Australia

Reef To Rainforest Adventure

Discover Australia, one of the most environmentally and socially diverse places on earth. Beginning with a thrilling surf session in Sydney, you’ll be riding a wave of excitement until the very last minute. Whether you’re living aboard a yacht sailing the Whitsunday Islands, visiting the Sydney Opera House, or getting up-close-and-personal with wildlife at the Billabong Wildlife Sanctuary, you won’t have time to digest one amazing moment before another sneaks up on you. While you explore, pick up some community service hours aiding Kuranda Envirocare in rebuilding the rainforest one plant at a time.

* Students under the age of 15 hoping to join GoBeyond in Australia will require special considerations in booking flights. 14-year-old prospective students should call into our office before applying.

  • Days
  • Service
  • Students
  • Age
  • Availability
  • Tuition (USD)
Session 1 / Jul 7 - Jul 27, 2020
  • 21
  • 20 hours
  • 12
  • 15-18*
  • Open
  • $6,570

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Focus

  • Environmental Conservation
  • Wildlife Stewardship

Adventure

  • Cultural Exploration
  • Hiking & Walking Tours
  • Water Sports
  • Land Sports

Environment

  • Urban
  • Ocean
  • Rainforest

The Journey

Your Adventure Starts Here

Fly Day! Welcome To The Land Down Under!

Our journey begins! Students have the option of flying to Sydney (SYD) via Los Angeles (LAX) on a preferred group itinerary, or students can fly independently. For students flying via LAX, GoBeyond arranges for an airport representative to assist with the transfer. In some cases, this representative is one of the group leaders and flies with the students. In other cases, he/she is a local contact responsible for airport assistance but will not be on the flight to Sydney. Due to time zone differences, our group flight typically lands in Australia two days after departure. First day activities include getting oriented to the new country and time zone, program orientation, and a few icebreaker activities.

Surf And Service Program Australia Adventure

Adventure Activities

Surf Day!

As you settle into your new Aussie lifestyle, we spend our first full day hitting the Sydney beaches. At the famous Manly beach we all suit up and take to the waves for a day of surfing. Don’t worry if you’re new to surfing, we will have instructors there to help you catch your first wave!

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Community Service Activities

Kuranda Rainforest Service Work

Amidst the nonstop fun and adventure of our summer program in Australia, the students take a few days to give back to the incredible land they have been enjoying for the previous two weeks. At the Kuranda Envirocare Rainforest corridor, students get to participate in hands-on fieldwork by learning how to monitor re-vegetation plots, by taking growth measurements, and by planting trees along one of several wildlife corridors. You and your group will also survey threatened wildlife through late-night frog surveys to monitor long-term changes in population.

kissing-kangaroo

Itinerary Activities

Billabong Sanctuary – Australian Wildlife Experience

You’ll never forget whitewater rafting through some of the most inaccessible areas of the rainforest or hiking under the canopy of the pristine old-growth rainforest. In Townsville’s Billabong Wildlife Sanctuary, you’ll have the opportunity to see a koala, hand feed a kangaroo, and even pet a wombat! To see even more of the Aussie wildlife, you’ll soon be gearing up for scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef, reputed as one of the most biologically diverse areas of our planet.

GoBeyond Students Sailing
Adventure Activities

Sailing Aboard Eureka II

Next up, GoBeyond Australia students embark on a 3-day voyage living aboard the 40 foot sloop Eureka II. Crewed by a professional captain and first mate, you will learn the basics of sailing while exploring the picturesque Whitsunday islands.

whitsunday islands
Adventure Activities

Discover the Whitsunday Islands

Located on the tropical western coast of Queensland lie the 74 islands that make up the Whitsundays. These islands provide a protected, gorgeous training ground to learn to sail. With the majority of the islands being uninhabited, there are countless secluded beaches for our GoBeyond students to explore.

snorkeler on great barrier reef
Adventure Activities

Snorkeling

GoBeyond students get their first glimpse of the Great Barrier Reef for the first time during this 3-day sailing adventure. Immerse yourself in the underwater environment, exploring the diversity of marine life for which the Great Barrier Reef is known.

