Here are the most frequently asked questions (FAQs) about our school trips to Asia. Read through them to find out all you need to know about your next educational adventure.

Educational approach

How does travelling to Asia bring learning to life?

Travelling to Asia brings subjects to life in a way that learning from textbooks can’t. Through hands-on activities and direct interactions with local people, your students will develop a deeper understanding of the cultures and phenomena they’re studying. They’ll see firsthand the impacts of political, environmental and development issues. And along the way, they’ll be driven to reflect on their own lives as they step outside their cultural comfort zone.

Which Asian countries do you travel to?

We run school trips to all Asian countries. Our main destinations are Borneo (Malaysia), Cambodia, China, India, Japan, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. If you’d like to travel to a country not listed here, get in touch! From the Philippines to South Korea, Brunei to Indonesia, any Asian destination is possible.

What model underpins your school trips?

Our school trips are based on a model of mutual learning that’s grounded in immersive cross-cultural exchange. We use local expertise to create comprehensive, activity-rich programs, and tailor each trip to your school’s goals. In designing your trip, we follow community development principles that foster learning through teamwork, cooperation and friendship with local communities. Visit Our Philosophy to learn more.

Do you offer community service projects on the trip?

Yes! Community service projects offer students the chance to collaborate with people they couldn’t otherwise meet. On your trip, students might assist with building a house, installing irrigation, or helping local students with English or mathematics. Each project is unique, meaningful and highly participatory. Students are required to take on the same tasks as the local people, students and families they’re working with. In countries where community service projects are less common, like Japan, we offer authentic interaction with local schools, sporting clubs and businesses instead.

Why are community service projects important?

For students, a community service project can launch a life-long process of understanding complex poverty and development issues. By connecting with the local environment and people through a community service project, students awaken their responsibilities as global citizens. And by working alongside others, they build their capacity to become culturally agile adults. Visit Communities We Help to discover the impact you’ll have.

How are your community service projects designed?

Our community service projects are devised in consultation with local communities, NGOs and village governance groups, such as women’s committees. We develop every project through partnerships founded in trust and understanding and built over several years. Our community-led approach ensures each community service project is carefully prepared, inclusive and non-exploitative. Each project offers tangible, sustainable benefits to both students and local communities. Visit Communities We Help to find out more.

What sorts of community projects don’t you do, and why?

When it comes to meaningful community service projects, we don’t come into a small community in matching t-shirts to paint a mural on the wall of a local school. As well intentioned as this kind of activity might be, such projects are of little real benefit to local communities or students. Activities like these can be tokenistic, ‘feel good’ programs – and frankly, things local communities could more easily, and more affordably, undertake themselves.

Safety

What makes you safer than other companies?

No matter which country you’re travelling through, we’re there in person to help if problems arise. Our local tour leaders and on-the-ground staff can respond immediately to any crisis, with real-time information, detailed knowledge of local emergency and medical services, and the agency to act swiftly. To learn more about our risk management and safety procedures, please visit our Safety Record and What Happens If pages.

Skills and study areas

What subjects can students study?

Whatever your students want to learn, we’ll help you create the perfect program. Every trip we run is customised to your school’s curriculum, student needs and educational goals. Across Asia, common trip themes include: history and conflict, human geography, cultural studies, comparative religion, social justice, development studies, language, business, ecological studies, environmental sustainability, and outdoor education and adventure programs. Choose a combination that suits you!

What specific school programs do you support?

Our school trips cater for a range of school programs. For example, we support schools that follow the International Baccalaureate curriculum and can tailor your school trip to meet Duke of Edinburgh Award, Week Without Walls, International Award or Global Action program criteria. Get in touch to talk about any community service or residential activities you’d like to include.

What personal qualities, or ‘soft skills’, will students develop on the trip?

As students come to understand the country around them, they’ll put a range of valuable soft skills into practice, such as:

  • Tolerance, empathy, compassion and humility – students expand their perspective and see the privilege of their own life back home through exposure to new opinions and lifestyles.
  • Courage, independence and self-management – students build self-confidence by interacting with local peers, learning a new language and cultural etiquette, and stepping outside their familiar environment.
  • Cultural agility and adaptability – by encountering different cultures, religions and worldviews, students are challenged to be broad-minded, appreciative of diversity, receptive to different ways of doing things, and more open to moving beyond stereotypical views.

What employability skills will students build on the trip?

The international experience students get from an overseas school trip prepares them for their future careers in diverse workplaces. Throughout the trip, they’ll improve their work-readiness by honing foundational skills, like:

  • Communication, teamwork and problem solving – through hands-on cross-cultural activities and interactions with local people, students will learn to work together effectively to overcome cultural and language barriers.
  • Initiative, enterprise and inclusivity – as students negotiate complex cultural situations, we’ll encourage them to respond in ways that uphold local people’s dignity and show respect for cultures other than their own.
  • Budgeting – students practise basic money management, such as counting foreign currency, calculating currency conversions, and preparing and following a daily budget.

Can I get a reference from another school?

Yes, we can provide you with a comprehensive list of referees from Australian and overseas schools who’ve travelled with us recently. Across our website, you can also read testimonials by teachers from around the world who’ve chosen us to deliver their school trip.

Preparation and planning

Do you run information nights?

