Australia and Bali

Trailblazers


Sydney, Blue Mountains, Sunshine Coast,Cairns, the Great Barrier Reef and Tablelands and Bali

 Semester Term 2

Late October–Mid December

Description

Transform your body and mind as you embark on an adventure of a lifetime abroad in Australia. Travel to Sydney, Blue Mountains, Sunshine Coast, Cairns, the Great Barrier Reef, Tablelands and Bali, where you’ll scuba dive, surf, play beach volleyball, and practice yoga, as you earn high school credits

 
50
DAYS 
Two Course Program

Courses Offered

+ Active Living Leadership
 Human Dimensions
 Modern Media
 English—choice of 3 options
 English

Staffing

9:1 Student to Staff Ratio

Availability

OPEN

*Based on air fares, land tariffs and currency exchange rates as of February, 2018. Please note the possibility of increases in airfares and land costs prior to departure. Any increase must be borne by the individual participant.
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My Adventure Down Under was the most unforgettable experience of my life. I was very fortunate to receive by far the best education and one-on-one teaching I’ve ever had, not to mention the bucket list adventures I experienced. It was something special to scuba dive in the Great Barrier Reef and climb the breathtaking views of the Blue Mountains, all the while being surrounded by people who all felt like family within days. Those bonds will last a lifetime. It didn’t feel like the regular “classroom” learning here. I was an avid and motivated student; more than ever I wanted to listen and be taught. What I was learning here was tangible and exciting. The challenges I was faced with are something I can be proud of overcoming. I will hold my MEI trip close to my heart for the rest of my life.

Kiki McCurdy
Student, Adventure Down Under 2017

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My Adventure Down Under was the most unforgettable experience of my life. I was very fortunate to receive by far the best education and one-on-one teaching I’ve ever had, not to mention the bucket list adventures I experienced. It was something special to scuba dive in the Great Barrier Reef and climb the breathtaking views of the Blue Mountains, all the while being surrounded by people who all felt like family within days. Those bonds will last a lifetime. It didn’t feel like the regular “classroom” learning here. I was an avid and motivated student; more than ever I wanted to listen and be taught. What I was learning here was tangible and exciting. The challenges I was faced with are something I can be proud of overcoming. I will hold my MEI trip close to my heart for the rest of my life.

Kiki McCurdy
Student, Adventure Down Under 2017

Courses Offered

Students complete one mandatory course and choose one elective.

Mandatory Course

Recreation + Healthy Active Living Leadership
FIRST COURSE OPTION 1
GRADE CODE
12 PLF4M
This course is dedicated to exploring the benefits of lifelong participation in active recreation and healthy leisure and to develop the leadership and coordinating skills needed to plan, organize, and safely implement recreational events and other activities related to healthy, active living. Students will also learn how to promote the benefits of healthy, active living to others through mentoring and assisting them in making informed decisions that enhance their well-being. The course will help to prepare students for university programs in physical education and health and kinesiology, and for college and university programs in recreation and leisure management, fitness and health promotion, and fitness leadership. Participation and development are the basis and most important components of this course.

Elective Courses

Human Dimensions
FIRST COURSE OPTION 2
GRADE CODE
12 IDC4U
This course explores the influence of human dimensions in a variety of applications. Students examine the historical and environmental contexts that define the relationship between humanity and its environment. The course framework relies heavily on hands-on activities and exercises utilizing the human form in context, and case study applications designed to enhance practical and critical analysis. /td>

Elective Courses

Modern Media
GRADE CODE
12 IDC4U
This course explores the fundamental elements of storytelling in photography and filmmaking, from narrative structure, genre, and character, to cinematic elements and visual composition. Students engage in hands-on digital media production as they learn how to work in a variety of roles. From producing, directing, writing, and editing, all dimensions of the dynamic and collaborative media production industry are examined.

Elective Courses

English
GRADE CODE
11+12 ENG3U + ENG4U
The core English course focuses on the refinement of literacy, communication and analytical skills. Students build on their understanding of academic language and practice using it confidently in discussion and argumentation both in oral and written forms.
Studies in Literature
GRADE CODE
12 ETS4U
This course is intended for students who are passionate about literature. Students analyze a range of literary forms including drama, the novel, and poetry, responding personally, critically, and creatively to each.
Writer's Craft
GRADE CODE
12 EWC4U
This course is designed for students who have attained a high level of proficiency in their writing skills and wish to focus on cultivating their creative writing talents by participating in prose, poetry, and drama-writing master classes.

Program Itinerary

Late October–Mid December
Day 1–5 Online Coursework
Day 6–7 Toronto—Departure
Day 7–14 Sydney
Day 14–17 Blue Mountains
Day 17–22 Sunshine Coast
Day 22–27 Cairns
Day 27–30 Great Barrier Reef
Day 30–35 Tablelands
Day 35–50 Bali

Flight and hotel details are available on individual program sites, available to registered students and their parents.

