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Schoolies Reimagined

Alternative schoolies trips you’ll remember forever
Let’s be real, traditional schoolies are getting a little stale and even a bit cringeworthy. We asked our team to reimagine what Schoolies could look like if you could go anywhere and do anything, and they came up with some highkey dope ideas. Here at Rustic Pathways we’ve been running student travel for close to 40 years so we know what’s up! Our Schoolies Reimagined team have whipped up some straight fire trips. Travelling to some of the most mind-blowing places in Australia and around the world, we’ve added a bit of adrenaline, a dash of adventure and a sprinkle of purpose to give you hands down the best schoolies experience. These are Schoolies Reimagined.

Travel – Pack your bag and head off on the most epic schoolies you could ever imagine! We will take you off the beaten path and show you how to be a traveller, not a tourist. You will work with remote communities, learn how to cook traditional food and see the most insta worthy sights.

Celebrate – Celebrate with a purpose! Yeah, it’s fun hitting the DF to dance the night away and then sleeping through the whole next day. Sure, it’s great the first few times, but what are you really going to remember about your Schoolies trip? And why would you pay so much money to be somewhere where you hardly even see daylight? Why not dance under the moonlight on the whitest sand in the world in NSW, sing karaoke while floating along the river in Cambodia, jam around the campfire on the Sunshine Coast or learn traditional Fijian dance while sleeping 20 steps from the crystal blue ocean. These types of memories are the ones you’ll remember for a lifetime.

Volunteer – Travel isn’t just about where you go, it’s about what you do when you get there. In a world where communities and ancient traditions are being lost, climate change is no longer a threat but a certainty, and mass tourism is negatively impacting some of the planet’s most loved destinations, where and how you travel have never been more important.

Hakuna Matata – It means no worries. We’ve taken the added stress out of year 12 and organised the trip of a lifetime for you, You will even have Aussie and local guides with you throughout the trip to take care of all your needs, be a personal photographer and give you all the local tips and tricks.

We bring together school leavers eager to get out into the world and travel. Whether you are coming alone or with some mates we will help you find your tribe and take on the world. We’ve seen it time and time again, travelling with Schoolies Reimagined creates unique social bonds that last long after the trip finishes. Be proud of the way you finish this chapter of life and do something pretty darn special.

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Schoolies Reimagined Programs 2020 and 2021

The best week of my life. Words cannot do justice to this experience

Female student, 17, Fiji Highlands alternative schoolies 2017


Do most people travel with a friend?

No, most students on our programs do not know anyone when they arrive. Some students do choose to travel with one or two friends to share the experience, but most students are coming to meet new people and extend their tribe. By the end of the first day you won’t even realise you left home alone.

Is travelling on your own scary?

Stress less – you won’t really be on your own. Everyone else on the program will be in the same boat as you and you’ll quickly make friends. After our trips, students tell us that the other “strangers” on their program have become life-long BFFs. Think of this as an incredible opportunity to meet new people and have a once-in-a-lifetime experience shared with epic new friends!

Can I travel in the same group as my friends?

Totally! Make sure you let us know your friend’s name at the time of booking to ensure we place you in the same group. Sweet as.

Can I set up a private group from my school?

Fo shizzle, get in touch with us and we will chat you through how it works. You can even choose from one of Rustic Pathways other 19 destinations if there is another location you are dreaming about. DOPE!

Why aren’t flights included?

Freedom and money (2 of my favourite words). Rather than including flights in the price, we will send a recommended flight itinerary from each major city. Travellers can book themselves onto those flights if they want to or they can book different flights as long as they arrive in-country within the arrival time window. We will be here to help you through this process, don’t stress!

Instant online flight purchases are now a lot cheaper than group bookings and we want to pass those savings onto you. You’re welcome. We know every dollar counts when you’re a teenager!

We also want you to have the freedom to extend your stay before or after the Schoolies Reimagined trip or fly straight to another paradise. We’ve taught you how to be a real traveller, now the world is your oyster!!

Who will my leaders be?

Your leaders will be the most down-to-earth legendary Australians. They eat, breathe and sleep travel! We handpick only the best in the outdoor education, travel and teaching field. These legends are experts in working with young adults, are highly trained in wilderness first aid and take safety very seriously while still knowing how to have fun. Some of these troopers have over 30 trips under their belts! You are going to come home saying ‘I hope I’m that cool one day’!

But it doesn’t stop with just your Aussie leaders. All Schoolies Reimagined trips will also have a local leader from our in-country team with you 24/7. These legends make you feel like you have lived there for years with all their local knowledge like what foods to try, how to say thank you in the local language, appropriate customs, where the hidden waterfalls are and smiles bigger than you have ever seen before. They are like google mixed with a lonely planet guidebook at your service 24/7 even without WIFI!

What will our Leader do?

Your Aussie and local leaders will meet you at the airport and help you get around while on the trip. They’re fun, easy to communicate with and ensure each and every trip runs smoothly and safely. The only thing you will need to worry about is what souvenir you’re going to get for grandma!

