• Australia
4 - 52 weeks
Program Categories
Cultural Immersion Study Abroad
General grants/scholarships
Health & Safety

Program Details

Academic Year Fall Spring Winter
Host Family
Age Min.
Age Max


Price Details
--Airport pickup upon arrival
--Host family accommodation and 3 meals per day
--Comprehensive medical/accident insurance
--Arrival Orientation with Australian Local Coordinator
--Certificate of Completion upon successful completion of the program for use on college applications.
What's Included
Accommodation Some Activities Meals Travel Insurance
Jan 05, 2024
Aug 30, 2019
41 travelers are looking at this program

About Program

Spend a trimester, semester, or a year abroad as a high school exchange student in Australia with Greenheart Travel! Immerse yourself in the Australian culture as you attend a local high school and live with a volunteer host family. For those interested in outdoor activities and exploring the natural surroundings, Australia is a perfect study abroad location!

Program at a Glance:
- Host family accommodation will provide a full cultural immersion experience
- No foreign language experience required — they speak English!
- Program fee includes host family accommodation & meals!
- You can choose between trimester, semester or academic year lengths
- A straightforward online application process

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Diversity & Inclusion

BIPOC Support

We appreciate that everyone has a unique worldview and value everyone regardless of age, race, ethnicity, gender or gender identity, ability, military status, religion, sexual orientation or political view. We are committed to building relationships and ensuring everyone we encounter feels welcomed, respected, and accepted. Greenheart is committed to helping anyone find the best program fit and will go the extra mile to make sure our participants feel safe and supported wherever they end up.

LGBTQIA+ Support

Greenheart Travel welcomes travelers identifying as LGTBQ+, and is committed to helping you find the best program for you. We can provide information on the cultural norms of our destination countries and are prepared to advise you on the best programs based on your needs and interests.
While most of our programs could be a good fit, we also know that certain cultures and countries are more accepting of and prepared to host LGBTQ+ people than others. We are committed to working with LGBTQ+ people to determine which experiences may be the right fit for them. Please reach out if you want to discuss which of our programs might fit you best ahead of applying at travelabroad@greenheart.org or set up a phone call with us here.

Neurodivergent Support

Greenheart works with partners who have varying levels of what is considered "good mental health". While we cannot change their eligibility conditions, we will work with participants to the best of our abilities in order to get them the program placement they want. We encourage you to discuss your specific situation with us directly, before securing these documents.

Accessibility Support

Greenheart Travel welcomes students of varying ability to explore their study abroad options! While resources and support differ from country to country, Greenheart Travel staff work with individual students as needed to find program options that will set students up for success.



We believe in supporting our travelers to make a positive impact in their communities. The Greenheart Club provides Greenheart Grant funding to alumni projects all over the world.
As the leading eco-friendly exchange organization, we are passionate about helping travelers explore the globe while respecting the environment and cultural heritage of the destinations they explore.

Ethical Impact

Greenheart Travel is a branch of Greenheart International, a Chicago-based organization that connects people and planet to create global leaders through personal development, volunteer service, environmentalism, fair trade, and cultural exchange. We provide resources, grants, and experiences to those who want to immerse themselves in another culture and leave it better than when they arrived. Through volunteering, creating relationships and more.

Program Highlights

  • Choose a program length that fits your school schedule
  • Host family accommodations and meals included in the program fee
  • Assistance from a personal program manager before, during, and after your study abroad program
  • 24-hour emergency support during your high school program
  • Pre-departure and arrival orientations included

Program Reviews

4.25 Rating
based on 4 reviews
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  • 2 rating 25%
  • 1 rating 0%
  • Growth 3.75
  • Support 3.75
  • Fun 3.75
  • Housing 3.5
  • Safety 4
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Yes, I recommend this program

Three Months In The Land Down Under

I participated in Greenheart's three-month high school exchange program to Australia last January-April, 2018. I went as a fifteen-year-old to a small town near Adelaide, SA. I stayed with a big family(just what I asked for!) and even though the exchange felt very short, I made more memories and friends than I thought possible in a couple of months.

