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Celebrating the completion of school has become a ‘rite of passage’ moment. Yet studies show that more and more students are shirking the ‘party on the gold coast’ for more meaningful ways to commemorate the end of the school era. World Youth Adventures (a division of the World Expeditions Travel Group) has responded to this growing trend with some purpose built travel experiences timed with the end of school and that are exclusive to school leavers.

One only has to read the reviews from recently returned school leavers to know that World Youth Adventures are on to a good thing.

This experience really does make you grow as a person. And the amazing thing is you grow with other people, making lifelong friendships through some of the greatest moments you’ve ever shared,” wrote Jemma Scott who participated on the Nepal trek.

With more students looking for something motivating and memorable after school, the trips are woven with a great adventure, whether it be trekking the trails of the Himalayan mountains or zip lining the treetops near Angkor Wat, together with hands on community projects. The exciting range of nine to 13 day ‘Alternative Schoolies’ itineraries offer departures in November but also December 2019 and January 2020. These trips bring together a small group of like-minded Australian school leavers on a enriching adventure and the 2019 offerings are in Vietnam, Nepal or Cambodia.

World Youth Adventures CEO, Sue Badyari, strongly advocates for the Alternative Schoolies itineraries for the profound effects they deliver for the students but also the poor communities that they assist. These experiences are not only life changing but are valuable additions to any CV where students are applying for universities or jobs.

“Mainstream, chaos-filled schoolies celebrations are not for everyone… which is why World Youth Adventures creates exhilarating and stimulating Alternative Schoolies Adventures in Asia.

“Each journey is jam-packed with awesome activities yet with enough time to buy a few mementos, take a few selfies, even time for some self-reflection in each place,” she said.


Nepal – Explore Nepal– Alternative Schoolies + Community Project

Being surrounded by gigantic Himalayan peaks, authentic mountain culture and a meaningful community service project are what school leavers sign up for on this adventure in Nepal. The adventure begins in the fascinating capital city of Kathmandu, where the group will soak up the atmosphere and visit Hindu and Buddhist temples before flying to the Annapurna region. From Pokhara, the group will embark on a low attitude trek into the Annapurna foothills, enjoying dramatic views of Himalayan peaks along with opportunities to engage with people of the small Hindu villages they pass through. The group will get their hands dirty in a small village in this region, working along side the locals to improve the local school desperately in need of repair.

  • Explore Nepal (13 days) departs on 30 November 2019 and 04 January 2020, from $2560 per person 

Cambodia – Uncover Cambodia – Alternative Schoolies + Community Project

This adventure starts with touring Phnom Penh by cyclo, visiting the Royal Palace, National Museum and Wat Phnom Temple.  You’ll experience a-day-in-the-life of a keeper at a wildlife rescue centre, which has rescued over 100 Asian Sun Bears. The adventure continues at Siem Reap, exploring the world-famous temples of Angkor Wat and zip lining through the tree canopy of the complex, learning the art of Cambodian cuisine and taking a boat ride to a floating village on Tonle Sap Lake – South East Asia’s largest lake. A highlight of the journey is spending three days at the Happy Days School working on a community project.

  • Uncover Cambodia (12 days) departs on 01 December 2019 and 05 January 2020, from $1990 per person

Discover Vietnam – Alternative Schoolies + Community Project

Appease your inner conscience with your involvement in three community projects in Halong Bay, Da Bia and Mai Hich, all the while kayaking, cycling and cruising around northern Vietnam. Arriving in Hanoi, there is time to experience this vibrant, bussling city before heading to the mountains of Muong tribe staying with Da Bia community before kayaking and cycling to the jungle covered mountains of the Mai Hich region.  It’s then a speedboat ride to the hidden gem of Cat Ba Island within Halong Bay and its world-renowned limestone pinnacles.

  • Discover Vietnam  (12 days) departs 30 November 2019 and 04 January 2020, from $2490 per person

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