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Living Lessons in

New Caledonia

2014-15 EDUCATIONAL TOURS PROGRAM

Une immersion complète dans la culture et la langue française

Established 1960

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Why Travel to 'Nouvelle Calédonie' with G.E.T Educational Tours?  With over 50 years experience providing "Living Lessons" in New Caledonia and around the world, G.E.T Educational Tours sets the benchmark for educational tour programs

 We offer the confidence of travelling with Australia's leading dedicated educational tours specialist and support you with a highly knowledgeable, innovative and experienced educational tours consultant

 New Caledonia “Living Lessons” are designed by experienced teachers to immerse students in French language and culture, to ensure the widest

possible choice of itineraries and to provide access to the best value service providers  G.E.T Educational Tours Service Quality Commitment includes departure support, flexible group size, flexible tour dates, personalised itineraries reflecting individual curriculum requirements and interests, assistance with planning and pre-tour briefings

TOUR INCLUSIONS 99Return economy class air travel 99Return airport / hotel transfers (in New Caledonia) 99Pre-payable taxes, levies & charges 99Homestay experiences (where applicable)

Nouméa offers a fantastic learning environment where students can study at the unique Centre de Rencontres et d’Echanges Internationaux du Pacifique (CREIPAC) - the only government-recognised language school in New Caledonia - and experience French language and culture in everyday real world use. CREIPAC aims to develop students' confidence in their language skills through practical and functional communication using authentic resources. G•E•T Educational Tours homestay families are carefully selected by CREIPAC staff.

99Group check-in at Sydney, Melbourne & Brisbane airports 99Information sessions in metro areas 9924 hour emergency contact numbers 995% New Caledonia tax & room tax 99Student and teacher handbook 99Competitive, comprehensive travel insurance available

Contact G·E·T Educational Tours for a no obligation quote. For 'special', low & high season dates and conditions, please contact your local G.E.T Educational Tours consultant. Competitive prices for groups of 10 or more students. Meals Key: B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner

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2.5 hours from Sydney (approx.) 2.0 hours from Brisbane (approx.) Convenient connections from Melbourne, Adelaide & all major Australian airports Full on-board service delivered with French style State-of-the-art Airbus aircraft

G•E•T Educational Tours partner in New Caledonia "Living Lessons" since 1983

G•E•T Educational Tours proudly supports The Smith Family "Learning for Life" program The Smith Family is a national, independent, social enterprise that supports disadvantaged Australian children to create a better future through education.

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SÉJOUR À NOUMÉA

Idéal pour niveau débutant et intermédiaire

Experience the unique blend of French and Melanesian cultures in the closest French speaking country to Australia, just over 2 hours flying from Sydney. Features three hours of French language classes conducted by a native French-speaking teacher in a casual environment, concentrating on oral language skills. This outstanding "Living Lesson" encourages students to practise what they learn in class, in real life situations, and increases the confidence and motivation of participants with their French-speaking ability.

PACKAGE INCLUDES: 99 Return economy airfares ex Sydney, Brisbane & Melbourne 99 Pre-paid taxes, levies & charges 99 Return airport transfers 99 7 nights at Le Pacifique hotel with buffet breakfast daily

DAY 1

AUSTRALIA – NOUMÉA

99 Twin share accommodation for teachers

Fly from Sydney or Brisbane to Nouméa on Aircalin with convenient domestic connections from Melbourne and other Australian airports. On arrival at Tontouta Airport transfer by coach to the hotel for seven nights. DAY 2

NOUMÉA (B, D)

After breakfast students will enjoy a one hour French lesson at the hotel followed by time to walk around and become orientated in this tropical French city. The afternoon will feature a 1.5 hour Tchou Tchou train sightseeing tour. DAY 3

99 4 x dinners 99 3 x 1 hour French lessons 99 1.5 hour Tchou Tchou Train sightseeing tour 99 Amédée Lighthouse cruise Prices for this tour can be found on our website - www.getours.com.au

NOUMÉA (B, D)

The second one hour French lesson follows breakfast with the remainder of the day free for your own activities. DAY 4

AMÉDÉE LIGHTHOUSE (B, L)

Transfer to Port Moselle at 7.40am for a full day excursion to Amédée Lighthouse to swim, walk around the island or view the coral reef from the glass bottom boat. Includes a tropical island lunch and show. DAYS 5 & 6

NOUMÉA (B, 1x Dinner)

Time for your own activities and sightseeing at teachers’ discretion. Dinner is provided on day 6. DAY 7

NOUMÉA (B, D)

Breakfast today is followed by the final one hour French lesson with the remainder of the day for any last-minute activities. DAY 8

NOUMÉA – AUSTRALIA

Transfer by coach to Tontouta Airport for your flight home.

