2017-18 Semester 2
Students begin Term 3 arriving 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. 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.
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. 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.
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. 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.
We begin Term 4 in Nicaragua, whose coastline, culture and natural splendour 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 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.
Sydney – Whitsunday Coast – Brisbane – Dunedin – Queenstown – Rotorua – Auckland
Granada – Ometepe Island – San Juan Del Sur – Monteverde – Arenal/La Fortuna – Guanacaste Coast – Cusco
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.
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.
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.
Our first destination in New Zealand is Dunedin, on the south island. It is a city well known for its Maori and Scottish history, as well as its bustling student population. Here we will be exposed to the beautiful architecture of the First Church of Otago, St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Dunedin Railway Station.
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.
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 Tāmaki. Before saying our goodbyes, we will enjoy a delicious final banquet.
Nicaragua’s coastline, culture, and natural splendor continue to inspire and amaze visitors. 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.
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
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.
Next we will travel to Costa Rica, beginning our visit in the hills of Monteverde. The Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve is 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.
Nearby, we’ll visit and learn about the country’s most active volcano at Arenal Volcano National Park, and relax in hot springs.
Playas Del Coco
Playas del Coco lies on the North Pacific coast. Here we will enjoy some time by the ocean and soccer on the beach before saying goodbye to Costa Rica.
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.
Groups are requred to meet at the airport 3 hours prior to departure.
|Monday, February 12, 2018||Air Canada flight 7713||Depart Toronto 2:10pm||Arrive Houston 4:45pm
|Monday, February 12, 2018||Air New Zealand flight 29||Depart Houston 8:00pm||Arrive Auckland 5:55am, February 14
|Wednesday, February 14, 2018||Air New Zealand flight 101||Depart Auckland 7:00am||Arrive Sydney 8:35am
|Sunday, May 27, 2018||Avianca flight 830||Depart Cuzco 5:08pm||Arrive Lima 6:35pm
|Monday, May 28, 2018||Air Canada flight 1947||Depart Lima 2:55am||Arrive Toronto 11:55am
Please note: flights are subjet to change by the airline.
Included in your Program:
More details of what is included:
- Walking tours of Sydney, Brisbane, Queenstown and Auckland
- Excursion to the Great Barrier Reef and local beaches
- Hiking and a traditional Maori feast
- Surf lesson
- Zip lining
- Swimming in hot springs
- Hiking in a cloud forest and excursions to local beaches and Machu Picchu.
- Community Service opportunities are also offered.
Term 3 Optional Excursions
Surfing Lesson & Manly (Sydney)
After a relaxed start to your day, we’ll take the ferry across Sydney Harbour giving us fantastic views (and photo opportunities!) of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House.
Arriving in the Northern Beaches area of the city, we’ll stroll along the pedestrianized Corso, Manly’s main street dotted with palm trees, sculptures, and bare-footed surfers, to arrive at the wide golden beaches that this neighbourhood is known for.
Surfing is an integral part of Australian culture, and we’ll learn how to get to grips with the waves with some of the best instructor’s in the country, teaching us the skills of surfing and how to handle yourself and your surfboard in the ocean. A must for any Aussie traveller; you will never forget the feeling of catching your first wave!
Before our lesson, we’ll have free time to shop in the boutiques and markets, people watch, grab a coffee or a bite to eat in one of the many cafes, or visit one of the galleries of popular Manly, then after our lesson, we’ll return to the city in time for dinner.
Please bring: a swimsuit, towel and sunscreen. Wear clothing suited to the weather on the day.
Included: 2hr surf lesson, equipment, wetsuits and rash vests, access to change rooms and showers, and storage for your valuables.
Anticipated Date: Saturday, February 17, 2018
Whitehaven Beach day sail (Whitsunday Coast)
Climb aboard our America’s Cup racing yacht, Southern Cross, for our adventure today as we take to the seas and cross from mainland Australia to one of the most beautiful places on the planet.
Today we’ll be visiting Whitehaven Beach – consistently voted one of the best beaches in the world – and you’ll see why! Clear aqua waters and pristine silica sand, this beach stretches over seven kilometres and has a backdrop of unspoiled lush forest. We’ll set anchor at Tongue Bay so you can hike the short route up to the Hill Inlet Lookout giving us amazing vistas. After some time to relax on the beach, it’s back to the yacht for lunch before an afternoon swim and snorkel exploring the local coral reef where we’ll see colourful tropical fish, and perhaps a turtle or dolphin.
While onboard Southern Cross guests are welcome to get involved and help the crew set the sails or simply sit back, relax and take in the experience and the scenery.
** Includes morning and afternoon tea (we’ll get to enjoy Lamingtons – a traditional cake covered in chocolate sauce and coconut), lunch, snorkelling equipment & marine park fees **
Please bring a towel, swimsuit, hat, sunscreen, and water (no glass containers allowed). Please wear non-slip, non-marking shoes. Don’t forget your camera!
Anticipated Date: Saturday, February 24, 2018
Moreton Island: snorkelling shipwrecks, transparent kayaking and sand boarding (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 instruction will be 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 brief 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, however, we do recommend you bring water. Please also bring swimwear, sunglasses, sunscreen, sunhat and a towel.
Anticipated Date: Saturday, March 3, 2018
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!
The bungee site is a short drive out of town. Here the trained bungee staff of A J Hackett Bungee New Zealand will give the group an introduction, along with safety information on the jump. Then it is 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 before being transported back to the hotel.
The staff of A J Hackett takes 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, and Tourism New Zealand.
If you wish to watch your friends jump (but not jump) you may sign-up as a spectator.
Please note: It is not possible to upgrade to jump on site.
Anticipated Date: Sunday, March 11, 2018
Spectator Price: $50
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 2 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: Sunday, March 18, 2018
12,000ft Price: $395
15,000ft Price: $495
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 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 24, 2018
Term 4 Optional Excursions
February 12 – May 27 2018
|Tuition, Supervision and Health and Wellness||$12,070|
- English (ENG3U)
- Introduction to Anthropology, Psychology, and Sociology (HSP3U)
- Visual Arts: Photography (AWQ3M)
- Visual Arts: Painting and Drawing (AWM3M)
- Biology (SBI3U)
- Physics (SPH3U)
- Chemistry (SCH3U)
- Functions (MCR3U)
- English (ENG4U)
- World Issues: A Geographic Analysis (CGW4U)
- World Cultures (HSC4M)
- Challenge and Change in Society (HSB4U)
- Visual Arts: Photography (AWQ4M)
- Visual Arts: Painting and Drawing (AWM4M)
- Biology (SBI4U)
- Chemistry (SCH4U)
- Physics (SPH4U)
- AP English Language and Composition
- Sydney: Sydney Central YHA
- Whitsunday Coast: Colonial Palms
- Brisbane: George Williams Hotel
- Dunedin: Victoria Hotel
- Queenstown: The Lofts
- Rotorua: Ibis Rotorua
- Auckland: Best Western President Hotel
- San Juan del Sur: Hotel Gran Oceano
- Ometepe Island: Hotel Villa Paraiso
- Granada: Hotel Colonial
- Playas del Coco: Villas Mapache
- Arenal: Hotel Los Lagos
- Monteverde: Hotel Montaña Monteverde
- Lima: TBD
- Sacred Valley: TBD
- Cusco: TBD
*Plus $495 registration fee. Includes group airfare arranged by Blyth Academy and an estimated $1,990 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.