If you are travelling by yourself, you can either pay the single supplement for your own room, or you can elect for a twin-share room. We will then match you up with another traveller of the same sex to room with for the tour.
We do not have a strict policy on tour numbers. The average size of a group would be 20-25 participants. However, we can travel with as few as 10. If the tour is particularly popular, we may split the group into two. For the performing arts tours, we often have to limit the number in a group in order to organise the practical workshops.
The earlier the better! To book your place on the tour, we only require a $500 deposit with the balance due 70 days prior to departure. Places on some tours are limited and available on a first come, first served basis. As a general rule, the earlier you book, the more likely you will be able to secure the cheapest airfares.
None of the included activities are compulsory, however, there is no refund for any unused portions of the tour.
As professional development is a requirement of the job of a teacher, all PD activities should be tax deductible for full or part time teachers. However, please speak to your tax agent for professional advice.
Absolutely! Anyone is welcome to join one of our PD tours, even if they are not teachers. However, we do expect any non-teachers to have a strong interest in the subject area.
Academy Travel was an accredited provider of teacher PD until NESA changed their system in January 2021. Their review of teacher PD is still ongoing. NSW teachers may be eligible for what is now referred to as ‘elective’ PL. Contact NESA for further details.
Academy Travel offers a range of tours and there are two types of tour directly relevant to teachers. The professional development tours are specifically designed for teachers with the included activities chosen for their relevance to the syllabuses it is addressing. The included PD is usually 30-50 hours and the dates always link in with the school holidays. Academy Travel study tours are programs that are not designed exclusively for teachers but do allow for around 15-20 hours of accredited PD. These tours will mostly fall within school holiday periods.
We aim to have a good balance of academic content and free time. On most days, you will have some free time and we usually include at least one half or full free day in each tour.
2.1.2, 6.2.2. 6.3.2 (Proficient level).
What our teachers are saying
"Great stuff yet again. Excellent customer care from the company from the outset. The tour itself was so effortless for me - everything served to us on a silver platter, from site entry to metro tickets. Convenient, extremely informative, very reasonably priced."
"I have been expressing my delight in the tour to anyone who will stop and listen to me. It was a wonderful experience, and without doubt one of the very best groups I have had the joy of travelling with."
"I can’t recommend these professional development tours enough to other teachers. My teaching and passion for my subject are so enriched and enlivened by experiences such as the fab Greece tour – many, many thanks again!"
"Thank you for a wonderful experience! This tour is definitely one of the best trips I've ever had! I learned so much and had a fabulous time."
"This was a wonderful professional development experience which exceeded my expectations. All of the guides were knowledgeable, interesting and, in their own way, dynamic. I am so glad that I did it and would recommend it to anyone."
“This was the best professional development I have encountered.”
“I felt privileged to be in the company of such personable, passionate, well educated and lovely individuals. Down to earth, easy to interact with, honest, committed to their disciplines and open in sharing their knowledge and experience.”
“What a pleasure and a privilege having this access and insight – thank you so much. This wonderful experience has enriched and enlightened as well as delighted and will stay with me forever, in terms of both personal and professional development."
“Many thanks for providing the most comprehensive, detailed and current program of lectures. Their generosity with their expertise was greatly appreciated.”
“A wonderful tour in every aspect – with the attention to customer needs and providing a brilliant educational and cultural experience that I have come to know as the hallmark of Academy Travel.”
“Academy provided us with access to some amazing individuals and should be congratulated for the work this must have taken.”
“Very professional and helpful staff. A great way to see such wonderful, relevant places with like-minded professionals.”