“The two best parts about GoBeyond are the people I meet and the places I go. Australia was absolutely wonderful and is now one of my favorite places in the world. However, the best part about GoBeyond is the people. Your staff are consistently amazing and somehow, you attract the absolute best students I've ever met. Consistently, the worst day of the year for me is the day I leave my travelmates at the airport; this speaks to the wonderful bonds made between all students and staff.”
Ryan BoeskyNew York, NY
Ryan Boesky
Summer Scuba Dive Camp Australia
Adventure Activities

Explore the Great Barrier Reef

GoBeyond students get the once in a lifetime opportunity to explore one of the wonders of the natural world, the Great Barrier Reef – an ecosystem so massive that it can be seen from space! Luckily you’ll get to see it firsthand without having to travel to space.

Great Barrier Reef Summer Camp For Teens
Adventure Activities

The Underwater World

With over 3,000 individual reef systems, the Great Barrier Reef will allow you to see an incredible variety of marine life. It’s not every day you get the opportunity to dive below the surface and see one of the natural wonders of the world.

Marine Biology Camp For Teens Australia
Adventure Activities

Scuba Diving & Snorkeling

We strongly recommend students earn an “Open Water Diver” certification before joining GoBeyond on this program. While not required, most students choose to come with at least a “diver-referral” so they can take full advantage of this once in a lifetime opportunity.

Closing Activities

The last days are always so hard! To round off their high school summer travel program, students have a grand feast on their final night, and, perhaps, shed a few tears during our slide show and closing program. Without fail, there is a mix of emotions – there is excitement to return home; there is sadness to leave. On the final day of the trip, students are transferred to the Cairns (CNS) airport by our professional staff, checked in, then travel to Brisbane (BNE) and on to their respective homes and families. Yet the journey continues on for each individual in undefinable ways. The stories we make on GoBeyond Australia are ones we never forget.

GoBeyond Students on whitsunday islands
GoBeyond students visiting aboriginal tribe
dolphins-on-great-barrier-reef
students-at-aquarium
By Angel A.

All Good Things Come To An End

This trip has been a life-changing experience not only for me but for my peers. We got to spend our…

Read More
By Alyssa M.

A Blast From the Aussie Past

After catching up on some much-needed sleep at Hotel Nomad that had been lost on the dive boat, we awoke…

Read More
By Hannah Y.

Goodbye Great Barrier Reef

Today was our last day aboard the dive boat. We woke up ridiculously early so we could participate in our…

Read More
By Cooper D.

A Day Worth More Than Time

Today was a very long dive day filled with lots of sleeping and snacks in between. To begin, we were…

Read More
By Natalie S.

It’s All About Giving Back

A couple of years ago, I was a completely different person. Back then, I would never think that I’ll ever…

Read More

Trip Logs

Fly Day! Welcome To The Land Down Under!

Our journey begins! Students have the option of flying to Sydney (SYD) via Los Angeles (LAX) on a preferred group itinerary, or students can fly independently. For students flying via LAX, GoBeyond arranges for an airport representative to assist with the transfer. In some cases, this representative is one of the group leaders and flies with the students. In other cases, he/she is a local contact responsible for airport assistance but will not be on the flight to Sydney. Due to time zone differences, our group flight typically lands in Australia two days after departure. First day activities include getting oriented to the new country and time zone, program orientation, and a few icebreaker activities.

Surf And Service Program Australia Adventure

Adventure Activities

Surf Day!

As you settle into your new Aussie lifestyle, we spend our first full day hitting the Sydney beaches. At the famous Manly beach we all suit up and take to the waves for a day of surfing. Don’t worry if you’re new to surfing, we will have instructors there to help you catch your first wave!

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GoBeyond Students Sailing
Adventure Activities

Sailing Aboard Eureka II

Next up, GoBeyond Australia students embark on a 3-day voyage living aboard the 40 foot sloop Eureka II. Crewed by a professional captain and first mate, you will learn the basics of sailing while exploring the picturesque Whitsunday islands.

whitsunday islands
Adventure Activities

Discover the Whitsunday Islands

Located on the tropical western coast of Queensland lie the 74 islands that make up the Whitsundays. These islands provide a protected, gorgeous training ground to learn to sail. With the majority of the islands being uninhabited, there are countless secluded beaches for our GoBeyond students to explore.

snorkeler on great barrier reef
Adventure Activities

Snorkeling

GoBeyond students get their first glimpse of the Great Barrier Reef for the first time during this 3-day sailing adventure. Immerse yourself in the underwater environment, exploring the diversity of marine life for which the Great Barrier Reef is known.

students working in rainforest

Community Service Activities

Kuranda Rainforest Service Work

Amidst the nonstop fun and adventure of our summer program in Australia, the students take a few days to give back to the incredible land they have been enjoying for the previous two weeks. At the Kuranda Envirocare Rainforest corridor, students get to participate in hands-on fieldwork by learning how to monitor re-vegetation plots, by taking growth measurements, and by planting trees along one of several wildlife corridors. You and your group will also survey threatened wildlife through late-night frog surveys to monitor long-term changes in population.