How much does it cost?

Each program is different, click on the trip you are interested in to see the exact price!

What is Included?

Schoolies Reimagined trips include all activities listed in the itinerary (except the few optional Activities), accommodation, transport, service project materials, meals, the most down to earth Aussie and local leaders, safety backup, pre-departure support and Schoolies Reimagined party shirt.

I’m 18. Am I allowed to drink?

Nope, but we promise you won’t even realise. Our programs are 100% drug and alcohol free. We receive a lot of feedback that our trips are so jam packed and immersive that you don’t even realise there isn’t alcohol involved. If you’re looking for a ‘party’ trip rather than a once in a lifetime travel opportunity, we respectfully suggest that you look elsewhere.

What if Rona is still around and travel restrictions aren’t lifted by the time I’m due to travel?

We understand the current uncertainty on booking travel. That’s why we’re offering a risk-free booking guarantee on our Schoolies Reimagined trips for 2020/2021! Cancel for any reason, any time, up to 60 days prior to departure and receive 100% cashback INCLUDING YOUR DEPOSIT! If restrictions change within those 60 days and you can no longer travel to your chosen destination you will also receive 100% cashback! WOW we really are taking care of you!

I’d like to do some fundraising to help lower the cost of my trip. Can you assist?

Yes! Just like everything else we have you covered. We’ve put together a useful guide to help you out with fundraising. Please contact us for a copy.

What kind of accommodation will we be staying in?

Schoolies Reimagined travellers stay in some pretty unique sweet digs. Whether it be a floating house in Cambodia, our private eco lodge in Fiji, Cabins right on the beach along the Australian coast or in a tent under the stars in the Himalayan Mountains. Majority of the accommodation will be bunk style and have comfy sleeping mats, with fresh sheets, blankets and pillows all provided. You will only share a room with other Schoolies Reimagined tribe members and of the same sex. We will let you know exactly what you will need to bring but it’s normally nothing more than a sleeping bag and towel.

Who else will be on my trip?

You will be in a group of 12 – 20ish likeminded school leavers from across Australia.

Can I keep travelling after the trip finishes?

No-prob-lemo!!! That is exactly why flights are not included so you have all the freedom in the world. Our legendary team of travelling staff can even give you information and tips on where you are heading next!

What type of project will I do?

Projects vary from destination to destination. However, all our programs provide direct support for education, infrastructure development, conservation, and other community development. We work with Rustic Pathways who develop long-term plans that address high-priority community needs. Check out a full list of Rustic Pathways community projects here. The community service project is always the highlight for our travellers.

What about travel insurance?

Yes, comprehensive insurance is compulsory for all our overseas trips. In the event of injury or illness, we will take care of your well-being; however, the traveller and their family are responsible for all expenses incurred for medical treatment and services received. Travellers should carry their insurance information while travelling on Schoolies Reimagined trips. We partner with Covermore to offer our families with an optional Travel Protection Plan (which includes primary medical coverage) for those who choose to purchase it.

What do I need to pack?

We’ll give you a comprehensive packing list prior to departure. There shouldn’t be any major purchases needed so you can save up those pennies!

How much money do I need to bring?

You don’t need much money once you are on the trip as it is all-inclusive. We recommend $100-300 depending on how many souvenirs and snacks you would like to buy. We will let you know at the pre departure meeting if there are any optional activities and how much they will cost, so you have plenty of time to budget.

How do I book extra activities?

Your legendary leaders will help you organise any extra activities that may be on offer once on the ground. They will let you know at the start of the trip how much they are and when they can be done. However, keep in mind the majority of the activities are included in the price!

How much luggage can I bring?

Leave the kitchen sink at home!! We recommend you bring nothing bigger than a 70L backpack or duffle bag. You will be moving around a lot so the lighter the better. Most international flights allow a 20kg checked bag and 7kg carry on. Please check with the airline you choose to fly with.

Do I need a visa?

Fiji & New Zealand – AU/NZ Passport holders don’t require visas, however any other nationality should check with their consulate Nepal – AU/NZ Passport holders will receive a visa on arrival for approximately $30USD Cambodia – AU/NZ Passport holders will require visas, obtained via consulate or online visa application. Visas can also be granted on arrival, but we advise doing it prior.

Is there Wi-Fi?

We are going to be real with you here, the majority of the time there won’t be WIFI or even a strong phone signal. But what is the point of going to these amazing destinations if you are just going to be on your phone? Disconnect from technology and reconnect to the world around you. Don’t worry we will let mum and dad know you are ok and loving life!

How do I pay for my trip?

Payment of your trip can be made via credit card or bank transfer through our online portal. We will provide you with a payment plan so you can keep up and not have to fork out a large amount at once.

Do I need a power adaptor?

