Swapping Schoolies for an adventure filled week in New Zealand with YLEad

Year 12 graduate Sarah Way from St John’s Anglican College joined 16 other school-leavers from across Australia who celebrated the end of their schooling journey with a week of adrenalin  adventures in New Zealand.

The group crossed the Tasman on December 1 as part of yLead’s Schoolies alternative, Thrill Out. This adrenaline-fueled alternative offers activities such as jet boating, white water rafting, quad biking and luging as well as a unique glimpse into Maori culture. The Thrill Out participants took a day out of adventure to serve the community and join the Salvation Army to collect items for their Christmas appeal.

yLead, a not-for-profit association that delivers leadership development experiences to thousands of students across Australia, first recognised the need for a Schoolies alternative in 2011.  At yLead we believe that many young people want the chance to step outside their comfort zone and challenge themselves, rather than spend a week partying.

yLead is developing a range of drug and alcohol free Schoolies alternatives in order to provide school leavers with an array of experiences that will enhance their resilience, develop their cultural awareness and positively contribute to our world.

CEO of yLead, Belinda Yorston, says, “There is no doubt that these Schoolies alternatives give school leavers a head start in their life post-school. They return with more confidence and a great network of friends, as well as memories that will last a lifetime.” http://www.ylead.com.au/travel/

And it looks like Sarah had a fabulous time!