“The two best parts about GoBeyond are the people I meet and the places I go. Australia was absolutely wonderful and is now one of my favorite places in the world. However, the best part about GoBeyond is the people. Your staff are consistently amazing and somehow, you attract the absolute best students I've ever met. Consistently, the worst day of the year for me is the day I leave my travelmates at the airport; this speaks to the wonderful bonds made between all students and staff.”
Ryan BoeskyNew York, NY
Ryan Boesky
kissing-kangaroo

Itinerary Activities

Billabong Sanctuary – Australian Wildlife Experience

You’ll never forget whitewater rafting through some of the most inaccessible areas of the rainforest or hiking under the canopy of the pristine old-growth rainforest. In Townsville’s Billabong Wildlife Sanctuary, you’ll have the opportunity to see a koala, hand feed a kangaroo, and even pet a wombat! To see even more of the Aussie wildlife, you’ll soon be gearing up for scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef, reputed as one of the most biologically diverse areas of our planet.

Summer Scuba Dive Camp Australia
Adventure Activities

Explore the Great Barrier Reef

GoBeyond students get the once in a lifetime opportunity to explore one of the wonders of the natural world, the Great Barrier Reef – an ecosystem so massive that it can be seen from space! Luckily you’ll get to see it firsthand without having to travel to space.

Great Barrier Reef Summer Camp For Teens
Adventure Activities

The Underwater World

With over 3,000 individual reef systems, the Great Barrier Reef will allow you to see an incredible variety of marine life. It’s not every day you get the opportunity to dive below the surface and see one of the natural wonders of the world.

Marine Biology Camp For Teens Australia
Adventure Activities

Scuba Diving & Snorkeling

We strongly recommend students earn an “Open Water Diver” certification before joining GoBeyond on this program. While not required, most students choose to come with at least a “diver-referral” so they can take full advantage of this once in a lifetime opportunity.

Closing Activities

The last days are always so hard! To round off their high school summer travel program, students have a grand feast on their final night, and, perhaps, shed a few tears during our slide show and closing program. Without fail, there is a mix of emotions – there is excitement to return home; there is sadness to leave. On the final day of the trip, students are transferred to the Cairns (CNS) airport by our professional staff, checked in, then travel to Brisbane (BNE) and on to their respective homes and families. Yet the journey continues on for each individual in undefinable ways. The stories we make on GoBeyond Australia are ones we never forget.

GoBeyond Students on whitsunday islands
GoBeyond students visiting aboriginal tribe
dolphins-on-great-barrier-reef
students-at-aquarium
By Angel A.

All Good Things Come To An End

This trip has been a life-changing experience not only for me but for my peers. We got to spend our…

Read More
By Alyssa M.

A Blast From the Aussie Past

After catching up on some much-needed sleep at Hotel Nomad that had been lost on the dive boat, we awoke…

Read More
By Hannah Y.

Goodbye Great Barrier Reef

Today was our last day aboard the dive boat. We woke up ridiculously early so we could participate in our…

Read More
By Cooper D.

A Day Worth More Than Time

Today was a very long dive day filled with lots of sleeping and snacks in between. To begin, we were…

Read More
By Natalie S.

It’s All About Giving Back

A couple of years ago, I was a completely different person. Back then, I would never think that I’ll ever…

Read More

Trip Logs

“Our teens have just thrived with the GoBeyond programs for the past 2 years. Their maturity and exposure to new experiences and environments have had a significant impact on their lives.”
Shannon F. - Nashville, TN
“The trip was perfectly put together. The people who run GoBeyond are the best. The student forums are outstanding, helpful, fun, and helped me grow as a person! I had an incredible experience. Loved it all”
Carly A. - Highland Park, IL
“GoBeyond provided the care, supervision, knowledge, adventures, and experience we had hoped for. The quality and experiences provided to Emily over the past 3 summers have been phenomenal! ”
Bette C. - Sherman, IL
“GoBeyond will forever be our daughter's childhood memory - It's an experience that is so far beyond anything we could have come up with. Every year has been amazing!”
Laura D. - St. Simon's Island, GA

Need More Information?