Tjibaou Cultural Centre introduces Melanesian culture in a globally significant facility

Hotel Le Pacifique offers quality tourist standard accommodation on Anse Vata Beach

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CREIPAC LANGUAGE TOUR

Pour élèves de niveaux intermédiaire et avancé

A more academic 12 hour communication course aimed at engaging students in Nouméa's French culture and language, according to the students’ ability levels. Classes are conducted by a native French-speaking teacher at the CREIPAC Language School, the only government school specialising in the teaching of French to foreigners in New Caledonia.

DAY 1

PACKAGE INCLUDES: 99 Return economy airfares ex Sydney, Brisbane & Melbourne 99 Pre-paid taxes, levies & charges 99 Return airport transfers

AUSTRALIA – NOUMÉA

99 7 nights at Le Pacifique hotel with buffet breakfast daily

Fly from Sydney or Brisbane to Nouméa on Aircalin with convenient domestic connections from Melbourne and other Australian airports. On arrival at Tontouta Airport transfer by coach to the hotel for seven nights.

99 Twin share accommodation for teachers

DAY 2

99 4 x 3 hour French lessons at CREIPAC

NOUMÉA CREIPAC LANGUAGE SCHOOL (B, D)

Following breakfast transfer to the Centre de Rencontres et d’Echanges Internationaux du Pacifique (CREIPAC) for a language lesson from 8:15am to 11:45am including a half hour break. Transfer back to your hotel after each lesson. Enjoy a 1.5 hour Tchou Tchou train sightseeing tour in the afternoon. DAYS 3 & 4

99 4 x dinners 99 1.5 hour Tchou Tchou Train sightseeing tour 99 Amédée Lighthouse cruise Prices for this tour can be found on our website - www.getours.com.au

NOUMÉA CREIPAC LANGUAGE SCHOOL (B, 1 x Dinner)

Breakfast followed by 2nd and 3rd CREIPAC language lessons with afternoon activities at teachers’ discretion. DAY 5

Students participating in cultural activities at the Tjibaou Cultural Centre

AMÉDÉE LIGHTHOUSE (B, L)

Transfer to Port Moselle at 7.40am for a full day excursion to Amédée Lighthouse to swim, walk around the island or view the coral reef from the glass bottom boat. Includes a tropical island lunch and show. DAY 6

NOUMÉA (B, D)

Breakfast at your hotel followed by a free day with activities at your teachers' discretion. DAY 7

NOUMÉA CREIPAC LANGUAGE SCHOOL (B, D)

Breakfast followed by final CREIPAC language lesson with afternoon activities at teachers’ discretion. DAY 8

NOUMÉA – AUSTRALIA

Transfer by coach to Tontouta Airport for your flight home.

New Caledonia's Melanesian people will add to students’ experience

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CREIPAC HOMESTAY & STUDY TOUR

Le programme immersion totale

Experience daily life with a "Living Lessons" homestay. Students practise what they learn in class in real life situations while living with families carefully selected by CREIPAC. This comprehensive immersion features a 12 hour communication course, incorporating culture with language practice, according to the student’s ability levels. Teachers in Australia are requested to nominate the language level of individual students prior to the tour and are encouraged to provide input into the content of classes.

PACKAGE INCLUDES: 99 Return economy airfares ex Sydney, Brisbane & Melbourne 99 Pre-paid taxes, levies & charges 99 Return airport transfers 99 2 nights at Le Pacifique hotel with buffet breakfast daily

DAY 1 AUSTRALIA – NOUMÉA Fly from Sydney or Brisbane to Nouméa on Aircalin with convenient domestic connections from Melbourne and other Australian airports. On arrival at Tontouta Airport transfer by coach to the hotel. DAY 2

99 Twin share accommodation for teachers 99 4 x 3 hour French lessons at CREIPAC 99 1.5 hour Tchou Tchou Train sightseeing tour 99 Amédée Lighthouse cruise Prices for this tour can be found on our website - www.getours.com.au

HOMESTAY (B, D)

