Teacher, Student and Guest Testimonials

We love to hear feedback from our students!  Here are some things they said they loved about our trips:

And here is one group’s AMAZING video they created during their trip with Small World Journeys:


Also, after each trip, we ask teachers, students and adult guests to fill out a written evaluation form asking them to comment on their trip. Here are some of our favourite reviews of Small World Journeys from our trips:


“Each time I come I experience something different. This time I really enjoyed Reef Encounter and the reefs that we visited. I love going to JCU – my inner nerd does a happy dance. Jamie was an excellent presenter.”

–Katrine Elston, teacher, New Plymouth Girls School, New Plymouth NZ (July ’19)

“Professionalism, customer service and organisation: excellent!  A personal touch! Parents struggled with some of the forms but Deb [SWJ Groups Coordinator] helped them out!  Accommodation: Very satisfied, superb!!! Very very impressed! Favourite thing was having everything organised for us.  Felt very prepared…even found a video on YouTube. Very eco-friendly – no plastics. Next time we will definitely come for longer.”

–Julie Harris, teacher, Santa Sabina School for Girls, Strathfield NSW (June ’19)


“Fantastic trip as always. Favourite thing was the passion of the SWJ team — you guys love what you do! We have a long standing and much valued partnership. And we love coming up here!”

–Peter Corkill, principal, The John Monash Science School, Melbourne VIC (June ’19)


“Authentic and engaging learning experiences with students. All activities were age appropriate with effective risk management.  I was a big fan of the digital itinerary and the use of Google sheets to collate data.  I loved the new [teacher] website and booking support documents. Elise [SWJ guide] is a legend! Our girls saw an inspiring woman in science – perfect role model! In the future we’ll try for even more with James Cook University.  Every year the JCU components are the students’ favourite and most relevant to their studies.  [Small World was chosen for its] professionalism, understanding of NSW syllabus and your excursion policies.  Will return in 2020 if we can get a geography class in Year 11, otherwise it’s 2021!” 

–John Wigan, deputy principal and geography teacher, Asquith Girls College, Sydney NSW (June ’19)


“You gave the kids a great experience and made life easy for the teachers. The marine biologist talk on the first afternoon was perfect; favourite thing was the hands on approach and how knowledgeable all the guides were. ”

–Adam Bold, geography teacher, Presbyterian Ladies College, Croydon NSW (May ’19)


“I think you offer excellent variety of programs/tours. The presentations were educational and highly relevant to syllabus outcomes.  Excellent throughout – the planning, organisation and execution of the trip!!!   Deb [Small World Journeys Groups Coordinator] kept me in the loop and answered all the questions, probably more than once as well! Rick [Small World Journeys guide] – very knowledgeable, patient with the students, excellent company and the students appreciated his extra Bear Grylls efforts! All food was more than adequate, students were very well fed. All diets well catered for. Just WONDERFUL!! Thank you for all the hard work.”

–Claudia Tessadri, teacher, Dulwich High School of Visual Arts and Design, Dulwich Hill NSW (April ’19)


“Guides were outstanding.  Marine bio talk was excellent and knowledge that Darryl [Small World Journeys marine biologist] had also assisted us. Snorkelling at both venues was the favourite thing – we enjoyed boat rides and the turtle rehabilitation centre.

–Julie Shannon, teacher, Meriden Anglican School For Girls, Strathfield NSW (April ’19)


“Everything was prepared and ran smoothly – very satisfied. Easy to understand, book and incredibly flexible.  Guides: very knowledgeable. At the accommodation: very satisfied, especially the main room for breakfasts, etc. it made it easy.  Excellent value;  very satisfied the way student safety was handled.”

–Khya Brooks, teacher, Elizabeth McArthur School, Narellenvale NSW (March ’19)

“The trip was well planned in advance, very good organization – thanks Deb!  Linguistic and cultural goals achieved. Students and teachers would have liked to go to a retail store selling sugar cane harvesters and big machinery. Yann [SWJ guide] is great–always trying to make things easier, good contact with the students and teachers, lots of cultural benefits! Hostel – very convenient to have the big room! Fitzroy [Island] was excellent!  Favourite things were the sweet potato farm and the banana farm. Eco-friendly and educational tours are the main reasons [we come back] and definitely we’ll come back again.  Good destination, good organization, friendly and helpful people.”

–Gabrielle Crepel, agriculture teacher, MFR La Pignerie, Laval, France (Nov ’18)


“The whole process from the beginning was very smooth. The online waivers and booking forms helped streamline the process. Would absolutely book next year. Both Libby and Elise [SWJ guides] were terrific. Nothing was too much trouble – very professional and knowledgeable. The accommodation was very comfortable and looked after us well.  The trip to the outer reef was the highlight – boat and crew were fantastic.”

–Peter Slater, teacher, Blakehurst High School, Blakehurst NSW (Oct ’18)


“A professional and well-organised trip from start to finish. Materials and experiences matched description. Speaking with the Yirringanji ranger was very useful for our class. The reef component was excellent, but the fact that we had everything so planned was amazing. Guides were personable, energetic and very knowledgeable. Small World Journeys was recommended by everyone we spoke to”

–David Brennan, teacher, Wollongong School of the Performing Arts, Wollongong NSW (Oct ’18)

We chose Small World because of the programs offered  value for money, variety of activities and quality of guides. Outstanding organisation and customer service. Marketing material was accurate and reflected the program and activities expereienced by the students. Information provided pre-trip was comprehensive and timely which allowed us to plan the trip easily.  Well informed and professional guides – impressive! [Accommodation] was clean and close to the centre of Cairns.  Daintree [rainforest] accommodation excellent. Learning opportunities were closely aligned with our Stage 6 Geography and Aboriginal Studies courses.”

–Vicki S., teacher, Wollongong School of the Performing Arts, Wollongong NSW (Oct ’18)

 “Very impressed; excellent organising. Any questions were readily answered.  The different activities meant that students got a variety of experiences.  Libby and Elise [Small World guides] were excellent!!! Willing to answer any questions; friendly and approachable; knew their stuff. Very satisfied with accommodation – surprisingly! (never stayed in a hostel before, would have been good to have had a group area). Students were never hungry – plenty of food to feed growing teenagers.  We are already booked for 2019!”

–Kathy Staples, teacher, Engadine High School, Sydney NSW (Oct ’18)

Student safety was paramount. Plenty of learning opportunities. Guides were super helpful and good people.  Accommodation was comfortable and accommodating; food was delicious! All people I interacted with were very knowledgeable, friendly, helpful and had a good sense of humour. I think this is an amazing trip for students — a lot of fun and quite educational.”

–Jacob Markham, teacher, Auckland Normal Intermediate School, Auckland, New Zealand (Sep ’18)

“The food was very very good and really enough. The snacks were very good as well. With a small group like that I had the possibility to know everyone. I make a lot of friends. Rachael and Rick [SWJ guides] are so lovely, easy and very nice. They also like to talk with everyone and are really nice. All the activities were interesting and enjoyable – my favourite things were boat on Great Barrier Reef, night in rainforest and rafting. One day more will be perfect!”