Affiliates

GoBeyond is a proud supporter of local, national, and international service organizations around the world.

During all our high school volunteer opportunities, students have the opportunity to work closely with local people, on projects where the need is authentic and the results are long-lasting. When our summer program in Australia is over, we provide much needed financial help with direct donations, which helps fund projects in an ongoing way. Consider your impact…join GoBeyond this summer and make a difference!

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    Kuranda Envirocare

    Kuranda Envirocare is a volunteer community organization based in the wet tropics world heritage area in far north Queensland. The group organizes and executes a number of environmental and conservation initiatives involving wildlife corridors, endemic species conservation, and field research.

Need To Know

Is this journey right for me?

This journey is for the student looking for a travel experience with an incredible amount of variety. You can expect to spend a lot of time in and around the water since most Australians live by the coast. Although Australia might seem out of the way, this journey is ideal for a student’s first time abroad as well as the seasoned traveler. Whether you’re interested in remote destinations or the bustling adventure of city-life, you’ll be able to find it in Australia.

What's the group like?

There’s really no rigid mold from which GoBeyond students are cut. Since our students come from different backgrounds all over the world, the groups end up being naturally diverse. Everyone arrives with different goals, expectations, hopes, and fears, but they quickly find common ground and begin to bond. The GoBeyond environment allows team members to connect quickly and become closer friends than anyone would expect. Many students report leaving feeling as though they had known their fellow students their whole lives.

Our philosophy revolves around small group sizes that are still large enough to foster a sense of community. For the summer program in Australia, we’ve found that a group size of 12 students works best. This journey does not require any previous experience, skills, or language fluency – yet we strongly recommend students earn an “Open Water Diver” certification prior to the program to gain the most from the experience.

Who are the staff?

GoBeyond is proud to attract and recruit the best in our field for our international volunteer opportunities for high school students. Our summer staff consists of avid world travelers, highly qualified professionals, and fun and experienced facilitators and educators. All members of our team are dynamic, multi-talented, and passionate individuals with a devotion and commitment to the safety and experience of our students.

The average age of our summer staff is 26. Staff skills are journey specific, such as holding a maritime license in the BVIs or having a background in childcare for China. All staff are First Aid and CPR certified, and many hold advanced training certificates such as Wilderness First Responder or EMT. Along with local guides and our community service partners, the ratio of staff to students is approximately 1:5. This enables close interaction and individualized attention during the journey.

Learn More About Our Staff

What do I need to bring?

GoBeyond students are responsible for carrying their luggage from one location to the next. As such, we recommend that you keep things simple and avoid over-packing. Students are given the opportunity to do laundry throughout the trip, so there’s no need to pack several weeks’ worth of clothing.

Our hope is that families will have minimal purchases prior to the trip, so we’ve compiled our packing lists in a way that you’ll find most of what you need in your closet at home. Around mid to late March, we make available our Pre-Trip Packet to enrolled students, which contains a detailed packing list for this year’s summer program in Australia. If you’d like to see last year’s packing list as an example, you can download it here.

Download Sample Packing List

During the trip, students will need an emergency/travel credit or debit card in addition to personal spending cash. The credit or debit card (minimum balance of $400) is intended to cover travel costs to and from the program and any unanticipated costs that might arise such as a clinic or hospital visit. While not required, students have the option of storing their credit or debit card with our staff during the journey if you are concerned about loss or theft.

GoBeyond will pay all major program costs while traveling and working, but there will also be opportunities for students to spend money on personal items. The most common expenses include snacks, souvenirs, and phone/internet time (calling cards, internet centers, etc.). Based on our past experience, some students will spend less and some will spend more than our recommendation ($300). Judge this amount by the spending habits of your student. Please set boundaries for your student’s spending, as GoBeyond cannot be responsible for monitoring student spending. If you are concerned about loss or theft of cash, students can give staff up to $150 of their spending cash to be put into safekeeping for withdrawal later.

Where do we stay?

When ashore in Sydney, Townsville, and Cairns, we will be staying mainly in hostels and hotels. In the Whitsunday Islands, we’ll be living aboard our sailing yacht full-time. During the scuba diving expedition to the Great Barrier Reef, we’ll live onboard a large motor vessel designed for live-aboard diving.

Do I have to be SCUBA certified to participate?

