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ABOUT US

We are proud to send over 3,000 school students on an unforgettable school trip each year. You can feel confident knowing that we have the expertise and learning outcomes in mind to create truly inspirational tailored packages for your school group. 

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100% Australian Owned & Operated
We are proud to be Australian owned and operated. With our extensive experience we have all the contacts to build memorable school group itineraries.

Curriculum Linked
With the Australian school curriculum in mind, we aim to complement the criteria and learning outcomes. We can't think of a better way to educate and inspire school students than through adventure. 

Australian War Memorial: Canberra

 Bespoke Travel Itineraries
We know that travel planning can be stressful, that's why we take the hassle out for you. This way we can make dreams achievable with specifically tailored itineraries for your school group. 

24 Hour Emergency Support
You will be well equipped with all necessary paperwork and a detailed daily routine so nothing is missed. Emergency contact details will be provided so we can assist in any way to make sure your school or group trip runs smoothly. 

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Safety First
We use only trusted partners to ensure all components of your itinerary meet industry health and safety standards. We can provide all relevant documentation for school risk assessment to lighten your workload.

 

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MEET OUR TEAM

Educational Adventures is made up of a talented and experienced team of school group specialists who are passionate about travel. Each group consultant specializes in different parts of the world, so you’ll be matched with someone who is knowledgeable about your destination. We are here to look after any request no matter how big or small.

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David Walker

Chairman & Executive Director

David has a career spanning 40 years in wholesale, retail, group touring, inbound, and state tourism. A business owner since 1992, guiding the parent company, ITC Pacific, and its brands, including Educational Adventures, to a prominent position in the travel sector, 

David has always been focused on ensuring the company maintains best business practices, safe travel protocols, risk and crisis management, financial integrity, and duty of care, which has provided security and confidence to all our schools and groups, many of which have supported the company for over 25 years. 

David's journeys' have taken him through many countries, experiencing their culture, tour operations, and travel networks.

Through David's expertise in travel and tour management, the team at Educational Adventures brings to life the visions' of teachers and students on their journey to Inspire, Educate and Explore. 

Founding Chairman/Board Director of the Student Educational Travel Organisation (SETO), past Board Director of the Council of Australia Tour Operators (CATO) 2016-23, and a past CATO treasurer with a focus on governance, constitution, and codes of conduct guidelines.
 

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Daniel Walker

Managing Director

Daniel has been with the company for 16+ years. During that time, he has been fortunate to travel all over the world.

 

Daniel started in the company as the Groups Manager and was the trip coordinator of the first Australia school ski trip to Hakuba, Japan and Panorama, Canada.  Throughout his career, Daniel has been very hands-on with his role and from time to time will even take on the role of guiding our schools on their educational adventures.

 

Daniel has a passion for travel, specifically enhancing students' experiences by offering new destinations.

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Jen Walker

Groups Sales and Operations Manager

Jenny has been extremely fortunate to land her feet on five of the world’s continents throughout her 17 years in the travel industry.

 

Experiencing the gift of travel from a very young age, Jenny is endlessly seeking her next adventure. With passion for travel running through her blood, Jenny has ticked many destinations off her bucket list. Waking to elephants outside her window in Kenya is one of her most fond memories.

 

Living in London for over a year, Jenny loved exploring the magic of Europe and the adventure of living abroad. Walking the streets of Rome, Jenny immersed herself in the cities wonders and ancient history. Jenny appreciates that travel offers an exciting and interactive way to learning.  

 

Japan opened her eyes to an endless array of culture, and Jenny was thrilled to discover the diversity that one country could deliver. She explored temples, World Heritage sites, theme parks, powder snow and more; experiences which she loves to draw on when advising clients on the best Japan has to offer.

 

Jenny is an avid snowboarder and itches to get back to the slopes at every opportunity. Lake Louise is one of her favourite ski resorts and she looks forward to returning to Canada again soon!

 

Whether it’s adventure, ski or relaxation, Jenny loves chatting about educational adventures.

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Melanie Grocke

Group Travel Specialist 

Immersing herself in the history of every place she visits, is Melanie’s Number 1 prerequisite when travelling to any new destination.


From exploring the underground cities in Turkey, to street food tours in Bangkok, every experience is a learning opportunity to new cultures.


The chance to have lived and worked for short periods in Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia also gave Melanie a completely different perspective of life abroad that she will never take for granted.


Watching the world through fortunate travel experiences has also ignited a passion for ethical and sustainable tourism and for our future generations to be able to experience the world, whilst doing our best to preserve the natural beauty and environment of our planet.


With over 2 decades in the travel industry, Melanie is delighted to be a part of the Sno’n’Ski Groups and Educational Adventures team, enabling her to extend her knowledge and passion for travel, its invaluable life lessons, and never-ending learning journey, to the next generation.

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Marni Shaw

Group Travel Specialist 

Joining Educational Adventures in 2022, I finally landed the ideal job where I can combine my love of travel with a background in sales, marketing, design, events, and partnerships. 

