GlobaLinks Learning Abroad has designed this short-term program with your individual student goals in mind. It is built around a unique Discovery Model which is delivered by some of the best staff in study abroad, both in the U.S. and overseas, in order to provide you with an individualized experience through discovery in 5 key areas: personal, academic, cultural, social, and professional. Learn more about the Discovery Model.
Thousands of students graduate college each year but have little direction of what to do next in life. Surprisingly, few graduates are equipped with the skills and confidence that will empower them to achieve their goals or adapt successfully into a professional career.
Leadership training is an extremely valuable tool for developing such skills across any and all disciplines, and leadership is considered one of the most broadly needed skills among recent graduates and professionals. In today’s world, there is significant demand for a new generation of leaders who can bring about positive change in local, national, and international affairs.
This summer short course emphasizes leadership, personal development, and team building. Students already practicing leadership skills and those who might not otherwise see themselves as leaders or as team players will both realize their ability to develop in these areas. You will also come away with a sense of accomplishment and pride after your experience.
This program is based off our Challenge New Zealand: Leadership Development program. Academic components of both courses are very similar with differing locations and activities.
Known to many as the "Land Down Under", Australia's biggest attraction is its natural beauty. The sixth largest country in the world, Australia is nearly the same size as the continental United States and home to 20 million people. Australia is well known for its varied landscapes from the red deserts of the Outback to the white sand beaches that surround nearly the entire continent.
Yet despite all of Australia's amazing physical features the real beauty of the country can be found in each of its amazing residents. The Australian people are arguably some of the friendliest people on Earth. With their undeniable love of sport and laid-back "Give it a Go!" attitude, the Australian people are what really give this remarkable country it's reputation as a must see destination.
During this program students will have the opportunity to focus on their leadership skills in 4 different locations utilizing the cities and the outdoors of Eastern, Australia. Activities will include visiting an Australian wildlife sanctuary, volunteer service project, Australian guest speakers and local tours to experience the Australian culture. Students will take advantage of the rich culture in Brisbane, participate in outdoor leadership skills at the Kindilan Outdoor Centre, experience the sub-tropical rainforest of Lamington National Park, learn how to surf in Byron Bay through Mojo Surf and explore the surf city of Gold Coast.
Challenge Australia: Leadership Development is based off our Challenge New Zealand: Leadership Development program. Academic components of both courses are very similar with differing locations and activities.
This program is designed to educate students in the best teaching environment there is…the real world! This short course is designed to be an experiential study to supplement classroom understanding.
Learning will be encouraged through the following mediums:
- Australian cultural and eco-tourism site visits
- On-location presentations by local experts such as educators and tourism operators with the opportunity to present questions
- Exposure to Australian culture, customs, and heritage on a daily basis
- Cultural immersion and self sufficiency through promotion of activities such as ‘unplanned dining’ or ‘local cuisine cooking’ opportunities
- Unscheduled time to explore the Australian culture on a personal level
- Outdoor recreation that aims to challenge, inspire and provide the canvas to apply leadership learning
Upon completion of this course, the learners will have demonstrated:
- An understanding of the theory and practice of collaborative leadership.
- An understanding of the theory and practice of group dynamics, especially those elements that support and assure the success of collaborative leadership.
- An ability to apply concepts about effective group dynamics to practical situations.
- Functional competencies as participants of small groups.
- Capacity for self-management for the purposes of achieving the interests of the group.
- An understanding of some of the common ethical issues faced by collaborative leaders.
Students will fly into Brisbane, Australia to start the program. The group will have a Program Introduction, which explores the differences and similarities between North American culture and that of Australia. Essential safety advice is covered, as well laws relating to the country to ensure a happy and safe stay. During the presentation, participants will receive a detailed course itinerary and have the opportunity to ask any questions they may have.
They will then spend the next 2 days exploring Brisbane, including a walking tour around the city, participating in teambuilding activities and hearing from guest leadership lecturers. The group will then travel to the Kindilan Outdoor Centre an experiential learning program that specializes in outdoor education, which is located on the doorstep of the beautiful Moreton Bay. During this time, the group will participate in group activities, such as a low ropes, canoeing, orienteering, problem solving, and raft building.
The group will then spend 3 days in Lamington National Park at Binna Burra. Positioned amidst the sub-tropical rainforests in the Gold Coast Hinterland, Binna Burra is center stage to some of Australia's most spectacular natural features. Activities will include "Rogaining! (Orienteering) the Thought Sport", abseiling, nocturnal spotlighting walk, bush poetry, music around the campfire, zip lining, and team building through initiative activities.
