HIGH SCHOOL GROUP PROGRAMS
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How do local people feel about us going to their villages and communities?
Timor Unearthed programs are guided by the communities we partner with. We conduct regular stakeholder engagement meetings, provide training and suppor.
We provide regular consultation and review sessions with our host families to ensure our homestay experience is positive for all involved. Our homestay coordinator, Norberto, is a local to the village and assists in facilitating our homestay experiences. We have always recieved positive feedback from our homestay community.
What support is offered to our group leading up to the trip?
What bathroom ammenities are avaliable?
We always select accommodation facilities that are safe and hygenic. During the program, bathroom facilities will include mandi (bucket) style showers with cold water, and squat toilets. Some accommodation facilities may have western toilets and hot water.
Is Timor-Leste safe?
The people of Timor-Leste are very hospitable and friendly. This is reflected in survey data collected by The Ministry of Tourism and The Asia Foundation in 2014, which revealed that 84% of travellers surveyed rated personal safety and security as either 'good' or 'very good'. The official advice of the Australian Government's Dept of Foreign Affairs and Trade is to exercise a high degree of caution when travelling in Timor-Leste (01/01/2020). This includes paying close attention to your personal security at all times and monitoring the media about possible new safety or security risks.
When can we travel to Timor-Leste?
We operate travel programs in Timor-Leste all year round. December-April is wet season, which means access to very remote areas may be restricted due to road conditions. We strategically plan our travel program activities and the locations we visit to best fit the season.
Who are our guides and support in country?
All our immersion programs are facilitated by very experienced senior tour guides. We also will have several junior tour guide staff who will be on the program as an opportunity to recieve training and mentorship from our senior staff. All our staff have received training opportunities in safe driving, workplace health and safety, first aid, child protection, sustainable travel and tour guide skills. On the immersion you will have 24/7 support from the Timor Unearthed management team.
Can you cater for dietary requirements?
While in Timor-Leste you can expect to eat local food which includes rice, beans, vegetables, beef and chicken. In Dili, we also dine at restaurants that provide Western meals. All our restaurants are selected considering on food safey and hygiene practices.
Is there phone and internet reception?
Typically, all locations we travel to have good phone and internet connection. It is generally possible to call home or access the internet. We can provide your group leader with a local sim card to use for the duration of the program. We encourage all students to take a break from technology and not use their phones while in Timor-Leste.