I caught the ski bug on a childhood snow holiday, followed that up with a high school ski trip, and then grabbed any opportunity to have a winter vacation over the following decades. I’ve been lucky to experience more than 15 alpine resorts across Australia, NZ, Japan, Canada, USA, France, and Spain. There are so many more on my ‘To Do’ list and I’m all ears when someone has a new suggestion. 

My travel history is not solely limited to winter trips. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed getting off the beaten path to other global destinations, including three months touring outback Australia, three months trekking in Nepal, overland trips through China, Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand and long cross-country journeys through Italy, France and Spain. 

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Ashleigh Bailey

Group Travel Specialist 

Ashleigh is a seasoned travel enthusiast with a remarkable eight-year journey of assisting others in planning unforgettable holiday adventures. Her passion for exploration was sparked by her mother, who strongly believes in the transformative power of experiential learning. Developed from an early age, Ashleigh's wanderlust has led her to explore five out of the seven continents and every state of her homeland, Australia, and in 2022, she finally checked off the Northern Territory from her bucket list.

With a wealth of experience in various forms of travel, including group and independent trips, as well as cruise and land holidays, Ashleigh has developed a profound understanding of diverse methods of exploration. Her deep appreciation for immersing herself in different cultures makes her travel experiences even more enriching and meaningful.

Recently, Ashleigh fulfilled a long-standing dream by venturing into Europe for the first time, where she indulged in a captivating pursuit of the mesmerizing Northern Lights. Fuelled by an insatiable thirst for adventure, she eagerly anticipates the next thrilling journey that awaits her.

Intrigued by the idea of crafting unforgettable travel experiences, Ashleigh's vibrant spirit and extensive expertise are sure to inspire and guide you toward your own extraordinary adventures.

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Yvi Adam

Group Travel Specialist 

Growing up in Germany, Yvi considered herself lucky to have roamed through most European countries with her parents from a young age. Later, she ventured on overseas escapades to Asia, the Caribbean, Africa and the Middle East. Whether it's shredding the slopes in the Alps, soaring high while paragliding in the Caucasus, or catching waves in Portugal, Yvi sees vacations as an endless stream of new adventures. The sheer significance of travel hit Yvi like a tidal wave when she embarked on a 19-month solo journey to Australia, New Zealand, and Fiji.

 

Traveling to foreign lands isn't just a blast, it's also scrumptious and full of thrills. According to her, it plays a pivotal role in personal growth and fosters vital cultural exchange. That's why Yvi is beyond excited to curate trips, both near and far, for the younger generation - boredom won't stand a chance!

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Seb Timberlake

Group Travel Specialist 

Seb's journey into outdoor adventures begun with a thrilling school ski excursion to Perisher, igniting a thirst for exploration. Since that momentous trip, Seb has become captivated by the allure of travel and the wonders of nature. Whether he's shredding down snowy slopes, hiking breathtaking terrain, or camping in nature, Seb looks forward to new challenge that comes his way.

His wanderlust has carried him across continents, with each destination adding unforgettable memories and experiences. Some of his most cherished memories are those forged in the stunning landscapes of New Zealand and the USA. What drew Seb to these remarkable locales were not just the awe-inspiring natural beauty but their vibrant cultures.

Seb's passion for travel perfectly aligns with the Educational Adventures team. Providing a wealth of knowledge from his past travels.

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Lauren Forde

Marketing Manager

Lauren was bitten by the travel bug at a young age. Moving from New Zealand to Tonga at the age of 10, she was fortunate enough to experience an entirely different culture and way of life for 5 years, before moving to Australia. The urge to explore was always present and took Lauren to Asia as an 19 year old, from there it became almost mandatory to go somewhere new at least once every year!

 

Her passion for travel and adventure led Lauren into the Travel Industry over 8 years’ ago and has taken her around the globe. From the temples of Myanmar to diving to new depths in Papua New Guinea and the peak of a Hawaiian volcano to snowboarding in Japan; the thrill of new experiences has taken her to some incredible places and allowed her to experience so many things.

 

Food and culture have always been a huge part of the travel experience and Lauren has been lucky enough to enjoy truly immersive experiences that makes a holiday so unique. 

 

Lauren believes that travel is the best education for schools, groups and independent travelers, and hopes to be able to continue exploring the world for as long as she can!

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Emily Porter

National Sales Manager

From an early age, Emily’s parents instilled the importance of travelling, starting with spending a month in New Zealand, then 3 months exploring Europe as a family. 


During High School, Emily participated in a sister school exchange program, which took her to Okayama in Japan, spending 6 months with 4 different host families, attending school and experiencing the local way of life.  This experience not only assisted with her Japanese language studies, but also her personal growth and independence at the age of 15. 

 

This connection to Japan, its people and culture has taken her back 6 times since!

 

From backpacking in Europe during university, to snowboarding across Canada, USA and Japan, and chasing adventure across Mauritius and Iceland, Emily lives and breathes travel, loves trying local food, is terrified of heights, and prefers business class. 

 

She now feels lucky to work in the travel industry, and loves travelling and planning adventures with her husband and son.

JOIN OUR TEAM

Join our diverse team to inspire and innovate group travel.

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