Located only 1500kms from the east coast of Australia, a school tour to New Caledonia will introduce your students to a pacific island paradise where Melanesian tradition blends with French colonial culture. With its sandy white beaches, tropical marine treasures and a wealth of changing landscapes, there is no better place to experience a taste of France so close to home.
New Caledonia is the perfect destination for students/schools wishing to practice their French. It offers students a unique French immersion experience which is relatively close to home. Students can study at the Centre de Rencontres et d’Echanges Internationaux du Pacifique (CREIPAC) where lessons can be extended outside the classroom.
Captain James Cook first sighted New Caledonia in 1774, however it took just under another century and a considerable amount of bloodshed before European powers finally colonised the islands. In 1854 the French established a penal colony and over the coming decades sent around 22,000 convicts to the country. Today, New Caledonia remains a dependent territory of France with a referendum slated for the coming years to decide whether to remain under the power of France or become an independent state.