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We are finally out of winter and heading into spring here in New Zealand and Australia, while on the other side of the world the days are getting shorter and colder. But whatever your hemisphere, there’s one season approaching that everyone can enjoy – rugby season!
We live in a world of change, and today’s world is changing at unprecedented rates. Technology is transforming how we live, work, communicate and pursue ideas, and these technologies are developing faster than ever before.
Student Horizons is the proud sponsor of the largest sporting carnival in Australia - the 2019 Queensland Independent Secondary Schools Rugby League Carnival (QISSRL) and the Queensland Independent Secondary Schools Netball Carnival (QISSN).
The musical origins of Number 4, Petrie Terrace didn’t begin with the ASPIRE International Youth Music Festival. While the two-storey space in Brisbane is now the home to the Australian branch of Student Horizons, Number 4 actually began as the home, rehearsal space and live performance venue of Australian punk rock band The Saints.
Through our years of working and touring with secondary schools, it became clear that many young people were unable to access educational travel opportunities due to financial hardship. Student Horizons strongly feels that learning through experience and from the world we live in is an essential step in personal development, which is why it is so important to us that educational tours are achievable for all students.
Sri Lanka is emerging as a more and more popular destination among schools and tourists alike, and we completely understand why! Sri Lanka is a wonderful treasure trove of fascinating history, delicious food, friendly locals and natural beauty. This is our pick of some of Sri Lanka’s many highlights.
Maybe you’ve been on a plane before, maybe your eight- or ten- or eighteen-hour flight will be your first! Whatever your flight experience, long hauls always take a bit of preparation to be as comfortable as possible. Our advice below will have you as set up as any seasoned traveller for your many hours in the air.
Packing for your first trip overseas can seem like an overwhelming task, with so many things to think about! That’s why we have compiled a list of tips and recommendations to help make packing for your school tour a breeze.
There’s no question that travel is an incredibly beneficial thing for young people to do. It will impact them in countless ways, from their achievements in school, their social awareness, their relationships with others, to their maturity and perspective. We have seen and experienced the positive effects travel can have, and we’d like to share our top four benefits of educational travel.
For many teachers, it can be a challenge to get enough students signing up to allow your tour to go ahead. Many schools have a tour group minimum to ensure the tour is a viable venture, and of course, the more students sign up, the more affordable the tour becomes for each family! Boosting the numbers of your tour is definitely in your interests, so we’d like to share a few of our tips on how to maximise your group numbers.
The ASPIRE International Youth Music Festival will take place at The Star Gold Coast from 17-20 July 2019. Spaces are filling fast, so please get in touch with the ASPIRE team today to make an enquiry.
It is understandable that parents and staff may have some concerns about their children or students travelling internationally. Several members of our Student Horizons team are parents, and so we can absolutely empathise with the anxiety that comes with sending your child off to another country without you. As for teachers, we know just how daunting it can be to take responsibility for so many peoples’ precious children! It is our mission to make sure every person travelling on one of our tours is as safe and prepared as possible.
Even though you’re probably already pretty great, we think that travel can help you discover greatness you never knew you had. Here are three reasons why.
Student Horizons celebrated its 6th birthday on June 12th, and to mark the occasion, both the Australian and New Zealand SH teams went out to give a little back to their communities. SH Australia spent a day with Brisbane Youth Service, and SH New Zealand helped out the Auckland City Mission. Both offices had a great time lending a hand to these amazing, hardworking organisations, and we even felt inspired enough to discuss the possibility of doing some annual volunteering.
When Jamie and Brooke started Student Horizons six years ago, they could never have predicted how far this company would come. From their very first year in business, they have been delivering unforgettable experiences for hundreds of students, teachers and supporters from Australia and New Zealand.
In April 2018, Rangi Ruru Girls’ School from Christchurch, New Zealand departed with students from their 1st, 2nd and 3rd XI for their once in a lifetime European Hockey Development Tour with Student Horizons.
In April, Rangitoto College of Auckland departed on their USA Rugby Tour with their Student Horizons Representative, Ben. Before they’d even left home, the group hit an unexpected hurdle, with bad weather causing flight delays and cancellations out of Auckland.
The 38 students and seven staff from St Peters Lutheran College joined Jared from Student Horizons on their tour of a lifetime in Fukuoka. Fukuoka is one of Japan’s ten most populated cities. Interestingly, Fukuoka is closer to Seoul, South Korea, than to Tokyo because of its proximity to the Asian mainland.
This Christmas, we wanted to spread some festive cheer by sharing with you the destinations which we believe are simply amazing to visit at Christmas time. Keep reading to find out more!
In early October, a group of ten students from three New Zealand secondary schools embarked on a journey to Europe to attend the centenary commemorations of the Battle of Passchendaele in Ypres, Belgium. The students travelled through France, Belgium and the Netherlands to learn more about battles where pivotal Allied victories were won, and to pay homage at the final resting places of Commonwealth soldiers.
Begin the tour at Auckland Domain, Auckland’s oldest park. The park sits on Volcano Pukekawa’s explosion crater and its tuff ring. You can also find Auckland War Memorial Museum here, located in an iconic neo-classicist style building. The neighbouring Winter Gardens showcase beautiful tropical plants throughout the year. To get to the Auckland Museum, catch either the Inner Link or Outer Link City Bus and get off at 470 Parnell Road, find more info here.
Last week Student Horizons donated over 70 sets of bedding to the St Vincent de Paul Society; a charity which supports people in need all over Australia. We decided to get in touch with Vinnies as, similar to the Foundation of Student Horizons, they are passionate about giving back to the community and do so through many different programs and events.
The team at Student Horizons have put together a list of their best travel tips which we believe will lead to you having the best possible experience whilst away.
The walking tour begins at Brisbane City Hall, which is where the Museum of Brisbane is located. Admission is free and the museum provides interesting facts about the people of Brisbane. As well as this, if you wish to see Brisbane from up high, you can book a free guided tour of the Clock Tower.
Last week the team at Student Horizons decided that we would like to know what our followers think is the top touring destination, and the USA was picked! Here’s a little bit of what we get up to on our tours to the USA.
It has always been in Student Horizons Managing Director Jamie Wansey’s nature to encourage education and development for young adults around the world; whether through educational tours, the Foundation of Student Horizons or various events such as the ASPIRE International Youth Music Festival.