–Mio Elena, International student on Tropical Adventure, Italy (Sep ’18)


You are a cohesive, well organised group and every aspect of pre-planning was done quickly and enthusiastically. We felt we knew exactly what every step of our itinerary would include. As teachers, [learning opportunities were] informative and valuable. However, our girls were on this trip as more of a holiday with an eco-service slant. You set a great example [for sustainability]. Accommodation was clean and just right for our needs.  Thank you for attending to the “pancake’ issue.  As before, SWJ’s lunches were spot-on.  Rick was great at imparting safety aspects.  It was a varied itinerary and an opportunity to make the trip a feasible venture for ticking “eco” and “service” boxes.”

–Doreen Torrance, teacher, Fairholme College, Toowoomba, QLD (Sep ’18)

Definitely worth the money. Communication upon our initial enquiry was clear and prompt and encouraging. The itinerary went smoothly as planned; it was very accurate and detailed and easy to understand. Eco-friendly company: water bottles distributed to students, food, disposal of used wrappers,etc. all reflected this.  An enjoyable and educational trip for everyone.  Our guides were friendly and helpful and provided good information, knowledgeable. The guides went through the safety requirements each time/activity. [Safety] done very well. Very educational and fun for the students and teachers. “

–Linda Malai, teacher, Gordon International School, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea (Sep ’18)

“As teachers we generally are time poor and tired and our tour operator can make it easier for us to provide adventures for our kids. We think that each year our trips [with Small World] are getting better and evolving.  [Students] see many different things and actively participate in physical activities along the way.  This trip allows us to operate in an environment that is safe but fun and challenging for our students.”

–Shannon Porche, teacher, Merrimac High School (international student program), Mermaid Waters, QLD  (Sep ’18, ’17 and ’16)


“Good balance of education and fun. Favourite thing was reef and ziplining.  Loved the farm too and speaking with George [SWJ Indigenous guide] about local/cultural knowledge. Very satisfied – amazing knowledge from George and fantastic enviro knowledge from Elise – great company!  Good environmental/sustainable/local focus.  Would definitely look at Small World again.”

–Duncan Box, teacher, Albert Park College, Melbourne VIC  (Sep ’18)

“George [Small World Journeys guide] was a delight to travel with.  Excellent company and very knowledgeable of the region, particularly Indigenous culture and traditions. All service was very accommodating of food requirements, which must have been challenging. Small World is very well organised with eco-friendly values and program. “

–David Anderton, teacher, St. Margaret’s Girls School, Berwick VIC  (August ’18)

“Felt very prepared, very satisfied with the food and snacks, very satisfied with the way student safety was handled.  Guides: Rick was fab but all very good. Favourite things were the boat trips, Daintree and crocodile farm. All good – don’t change a thing. “

–Barry M. and Mohamed M., teachers, New Plymouth Girls School, New Plymouth New Zealand (July ’18)

“Guides were fantastic, excellent “eco-friendly” company. Indigenous knowledge was great – more of that! Professionalism, customer service and organiszation: excellent. You know your marketing skills.  Organised with variety. Incorporating learning opportunities and educational goals done excellently well – thank you! “

–Caroline Kimat, teacher, St. Joseph’s High School, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea (June ’18)

“Well organised, great expert presenters and guides; lots of vocational exposure for students which was fantastic.  It was great for the students to see how they [Small World Journeys] are contributing to sustainability & eco-friendly.  Guides had awesome knowledge, engaging and professional.  Both Rick and Amber had extensive knowledge and experienced. Great educational and life experience for students”

–Courtney Horvath , teacher, Chatswood High School, Chatswood NSW (June ’18)

“Fantastic support across the whole experience. Activities across the week build a rich and targeted educational experience for students. It is excellent that you explain what [“eco-friendly”] means for students (it is relevant to our syllabus). Guides: energy and enthusiasm were brilliant.  Rick’s knowledge and adaptability were phenomenal.”

–Dana Quick, geography teacher, Chatswood High School, Chatswood NSW (June ’18)


Great correlation with NSW HSC syllabus – same terminology.  The additional fruit and juice at breakfast was excellent.  Dinners at restaurants were great choices. Very satisfied with safety, but not really an issue with 17-18 year old boys.  [I chose Small World Journeys] because of a great experience with them on a previous trip 2 years ago. Definitely will book another trip, it just depends on student numbers.”                                             

–Amanda N., geography teacher, St. Augustine’s Boys College, Sydney NSW (June’18)

“All our students enjoyed the activities and not only was there a variety of them but they learnt so many new things without even realising. It is a credit to you all there that you were able to put together such a camp that had to cater for such a variance in ages. All the students were able to participate fully and they could do it together, despite the age differences. A special thank you must be given to Rick [Small World Journeys guide] who, again, is so warm and genuine that the students immediately take to him. His knowledge and the way he imparts it, is amazing. You, and your whole company, are so professional, helpful and wonderful that I do not think we can look at any other operators and so will have to keep coming to Cairns! Deb, your help behind the scenes and in the planning is fundamental to the success and I thank you again”

–Debbie Douglass, teacher, Newman High School, Newman WA (May ’18)


“We got a lot for our money – great value! [We chose Small World for] the guided tours, itineraries all planned, all-inclusive package, connections with companies and marine biologists. Easy to book!  Amber’s organisation and communication was EXCELLENT! Activities on Fitzroy Island were engaging. Presentation fitted well with syllabus, a few more comprehensive worksheets based on the presentation would have been good. Amber was enthusiastic and vivacious the whole time and she had a great rapport with the students, was professional, knowledgeable and organised.  Pablo was fantastic! We loved it!  Look forward to seeing you next year!

–Eve Townsend, geography teacher, Presbyterian Ladies College, Sydney NSW (May ’18)

“Beautiful experience! I loved every single activity; I had the opportunity to try something I would never have tried otherwise. I had lots of fun with all from the group and I developed new friendships. Staying in the rainforest and at the outback farm was amazing, I advise this trip to everyone!”

–Katjusia Corneli, student on WEP International Student trip, Italy (April 2018)

I LOVED the teacher packet.  It really helped keep us focused. Guides were fantastic, accommodation was hip and fun for students and the bug book/101 water books were so nice. Very-eco-friendly –nice bags and water bottles! Loved the rainforest, Beach House, zip line, and the ocean/snorkelling/diving.  The hike in the forest was top!  Reasons for choosing Small World Journeys was [that it’s] a smaller company, liked staying in one place, learning both rainforest and reef environments. Thank you for making food and snacks gluten/dairy free!”