Australia, New Zealand and Fiji – No adapter is needed, Fiji/NZ will use the same power points as found in AU. Nepal – In Nepal the power plugs and sockets are of type C, D and M. Type C will fit majority of sockets Cambodia – They accept both Type A and C. But we recommend Type A as they sit a bit better.


Is it safe?

As a leader in our industry, Schoolies Reimagined takes the health and safety of our students extremely seriously. We have comprehensive risk management and crisis response systems and go to great lengths to educate and train our leaders in safety and first aid. Your child will be supervised by at least two highly qualified adult Leaders, who are responsible for team safety and supervision. Did we mention we also have a full-time local management team in all the countries we operate in? Along with Comprehensive travel and medical insurance, DFAT registration, vaccinations and medical advice from your local Travel Doctor all Schoolies Reimagined trips are strictly drug and alcohol free. To complement these efforts, we are partnered with International SOS, one of the world’s leading providers of medical and travel assistance services. All participants travelling with Schoolies Reimagined will have access to International SOS services through Rustic Pathways’ membership. Learn more about International SOS.

Who is looking after my baby?

Fully qualified expert Australian Leaders plus local multilingual guides. Our leaders have eyes in the front, back and sides of their heads and form strong trust bonds with the travellers, meaning not much gets past them. Our in-country full time management team will also be on hand 24/7 plus support from our Australian Head Office.

Will I hear from my child or Schoolies Reimagined during the trip?

Once your child arrives safely at their destination, you will receive a safe arrival email from us within 24 hours. After this email, no news is good news! However, we will let you know once they have all cleared customs on their travels home.

Generally, we suggest that travellers try to unplug from technology and connect with their program experience. Programs vary in remoteness, but most provide the opportunity for your child to email or otherwise contact you. We suggest working out these expectations with your child before the trip starts.

What if my child has existing health issues or allergies?

We are an inclusive company and will go out of our way to make sure every traveller can travel safely and comfortably. We can cater for students with a variety of health conditions and dietary requirements. We work with the individual to make sure any medical conditions are appropriately managed while overseas. All students must complete a comprehensive medical form, participants will not be permitted to travel on any Schoolies Reimagined trip unless all required forms have been received in our Australian office at least 30 days prior to the commencement of the applicant’s trip.

How can my child help pay for their trip?

We like the way you think! Travellers seem to get so much more from the trip if they help fund the trip themself. It’s a sense of independence and ownership not to mention the life skills of budgeting and saving. Travellers can raise all, or part of the cost through part-time work, sponsorship or fundraising events. We’ve put together a useful guide to help them out with fundraising. Please contact us for a copy.

Will it distract students from their studies?

Nope, all our trips are already fully planned all the students need to do is choose a location and click book. They can contact our Schoolies Reimagined team directly if they have any questions. Way easier than trying to fight the crowds and book their own trip on the Gold Coast or Byron.

Do they need vaccinations to be able to travel?

We are travel experts but we aren’t doctors so we can’t give specific medical advice for travellers. We recommend you speak to a Travel Doctor, or your GP, for advice about vaccinations for the specific country your child will be travelling to. Don’t leave this to the last minute as some vaccinations need a timed out double dose before commencing the trip.

Will my child be sharing a room with the opposite sex at all throughout the trip?

Nope. Travellers will be roomed separately for the duration of the Schoolies Reimagined trip.


Why should my students do Schoolies Reimagined?

We know you are already extremely proud of your students, but imagine if they chose to give back and do something different for their end of school celebration? Our Schoolies Reimagined Program was created many years ago by a bunch of teachers looking for alternatives to offer students. Not all students are interested in the old traditional drunken schoolies trips. We have taken out the nasties of the traditional schoolies and sprinkled it with travel, meaningful service, celebration and good vibes. The journey also sets up school leavers with vital life skills, gratitude and a real sense of pride for what they are able to achieve. Not to mention it looks great on their resumé.

Can I organise a private Schoolies Trip for my students/ Is it easy enough to organise?

Absolutely. It’s a sure-fire way to become the coolest teacher at school! There isn’t much you need to do! Once you have chosen a destination, we will provide promotional material and present the idea to your seniors and parents. We will take care of the rest from there. Simply get in touch with us, and we’ll walk you through the few easy steps to getting a trip up and running. Can you come to my school and inform my students about these alternatives without me organising a private trip? Sure can!! This is our favourite part of the job, seeing students faces grow with excitement will never get old. If we can’t get to you, we can organise online presentations, information flyers and cool promo stickers. Get in touch with us to get it happening!

What countries can my students travel to?

Our main Schoolies destinations are within Australia, New Zealand, Cambodia and Nepal. However, if you are organising a private schoolies group for your students you can choose from any country that Rustic Pathways already travels too. Check out all our destinations here.

Will it distract students from their studies?

Nope. all our trips are already fully planned, all the students need to do is choose a location and click book. They can contact our Schoolies Reimagined team directly if they have any questions. Way easier than trying to fight the crowds and book their own trip on the Gold Coast or Byron.