A Schoolies Experience That Sticks With You For Life.
You wanted more. More stories, more adventure, more giving back. More local. You wanted to be proud of the way you celebrated the end of your high school days. So we started Schoolies Unearthed, for people just like you.
An incredible 10-12 day journey overseas, Schoolies Unearthed is your chance to travel with a group of fellow school leavers to one of four destinations, back-packing your way around and contributing to a sustainable community project while you’re at it. Guided by your very own Unearthed Leader, you’ll discover a totally new culture, tuck into some incredible food and live like the locals do - all while making mates that’ll last a lifetime. Who's in?
Backed by travel experts, Antipodeans
Schoolies Unearthed is a program developed and run by Antipodeans, the student travel experts. Aussie owned and run, Antipodeans has nearly 30 years of experience creating extraordinary travel journeys for high schools and universities, with over 15,000 students travelling overseas under our banner since 1991. Find out more about us over here.
What's On Each Itinerary?
An epic 10-12 day adventure
Grab your backpack, we outta here. You and 20 other legends will embark on a journey overseas like no other. With a Leader to let you in on all the local knowledge, you'll jump feet first into the ultimate adventure.
A community service project
Always thoroughly researched and proudly sustainable, our project component is the total highlight for most Schoolies Unearthed teams. Whether you’re helping out on building and renovation projects, or working on conservation and education initiatives, your team will interact directly with the local community and contribute meaningfully to their lives. Read more about our Community Projects.
Immersion and exploration
From the buzzing night markets of Vietnam to the breathtaking tropical waters of Borneo - every Unearthed journey takes exploration to the next level. With our unique itineraries, you’ll step away from the typical tourist trail and really discover what each destination has to offer, from coming face to face with wildlife, to karaoke with the locals - there's never a dull moment.
Legendary leaders Tommy & Cassidy at Ha Long Bay, Vietnam.
Your Trip Leaders
When you travel with Schoolies Unearthed you get your very own Aussie or Kiwi leader. Our leaders are fun, easy to communicate with and ensure your trip runs smoothly and safely. Professionally trained and hand-selected here in Australia, our leaders meet you at the airport and help guide you on your adventure.
We’re kind of picky on who we choose to represent us. Every Leader we employ goes through a rigorous selection process and is Wilderness First Aid qualified. On any given trip, you may even be led by a marine biologist, entrepreneur, firefighter or academic. Some of our Leaders are even Insta famous! We can confidently say our Leaders are the best there is, hands down.
Who will be in my team?
Our Schoolies Unearthed teams are made up of high school graduates from across Australia and New Zealand! Most travellers actually sign up on their own as a way to meet awesome new people. Others bring a mate (or two or three) along for the ride. Either way is completely fine, and we guarantee you’ll have a legendary group of new best mates by the end of the trip.
Safety And Support
Safety is, and always has been, our first priority. While you're having the experience of a lifetime overseas, we're constantly in the background making sure your trip runs smoothly and safely. With 27 years in the industry, our expertise in the field of risk management is peerless, and our staff are some of the most experienced in the country.
Two trained, adult Australian or New Zealand Leaders will accompany your team at all times - flying overseas and back with you and helping to guide you through your journey.
24-hour back up and support from our Sydney-based support centre at all times while teams are away.
Comprehensive travel insurance included in the cost of the trip.
All Schoolies Unearthed trips are alcohol and drug-free.
All projects are thoroughly researched, ethical and sustainable.
We only fly with International Air Transport Association (IATA) approved airlines.
We'll run a Parents Information Evening face-to-face before departure. Here you'll meet other team members, we'll talk about your itinerary and equipment, and you'll have a chance to ask all those burning questions!
Read more about Antipodeans' unrivalled safety record here.
What You'll Gain
Thinking about settling for your typical schoolies trip? Read this first. Schoolies Unearthed builds incredible life skills that will catapult you into the next phase of your life. It can also help you land your dream job.
We started Schoolies Unearthed because we believe travel makes you a better citizen of the world. Why? As Mark Twain once wrote, “travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” Can you imagine how different the world would be if everyone travelled? We can.
Perspective. Fearlessness. Independence.
Reed Hastings, founder of Netflix, was once asked how he was able to push past the fear of risking everything to build his ground-breaking startup. He reflected on his time abroad with the Peace Corps, saying “once you’ve hitchhiked across Africa with ten bucks in your pocket, starting a business doesn’t seem too intimidating."
Confidence. Purpose. Perseverance.
Travel gives you time to step out of life and look at it in new ways, to experience how people do things differently - often with less - and to learn from new cultures and customs. What you take away from those moments stay with you forever.
For more, check out our Why Do It page.