–Kentee Pasek, teacher, Ouray High School, Ouray USA (April ’18)

“I am happy I chose this trip. The group seemed a bit weird at first but that changed thanks to your efforts.  The trip was an amazing experience. I evern could cross off 3 things on my bucket list in one day!  Just keep on doing what you are doing, it is awesome work.  I also really like that fact that we were constantly reminded not to buy/use plastic bottles and that we were encouraged to recycle our lunch package wastes and the snack wrappers so THANK YOU. “

–Gillian Anasini, international student on Tropical Adventure, Switzerland (April ’18)


“The trip was specifically tailored to meet syllabus dot points – geography. Pablo’s [marine biologist] enthusiasm was infectious, Silvia worked well under pressure and had a great rapport with the students and Amber was great and shared a great deal of information. [Groups Coordinator] Deb – you were wonderful! Will be in contact soon for next year’s trip!”

–Claudia Tessadri, teacher, Dulwich High School, Sydney, NSW (April ’18)

“The snorkelling is always thrilling but I really enjoyed the Indigenous experience too. [I felt] very prepared, very satisfied, good value trip. I would bring the group back next year and would be inclined to use Small World Journeys for a family holiday too!”

–Jennie W., teacher, Firbank Girls School, Melbourne, VIC (March ’18)

Here are two amazing videos made by Elena Sandera of the New South Wales Trip in April 2018 with Small World Journeys! Have a look at her YouTube channel here to see more videos of her adventures in Australia!


“Very satisfied with the way safety was handled, very eco-friendly, excellent service/value for money. Favourite things about the trip were Daintree rainforest, Ocean Safari and the cattle station. Return next year? Defo!”

–Joanna Filmer, teacher, Merrimac State High School, Merrimac QLD (Sep ’17 )


“We chose Small World Journeys because of its eco-credentials and the recommendations of your previous clients.  We’d absolutely recommend it to others.  Working with the excellent staff–especially Amber who was so accommodating before and during the trip.  Very satisfied with guides, professionalism, service and organisation.”

–Mark Easton, geography teacher, St. Margaret’s Girls School, Berwick VIC (Aug ’17 )


Excellent value for money.  Accessed high quality tourism experiences and educational opportunities. Marine lab at JCU = AWESOME. Plenty of food–varied–not just fried. Gave students a range of experiences.  Well organised. For a school trip, all accommodation was clean, comfortable and expecting us. Staff friendly and helpful, good facilities and well situated. Guides had a wealth of experience, knowledge to share.  Guides engaged with the girls.  Great to have positive female role models guiding, driving, doing everything. Lots of information given in transit which was great; otherwise information was clear and consistent.  Company was always seeking to reinforce eco-friendly messages and putting it into practice. 

–Lisa Simpson and Jeff Sanders, geography teachers, New Plymouth Girls School, New Plymouth NZ (July ’17 )

“Really love the fieldwork opportunities. Your packages are linked to the school curriculum so well and are flexible.  You also go out of your way to respond to feedback. Accommodation was clean and safe as always. Very, very satisfied – thank you Amber + Russell + Megsy! I always spread the SWJ word. :)”

–Rhiannon Scutt, geography teacher, Queenwood School, Mosman NSW (June ’17 )

“Our group really had a fantastic trip, in a large part due to the planning and care by you and your team at Small World Journeys. Honestly, we enjoyed every aspect of our program with SWJ this trip. We enjoyed the mapping activities that you lead on Fitzroy Island, which gave the students more information and ideas on what the rules and regulations are on the marine environment and how our actions affect it all. As teachers, we thought this was much better than just giving the students a powerpoint…it kept them focused and engaged on learning, and it was good to see them work as a team.Even though they were pre-warned about getting dirty during the team building exercises, I don’t think they realised they were going to get muddy. So, several students mentioned they wished they truly had been warned about the mud (again, this is no fault of SWJ – you told us to relay the message that they needed to dress in expectation of getting dirty and they didn’t listen!) We all loved having both you and Pablo as our marine biologists/guides for the day on both of our snorkeling expeditions. You both were able to connect really well with the students, and both had a lot of knowledge to share with the group. The students really liked you both (and so did we!) Pablo, as our guide on the trip to the outer reef, did an outstanding job of taking care of our group – he made sure that he was able to have the entire top deck of the ferry just for our group so that he could talk to us privately and we really liked that. The accommodation is a fabulously located spot….and using the catering service at the hostel this time around was fantastic. We liked having a meal out in Cairns, but really appreciated being able to eat at our hostel after a busy, full day out and about, and the catered food was delicious.  Thanks again to you, Yann and Laurie for an amazing program in Cairns – we really enjoyed traveling and learning with SWJ again!

 –Eden Tresize, Teacher, Pace Academy, Atlanta USA (June ’17 )

“I learned lots about the rainforest and coral reef communities.  SCUBA diving on the liveaboard I liked the most – I got open water certified! Rick and Bec [SWJ guides] made lasting impacts on my life; they are wonderful people.  I never want to leave Australia.  My life is forever changed, for the better!

 –Stephanie Sellers, Student, Appalachian State University, Boone, USA (May-June ’17 )

“Small World Journeys does all the hard work for you – taking the stress out of something that feels daunting to most schools/teachers. [Favourite thing] was seeing the students grow in confidence in their ability to understand.”

–Ryan Gill, teacher and deputy principal, Masada College, Sydney NSW (April ’14, ’15, ’16 and ’17 )

“Just wanted to say a massive thank you for all your hard work and patience getting us sorted on the tour.  It has been amazing!  Rick [SWJ guide] is a golden nugget for sure – hold on to him as long as you can. Thanks to you all at SWJ!” 

–Graham Letley, teacher, Kent College, Canterbury UK (April ’17 )

“Thank you all so much for the very special trip you prepared and organised for us.  The preparation, attention to detail and flexibility was excellent.  The students had a wonderful time and learnt so much about the area and themselves.  The itinerary had a great mix of activities and the food was great. The students loved the restaurants for evening meals. The selection of food, help yourself and atmosphere etc really suited the students  Rick was very special and our students are still talking about him.  His knowledge, passion, and ability to pass information on to students and to connect with the students had a great impact on all.  Thank you to you all there – for your professionalism and for holding a light up to sustainability.”

–Debbie Douglass, teacher, Newman HS, WA (Nov ’16 )

“Thank you so much for organising our trip. It was wonderful. Can you pass on a big thank you to Kitty [SWJ marine biologist].  Also any time you would like me to write anything to let people know how great Small World Journeys is, let me know and I would be happy to do that in any form that would be useful.”

–Dr. Lynn Walker, teacher, Burgmann Anglican School, ACT (Sept ’16 )

“Return trip with Small World Journeys which has the educational element pitched perfectly to senior students studying geography, biology and marine studies! Marketing materials/proposal very accurately represented what [we]experienced. Kitty [SWJ marine biologist] was amazing, friendly and well-informed. Not too much learning to bore the students – just perfect. It was relevant to what they would observe.  My favourite thing was that the girls has a wonderful time engaging with the reed and the environment they were in.  They applied their learning well.”

–Lisa Kendall, teacher, St. Mary’s Star of the Sea College, NSW (Sept’16 )

“I enjoyed the whole trip; it really is an amazing week. Kitty [SWJ marine biologist] was great, quite informative and easy to get along with. Three years of trips with small World Journeys; I find it so easy and very professional company to deal with.  It is great to have an adventure/holiday that all is done for you in a very professional manner.