While no prerequisites are required to participate in this journey, we highly recommend students come with some level of experience with diving. Those students joining us with an “Open Water Dive” certification will have all of the skills necessary to take advantage of this once in a lifetime experience. For those who are new to diving that won’t be able to earn a certification before summer – we recommend earning at least what is called a “referral” by completing book work and pool dives before joining us on the journey. If you have any questions about the scuba diving aspect of this journey, don’t hesitate to give our office a call.

What do we eat?

GoBeyond’s tuition covers all meals after arrival in the host country. We strive for healthy, nutritious, and delicious meals, and serve a mixture of local and international fare (including Western). For our Australia journey, we primarily eat at the hotels/lodges and local restaurants.

Note, as GoBeyond is a health-conscious program, our staff do not provide large quantities of “junk” food (i.e. sodas, chips, candy bars, large desserts, etc.). Students can always supplement our meals and snacks by shopping locally for their own items.

During the application process, families can inform us of any dietary allergies or restrictions. We are usually able to accommodate vegetarians, vegans, pescatarians, etc., as well as various food allergies. However, if your student has a severe allergy to peanuts or other common substances, please call our office to discuss the options.

Nitty Gritty

Flights
Are flights included in the tuition?

Since students join us from all over the world, the cost of transportation to and from the destination country is not included in the program tuition.

Who should we contact to book travel?

Helping to coordinate our students’ travel is of vital importance – and a mammoth task! For this reason, we strongly suggest that all families start by contacting our travel coordinator, Leah Hernandez of TRC Travel Center (T: +1.281.528.7727 or 800.329.9000 • E: leahctn68@hotmail.com). Even if you are not originating in the U.S., Leah will be able to provide options and guidance.

When should I book flights?

We suggest you wait until March 20th, and here’s why. The quality of the experience is in large part defined by the makeup of the student team, and unfortunately we can’t determine the status of a specific journey or session until we receive the appropriate number of enrollments to guarantee a great experience (which is typically no fewer than six). Therefore, unless you select a ticket fare type or flight insurance policy that allows flexibility for date modifications, refunds, or credits, we suggest that families wait until after March 20th to book their international flights.

What is the preferred itinerary for U.S.-based students?

Each year, GoBeyond works with TRC Travel Center to select a preferred itinerary to/from Los Angeles (LAX) to Sydney (SYD), returning Brisbane (BNE) to Los Angeles (LAX). GoBeyond strongly encourages U.S.-based families to book on our recommended route, so that as many students as possible can fly together as a team. Please bear in mind, however, that GoBeyond has no control over the number of participants that choose to fly via LAX. Depending on the desires of other participants, the number of students traveling on the recommended route can vary greatly.

What about an alternate itinerary that suits us better?

Since students come from all over the U.S. and world, it is not required that students book on our preferred itinerary.  For non-U.S. based students, those looking to use frequent flier miles, or others who are not booking with TRC Travel Center or on our preferred flight itinerary, please contact our office prior to booking to ensure you are arriving and departing Australia at appropriate times. Note that the journey start date (as shown above) is the date upon which the GoBeyond group flight departs Los Angeles. Due to time zone differences, the group flight may actually land in SYD two days after. The journey end date is the date upon which the GoBeyond group flight departs BNE.

Does GoBeyond provide support on travel days?

Yes. We understand that travel days can be stressful for both parents and students, so no matter what time of the day or night, our office team actively monitors and supports our participants during travel. We require students to travel with a mobile phone with domestic data capability so we can monitor their progress and communicate directly if necessary. For certain flight connections, GoBeyond also offers on-site airport assistance, yet our experience has shown that being active and available to everyone electronically is often more effective in quickly troubleshooting snags than being physically present in just one location. For this specific journey…

  • Preferred Itinerary (Outbound flight, LAX to SYD) – In some instances, particularly for the first session of the summer, GoBeyond has a group leader who flies with the students on the preferred itinerary at the start of the trip. When a group leader is not able to travel with the students on this outbound flight, GoBeyond will typically hire a representative for the LAX airport who is responsible for helping troubleshoot any flight/connection issues that may arise.
  • Preferred Itinerary (Inbound flight, BNE to LAX) – On occasion, particularly for the last session of the summer, a group leader will return to the U.S. on the preferred flight with the students. If a staff member is not able to return with the students, GoBeyond will not typically hire an in-airport representative for LAX. This is due to the lack of an on-site representative’s ability to attend to customs/immigration issues and ongoing connection coordination when they do not arrive with the students.

For more information on airport assistance, please contact our office. We will be glad to let you know what type of support we typically offer for your journey (specific plans will only be available nearer the travel date).

