next stop in New Zealand is Rotorua. Known for its geothermal activity, the area features numerous geysers and hot mud pools.
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 Costa Rica’s Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, 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 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 artisan 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 get the opportunity to browse the Otavalo Market, known for its vibrant, Ecuadorian woven products, which can be bartered and brought home as souvenirs of your incredible time studying 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 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, which illuminates through 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.
Groups are required to meet at the airport 3 hours prior to departure.
Please note: Flights are subject to change by the airline.
TERM THREE OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS
TERM FOUR OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS
February 10 – May 23, 2020
(Incl. Taxes & Fees)
|Tuition, Supervision and Health and Wellness||$12,630|
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
- 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
Rotorua: Sudima Rotorua
Auckland: Econo Lodge Auckland
Playas del Coco: TBA
Sacred Valley: TBA
*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.