–Tracey Piggot, teacher, Dubbo College, NSW (Sept’16 )

“Thanks for helping our students learn more about Australia so they can dive into their paper this fall. Rick and Dave [guides] were great!  I would love to see them again. [With the accommodation] I think the professors were spoiled! I think I gained weight on this trip–thanks for keeping snacks for us and our students and even taking us to impromptu ice cream adventures. Excellent value. Great people and attention to detail.  We loved the adventures you all planned for us. We/I really appreciate the hospitality we had from Small World Journeys.  I truly believe I have made friends!

–Emily Hartman, professor, St. Edwards University, Texas, USA (July ’16 )

“Excellent organisation, great speakers, everything worked like clockwork.  Lovely to be greeted at airport! The students have a great understanding of the sustainability of the Great Barrier Reef area. The carbon offsetting was a great example.  The bags, rubbish bin for wrappers, drink bottles all demonstrated the importance of reduce, reuse, recycle. Guides were just fantastic – all and more.  They all contributed so much in terms of information and inspiration. Food was superb. Would recommend Small World Journeys to other schools definitely!

-Elizabeth Bingham, teacher, New Plymouth Girls School, New Zealand (July 14′, 15′ and ’16)

Amazing timely service, nothing was too much trouble. Time put into modifying our itinerary for Evan [student with cerebral palsy] was so appreciated. It was so good to have details straight after deposit was paid: packing lists, general info, etc. Emma [guide] worked really hard to give lots of interesting info and the students took a lot on board. Urban Challenge was great and good for orientation skills. Safety: brilliant – lots of tips given to us along the way and Crystal Cascades felt really good for safety. Emma connected with anxious students and it took a load off me. Always considerate and caring. We really like that it is all inclusive, food, etc. My favourite thing was taking students out of their comfort zone.  We love coming and love the personal service of Laurie and Pete and the team. Thank you so much for all of the extra attention to detail: birthdays, DFO, and Ethan today. It made everyone feel so special. ”

–Elise Parker, Montrose High School, Hobart TAS (June ’16 )

I always recommend Small World Journeys to other teachers.  The guides were great- Sam was lovely and great with the students. Russell was awesome and showed the girls a Crown of Thorns. So good. Gareth, as per, was superb and we were so lucky and grateful to him presenting to us. He should get his own TV show on the reef! The data collection was great at both Fitzroy and Passions this year. Not all students are biologists, or geographers, so I know it won’t be the most exciting or interesting part for all of them but I definitely  want to keep it in as it is so useful for them. It really helps them to understand and evaluate the contemporary management techniques for the HSC Geo as well as think about different data collection and the reliability of these techniques. Great company and love your eco-focus and willingness to help us tailor our trip.  Favourite things were the mix of fun and education for the girls, the data collection, Gareth’s talk and seeing the girls enjoy! Loved it and want to run it every year if possible.  It links to HSC curriculum – geography. Thanks also for catering to our dietary requests.

The girls really had a GREAT time and they learnt lots too- a perfect combination. The talk by the rangers was brilliant. It was great for me to develop my subject knowledge and the girls all said it was really interesting. Please pass on our thanks again to Gavin and Shane for coming down to speak to us. It was really great and something I would love to keep in the program next year. It was absolutely spot on.

–Rhiannon Scutt, geography teacher, Queenwood School, Mosman NSW (June ’16 )

“The guides were fantastic, I thoroughly recommend them.  The service from Small World has been fantastic. Very satisfied with how student safety was handled. [We chose SWJ] because of the educational aspect and the friendly helpful staff. Excellent value.”

–Ben Carter, principal, Clare Public School, Balranald NSW (June ’16 )

Reasons for choosing Small World Journeys: 1) budget; 2) Australia is a rather safe place for school trips and 3) Your proposal was the selling point – it was detailed and covered a wide array of places to visit.  We were also wow-ed by the last few pages which had detailed learning outcomes – very impressive! Thank you for following up on our breakfast request so quickly with ham, cheese and so much fruits.  Overall lunches and dinners that were included, they were very good. The students in particular loved the [camping] beef stew by Marcus! There was really more than enough food. Thank you for the awesome privilege of having very wonderful and knowledgeable guides with us. I thought it was wonderful that your guides were always early/punctual, very friendly and patient to answer our many questions. Good value for money. Thank you once again for such a wonderful, meaningful and impactful trip. We thought everything was very well-organized and well thought through, even in the minute details. The students have given raving reports too. Thank you for all the learning opportunities we have had. We will certainly bring good reports to our school’s senior administration and recommend you for future batches of students!”

–Judith Ng Shin-Lin, biology teacher, Anglo-Chinese School, Singapore (May – June ’16 )

Excellent value for money – yes! All inclusive excellent amenities and experiences for the price paid. Our favourite thing was the way everything ran so smoothly and the wonderful guides and their knowledge. We chose SWJ because the website was detailed in regards to links with the NSW syllabus; good online reviews, and it was a complete package. Accommodation: fantastic location and facilities for a school group – particularly boys.  Fabulous wraps and plenty of food! friendly knowledgeable guide: great humans – a big thanks to Laurie and Emma. A ++++”

–Amanda N., teacher, St. Augustine’s College, Manly NSW (May ’16 )

“Just amazing!   Everything was organised from “big” to “little” things and educational too, so I could just focus on the students without the worry of everything else.  We were kept as our own group, that was so good for us.  Even the initial email communications with Chelsea had a friendly vibe.  Guides were brilliant, very passionate (and it was obvious they loved their jobs too!) We were made to feel so special! Thanks everyone.”

–Sue H., teacher, Baniyala Garranagli School, Baniyala NT (May – June ’16 )

I always felt safety was the first priority. Communicating with Chelsea before the trip helped prepare us for our Australian adventure, and Laurie and her staff were great to work with.  [Guides]: all of them were great, and did an excellent job catering to the students’ English level.  They were always checking to make sure our goals were met. Accommodation was clean and comfortable, there was a great variety of food, and everything was accurately represented. [Favourite things were] learning about Aboriginal culture, the reef, and seeing how sustainability is important to many businesses in the area.  This trip was jam packed!  Well worth the cost.”

–Matthew Mead, teacher, Shuren-Ribet Private School, Beijing, China (Jan-Feb ’16 )

Activities organised were engaging and closely related to HSC syllabus.  Syllabus outcomes, key topics and concepts were integrated very well.  Bess asked about their assessment topics & prepared/tailored her presentations. Students had a valuable, fun and educational experience. The food met all requirements of all students and teachers.  First aid kits were always prepared and students were given clear safety instructions.  Marketing materials/proposal were very accurate – plan was followed and very thorough.  Staff were very friendly, professional and highly qualified /experienced.  Even our students were motivated by all the different areas of expertise. All students commented in our briefs about every guide and how happy they were.”