Can I leave a program a day or two early or arrive a day or two late?

We understand that commitments at home may necessitate a student wanting to arrive or depart from our program on days other than our standard published dates. Each scenario is unique, and while we accommodate these requests when we can, we need to plan appropriately so that we know those additional staff resources are in place to ensure a safe, well-coordinated travel experience. We don’t charge extra tuition for accommodating non-standard travel, yet we do require that parents cover the direct costs associated with any additional staff travel, off-site accommodation, and meals. Please use this form to initiate a formal request for us to consider your non-standard travel wishes and a representative will contact you to discuss possibilities.

Travel Docs & Vaccinations
Skip the stress and plan ahead

GoBeyond cannot apply for passports or visas on a student’s behalf, but we can provide the information you need to do so yourself. At the time of writing, students traveling on U.S. passports need a visa (provided with the airline ticket when booking with TRC Travel) and must have 6+ months of validity after the arrival date in Australia. For the most up-to-date and thorough information, please visit travel.state.gov and navigate to your destination via the “Learn about your destination” search bar. Students traveling on non-U.S. passports should verify passport and visa requirements for your nationality by contacting your local Australian embassy or consulate.

GoBeyond understands that families have varying opinions on vaccinations. Some greatly desire the precaution; others prefer to avoid possible side effects of certain medications such as anti-malarials. Coupled with the fact that each student has unique medical considerations known best by his or her doctor, GoBeyond does not supply medical advice. We recommend that all families refer to the expertise of the CDC (wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel), their health care providers, and/or a travel clinic.

Itinerary
LIVING IN THE MOMENT

Though the fundamentals of our journeys do not change, specific journey logistics evolve over time. It is typical for our community service partners to not choose our project areas until late spring/early summer, thus the final touches of our itineraries are not always set until then. The journey overview portions of this page should give families a basic understanding of the kinds of activities we do on the journey. We also suggest last year’s Trip Updates if you need more descriptions. For the most up-to-date information on our expected itineraries, feel free to Contact our office.

With that in mind, we encourage all participants to “live in the moment” while on the journey. Travel, even on organized trips, requires flexibility and a willingness to accept adversity and change. Your journey country may not be as efficient, orderly, and/or timely as you are use to. We hope you’ll take the bumps in stride, and enjoy the adventure!

Service Hours
Service Hours & Letters

After the completion of summer, all students (U.S. and non-U.S. students alike) receive a GoBeyond service letter and transcript reflecting their participation on the program.*  The GoBeyond service letter and transcript describes the type of service work performed, the number of hours awarded, and is printed and signed on our letterhead.

GoBeyond service hours are accepted by most high schools/colleges/institutions.  Please note, however, that every school is a bit different. Some schools have special community service requirements for graduation, etc., such as students performing a certain number of service hours locally rather than abroad.  We recommend that students/families check with their school administration prior to enrolling to ensure GoBeyond service hours meet their requirements for community service participation.

* Presence alone does not necessarily earn students the community service hours. GoBeyond reserves the right to deduct hours due to non-participation and/or early dismissal. Participants who work hard and participate in all program activities can expect to receive the full number of service hours available for their journey.

Tuition
GoBeyond tuition fees cover the following:
  • All in-country journey accommodation, meals, and ground transportation
  • Full-time service adventure staff, local guides, and tips
  • All group activities including service projects and materials, sight-seeing trips, and educational excursions
  • Physical and monetary donations to our partner organizations
GoBeyond tuition does not cover the following:
  • Air transportation, including in-country flights, are not included since our students come from all over the world
  • Required emergency evacuation insurance & International SOS Membership ($50 for 21-day programs & $35 for 14-day programs) LEARN MORE >
  • Health insurance, travel insurance, medical and evacuation expenses
  • Fees associated with obtaining passports, visas, vaccinations airport taxes & baggage fees
  • Personal spending money
OUR 5-8 WEEK Journeys

Any consecutive programs may be joined to form one extended course. In the interim between programs, students stay with staff. The total cost is determined by combining the cost of each program and subtracting the 5% extended course discount.  This discount also applies toward any trips adjoining our sister program, ActionQuest. ActionQuest and/or GoBeyond enrollment for any consecutive programs in the same summer will be considered as a single extended program in the event of withdrawal or dismissal from the trip at any time.