I knew that I wanted to go on the exchange about eight months prior to my departure date. During the beginning stages of trying to find a program to use to get me to Australia as a high school sophomore, I found that Greenheart was extremely easy to work with and made the process manageable even for a fifteen-year-old (my parents and I had a deal that I had to do all of the arrangings from everything from travel visas to flight plans, so communication between the organization and myself was really important to me). I also found that Greenheart had comparable prices to other programs, but more options for the time of year that you could travel and more hands-on communication.

Greenheart matched me pretty well with my host family. The largest challenge for me throughout the duration of my exchange was the political views of my host family, but after talking with them and trying to understand their point of view I honestly believe that I became a more tolerant person. Family dynamics were not affected by political views, however, and my experience living with my host family was fantastic.

I would definitely recommend using Greenheart to any other high schoolers and under-18 travelers. I cannot speak to their adult programs, but from my experiences, I'm guessing that they maintain the same standard throughout the organization.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
I would definitely recommend that you try not to envision the perfect family in the perfect city with perfect friends prior to arriving at your final destination. Be open-minded to shortcoming and difficulties, but also recognize that some of the best moments of your exchange will be the ones that you never expected. Just try to try everything.
97 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Best decision ever!

To say the least, this trip was life changing for me. my day to day life was not the most difficult of all people, mainly because my classes in school were not challenging, but also because I made the most of my 3 months by practically getting out every day and experiencing australia. A typical weekday would be either going to Crossfit for a workout, going to the Victor Harbor footy club training with some guy friends from school, or just hanging out with someone at either their house or mine after school ended. Weekends involved lots of surfing and bodyboarding, going to different festivals and celebrations in the city, or going to beach parties through my youth group from a church I got involved in. As well as difficulties go, I can't say I had any. Not once did I feel homesick or regret my decision. Two of my favorite highlights of the trip would have to be cliff jumping with one of my good friends who I made on the trip, and when a few Friends threw me and Anna (the other American exchange student) a going away party on my last Saturday there.

What would you improve about this program?
To be honest, my parents would be the better people to answer this question, as they had more involvement planning this trip with the organization. Although if I had to change one thing about it I would say maybe the selection to choose where to be placed in Australia. Grannit I still loved Victor Harbor, and I was more than happy there, but perhaps in the future some kids could choose to go to Sydney or the Gold Coast if they wanted to.
93 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Jake Makosy Trip to Australia

Greenheart Travel was great to work with.

They answered any questions we may have had as well as prompted our son for what to expect with regards to his travels and his stay in Australia.

He absolutely loved the experience and is already talking about going back next summer.

What would you improve about this program?
No real comment here
85 people found this review helpful.
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No, I don't recommend this program

Avoid At All Costs

Greenheart has lied to me continuously. They have placed me in a very unsafe situation and have never once been concerned with my wellbeing. Feel free to contact me for more information. Above all else do not send your child with them.

96 people found this review helpful.
Response from Greenheart

Hi Hayden,
We are very sorry that you feel so strongly about your time in Australia. We are happy to address your concerns and questions about the program with you and your parents. Safety is the number one priority of our programs at Greenheart Travel, and we perform numerous steps before and during each participants’ program to ensure their safety. All of our participants are placed with carefully matched and thoroughly vetted host families, all of whom must pass a criminal background check.

Local staff in Australia are available to counsel and assist students who are struggling with adjustment issues and assigned as your personal contact to talk about any issues that might arise. We understand that it might have been difficult to express any challenges you were having to your local coordinator, but please understand that it is our top priority to promptly resolve any issues, especially when safety is involved.

We are always striving to ensure all our participants have the most rewarding experiences abroad and would love to continue the conversations we've had. Feel free to contact me directly any time, as I would be happy to address any further concerns you have had during your experience.

- Hope Pavich, Greenheart Travel High School Programs Manager

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