–Adia Sahid, geography teacher, Cecil Hills High School, Sydney NSW (Dec ’12, Dec ‘ 14 and Dec ’15 )

Here’s a video that Shereena Chung from Cecil Hills High School in Sydney put together after their trip to Cairns with Small World Journeys in December 2017!

Overall this trip is amazing and the best thing I have done as a teacher. Thanks so much for all your hard work. Honestly the organisation was outstanding! So I thank you for that and making the trip so easy for us teachers.  Russell was exceptional and the kids loved every minute if his presentations and in water activities. It was great to give free time at the second dive site but have a structured activity at Michaelmas Cay. Don’t change a thing in terms of this whole day. The fact that students all got to see a COT starfish and it being removed was a great experience.  Credit to Small World Journeys! We are booked in for next year already and will have a big group again.”

–Matt Carroll, geography teacher, Engadine High School, Sydney NSW (Oct ’13, Oct ‘ 14 and Oct ’15 )

Small World Journeys catered to the needs of our program and designed an itinerary to suit our girls. This trip was exactly what we required, a lot of learning occurred, with lots of options depending on the mood of the group.  Guides had expertise in different areas and developed fantastic rapport with the students very quickly. Safety was treated as a priority and our concerns were always met. Professionalism and attention to detail was great.  There were no hidden costs, plenty of food, lots of extra surprises.  Accommodation had a great atmosphere for students, but it was difficult for us to monitor their interactions with other groups.  [The trip] was even better than what we had read about, due to all the personal care and consideration of our group. Itinerary was sent well in advance, packing lists, etc.  Very eco-friendly – we liked how Laurie explained the model, particularly the carbon offset best practice. Extremely satisfied – all of our calls/emails were answered in a timely manner and during the excursion nothing was ever too much trouble.”

–Anna Mason, teacher, Lyneham High School, Canberra, ACT (Sep-Oct ’15)

Thank you so much for your absolute professionalism. The girls are still on a high and talking about the trip non-stop in other classes so the feedback is trickling my way via staff members.One staff member even asked “So would you prefer this trip or overseas?” They emphatically said – ‘This trip – it didn’t even feel like we were in Australia due to the places we went to and experience we had’  A pretty great endorsement from kids who are well travelled and sceptical about a domestic holiday. They have become even more community minded as a result of the trip. They did an audit on the cleanliness, accessibility, safety e.t.c. of our school yesterday and are planning to put a proposal together for Student Forum. Maisy spoke very well on our assembly about ways to reduce our carbon foot print too.”

–Tracey Bailey, teacher, Lyneham High School, Canberra, ACT (Sep-Oct ’15)

See the Lyneham High School STAR Program video about their Small World Journeys community service/sustainability adventure:

Traditional Aboriginal guided tours and talks were excellent.  Students learnt heaps and we all felt very privileged to meet them.  Emma’s knowledge was outstanding – she was amazing again.  We had her last year and were very excited to have her again.  Bess was great as well. Small World Journeys were very thorough with organsation and flexible with changes we wanted to make from last year.  Meals at night were great. Safety was clearly explained and all risks and Emma was great as she was hands on and got involved and demonstrated. Already planning for next year.”

 –Dimiti Trudgett, teacher, Dubbo College, Dubbo NSW (August ’15 )

Students loved the length of the program. JCU sessions were fantastic – real hands-on and had some purpose. Particularly enjoyed Jamie Seymour’s presentation. He put things into perspective and hopefully they all listened. Talks were brilliant, very informative and well structured – though at times I think some of the terminology went over the kids’ heads. The Ponding exercise or scavenger hunt were a good opportunity to let the kids be active in their learning, so in that way they were very good. Maggie [marine biologist] was amazing and her passion for her area of expertise was infectious.  Live aboard boat – highlight of the trip! Loved it, need to reiterate to kids that it is a once in a lifetime chance to get aboard these boats so make the most of it. I loved the spotlight because we saw so many possums! Lunch was really yummy and the mini wildlife session was great too.

–Multiple teacher contributions to feedback, John Monash Science School, Melbourne, VIC (June-July ’14 and ’15 )

See the John Monash Science School’s student-made video about their Small World Journeys educational adventure:


The learning opportunities were endless! The students soaked up so much information.  They will definitely take this back to the classroom.  Guides were fantastic and very knowledgeable.  Gareth was awesome with the students as was Maggie and Rick.  We had a very well laid out itinerary.  We knew exactly what was going on, which made each day easy to organise.  Absolutely good value for money. [My favourite thing] was the beauty of our environment, the organisation of the trip, the engaging and knowledgeable guides, experiencing UNESCO’s 2 World Heritage sites.  Just magical and students are so fortunate to experience it and hopefully in future help protect them. It was great to see carbon offsetting in practice.  We loved it. “

 –Dianne Sullivan, teacher, Roseberry Middle School, Darwin NT (July ’15 )

Everything was professionally organised – Laurie and her team went above and beyond. Great links to eco-friendly in all talks and explaining all actions of the company.  Guides were very charismatic and knowledgeable. Accommodation was clean and warm. Snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef was my favourite thing about this trip “

 –Myken Hurley, teacher, New Plymouth School, New Plymouth, New Zealand (July ’14 and July ’15 )

All the guides were highly qualified and wonderful. We learned many new things, particularly in relation to the rich biodiversity of the Great Barrier Reef.”

 –Michael Hardiker, Teacher, Footscray City College, Footscray VIC (July ’15 )

“We taught a two course (6 credit hrs) Flora and Fauna of Australasia program in May of 2015 with twenty students. SWJ is based in Cairns, which was the perfect college/tourist town for ‘home basing’ our program. We included 3 extended field trips over 18 days to the Daintree Rainforest, Atherton Tablelands/Undara lava tubes, and Great Barrier Reef/Fitzroy Island areas. Each leg of our expedition was comfortable, extremely diverse in flora and fauna, beautiful and our guides were all incredibly knowledgeable, personable, and excited to work with college age students. The extent to which our logistical, dietary, and camping/field challenges were accommodated allowed us to remain focused on the learning goals of our program. Simply put, SWJ met or exceeded all of our expectations and we plan to continue using their services on future classes!”

 –Shea Tuberty, Professor, Appalachian State University, Boone, USA (May ’15 )

I cannot believe what we were able to do for the $. There were SO many varied opportunities for our learning and the guides were VERY knowledgeable. The owner met us personally at the airport and the whole group made sure our needs were met every step of the way. The daily breakdown with maps, guide bios and addresses was AMAZING. I loved the cattle station for the new learning. Restaurants: good variety, great service and food. Thank you for meeting ALL of our special needs. “

 –Yvonne Featherer, YPJ Tembagapura School, Indonesia (April ’15 )

Excellent value, despite increase in costs [from previous year]. Budget for school excursions is always tight so I appreciate keeping all costs as low as possible whist increasing the value for money, educational opportunities, etc.  Fully satisfied with safety.  Food provided was a very good quality, and dietary requirements were fully met – much appreciated.  The students were very satisfied and will no doubt be a memory of school that once they leave, will stay with them for a long time.  Experiential learning opportunities such as this are invaluable for and student and made much simpler by Small World Journeys – thanks to all.”