Financial Aid
Every year, GoBeyond awards a number of partial tuition scholarships

The financial aid budget is determined by the GoBeyond Directors and is allocated from the organization’s operating budget. Eligibility is based on a number of factors, including financial need, past academic performance, community involvement, and promise of success on the journey.

As students come from all over the world, flight and travel costs are not included at any scholarship level, nor spending money and other additional costs associated with traveling abroad (vaccinations, doctor visits, visas, etc.). If you know that you are unable to fund your experience without financial assistance, then please visit our Financial Aid pages for more information and the application.

  • Flights
  • Travel Docs & Vaccinations
  • Itinerary
  • Service Hours
  • Tuition
  • Financial Aid
  • Are flights included in the tuition?

    Since students join us from all over the world, the cost of transportation to and from the destination country is not included in the program tuition.

    Who should we contact to book travel?

    Helping to coordinate our students’ travel is of vital importance – and a mammoth task! For this reason, we strongly suggest that all families start by contacting our travel coordinator, Leah Hernandez of TRC Travel Center (T: +1.281.528.7727 or 800.329.9000 • E: leahctn68@hotmail.com). Even if you are not originating in the U.S., Leah will be able to provide options and guidance.

    When should I book flights?

    We suggest you wait until March 20th, and here’s why. The quality of the experience is in large part defined by the makeup of the student team, and unfortunately we can’t determine the status of a specific journey or session until we receive the appropriate number of enrollments to guarantee a great experience (which is typically no fewer than six). Therefore, unless you select a ticket fare type or flight insurance policy that allows flexibility for date modifications, refunds, or credits, we suggest that families wait until after March 20th to book their international flights.

    What is the preferred itinerary for U.S.-based students?

    Each year, GoBeyond works with TRC Travel Center to select a preferred itinerary to/from Los Angeles (LAX) to Sydney (SYD), returning Brisbane (BNE) to Los Angeles (LAX). GoBeyond strongly encourages U.S.-based families to book on our recommended route, so that as many students as possible can fly together as a team. Please bear in mind, however, that GoBeyond has no control over the number of participants that choose to fly via LAX. Depending on the desires of other participants, the number of students traveling on the recommended route can vary greatly.

    What about an alternate itinerary that suits us better?

    Since students come from all over the U.S. and world, it is not required that students book on our preferred itinerary.  For non-U.S. based students, those looking to use frequent flier miles, or others who are not booking with TRC Travel Center or on our preferred flight itinerary, please contact our office prior to booking to ensure you are arriving and departing Australia at appropriate times. Note that the journey start date (as shown above) is the date upon which the GoBeyond group flight departs Los Angeles. Due to time zone differences, the group flight may actually land in SYD two days after. The journey end date is the date upon which the GoBeyond group flight departs BNE.

    Does GoBeyond provide support on travel days?

    Yes. We understand that travel days can be stressful for both parents and students, so no matter what time of the day or night, our office team actively monitors and supports our participants during travel. We require students to travel with a mobile phone with domestic data capability so we can monitor their progress and communicate directly if necessary. For certain flight connections, GoBeyond also offers on-site airport assistance, yet our experience has shown that being active and available to everyone electronically is often more effective in quickly troubleshooting snags than being physically present in just one location. For this specific journey…

    • Preferred Itinerary (Outbound flight, LAX to SYD) – In some instances, particularly for the first session of the summer, GoBeyond has a group leader who flies with the students on the preferred itinerary at the start of the trip. When a group leader is not able to travel with the students on this outbound flight, GoBeyond will typically hire a representative for the LAX airport who is responsible for helping troubleshoot any flight/connection issues that may arise.
    • Preferred Itinerary (Inbound flight, BNE to LAX) – On occasion, particularly for the last session of the summer, a group leader will return to the U.S. on the preferred flight with the students. If a staff member is not able to return with the students, GoBeyond will not typically hire an in-airport representative for LAX. This is due to the lack of an on-site representative’s ability to attend to customs/immigration issues and ongoing connection coordination when they do not arrive with the students.

    For more information on airport assistance, please contact our office. We will be glad to let you know what type of support we typically offer for your journey (specific plans will only be available nearer the travel date).

    Can I leave a program a day or two early or arrive a day or two late?

    We understand that commitments at home may necessitate a student wanting to arrive or depart from our program on days other than our standard published dates. Each scenario is unique, and while we accommodate these requests when we can, we need to plan appropriately so that we know those additional staff resources are in place to ensure a safe, well-coordinated travel experience. We don’t charge extra tuition for accommodating non-standard travel, yet we do require that parents cover the direct costs associated with any additional staff travel, off-site accommodation, and meals. Please use this form to initiate a formal request for us to consider your non-standard travel wishes and a representative will contact you to discuss possibilities.

