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HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAMS

The Timor Unearthed High School Immersion Program is an all-inclusive educational travel experience. ​We work closely with all our group leaders to provide support during the planning and preparation of your group trip to Timor-Leste. Typically our programs are 10-12 days, 8-15 students, and 2-3 teachers. ​Our programs are flexible and designed to meet the needs of your group.​ Please read below for more information about our high school program services.

ALL-INCLUSIVE PROGRAMS

Below is an outline of what is included in our Timor Unearthed High School programs.​

PRE-DEPARTURE

  • Consultations to design the itinerary and discuss activities to focus on group learning objectives

  • Comprehensive risk assessment for each group

  • Immersion pre-departure information package

  • Immersion pre-departure information session with teachers, parents, and students to ensure everyone is prepared for the experience

  • On-going support via phone and email leading up to the immersion

  • Timor Unearthed has partnered with Reho Study Tours (Melbourne based travel agency) to manage and book your group flight to Timor-Leste.

 

IN TIMOR-LESTE

  • All-inclusive immersion program

  • In-country pre-departure briefing on arrival

  • An experienced team of local guides and drivers who have completed training in workplace health and safety, safe driving, child protection, first aid, and tour guide skills

  • High-quality educational workshops provided by our partnering organisations

  • Co-ordinated sustainable tourism activities. All our sustainable tourism experiences include an educational component (i.e. snorkeling and marine conservation, homestay experience and Timorese culture, trekking and eco-tourism).

  • Historical and cultural tour of significant sites

  • Reflection sessions and journal. We believe it is important that our groups take time to reflect on their experiences. Our team co-ordinates reflection sessions to encourage students to share their thoughts, ask questions, and enhance their learning experience

  • All accommodation carefully selected to be safe and comfortable

  • All transportation in well-maintained vehicles

  • All meals. Our restaurants are carefully selected based on similar values and quality. We include meals at hospitality training centers and restaurants that share the same vision to grow the hospitality and tourism in Timor-Leste.

 

BACK HOME

  • We want our programs to inspire students to make a positive change when returning home. After the immersion experience, many students and teachers want to continue their connection with Timor-Leste. This may be by fundraising and supporting a local program students visit during the immersion. We assist in connecting schools to our partnering organisations where students can fundraise and support local Timorese communities.

EXCLUSION

Flights, personal travel insurance, entry visa fee ($30.00USD), medical expenses, or personal spending money (~$50.00USD).

EXAMPLE ITINERARY

Below is our suggested outline for an immersion program.

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DAY 1-2

WELCOME TO TIMOR-LESTE

  • Pre-departure briefing (safety on tour, our expectations, getting to know our team and mission)

  • Guided tour of Dili city learning about the history of Timor-Leste

  • Educational workshops provided by our partnering organizations

  • Pre-departure reflection sessions

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DAY 3-6

COMMUNITY HOMESTAY EXPERIENCE

  • Coordinated visits to local community projects (For example, womens groups, aquaculture, coffee processing facilities)

  • Homestay program where students live with local families and participate in daily life of the village including visits to local primary school (outside of school hours) and markets

  • Guided walk through coffee plantation and farmlands

  • Educational workshops provided by our partnering organizations

  • Reflection sessions with TU team and members of local community

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DAY 7-9

VISIT TO RURAL TOWNSHIP IN TIMOR-LESTE

  • We provide a number of options to the school immersion leader to design the itinerary on these days to best suit the learning objective of the group. Based on the focus area of learning we select an area in Timor-Leste with local projects and activities of interest.

  • Sustainable tourism activities (visiting local projects, hiking, snorkeling) all of which encorporate a component of education.

  • Educational workshops provided by our partnering organizations

  • Reflection sessions with TU team and members of local community

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DAY 10

FAREWELL TIMOR-LESTE

  • Final group reflection

  • Itinerary to be confirmed based on departing flight

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