Preparation and Coursework

Preparation and Coursework

Days 1-5

Our one-week online session is designed to connect students with their teachers and classmates, and to help prepare students for their term abroad. Students have access to the course website, where reading lists will be posted and are required to complete all prep work prior to departure to ensure they are ready to hit the ground running overseas.
Departure from Toronto

Departure from Toronto

Days 6-7

Our academic adventure in Australia and Bali commences in Toronto, where teachers and students get to know each other and settle into the rhythm of the program. There, we conduct activities and complete foundational course material before setting off for Bali. All of our preparation allows us to hit the ground running and dive straight into the adventure that awaits.
Sydney

Sydney

Days 7-14

Our first stop down under is Sydney, where students are immersed in Australia’s thriving economy, set against a backdrop of breathtaking mountains and golden beaches. Students hit the ground running, utilizing the upscale harbourfront district as their home base. Here, we trace its humble beginnings as a settlement for convicts to its current status as the epicentre of one of the most dynamic cities in the world. Beach volleyball tournaments, surfing lessons, and Ultimate Frisbee games on the white sand of Bondi and Manley Beaches fill our days.
Blue Mountains

Blue Mountains

Days 14-17

Before boarding a flight to Queensland, students enjoy a three-day trek through the eucalyptus forests of the Blue Mountains, a UNESCO world heritage site, that connects body and mind. Known for its dramatic scenery students view steep cliffs, eucalyptus forests, waterfalls and villages as they hope to spot koala and other wildlife.
Sunshine Coast

Sunshine Coast

Days 17-22

Travelling south along the eastern coast of Queensland, we visit the Sunshine Coast of Australia. In addition to the endless and breathtaking white sand beaches, the Sunshine Coast is also home to national parks, universities, and award-winning international cuisine. Students have an opportunity to explore local conservation efforts, while also preparing for tournaments and leadership competitions. Packed with easygoing cafes along the water, the Sunshine Coast is also the perfect location for students to delve into essay writing and experimenting with developing their voice.
Cairns

Cairns

Days 22-27

In Cairns, days are spent focusing on academic writing and the development of a compelling thesis, while evenings are spent along the esplanade, tossing Frisbees and playing beach volleyball, before making group dinners back in our cozy apartment stays.
Great Barrier Reef

Great Barrier Reef

Days 27-30

Our time in Cairns concludes with a three-day excursion to the spectacular Great Barrier Reef on a private liveaboard boat. There, students discover the hidden nooks of the coastline, diving and snorkelling in search of clownfish, reef sharks, and sea turtles.
Tablelands

Tablelands

Days 30-35

Back on land, students ascend to the tropical heights of the Atherton Tablelands in the north-east coast of Queensland. An adventurer’s paradise, we explore the local lakes, waterfalls, and rainforest Our cozy accommodation at On the Wallaby offers the best of Australian hospitality, and to examine the beauty of this Wet Tropics World Heritage Area.
Bali

Bali

Days 35-50

We then fly to the tropical paradise of Bali, Indonesia. Flying into Denpasar, students decompress from their journey along the beach-lined coast. Residing in Sanur, an economy driven almost entirely by its visitors, students examine the far-reaching effects of travel, tourism, and globalization. Our days are spent exploring the island teeming with kingfishers, wild orchids, and monkeys, while our evenings are spent engaging in book chats over bowls of fresh curry and grilled seafood. From Sansur, we travel northeast to the nearby city of Ubud, where our exploration of emerging markets continues along the Tegallalang rice terraces, in the Monkey Forest, and at the Goa Gajah ‘Elephant Cave.’ Here, students write their final exams and afterwards, they celebrate their journey as they conclude their adventure through Oceania. On their last evening together, students reminisce over dinner and prepare for their flight back home.

Departure from Bali (Day 50)

What’s Included?

Program Fee Includes Program Fee Does Not Include
Program Costs

  • Ministry-approved credit(s) upon successful completion of the course(s)
  • Custom course pack
  • Student Login
  • MEI journal
  • Digital yearbook
Travel Costs

  • Hotels and accommodations
  • Breakfast and dinner daily
  • Entrance fees to all course-specific sites
  • Return airfare from Toronto’s
  • Pearson International Airport
  • Approximate airline departure taxes, surcharges and fees
  • Transportation between hotel locations via private coach`
  • Transportation for all listed program excursions
Extra Costs

  • Lunches
  • Insurances
  • Gratuities
  • Course texts
  • Medical Insurance and Cancellation Protection*

*All students travelling with MEI Academy are required to purchase Medical Insurance.

What’s Included?

Program Fee Includes
Program Costs

  • Ministry-approved credit(s) upon successful completion of the course(s)
  • Custom course pack
  • Student Login
  • MEI journal
  • Digital yearbook
Travel Costs

  • Hotels and accommodations
  • Breakfast and dinner daily
  • Entrance fees to all course-specific sites
  • Return airfare from Toronto’s
  • Pearson International Airport
  • Approximate airline departure taxes, surcharges and fees
  • Transportation between hotel locations via private coach`
  • Transportation for all listed program excursions
Program Fee Does Not Include
Extra Costs

  • Lunches
  • Insurances
  • Gratuities
  • Course texts
  • Medical Insurance and Cancellation Protection*

*All students travelling with MEI Academy are required to purchase Medical Insurance.

Sydney

Days 2–8

Cairns

Days 8–14

Great Barrier Reef

Days 14–18

Bali

Days 18-25

Blue Mountains

Sunshine Coast

Tablelands

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