  • Skip the stress and plan ahead

    GoBeyond cannot apply for passports or visas on a student’s behalf, but we can provide the information you need to do so yourself. At the time of writing, students traveling on U.S. passports need a visa (provided with the airline ticket when booking with TRC Travel) and must have 6+ months of validity after the arrival date in Australia. For the most up-to-date and thorough information, please visit travel.state.gov and navigate to your destination via the “Learn about your destination” search bar. Students traveling on non-U.S. passports should verify passport and visa requirements for your nationality by contacting your local Australian embassy or consulate.

    GoBeyond understands that families have varying opinions on vaccinations. Some greatly desire the precaution; others prefer to avoid possible side effects of certain medications such as anti-malarials. Coupled with the fact that each student has unique medical considerations known best by his or her doctor, GoBeyond does not supply medical advice. We recommend that all families refer to the expertise of the CDC (wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel), their health care providers, and/or a travel clinic.

  • LIVING IN THE MOMENT

    Though the fundamentals of our journeys do not change, specific journey logistics evolve over time. It is typical for our community service partners to not choose our project areas until late spring/early summer, thus the final touches of our itineraries are not always set until then. The journey overview portions of this page should give families a basic understanding of the kinds of activities we do on the journey. We also suggest last year’s Trip Updates if you need more descriptions. For the most up-to-date information on our expected itineraries, feel free to Contact our office.

    With that in mind, we encourage all participants to “live in the moment” while on the journey. Travel, even on organized trips, requires flexibility and a willingness to accept adversity and change. Your journey country may not be as efficient, orderly, and/or timely as you are use to. We hope you’ll take the bumps in stride, and enjoy the adventure!

  • Service Hours & Letters

    After the completion of summer, all students (U.S. and non-U.S. students alike) receive a GoBeyond service letter and transcript reflecting their participation on the program.*  The GoBeyond service letter and transcript describes the type of service work performed, the number of hours awarded, and is printed and signed on our letterhead.

    GoBeyond service hours are accepted by most high schools/colleges/institutions.  Please note, however, that every school is a bit different. Some schools have special community service requirements for graduation, etc., such as students performing a certain number of service hours locally rather than abroad.  We recommend that students/families check with their school administration prior to enrolling to ensure GoBeyond service hours meet their requirements for community service participation.

    * Presence alone does not necessarily earn students the community service hours. GoBeyond reserves the right to deduct hours due to non-participation and/or early dismissal. Participants who work hard and participate in all program activities can expect to receive the full number of service hours available for their journey.

  • GoBeyond tuition fees cover the following:
    • All in-country journey accommodation, meals, and ground transportation
    • Full-time service adventure staff, local guides, and tips
    • All group activities including service projects and materials, sight-seeing trips, and educational excursions
    • Physical and monetary donations to our partner organizations
    GoBeyond tuition does not cover the following:
    • Air transportation, including in-country flights, are not included since our students come from all over the world
    • Required emergency evacuation insurance & International SOS Membership ($50 for 21-day programs & $35 for 14-day programs) LEARN MORE >
    • Health insurance, travel insurance, medical and evacuation expenses
    • Fees associated with obtaining passports, visas, vaccinations airport taxes & baggage fees
    • Personal spending money
    OUR 5-8 WEEK Journeys

    Any consecutive programs may be joined to form one extended course. In the interim between programs, students stay with staff. The total cost is determined by combining the cost of each program and subtracting the 5% extended course discount.  This discount also applies toward any trips adjoining our sister program, ActionQuest. ActionQuest and/or GoBeyond enrollment for any consecutive programs in the same summer will be considered as a single extended program in the event of withdrawal or dismissal from the trip at any time.

  • Every year, GoBeyond awards a number of partial tuition scholarships

    The financial aid budget is determined by the GoBeyond Directors and is allocated from the organization’s operating budget. Eligibility is based on a number of factors, including financial need, past academic performance, community involvement, and promise of success on the journey.

    As students come from all over the world, flight and travel costs are not included at any scholarship level, nor spending money and other additional costs associated with traveling abroad (vaccinations, doctor visits, visas, etc.). If you know that you are unable to fund your experience without financial assistance, then please visit our Financial Aid pages for more information and the application.