We have tried to answer the most frequently asked questions about the Expedition program here. If your question is not answered, please contact us via email or phone and we will be pleased to assist you with your inquiry.
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What is an Expedition?
What is an Expedition?
An Antipodeans Abroad Expedition consists of a team of students aged 15-18 years from either one school or several schools which travels to a developing country for 3-4 weeks. Each team sets interesting and challenging goals for itself as students learn the principles of leadership, become involved in a community project and experience first-hand a fascinating culture during life on an expedition.
Where do Expeditions go?
Expedition teams travel to developing countries such as Nepal and the Indian Himalaya, Peru, Ecuador, Argentina, Guatemala and Bolivia in South America, China, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos or Borneo in Asia and South East Asia, Kenya, Uganda, Morocco, Botswana or Tanzania in Africa. In the Pacific Rim expeditions to Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands or Vanuatu are possible.
When do Expeditions go?
Expeditions usually take place in either the mid-year school holidays (June-July or Sept-October) for three weeks or during the Christmas holidays for up to four weeks.
What will we do on Expedition?
Trekking, bicycle touring, rafting, riding an elephant – all are possible on an expedition. You’ll meet fascinating people in ancient, bustling cities; haggle with stall-holders in the bazaars and photograph animals in the wild. You’ll also have the opportunity to become involved in a community project which Antipodeans will organise for your team. The community project is a key component of the expedition and allows you to immerse yourself in the culture of the people while do something worthwhile for them.
How fit will I need to be?
Expeditioners will need to have reasonable fitness but any normally fit teenager with a keenness to see the world and take on a challenge will be fine.
What will I get out of it?
An expedition will teach you lessons about life and people not covered in the classroom. You’ll get a taste of leadership, work closely with a team, share responsibilities, gain self-confidence through making decisions and discover something about yourself. You’ll return home with a different perspective on life.
Who leads the Expedition team?
Our Leaders are educators as well as being experienced travellers. All have experience with young people and may be teachers, lecturers, professional outdoor educators, services personnel, in-country guides or professional people. Their job is to help you get the most out of your expedition.
What sort of leadership training do students receive?
Students are encouraged to be part of the decision-making process both before and during an expedition. Students gain self-confidence in knowing they have a significant role to play and they must work together to achieve team goals. All this happens under the watchful eye of the professional Leader.
How do Antipodeans prepare students for an Expedition?
Antipodeans carefully prepare each team prior to an expedition. Our experienced professionals work with expedition teams for 12-15 months before departure to ensure the smooth running and professional management of each group. The expedition is the culmination of a process.
How safe is an Antipodeans Abroad Expedition?
Antipodeans Abroad is responsible for overseeing the safety management of each team to ensure risk is managed during its expedition. Apart from providing an Australian Leader, we organise a 24-hour safety back-up from our Australian office while expeditions are in the field. All expeditioners are covered by our comprehensive, tailor-made insurance policy which includes access to emergency evacuation and superior medical facilities while in-country. We are also in regular contact with Australian embassies and have local representatives to advise and assist each team. An expedition involves extensive planning, the primary aim of which is the safe return of all participants.
What about medical matters?
We employ medical consultants to advise about inoculations and the precautions you need to take for travelling in a developing country. Each expedition Leader has Wilderness First Aid qualifications and the team has comprehensive first-aid kits.
How are payments structured?
Payments are made in four instalments over 12-15 months to lessen the pressure of large payments. The first instalment of $500 is payable on completion of the Booking Form.
How do I receive more information on the Expedition program?
Call us on + 61 2 9413 1522