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.

 

Itinerary

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

Granada – Ometepe Island – San Juan Del Sur – Monteverde – Arenal/La Fortuna – Guanacaste Coast – 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 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.

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 Tāmaki. Before saying our goodbyes, we will enjoy a delicious final banquet.

Granada

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

Groups are requred to meet at the airport 3 hours prior to departure.

DateAirline/Flight #DepartureArrival
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, 2018Air New Zealand flight 101
Depart Auckland 7:00am
Arrive Sydney 8:35am
Sunday, May 27, 2018Avianca 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:

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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)

Surfing & Manly - Australia Optional ExcursionAfter 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

Price: $100
 

Whitehaven Beach day sail (Whitsunday Coast)

Whitehaven Beach sailing day - Australia Optional Excursion**FULL**
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

Price: $195

Moreton Island: snorkelling shipwrecks, transparent kayaking and sand boarding (Brisbane)

snorkelling shipwrecks, transparent kayaking and sand boarding - Australia Optional Excursion**FULL**
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.

Transparent Kayaking
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!

Sandboarding
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

Price: $295

Bungee Jumping (Queenstown)

Bungee Jumping - Queenstown optional excursion 2017The 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

Price: $245
Spectator Price: $50
 

Sky Diving (Queenstown)

Bungee Jumping - Queenstown optional excursion 2017Take 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 (Rotorua)

Zorbing- Rotorua optional excursion 2018Zorbing, 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

Price: $120
 

Term 4 Optional Excursions

Horseback Riding (San Juan Del Sur)

Horseback Riding - Nicaragua Optional ExcursionHorseback riding is a great way to get up close and personal with the beautiful country of Nicaragua.

On this excursion, we will visit a private local ranch, where we’ll meet our well-cared for and loved horses. The ride leaves from the ranch through the local community, into open fields and over hilltops for spectacular views, crossing the river several times for excellent wildlife viewing (we almost always see monkeys!) and then to a secluded beach for a refreshment break and more riding adrenalin.

Our knowledgeable trail boss will lead the way and a portion of your ride fee will go to the ranch’s local community development fund. Our ride will be scheduled to arrive at the beach at low tide for safety and a bigger beach to ride on.

If you’ve never been on a horse before, or if you are an experienced rider, your horse will be chosen based on your experience level. All horses are well trained and you can take it slow, or trot and canter to your delight!

Please note: Riding will be Western Style, and there is a rider weight limit of 210lbs. Please bring long pants.

Price: $135
 

Community Service - Barrio Planta (San Juan Del Sur)

Community Service Barrio Planta - Nicaragua Optional Excursion**CLOSED**

Community Service is an important aspect of every Blyth Academy Program. We try to instill a sense of global responsibility in all of our students as they explore the world with us. Students may earn 3-4 community service hours which can be applied towards community service requirements in Ontario.

We will work with the Barrio Planta Project, whose mission is to empower the children and youth of La Planta, an overlooked area in the southwest of San Juan del Sur. Along with a water shortage, there is also an energy crisis here, which causes rolling blackouts. Children growing up in this area have few opportunities for education and employment, and so, the Barrio Planta Project was born. Through free supplementary schooling, BPP helps instill creativity, enhance confidence, and facilitate international communication.

Price: $75

Lava Rock Evening Tour (Granada)

Lava Rock Evening Tour - Nicaragua Optional ExcursionExperience the mysterious sights and sounds of the Masaya Volcano by night. Feared by both indigenous people and Spanish conquerors, the Masaya Volcano was baptized “La Boca del Infierno” or “The Mouth of Hell” by the Spanish.

Just before sunset, we set off to the volcano where we hope to get a glimpse of green ‘chocoyos’ (parakeets) returning to their nests inside the volcano crater. These birds have amazingly adapted to withstand the sulphurous fumes emitted from the volcano. While the parakeets are returning home, the bats are just leaving their caves in their masses. What a remarkable sight!

We’ll don helmets and take a flashlight to explore the underground tunnel and rock formations formed by lava streams, before we end our visit to this majestic volcano with a hike to a viewpoint giving fantastic vistas of the crater mouth, which is continuously emitting smoke and sulfur gases, and allowing us to see a crater created by lava activity as recently as 2006!

Please wear comfortable walking shoes, and bring insect repellent, bottled water and a light jacket.

Price: $90
 

Stand Up Paddling (Playas del Coco)

stand up paddling - costa rica optional excursionWhether 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 and life vest.

Please wear your swimsuit, and bring insect repellent, sunscreen, along with a hat/sunglasses, a towel and a change of clothes.

Price: $120
 

Discovery Scuba Diving (Playas del Coco)

Discovery Scuba Diving - Costa Rica optional excursionThis 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.

Equipment included.

Signed waiver required.

Price: $215
 

PADI Scuba Certification Course (Playas del Coco)

PADI Scuba Certification - Costa Rica optional excursionJacques 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.

Course duration: approximately 3 afternoons.

Equipment: Participants may bring their own mask, fins, snorkel and wetsuit or borrow from the dive shop.
Signed waiver required.

Price: $675
 

Diving for PADI Certified Divers, Afternoon Two-Tank Boat Dive (Playas del Coco)

Dive for PADI Certified Divers - Costa Rica optional excursionIn the Playas del Coco area, there are more than 60 dive sites within a 15 minute boat ride. Among the coral reefs and rocky outcroppings, students can observe and swim with snappers, groupers, angelfish, as well as a startling array of rays and eels.

The dives include a half-day boat trip in the Playas del Coco area where certified divers will have two dives, each at a different dive site. These dives will plunge students to depths of approximately 60 to 80 feet.

Equipment and snacks are included. Students are welcome to bring their own mask, fins and wetsuit if they wish.

Students must bring and present their PADI card.
Signed waiver required.

Price: $165
 

2-Day/1-Night Adventure Tour (Cusco)

2-Day/1-night adventure Tour - Cusco optional excursion(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 (descendants 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 that 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.

Price: $195
 

Half Day Mountain Biking (Cusco)

Mountain Biking - Cusco optional excursionOne of the best places in the world to mountain bike is Peru! Join us for 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 we return to our hotel.

** All equipment, including mountain bike and safety gear, is included.
*** Tour does not include entry into the archaeological sites along the route.

Price: $115
 

February 12 – May 27 2018

Travel Services
(Plus Taxes)
$17,010
Tuition, Supervision and Health and Wellness$12,070
Total Fee:
$29,080*
or use your Aeroplan Points

Courses

GRADE 11:
  • 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)
GRADE 12:
  • 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)
ADVANCED PLACEMENT:
  • AP English Language and Composition

Accommodations

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*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.