UNIVERSITY STUDY TOURS

OVERVIEW

We offer educational travel programs for international university student groups. We work with lecturers to design travel programs based on specific university courses. Our team conducts research and connects with appropriate organisations to provide educational workshops and experiences for our groups. Our flexible programs are suitable allow us to accommodation for all-inclusive multi-day programs or short day trip/overnight experiences that compliment your existing program.

PROGRAM DESIGN

Below is an outline of the experiences we incorporate into our university travel programs.

FIELDS OF STUDY

We have experience facilitating educational programs focusing on the following topics; 

  • History

  • Permaculture and agriculture

  • Marine and environmental conservation

  • Traditional food and hospitality

  • Gender equality

  • Ecotourism

  • Coffee production

  • Health and hygiene

  • Water security

  • Physical education and sport

  • Culture

COMMUNITY HOMESTAY EXPERIENCE

  • A community homestay experience provides context to student's study experiences.

  • 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

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

  • Guided walk through coffee plantation and farmlands where students about subsistence farming in the village life

 

SUSTAINABLE TOURISM ACTIVITIES

  • Hiking

  • Snorkeling / Diving

  • Village homestay experience

  • Historial and cultural tours

  • Coffee plantation and processing tours

TRAVEL LOGISTICS

Our experienced team manages accommodation, guides, drivers, and transport schedules for large annual university travel programs in Timor-Leste. This has included groups with up to simultaneous 6 programs and over 50 students and lecturers. If you need assistance organizing a university study program or placement get in touch with the Timor Unearthed team!

WHERE WE TRAVEL TO...

We travel all around Timor-Leste.

Below is a map of some common communities we visit.

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ALL-INCLUSIVE PROGRAMS

​We know how time-consuming and difficult it can be organizing a university program overseas. We work closely with all our group leaders and take care of everything to ensure that the planning and preparation of your group trip to Timor-Leste is stress free. 

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 group leaders 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 travel 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.

EXCLUSIONS

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

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HOMESTAY EXPERIENCE