–Ryan Gill, Geography Teacher at Masada College, Sydney NSW  (April ’14 and April ’15)

The trip through Small World Journeys has value. The knowledgeable guides, accommodation, transport, etc. makes it so much easier to be organised by someone in Cairns and not me, 3000 kms away!  Great food, more than enough.  The kids loved going out on the beach at Cape Trib in the moonlight.  Rick and Maggie – outstanding knowledge in their fields.  Sophie was also great and easy to get along with. [Lodging] was fantastic, great location and suitable for our students. Well organised – takes the stress off me.”

 –Fleur Farah, teacher, Cecil Hills High School, Sydney, NSW (Dec ’12 and Dec ’14 )

We thoroughly enjoyed the camp.  The itinerary was terrific and everything well organised.  Thank you for your professionalism. Your guides were fantastic companions and had a wealth of knowledge. Both Maggie and Rick [Small World Journeys guides] gave a lot of information and engaged with the students in a very positive fashion; Maggie participated in a student project and we had heaps of other learning experiences.  “Eco -friendly” – we really loved the [adopted rainforest square] Daintree gift! For breakfast we could have done with a more organised breakfast, but the restaurants were great and all of the dinners fantastic. the hostel was very 5-star and the rainforest lodge was special for its location and great food.  I really liked everything but snorkelling was definitely a highlight.  We can’t wait to come again in a couple of years.  We would make it longer next time!”

 –Helen Killen, teacher, Forestville Montessori School, Forestville, NSW (Oct ’14 )

I would just like to say thank you so much for a wonderful trip you organised for us.   Kylie was an excellent guide when we got to Sydney. Her walking tour helped me so much seeing were things were and getting our bearings. It was good to hear the history of places and what’s going on at the moment. The best thing was the Sydney Harbour boat cruise. Keep Andrew on your books he was fantastic!!!! The kids loved him and his cheeky manner and so did us adults.  I couldn’t have pulled this trip off without you I am truly greatful you are amazing!   I would recommend you to anyone organising a tour. We all loved it and would do it all again in a heart beat.”

 –Tanya de Vries, teacher, Hilliard Christian School, West Moonah, TAS (Oct ’14 )

Every day I found out some new information to absorb. I feel like it was an overall amazing experience with a good balance between inland activities, like the mangrove walk and tree planting, and snorkelling. I learnt sooo much about the Great Barrier Reef and everything in it. It was an amazing experience to see the reef for myself instead of through pictures.   I also learnt a lot about conservation which will certainly affect my home life.  [The guides were] very kind and exciting.  They looked extremely happy to be there and to be doing that job.  They also had a lot of information to give out which was vry interesting.  Thank you!”

–Brooke Holland, student, Burgmann Anglican School, Gungahlin, ACT (Oct ’14 )

“THANK YOU!  What a great trip! Once again, you have delivered and given us all an amazing experience.  It was brilliantly done. Yet again Maggie [SWJ marine biologist] was a star and we cannot thank her enough either.Vicki and I are already thinking about 2016, so see you again soon.”

–Darren Smith, teacher, Kings High School, New Zealand (July ’14 and in July ’11 with Gore High School )

“[It was] great to have different seminars and specialist guides.  Guides: knowledgeable, friendly and helpful! Food: great options and some variations were made. Jess is easy to deal with via email and Laurie was happy and friendly.  Dave [marine biologist] was great to have at the reef. Well organised, loved the folders with maps.  Overall, a great service from a great company!  Thanks and hope to see you in 2015!”

–Eddie Brown, Geography Teacher at New Plymouth Girls School, New Plymouth, New Zealand  (July’14 and July ’15)

SWJ strove to do everything we wanted.  It was obvious that all staff at SWJ are passionate about ecotourism and educating young people.  They provided positive role models so students were able to see their high held environmental principles and vales being practised enthusiastically. Processes and procedures were clearly explained.  Bec on Fitzroy Island did not let students out of her sight 24/7 – even walking to the top of the lookout twice!  The food and snacks provided by SWJ could not be faulted – so much good quality food to satisfy hungry 17-year-olds!  Laurie, Jess and her team went out of their way to ensure all syllabus points were addressed. I would like to personally thank Jess from the bottom of my heart for her calm and reassuring support and encouragement.  Above and beyond!!!!”

–Cheryl Russell, Geography Teacher at Port Hacking High School, Port Hacking NSW  (June ’14)

The guides were great; they were fun, interactive, and knowledgeable. The trip was a great experience for all of those lucky to go. It was well planned and well run and couldn’t have been any better.

–Zoe Dunnachie, student, John Monash Science School, Melbourne, NSW (June ’14 and June ’15)

Thank you so much for an amazing opportunity to see a whole different world three hours away from home. Being able to learn about what real people are researching right now and see and share their passion made the trip so much more worthwhile. I made friends with people I’d never even talked with at school, and everyone has so many memories that we’ll remember for the rest of our lives.”

–David, student, John Monash Science School, Melbourne, NSW (June ’14)

Here’s a video that the students at the John Monash Science School in Melbourne put together after their trip to Cairns with Small World Journeys!

“Our favourite thing was the opportunity for experiential learning – the students reported this was the highlight of the school career and was mine too!

–Ryan Gill, Geography Teacher at Masada College, Sydney NSW  (April ’14 and April ’15)

The trip was perfect, I totally enjoyed every activity. It was my best week here ‘down under.’ Great people, perfect activities, a real Australian experience I would do again if I could. I will miss the time I spent here.”

–Katja Graf, student, Switzerland (April’14)

This was very well organized and I felt very prepared, not to mention safe.  Favorite things were sea kayaking and snorkeling off Fitzroy Island – loved it!  Excellent value for money, very satisfied with accommodation, very eco-friendly.  A wonderful experience.”

–Colleen Collins, Louisville, USA (March ’14)

Your level of care is outstanding! The itinerary was very detailed and exact. Even in the one critical situation due to the bus pick up you found a solution in no time. Your team is friendly, knowledgeable and professional. Just great! The attention we received by Roz, Laurie and Jess was just outstanding! Everthing was as advertized or better. We will definitely recommend you guys to friends and on Trip Advisor. THANK YOU SO MUCH.”

–Anja and Thorsten Sperber, Hohenbrunn, Germany (Jan ’14)

Thank you for the learning journey you provided for our students. They had a wide range of positive learning experiences and at no time felt like a tourist on a package tour. They encountered a range of challenges and developed the confidence to face fears and broaden their understanding of the world. You did a great job considering our tight budget. My favourite thing was the rapport between Small World Journeys staff, students, and teachers – a collaborative approach. Guides were informative, friendly, and work well with students – always positive and enthusiastic. Will use you again, and know all are looking forward to it!”