After breakfast homestay parents will transfer students to CREIPAC for a language lesson from 8:15am until 11:45am followed by a transfer to Port Moselle for afternoon activities at the teachers’ discretion. Meet homestay family again at 4:30pm. Teachers will need to make their own arrangements to transfer to CREIPAC in the morning. DAY 4

99 7 nights at Le Pacifique hotel with breakfast daily for teachers 99 1 x dinner

HOMESTAY (B, D)

Following breakfast transfer to the Centre de Rencontres et d’Echanges Internationaux du Pacifique (CREIPAC) for a language lesson from 8:15am to 11:45am including a half hour break. Enjoy a 1.5 hour Tchou Tchou train sightseeing tour in the afternoon. At 4:30pm students will meet their homestay family and be taken to their home for the next 5 nights. Teachers will be accommodated at Le Pacifique Hotel during this time. DAY 3

99 5 nights homestay with breakfast & dinner (in pairs)

A highlight of your tour is a full day excursion to Amédée Lighthouse

HOMESTAY (B, D)

After breakfast homestay parents will transfer students to CREIPAC for the 3rd language lesson followed by a transfer to Port Moselle for afternoon activities at teachers’ discretion. Meet homestay family again at 4:30pm. Teachers will need to make their own arrangements to transfer to CREIPAC in the morning. DAY 5

AMÉDÉE LIGHTHOUSE (B, L, D)

Meet at Port Moselle by 8:00am for a full day excursion to Amédée Lighthouse to swim, walk around the island or view the coral reef from the glass bottom boat. Includes a tropical island lunch and show. DAY 6

HOMESTAY (B, L, D)

Students spend the day with their host families. DAY 7

NOUMÉA (B, D)

After breakfast homestay parents will transfer students to CREIPAC for the final language lesson before returning to the hotel for afternoon activities at teachers’ discretion. Teachers will need to make their own arrangements to transfer to CREIPAC in the morning. DAY 8

NOUMÉA – AUSTRALIA

Transfer by coach to Tontouta Airport for your flight home. NOTE: Minimum age for homestay is 15 years of age.

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OPTIONAL TOURS TJIBAOU CULTURAL CENTRE (2 hours Tue - Fri) Explore Melanesian identity and the meeting of Pacific cultures at a world renowned museum. Includes transfers and guide.

Students have the opportunity to experience both New Caledonia's unique French Colonial heritage...

TJIBAOU CULTURAL CENTRE (full day Tue - Fri) Includes return coach transfers with guided tour of the Kanak Path and Cultural Show, Mwaaka Ceremonial Grounds, Bwenaado & Jinu House, cafe lunch, and a selection of dancing, weaving or sculpture workshops. Cooking classes are also available at an additional cost. VISIT TO AQUARIUM DES LAGONS Enjoy a visit to the stunning Nouméa aquarium. Entry fee included. L’EAU VIVE (evening) Enjoy a unique experience at ‘The Nuns’ Restaurant. Transfers and dinner included. WALKING TOUR OF NOUMÉA (2 hours) From the Tourist Information Centre, explore the museum, cathedral and library. Includes commentaries about New Caledonia’s first European settlers, the missionaries and convicts, and the historical buildings. LE PARC FORESTIER (half day) Explore the pristine flora and fauna of the area including the cagou, New Caledonia’s national bird and symbol. Transfers, entrance fees and picnic lunch included. DUMBÉA (half day) Travel north to Le Tour des Nurses, Dumbéa to enjoy a 1 hour kayaking lesson and explore the tropical countryside. SUPERMARKET TOUR (half day) Enjoy a visit to the local market, then proceed to Carrefours (hypermarket) to discover traditional French products. THURSDAY NIGHT MARKET Located at Place des Cocotiers. Transfers to and from are available. ...and its traditional Melanesian culture

