We’re currently looking for schools to fill out our 2021 calendar, if you’re interested please get in contact with our Director Chelsea at the homestead on 5148 0492.
Which Schools Can Attend Wollangarra?
Schools from all over Victoria, both public and private, come to Wollangarra. We try to maintain low running costs in order to keep our fees affordable. However for any student, with a school or independently, we offer sponsorship should they not be able to afford the cost of the program. We can have up to 24 young people per week.
What program do we do?
We run Stage I Meeting the Mountains programs for school groups. Young people who wish to return in their school holidays for a Stage II program undertake this independently.
Do you arrange transportation to and from Wollangarra?
No, that is for the school to organise. We can pick you up and drop you off in Heyfield if you choose to take public transport ( which is usually a less costly and environmentally friendly option). However you are also welcome to organise a coach or minibus to our front gate.
How much does it cost?
The 2021 program cost is $520 (inclusive of GST) per student. As mentioned before, Wollangarra has partial and full sponsorships available for any young person who may struggle with the cost. Up to two accompanying teachers are free of charge.
Do you have accreditation?
Yes. Wollangarra is accredited with the Victorian Tourism Industry Council (VTIC). This is the main governing body tourism in Victoria. They use the Quality Tourism Framework to accredit organisations and ensure that stringent safety measures are put in place and audit camps on a regular basis. We also are members of the Australian Camps Association and Outdoor Victoria to ensure that we are getting the most up to date industry information.
How many teachers need to accompany a group?
This depends on school policy. Our programs can run without any teachers at all, as we supply our own staff. However, most schools prefer to send one teacher as a school representative. Up to two teachers may accompany the group at no additional cost. Every teacher after that is charged the standard student price.
Is the teacher required to participate?
Absolutely. We explain to the young people at the beginning of the week that we are all a community, which means each of us needs to do our part to make the community work effectively. This includes teachers. We ask that they participate in the hike and all other group activities, especially as it is a unique opportunity to get to know their students outside of the classroom environment.
Are the Wollangarra staff sufficiently trained and experienced?
Yes they are! We have a mixture of trained outdoor professionals and staff with experience in a myriad of different areas. When out hiking, each group is accompanied a Wollangarra staff member, and they each have their Wilderness First Aid, Bronze Medallion, and 4WD qualifications, and they are also trained in behaviour management, mental health, and group dynamics. They operate under the strict protocols for wilderness areas set up by Wollangarra.
How do I explain the camp to the students?
There is more information on the Stage 1 Meeting the Mountains page. Also, Wollangarra staff are always happy to give a school talk to attending young people (and their families, if so desired). We can make sure they are prepared with the right gear, answer any questions and make sure they are clear about what to expect for their week with us.
How do I book in my school?
Please give us a call or email if you are interested to discuss dates and we can answer any other questions you may have.
- Once dates are agreed upon, you will receive an invoice for your deposit (20% of course cost), along with other important information for your school, your participating students, and their parents. (Please note, the standard course size for Wollangarra is 24 students, and Wollangarra requires a standard course payment for this number. If you are certain you will have less than 18 students, please discuss this with Wollangarra’s Directors or Business Manager and an arrangement will be made).
- Medical and permission forms are now facilitated through Caremonkey. Wollangarra will assist the organising teacher in this process.
- At least two weeks prior to your course, you will receive an invoice for your full course cost, excepting your deposit.
How is Wollangarra prepared emergencies such as bushfire, weather and evacuations?
Wollangarra has an extensive Emergency Management Plan. This plan covers a wide range of scenarios and the various procedures required.
This plan has been developed over our 30 years of running programs, and is reviewed regularly. You can find more information on how we manage risk and safety here