–Jen Ramamurthy, teacher, Ela Murray International School, Papua New Guinea (Nov ’11, Nov ’13 and Nov ’15)

“Eco-friendly company, food was fantastic – not one questionable meal! As a teacher who supervises may camps and excursions, our specific requirements were met – nothing you can do better. Excellent [incorporation of educational objectives], we will now review our program and course content in line with the Australian curriculum to value add. As aspects of student safety and activities convered. Very satisfied with the value for money – excellent value and more! Students and teachers and parents expected backpacker accommodation and this provided a more ‘upmarket’ experience. “

–Paulina Motlop, teacher, Dripstone Middle School, Darwin NT (Nov ’13)

The trip was absolutely amazing and we saw incredible landscape and feature. The Great Barrier Reef was amazing, but I also really enjoyed the cattle station, the waterfall, the Skyrail and the zip line. It was all you can expect from a trip in Australia. I would like to thank Small World Journeys for sharing their knowledge of Australia and to have given us the opportunity to have such a great time!”

–Marion Evrard, student, Belgium (Sept ’13)

We consider this tour to be great value for money. Our objectives for this tour were met and then some. We wanted to expose students to elements of modern Australian culture that they may not be in contact with in their everyday lives such as multiculturalism, aboriginal culture and environmental issues. SWJ activities achieved these objectives. Pre-tour: whenever I had a question, Gabi was swift in getting me the answers I needed or letting me know when I could expect them. The range and quality of activities and accommodation were excellent as was the food (which is a huge draw for school groups). As staff members we really appreciated the efforts of the 3 guides (Andrew, Maggie and Pete) to assist us in organising the students as it meant that we could step back and didn’t have to be clock watching and organising the day all the time. Gareth was fantastic at introducing our students to the world of the Great Barrier Reef (GBR). His knowledge was evident and his passion, humour and enthusiasm were contagious. The humour hands on element really sold the content to our students, he really made the learning fun and easy. Snorkelling the GBR was a powerful experience for our students, especially after their learning the night before. Seeing the images come to life before their eyes was a wonderful experience for them and for us as their teachers. We also liked that there were a variety of activities for students to involved themselves in and that the reef was easily accessible from the beach. Students could dip in and out (literally) as they wished. We also liked that all of our students could be involved in experiencing the reef regardless of their swimming ability as the boat offered life jackets and you provided our own lifeguard which gave staff greater peace of mind. The environmental debate: while this activity was initially met with groans it’s short and sharp nature won students over by the end. It was good for students to get a sense of the history of the Daintree without the activity dominating the day’s plans. Aboriginal hunting and tracking: both staff and students returned from this activity raving about how wonderful it was. Our boys in particular enjoyed releasing their macho side while our girls surprised themselves by getting physical. Our students felt an instant connection with [the aboriginal guide] and they could have happily continued wandering about the tidal flats with him all day. He provided an easy-going yet skilled and knowledgeable advocate for his people and culture. Loved the variety of snack options for students – choice is a valuable asset to teenagers. Gluten free options were excellent. We were very satisfied with SWJ and would recommend them to any high school seeking to provide their students with an ‘out of the box’ tour experience.”

–Cath Apanah, teacher, Montrose Bay High School, Hobart, TAS (July ’13 and June ’15)

All of our objectives were met, largely due to Maggie’s talks. [Our highlight] was definitely the snorkeling – it was spectacular every time! Incredibly informative. Minimal waste, coral safety discussed, use of local businesses, focus on sustainability. The trip had a bit of everything, in a spectacular setting! Without hesitation [we’d use SWJ again] – a fabulous experience! Many thanks!

–Claudia Tessadri, teacher, Canterbury Boys College, Sydney, Australia (April ’13)

Small World Journeys guides were always professional and experts in their fields. Maggie was also a great “fit” with our girls. She was flexible and always checking with us to meet our needs. Our favourite things were indigenous hunting and snorkelling. Good value for money – many things were included in the package and students were able to experience things they wouldn’t normally. We hope to do this trip every 2 years and would definitely use Small World Journeys again. I will also be recommending the company to colleagues and other schools. SWJ’s attention to detail made the whole trip run very smoothly and absolutely fit our criteria for an “eco-friendly” company.”

–Lisa Kendall, teacher, St. Mary’s School, Wollongong, Australia (April ’13)

The Great Barrier Reef experience was absolutely amazing, I loved everything about it. I had a constant smile on my face. I would have liked a longer stay on the GBR. [The food] was perfect; as a vegetarian all my needs were covered well. I learned so, so much. I have a whole notebook of stuff. Maggie taught me so much. She is such a lovely lady whose passion for the reef is evident in her knowledge. She was so good. Thanks so much for a fabulous time!”

–Meg Cummins, student, St. Mary’s School, Wollongong, Australia (April ’13)

This trip to Cairns was one of the best experiences of my life. I had the opportunity to have an amazing time, be in contact with nature and a great group to share everything with. The activities were unique and I had a lot of fun! Also the guides were friendly and made these days something I will remember forever.”

–Diana Reyes Fernandez, student, Columbia (April ’13)

All aspects of the trip were satisfying – seeing the students enjoying the experience and learning in the process! Maggie [guide] was the best – her knowledge and ability to discuss many and varied aspects of the excursion with the students was amazing – don’t lose her!. She was also ready to change itineraries if we felt it was good suggestion. Her ability to answer kids questions or find answers for the next day was appreciated. Friendly, very capable and a good / safe bus driver also. I was pleasantly surprised having experienced backpacker hotels in the past. It was clean, relatively quiet, well located for our needs. Staff very helpful and allowed us to keep 4 rooms until we were ready to depart on the afternoon which was much appreciated. I have no reason to suggest need for change. I was comfortable with the staff input at all levels and appreciated all they did to make our trip the success it was. I would (and already have) recommended Small World Journeys to other school groups thinking of travelling to Cairns.”

–Milton Gower, teacher, MacArthur Anglican school, Cobbitty, Australia (Nov ’12)

This was a very worthwhile trip. Not only were the experiences fantastic and amazing like the solar eclipse, snorkeling and kayaking, the entire trip was interspersed with new learning opportunities that all the students were happy to take up. Maggie [Small World Journeys guide] was amazing and knew something about every question we threw at her. In her area of expertise she more than satisfied anybody asking a question of her. No improvements needed! The guide and the people we met from SWJ were adamant about the protection of nature, and so were the people they associated with. The talks, especially Brian Schmidt, explained physics concepts better for me, and allowed me to see how viewing science from a different perspective can help.”

–Callam Hanley, student, MacArthur Anglican school, Cobbitty, Australia (Nov ’12)

Each piece of the trip held new adventures and it’s impossible to identify one favourite piece. The food selections were excellent, and there certainly was a lot of food. Accommodations were overall very pleasant. The details were very well put together and I referenced the trip booklet quite frequently. You have my positive endorsement as an “eco-friendly” company. Everyone associated with the trip was very professional. The customer service I felt was also top-notch. Each activity was on time – the only reason we got off our schedule was due to the groups inquiring nature – we were very inquisitive about everything – wanting to absorb all we could. Kylie and Martin [Small World Journeys guides] were fantastic. Kylie was extremely knowledgeable about Sydney and a very pleasant and friendly person. It was clear she wanted to provide us a top-notch experience in Sydney and she did. I give her an A++. Martin, of course, is extremely knowledgeable on Australia and all it contains. Each trip on the bus and on foot was a learning experience as Martin was able to provide so much information about so many aspects. Another A++. All of it was a wonderful magical experience. Small World Journeys did a fantastic job in planning a very educational and fulfilling experience. Your team has my greatest respect and Thank You.

