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 – 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 593
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
Sunday, May 27, 2018
Air New Zealand flight 101
Depart Auckland 7:00am
Arrive Sydney 8:35am
Thursday, May 10, 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.

Optional Excursions

The optional excursions for the 2017-2018 Semester 2 become available in December 2017.  In the meantime, here are some past examples of optional excursions we have done in past Global High School Semester 2 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 Machu Picchu
  • Treetop Zip lining 
  • Snorkelling
  • Traditional Costa Rican Cooking Lesson
  • White Water Rafting on Corobici River
  • Sailing Day Excursion, San Juan del Sur
  • Community Service Program

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

  • Sydney: Sydney Central YHA
  • Whitsunday Coast: Colonial Palms
  • Brisbane: George Williams Hotel
  • Dunedin: TBD
  • Queenstown: TBD
  • Auckland: TBD
  • San Juan del Sur: TBD
  • Ometepe Island: TBD
  • Granada: TBD
  • Guanacaste Coast: TBD
  • Arenal: TBD
  • Monteverde: TBD
  • Lima: TBD
  • Sacred Valley: TBD
  • Cusco: TBD

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 $1,990 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.