Absolutely! Information nights are the best way to get info about your trip overseas. We offer a range of complimentary sessions tailored to where you are in your decision-making process. These include:

  • One-on-one information session – for you and a colleague, to familiarise you with the different student-focused trips we offer across Asia.
  • Information night at your school – for fellow teachers, parents and students, to raise interest for your proposed trip to Asia.
  • Pre-departure information night at your school – for you, parents and students, to discuss all relevant issues for your upcoming trip, including health and safety, in-country communications, curriculum and cultural sensitivity.
  • Pre-departure team building workshops – half-day team-building workshops for your tour group, to promote group cohesion and collaboration ahead of your trip.

Can teachers come on a free reconnaissance trip before travelling with students?

Most definitely! We’re happy to escort you through the region on a free, one-on-one reconnaissance trip. The trip will acquaint you with our travel style, community service projects, staff and safety procedures. Please contact us to arrange a ‘recce’ trip to any part of Asia.

How do you prepare students for the trip?

Before the trip, we brief students on the main elements of their trip itinerary. We explain in detail the travel documentation, packing lists, luggage, money, gifts, stationery and learning resources they’ll need, as well as the accommodation arrangements, safety and risk management processes, culturally appropriate behaviour and the in-country activities they’ll take part in. Then, once students arrive in Asia, we take them through a thorough orientation to initiate them with their new environment.

How fit do students need to be?

In general, students should be reasonably fit and in good health to get the most out of travelling. However, we can make exceptions for lower fitness levels, such as providing a support vehicle for non-cyclists. As a general rule, our trips follow a fitness grading based on the range of physical activities you choose to include:

  • Easy grade trips have little or no physical activities, however students must carry their own luggage for short distances.
  • Moderate grade trips include outdoor activities like trekking, cycling or whitewater rafting, as well as physical work during community service projects.

Will students have contact with parents while they’re travelling?

This is determined by your school’s policy. Some schools prefer to have a ‘no wi-fi/electronic media’ policy throughout the trip. Whatever your preferred policy, we’re available 24/7 to support you throughout your trip, and students are given phone numbers and phone cards (SIM cards?) to contact leaders in an emergency.

In-country operations

Why do you use local tour leaders?

We believe the best people to lead you through a country are the folk who live there. That’s why we employ passionate local tour leaders instead of importing foreign guides. Our tour leaders live in-country, speak the language fluently, and give you authentic access to their remarkable culture.

What training do your local tour leaders receive?

All of our tour leaders hold degrees in tourism, as well as relevant working with children documents. They are trained in first aid and work responsibly to make sure your school group stays healthy and safe at all times. They’re also fluent in English and their national language, which makes communicating simple.

How do your tour leaders work with young people?

Young student travellers have distinct needs, and our tour leaders are expertly trained to deal with them. Every leader has at least three years’ experience leading student groups and can teach a range of personalities. All have been chosen because of their ability to deal with the needs and unique issues associated with escorting young people through Asia.

How do your tour leaders collaborate with teachers?

Your tour leader is a teammate in travel and teaching. They can assist you with daily planning and organisation, brief you on in-country etiquette and monitor your group’s wellbeing. Working in partnership with you, they’ll share responsibility for accommodation, security and travel arrangements, and risk management.

Do your trips support teachers’ professional development?

Yes! We can provide multiple opportunities for you to demonstrate how your teaching fulfills professional standards (such as Australia’s AITSL Standards), as well as how you’ve developed specific areas of expertise (for instance, in the ‘Engagement with Asia’ area).

How many staff or adults travel with each group?

Generally, our trips follow a ratio of 1 adult to 10 students, but this is flexible and ultimately depends on your preference. Importantly, our school trips have no minimum group size. Our typical trip size is over 20 people, and our largest group so far had 160 people!

Who handles passports and money during the trip?

Tour leaders are responsible for passports and other travel documents throughout the trip and will take them from students on arrival. Students have oversight of their money and gifts, and are advised on local pricing and taken to change money.

What’s the accommodation like?

All hotels we use are of high quality, are well located and have been selected because of their suitability to accommodate young student travellers. Student accommodation is on a twin/triple share basis and teacher accommodation is on a single room basis.

Do you provide a packing list?

Yes, we provide a comprehensive packing list for students, including clothing, toiletries, travel documentation, and stationery and learning resources.

Do you provide travel insurance, flights and visas?

Yes, we can provide travel insurance, arrange your flights and organise visas as required, as an additional trip cost.

Do you offer 24/7 support?

Yes. Our support staff and tour leaders know their countries intimately and are contactable at all times – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – to help immediately if any issues arise.

Costs

What does the trip cost include?

Our trips include all accommodation and transport; full-time support from a tour leader and in-county manager throughout your trip, as well as local guides as required; all sightseeing and entrance fees for attractions, activities and sights as described in your itinerary; all breakfasts & dinners and several lunches. If required, we can include all meals – however, we find students prefer some independence at meal times, and will discuss this with you before your trip.

What does the trip cost exclude?

Your trip cost excludes international flights from your home country to the destination; visas (often not required); discretionary school donations & community service project costs.

Why are your prices lower than other companies?

Unlike travel companies who outsource their trips to local providers, we operate entirely in-country. We don’t rely on highly paid foreign staff in overseas call centres in the UK or Australia, but rather employ local tour leaders to manage your school trip in real-time. By working locally, we reduce our overheads – which means your money goes directly toward your tour, not to overseas administration costs or third party suppliers. Working locally also benefits your safety, by giving you 24/7 access to on-the-ground expertise, whenever and wherever you need it.

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