–Elizabeth Baughman, Harvey Mudd College, Los Angeles USA (Nov ’12)

“The students enjoyed the reef education and learnt a great deal about the reef environment, the organisms that live there and the threats to the reef’s existence. The ship was comfortable and meals great. It all went smoothly and I like the idea of doing something positive to offset our carbon footprint. Most definitely good value for money. You do a great job.”

–Richard Cree, teacher,  St. Josephs College, Australia (Sep ’11 and Sep ’12)

“Seeing student get an appreciation for natural ecosystems [was our favourite thing] and the range of species that we came across. Small World Journeys was great, easy to work with and guides were very good, informative and helpful. Thanks for a great trip!”

–James Jenkins, teacher, Canterbury College, Australia (Sep ’12 and Sep ’13)

The girls loved staying with the Aboriginal family and crafting their didgeridoos (and learning about them). The variety of experiences and cultural information was terrific. We learned so much! Small World Journeys guide Matt was terrific – very friendly and knowledgeable. He clearly wanted to make sure we all had a great experience, and was good with the girls – answering questions, pointing out interesting things, and providing anything we needed. Healthy food options were provided, and the various locales were all ecologically interesting. Matt & Kylie were both great at checking on the girls’ needs. Very satisfied – this was an amazing trip and great experience”

–Laura Perkins, leader, Girl Scouts USA (July ’12 and July ’14)

I would recommend Small World especially because of the customer service. Stayed in eco-friendly locations and we were able to experience various parts of your ecosystem. The itinerary was clear, there was a variety of experiences — Kylie was very knowledgeable and Matt was fantastic. Matt was friendly, helpful, and courteous to the needs of individuals and group at the same time. I appreciated his enthusiasm for his work and knowledge of the area. I would recommend him to work with other Girl Scout groups.”

–Heather Dierolf, leader, Girl Scouts USA (July ’12 and July ’14)

All guides and staff members were constantly reinforcing the element of conservation/ecological impact….Eddie and Mark [naturalist guides] were AMAZING – superb knowledge and passion. Linc [aboriginal guide] related to our students and demonstrated passion in his delivery. Snorkelling was the highlight – students extremely enthusiastic about the activity. Very pleased! All staff well organised, extremely friendly and punctual.”

— Neil White, teacher, St. Paul’s Middle School, Brisbane, QLD – (June ’12 and June ’13)

Our educational goals were met with the exceptional help of our guide Alan. He did a good job at explaining the flora and fauna of all areas visited. He related well with the students, was very knowledgeable and made the experience great. The course was named Ecology of Tropical Australia and the topics covered and places visited were appropriate to teach our students about the diversity of the Wet Tropics. Great trip and experience, eco-friendly all around!”

–Ely Klar, teacher, Columbus State University, USA – (May ’12)

You set high expectation of support and attention to detail and exceeded them. Our educational objectives were completely met on this trip. In terms of biology, the context was provided for all of the ecology theory they had learned. The Barrier Reef is an amazing classroom! Maggie [our marine biologist guide] was inspirational. She was fantastic in all areas. She connected well to the kids and engaged and enthused them. Martin was very knowledgeable and had a great sense of humour. You exceeded all my expectations and gave myself and the students the rich learning and life experiences we had hoped for.”

–Darren Smith, teacher, Gore High School, New Zealand (July ’11 and returned with Kings School July ’14)

Alan [Small World Journeys guide] is the man! He’s a terrific teacher. He shared tremendous amounts of knowledge. He was flexible and understood when students needed a swimming break. The order of the itinerary had a great flow and we never felt rushed. We appreciate your flexibility with itinerary adjustments –excellent professionalism and customer service before and during the trip. Very thorough and prompt with answering email. We love the field guides you gave the group!”

-Courtney F. and Tiffani K., Student Trip Coordinators, San Diego, USA (March ’10 and March ’11)

Cultural, Community Service and Pure Fun – all of these goals were met! I cannot thank you enough for supporting me in creating a trip that catered to our group’s needs. Your organisation was faultless and allowed me a generally stress-free time so that I was able to better enjoy the company of my students. Our guide Mark was PURE AWESOMENESS. I was most impressed with the regular communication and the overall execution of the trip. I have received such wonderful feedback from parents saying this was a ‘life-changing experience’. Because I was able to focus on my students and not the day to day organisation – the teacher/student relationship has strengthened in ways I didn’t think was possible. Thank you for investing the time and effort in helping to make this happen.”

-Laura Roberts, teacher, Central Coast Steiner School, Australia (Nov ’10)

“I wanted to thank you so much for all the support you gave to me both before and during our recent trip. If others choose to follow the direction I took with future trips I will not hesitate to put them in contact with you. The kids, affectionately, have dubbed you ‘Terri Irwin’ and they send their thanks also for making this trip such an experience for them. They, and I, would also like you to pass on our thanks and gratitude to [Small World Journeys guide] Rick. I think all the students would agree that their trip would not have been the same without him.”

–Anna Robinson, teacher, Goulburn, Australia (Sept ’10, Sept ’11 and Dec ’12, Dec ’13 and Dec ’14)

From start to finish, this was a very professional service. The two guides were wonderful naturalists and we enjoyed our days with them – Liz was impressed by their knowledge. You found just the right types of activities and level of quality we desired. [The reef boat] was a lovely boat – just right for us. We appreciated your flexibility and willingness to adjust our schedule on the fly. Excellent service and knowledge about eco-travel.”

–David Schanzer and Liz Losos, Professors – Duke University, USA (July ’10)

“Thank you for planning such an amazing trip! You worked with us to arrange the activities we wanted, and you are very helpful, friendly and greatly organized. We appreciate how hard you worked on our itinerary. We felt really prepared and appreciated things like the packing list and suggested reading materials. We had a awesome time.”

-Julia Swearingen, teacher, Winding Creek School, USA (June ’10)

“We loved [our Small World Journeys Australian guide] Mark!” He was helpful, knowledgeable, flexible and fun. He did a phenomenal job. We learned a great deal about the culture, people and environment. We will remember this trip for a lifetime. It was simply amazing!.”

-Kimberly Bearden, teacher and co-founder, The Ron Clark Academy (Apr ’10)

“This trip covered our core subject areas–social/cultural, biological/environmental, historical—and more. Small World Journeys overdelivered and were very well organized. I feel we didn’t just receive great service but made great friends.”

-Mehari Kassa, teacher, The Ron Clark Academy (Apr ’10)

Watch the THINK Global School on their Small World Journeys educational tour in Cairns: