Where do students stay?
On our Longreach program, students stay as a group at Longreach Pastoral College, just outside Longreach. And on our Charleville program, students stay as a group at the historic Corones Hotel in the town centre. Both accommodation venues provide separate male and female rooms and bathrooms.
What does the program cost?
The program fee is $550, which includes accommodation, three meals and morning tea each day, entry to activities shown on the final program schedule, and all transport at the destination.
What is not included in the program fee?
Costs NOT included are: travel to and from the host community, travel and medical insurance, and activities not shown on the final program schedule.
What support will students have?
The Program Coordinator will meet students in the host community and accompany them on all activities during the program (apart from some Career Focus sessions) and will stay at the group’s accommodation. Additional assistants may support the group, depending on the group size. We have appropriate policies and procedures to ensure safe environments for children and young people. The Program Coordinator and assistant supervisors have appropriate ‘working with children’ clearances.
What if the student has any problems during the program?
Always refer any concerns to the Program Coordinator (a mobile number will be given) who is there to ensure your experience is safe, comfortable and gives you worthwhile insights into your rural areas of interest. All host communities have GPs, dentists and a small hospital if immediate medical treatment is needed.
Can special diets be catered for?
If you let us know at the time of booking we can arrange to accommodate most special dietary needs.
How many students will be in the group?
The limit for the program is 16 students from different schools.
How do you select students for the program?
Selection is a combination of the order we receive applications and balancing students’ choice of Career Focus groups.
When will I know if I’ve been accepted?
Early applicants may hear within a short time of lodging their applications. Final places will be allocated within a few days of the application closing date, if they have not already been filled.
What are the student’s obligations?
The student must take direction from the Program Coordinator at all times and is expected to attend all the careers sessions and scheduled activities. Some additional activities may be optional.
Full safety procedures and accommodation regulations will be explained at our induction on arrival.
We ask The Rural Experience students to complete a feedback survey at the end of the program, and write a report for us about their experience, within two weeks of returning home. This helps us to improve the program content for future years and also to report back on satisfaction and outcomes to our sponsors and supporters.
We strongly encourage students to become an ambassador for rural areas on their return to school by sharing their experiences with the broader community.
What is the best way to get to our host destinations?
Transport options depend on your home location. Students can fly from Brisbane and there are also bus options. Please see the current program brochure for details of bus services and flights, and check the carrier websites for full details of prices and schedules. Note that students may not be accompanied by the Program Coordinator on the flight or bus but are likely to meet other students about to join the program if they travel on the recommended services. All students will be met on arrival in the host community, if they travel on either of the recommended services, even if that service is late to arrive in the town. Students will be transferred to the group accommodation on arrival.
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