Students will then travel to Byron Bay where they will learn to surf at MojoSurf. Additionally students will participate in their volunteer service project at Cape Byron State Conservation Park.
The final days of the program will be spent in Gold Coast, where students will reflect on the past two weeks of their leadership development.
Students will participate in online discussions and/or assignments prior to departure. While in Australia, students will keep a reflective journal and work towards a final paper due at the end or after the course concludes.
Students will receive an official transcript from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh with 4 US Credits in Leadership Studies upon completion of the course.
During the program, you will have an opportunity to learn how to surf at Mojosurf. Mojosurf focus on 5 key areas to have you up and surfing with confidence and style. With years of experience Mojosurf has developed superior instructional techniques to assist all levels of surfers from beginner to advanced.
- Instructors: Fully qualified instructors with level one beginner and level two advanced coaching qualifications to ensure you surf at your best. Their instructors are in the water with you assisting every step of the way. Mojosurf also uses photo and video analysis to help you see where your surfing is at.
- Locations: They only surf on the best beaches to suit your ability. They can be flexible to customize the trip to get the best surf for the group.
- Equipment: Anybody can surf. With a wide range of current boards and wetsuits, they can ensure that you get the best equipment to assist your surfing journey.
- Safety: Surf safety and ocean awareness is their highest priority which their instructors will ensure you become well trained in.
- Fun: The best surfer in the world is the one having the most fun. Having a good time all-round is the cornerstone to the success of their surf schools. You will be having a blast in no time.
- Build upon leadership and teamwork skills in an experiential learning course
- Explore Brisbane and other exciting Australian destinations as you travel around the eastern coast
- Australian speakers, a volunteer service project and local tours to key attractions give you an immersion into the unique Australian culture and way of life
- Experience personal transformation and self-awareness as you work together with a group of like-minded students from throughout North America
Who Should Apply
Open to students of all majors who have completed at least one year of full-time university study. May be of particular interest to those studying business, marketing, management, leadership studies, sociology, cultural studies, outdoor education, environmental issues, or related areas.
During the Challenge Australia: Leadership Development program you will stay in a variety of accommodations based on the location of the course. You can expect to be housed in shared accommodation. There may be one night of camping included in your program itinerary.
All accommodation meets strict standards and has been personally inspected by GlobaLinks Learning Abroad. You can feel certain that your housing will be safe, secure, and clean, and that you will be satisfied with your short course program choice.
Tours and Travel Available
Beyond our included excursions, you will be able to pre-book a wide variety of day, weekend, and week-long tours at a discounted price through our travel partner, STA Travel. These trips provide the ultimate flexibility for you to travel where you want to go, when you want to go, and with whom you want to go. Most trips have open dates, so you can pre-book the trip(s) that interest you, yet choose your dates later on once you’re abroad. This flexibility also means friends that you make from other countries/programs or even your friends and family who are visiting you abroad can also participate. Learn more>
GlobaLinks Learning Abroad works together with STA Travel's group ticket office to arrange group flights for all short course students. This ensures that students can travel as a cohesive group to the program destination. Airfare is not included in program fees and payment of airfare is the responsibility of the student. However, GlobaLinks Learning Abroad seeks the lowest possible student rate before reserving seats for participants to purchase, while still maintaining the flexibility that allows students to explore the country or surrounding countries at the conclusion of their short term program.
Flexible Return Date
Additionally, group flights have a flexible return date. Students may choose their own return date to allow for personal travel after the conclusion of the program. Many students choose to extend their time overseas and travel independently after the program's end. We can provide you with useful travel resources and advice, as well as refer you to travel opportunities that can be pre-booked.
Featured Scholarships For All GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Students
Participants of our programs are eligible for scholarships through The Foundation for Global Scholars. More information about these awards can be found at www.foundationforglobalscholars.org.
Participants of AustraLearn programs are also eligible for theDiversityAbroad.com's Study Abroad Scholarship. Find more information and apply for this award at www.diversityabroad.com/scholarships.
Other General Study Abroad Scholarships
We encourage students to consider other information sources to locate scholarships such as your library, bookstore, internet, local service organizations such as Rotary or Knights of Columbus, and professional organizations in your area and home country which may offer scholarships.
To get started, visit the Scholarship Resource page.
|Challenge Australia: Leadership Development Summer 2013|
|Program Fees *||$4,970.00|
|What's included||See below|
|Challenge Australia: Leadership Development Summer 2014|
|Program Fees *||TBD|
|What's included||See below|
Program Fees are in U.S. dollars. Program fees include tuition, in-country transportation, accommodation, some meals, excursions, health insurance, all program activities and field trips, and an official transcript from University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh. International airfare, some meals, and personal expenses are not included in the program fees.