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS New Caledonia is a unique blend of French holiday playground offering sun, sea, sand, sumptuous cuisine and Melanesian tradition. With its outdoor lifestyle, classic colonial architecture, chic fashionable boutiques, alfresco cafes and fun-filled atmosphere, the major centre of Nouméa, just over two hours flight from Sydney and Brisbane with convenient connections from Melbourne and other major Australian airports - is like a little piece of the Côte d’Azur in the South Pacific. It offers the perfect “Living Lesson” to students who find themselves immersed in French language and culture as they experience the city’s many pâtisseries with their light-as-air croissants and baguettes, the vibrant beach culture of Anse Vata, aromas of New Caledonian coffee and the laughter of the Melanesian girls as they play “le cricket”. New Caledonia is linked to some of history’s greatest adventurers from Captain Cook who discovered the islands in 1774 to Napoleon III who, clearly captivated by its exotic allure - declared the islands to be a part of France in 1853. Highlights of G.E .T Educational Tours' New Caledonia program includes the outstanding Tjibaou Cultural Centre recognised as an indigenous museum of global significance, the stunning beaches and an island lunch at Amédée Lighthouse, located on an idyllic island at the entrance to the world’s biggest lagoon, and French classes conducted by a native French-speaking teacher at the Centre de Rencontres et d’Echanges Internationaux du Pacifique (CREIPAC). Will students hear French in everyday use and be required to speak the language?

What travel documents do we need?

As an increasingly autonomous French "Pays d'outre-mer", New Caledonia's major language is French followed by traditional Kanak dialects. While English is widely understood, French is the language of everyday communications between people, providing students with a fantastic "Living Lesson" through the chance to experience what they've learnt in class.

A valid passport is required. Australia and New Zealand passport holders do not require a visa to participate in our tours. However if you have a foreign passport you may need to comply with visa or re-entry requirements depending on your country of citizenship.

How much luggage can we take? Aircalin offers a free luggage allowance of 20kg with excess baggage carried at the passenger’s own expense. Note that if you are connecting to Sydney or Brisbane, flying with a low-cost airline, you may be subject to a lower baggage allowance or have to pay extra to take baggage. Can I take electrical appliances from home such as camera chargers or music players? Yes, 220V electricity in New Caledonia is suitable for Australian appliances, but you will need a French or European adaptor (two- pin plug with rounded prongs). Some hotels also offer Australian style outlets. What clothing is appropriate? New Caledonia’s sub-tropical climate (similar to Northern Queensland) permits comfortable and informal cotton and other light clothing to be worn year round. Are taxes, levies and surcharges included? Yes, pre-payable taxes such as Australian Departure Tax, fuel surcharges and airport user charges are included. Charges may vary depending on your originating airport and exchange rates and remain subject to change. However, foreign suppliers including airlines, ground operators and hotels may impose additional taxes, levies and charges.

Is Nouméa a safe city? Yes, students enjoy its relaxed and friendly ambience and teachers appreciate the freedom it offers to engage them with the locals. Tell me about the type and standard of accommodation? G·E·T Educational Tours policy is to use hotel rooms with private facilities, televisions, air conditioning and tea/coffee making facilities. Our major hotel is the 2 star Le Pacifique hotel, conveniently located on Nouméa's Anse Vata across the street from the beach. This purpose built hotel offers quality student accommodation with a microwave oven in each room and a lagoon pool. Other options include the recently renovated 3 star Hotel Le Surf, ideally situated between Anse Vata and the Baie des Citrons. Can we be confident in the standard of doctors and medical facilities? Nouméa offers medical facilities consistent with major regional centres in Australia and New Zealand. Doctors, dentists, hospitals, clinics, pharmacies and urgent dispensary facilities are available. However it is advisable to carry your own medications. We recommend you ask your own doctor for advice. Do we need travel insurance? Yes, comprehensive travel Insurance is strongly recommended for all passengers. G·E·T Educational Tours offers travel insurance suitable for travel to New Caledonia.

Nouméa enjoys a warm, balmy climate similar to Northern Queensland

Students can immerse themselves in the vibrant French Pacific culture of Anse Vata

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Travel with confidence on a G•E•T Educational Tours 'Living Lesson'

99 G.E.T Educational Tours assists schools to meet departmental or system requirements recognising required supervision and pupil teacher ratios, and the carrying capacity of coaches

99 We are committed to providing factual, accurate and educationally aware information 99 We regularly review and update our services and programs and offer a service quality commitment that

99 We adhere to all federal, state, and local laws and regulations including safety and security advice for

means students, teachers and parents can have total confidence in the booking process and when you

our outbound tours strictly based on Department of Foreign Affairs travel advisories

are travelling

99 All groups protected by our code-of-ethics and the requirements of professional organisations including

99 We assist with departures, planning, pre-tour briefings and any required documentation including visas,

IATA, CATO, AFTA and WYSTC. As members of the Travel Compensation Fund (TCF) we hold all client monies in a trust account.

