Where do students stay?
We work with schools to arrange suitable accommodation in the host community for students. Options include billets or homestays with local families arranged through the local high school or purpose-built student accommodation. For example, on our Longreach program, student groups can stay as a group at Longreach Pastoral College, just outside Longreach, and on our Charleville program, groups can stay at the historic Corones Hotel in the town centre. Both of these accommodation venues provide separate male and female rooms and bathrooms.
What does the program cost?
We work with schools to develop a suitable program for their student group and the program fee will depend on the local accommodation option, local transport requirements and local tours and activities selected by the school. The program fee will include 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 the group have?
The group will be accompanied by a representative from the school and will also be supported by a Program Coordinator. The Program Coordinator will meet the group in the host community and accompany them on all activities during the program (apart from some work observation 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 any assistant supervisors have appropriate ‘working with children’ clearances.
What if the student has any problems during the program?
Always refer any concerns to the school representative accompanying the group and 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 and regional 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 each school.
What are the student’s obligations?
The student must take direction from the school representative and the Program Coordinator at all times and is expected to attend all scheduled sessions and 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 and regional 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. Details of bus services and flights will be included in the program brochure for your school. Students would usually be accompanied by the school representative on the flight or bus service to the host community, but may not be accompanied by the Program Coordinator on these services. All students will be met on arrival in the host community, if they travel on 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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