passports and travel insurance 99 G.E.T Educational Tours adheres to Australia’s privacy legislation (policy available on request)

Booking Conditions • Prices are not final until full payment is received • Amendment & cancellation fees and charges will apply • Student & escort/s names must be exactly the same as the passenger’s passport Once we have confirmed your itinerary, G•E•T Educational Tours will make payments on your behalf which may incur cancellation and other charges, which we will pass on to you. Prices Prices are based on your quoted itinerary including economy class airfares, multi-share accommodation and return airport transfers as indicated in your personalised itinerary. We will amend the price to reflect our costs at the time you request a quote. Pre-payable charges including Australian Departure Tax, airport charges, insurance levies and fuel surcharges are included in the total package price. There may also be additional foreign taxes. The tour price does not include the cost of travelling to or from departure and arrival ports, passport and re-entry fees, visa fees, travel insurance, personal expenses and excess baggage charges. When comparing prices, we advise that you ensure that airport transfers and other standard G•E•T Educational Tours inclusions are included in the comparative price. •

Airline fares, hotel rates, ground operators' charges and exchange rates are subject to change without notice at any time prior to full payment.

Statutory charges and levies are subject to change at any time without notice.

All prices are subject to flight schedules.

Airlines may amend fuel surcharges at any time prior to departure.

Deposits & Payments A non refundable deposit is payable to confirm your reservation with full payment required 65 days prior to departure. Bookings may be automatically cancelled if payment is not received. Changes & Amendments If you change your booking 3 months prior to departure we will charge a $110 amendment fee for each change plus any additional prepayable taxes, levies or charges. Requests for an individual to travel outside the group’s designated dates will incur an additional charge of $110 per person plus any charges that our suppliers may make. As prices are indicative only, details of particular tours or hotels in our brochures may have changed since publication date. Cancellations & Refunds A cancellation fee equal to the deposit paid, will apply until 65 days prior to departure. Bookings cancelled within 65 days of departure will be charged a fee equal to 100% of the land content price. • •

All verbal quotes are only an estimate of the price and written quotes are indicative with final price subject to advice on full payment and receipt of a signed G•E•T Educational Tours booking form. Passport & Visa Requirements Your passport and visas are not our responsibility and we are not liable for any loss or expenses caused by your failure to comply with these requirements. Flight reservations cannot be made without passenger names. You must, at the time of booking, advise the correct names of all passengers including students and escorts. It is vital that these conform exactly to the name in each passenger’s passport. Name changes after tickets have been issued will result in the issue of new tickets and vouchers and incur amendment charges and may require a higher airfare to be paid. G•E•T Educational Tours can accept no responsibility for any additional charges, or inability to travel as a result of incorrect notification of passenger names.

Airlines, ground handling companies, hotels, hostels, homestay accommodation operators, restaurants and tour operators may impose additional cancellation fees within 65 days of departure. Airline discount booking classes are subject to cancellation fees at any time following confirmation.

We will not refund any unused part of your itinerary including accommodation, transfers, tours, and airfares. Airline refunds following cancellation will be made when the airline completes the refund transaction (this may be in excess of 60 days). The price of your tour is not guaranteed until full payment has been received. Travel Insurance It is a condition of travelling on our international tours that students and escorts are fully covered by comprehensive travel insurance. This should be valid for the full duration of your itinerary. G•E•T Educational Tours offers suitable travel insurance for this tour. Luggage Free luggage allowances will be strictly enforced with excess baggage carried by airlines at their discretion and at passengers own expense. Note most full service airlines offer a 20kg free baggage allowance. Some low cost airlines may offer a lower allowance or levy an additional charge for baggage.

Law of Contract G•E•T Educational Tours and its suppliers, including airlines, do not accept liability in contract or in tort (actionable wrong) for any injury, damage, loss, delay, additional expense or inconvenience caused directly, or indirectly by force majeure or other events beyond our control, or which are not preventable by reasonable diligence on its part including, but not limited to, war, civil disturbance, fire, flood, unusually severe weather, acts of God, acts of Government or other authorities, accident to or failure of machinery or equipment, or industrial action (whether or not involving its employees and even though such action may be settled by acceding to the demands of a labour group). G•E•T Educational Tours cannot accept responsibility for subsequent changes or withdrawal of prices, details or services which are subject to change without notice. This contract is governed by the law of the State of Victoria.

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New Caledonia 2014-2015