The Real Schoolies

What is the Real Schoolies program?

A program coordinated by Wagga Rotary clubs in partnership with Hike Himalaya Adventure Pvt. Ltd.

Your Nepal Schoolies Adventure is a two week tour in which you’ll get to take part in a truly life changing experience. From the breath-taking snowy peaks of the Himalayas to the tropical jungles of the Chitwan National Park, your schoolies tour will take you on an adventure you’ll never forget. Not only will you get to see life unfold in the Himalaya but you’ll also be changing the lives of the local people as well.

As a Himalayan schoolie, you’ll meet children in an underprivileged school and change their lives for the better. Whether you’re building new classrooms, painting, teaching English or just playing a few games, this volunteer experience will equip you with the skills to become a leader of tomorrow.

Pre-departure Program and Requirements

The EOI process will open in November. This will include a non-refundable deposit of $150. Following an interview process final applications will be processed.

The successful applicants will become part of the Schoolies Group 2020. In the lead up to the trip, The Schoolies Group will be once a month. The purpose of this is

  • Build relationships within the group and with the mentors who will accompany the Schoolies (team building exercises will be included)
  • Plan and implement fundraising opportunities to donate to the school/village, and possibly reduce costs of travel.
  • Discuss code of conduct, packing, medical requirements, expectations, dates, etc.

The first and last meeting will be with Schoolies and their parents. We will communicate with families and encourage students to pass on information to encourage independence and responsibility.

Health and Safety –

  • Code of conduct applies.
  • Australian standard Medical/ first aid kit is carried with the team daily.
  • Travel insurance compulsory
  • Vaccination and Immunisation requirements to be advised.
  • Smart traveller submission included in preparation procedure
  • (From Hike Himalaya Adventures pvt. Ltd) Nepal is a very safe country and as we have developed long term relationships with contacts in Nepal which are our tour guides, trekking guides and porters we are constantly updated on the political and economic situation of the country. We stay in the very best and safest accommodation in Nepal which has outstanding views on trip advisers as well as previous teams and clients recommendations. As we are taking a team over this reduces the risk of anything happening due to safety in numbers. Everywhere we travel is in private luxury vehicles. Insurance is included in the price and is great value covering all activates which are undertaken from vehicle transport to luggage. All our leaders are highly experienced with young people and are there to ensure you are safe. We are an Australian based company who continuously monitors and provides updates while over there and throughout the year leading up to the trip as well.

Leadership and Communication –

  • The Schoolies Group will be accompanied by expert guides from Hike Himalaya Adventure pvt. Ltd.
  • Two mentors from Australia will accompany the schoolies. These mentors receive training in leadership and working with young people. The pre-departure program that runs throughout 2020 is designed to build relationships between mentors and schoolies.
  • The coordinator will remain in Australia and liaise with, and between, the schoolies group, Hike Himalaya guides, and families.

Cost and Inclusions

We are aware that the cost of travel can be a barrier to young people. To help with the cost schoolies can fundraise, with the support of Rotary Clubs in Wagga Wagga. There is a payment plan available, or alternatively an early bird upfront discount. Price includes flights, accommodation, all meals, transport, visas, transfers, water, porter and guides.

The cost for the all-inclusive program are: $3,850

An early bird price is available to registrations paid before March 2020: $3,599

There is a payment plan to be confirmed by November 2019.

More information is available

You are welcome to contact Geraldine Rurenga who is the Wagga Coordinator

Batlow Ciderfest bus tour 2018

Join us for our epic Batlow Ciderfest bus tour.  Last year was such a huge success we figured we had to do it again.  The bus will leave the Wagga Tourist information center at 9am sharp.  The festival is a fantastic regional event that promotes the sights, sounds and tastes of the Snowy Mountains.  The day includes food stalls, live music, comedians, local produce markets and a huge selection of Cider, wine and beer available for purchase. 

A day not to be missed.  For more information about the festival check out  

To book tickets on the bus. Click the link

Mystery bus tour to the Leeton District 9700 Annual Conference

Why not book a seat on our fantastic mystery bus tour to the Rotary District 9700 conference in Leeton.

The Bus departs the Wagga Tourist information center  at 730AM on the 5th of May 2018.

Don’t forget to register for the conference by clicking here

The bus returns to Wagga at approx 6pm.

For more information contact Steve Marshall on






Great exercise for the brain at mental health trivia night

2018 Hats Off For Mental Health Trivia night


Once again the Murrumbidgee Rotary Club is hosting the fantastic Hats of for Mental health trivia night.   The event has been running for 6 years now and has raised over $10000 for mental health research.  The night kicks off from 6:30pm on the 16th February at the Wagga Commercial club, there will be plenty of prizes, fun, games and mind boggling trivia.  Tickets are $10 per person with tables of 8.  To book your table fill in the form below.

A huge thank you to our sponsors, Wagga Commercial Club, Lake Village Butchery, The Family Chiropractor, Lake Village Foodworks, DR Designs, Ian Fyfe Pest Control and Linda Crawford Accountants. 

Come and Join us for Cork and Fork Fest!


Come on down to the Civic precinct Friday the 22nd December from 6pm.  We will be raffling of the last of our fantastic Christmas hams. The Hams were supplied by the great team at Lake Village Butchery.

Drop in to enjoy great live music and some of the best food and drinks from around the Riverina.  Come and  see one of the purple shirt team and grab yourself a ticket.

For more information about Cork and Fork fest, click HERE 



Batlow Cider festival Mystery Bus Tour

Saturday the 20th of May the Murrumbidgee Rotary club hosted it’s inaugural Batlow ciderfest bus trip. The trip was an amazing success, raising around $600 for local charities.  

Twenty eight guests left Wagga on two buses bound for the Batlow hills in fairly bleak and cold conditions.  As both the weather and the witty banter warmed up we made our first stop in the historic gold rush town of Adelong for coffee and refreshments.  The convoy then headed on to Batlow and the fantastic Cider Fest.  

The event was run very well with plenty to keep us all entertained, There was a huge range of gourmet food on offer as well as beverages galore. Everything from beer to warm mulled cinnamon flavored apple cider there was something for everyone’s taste.  

The event featured a number of local performers including solo acts, dancers, clowns and rock bands. There were also art and craft stalls to keep everyone entertained.

After the festival finished the tour carried on to Tumbarumba, a small town on the edge of the snowy  mountains to inject some life into one of the rustic old local pubs.

The tour concluded in Wagga with a number of the tourists carrying on the festivities at the Thirsty Crow Brewery.

This adventure just goes to prove how amazing the NSW Riverina is with so many fantastic and diverse events right at our door step.

If you be involved in the next Rotary tour or just want to find out more about our club click HERE to subscribe to our newsletter.

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2017 Science and engineering challenge a huge success

Once again the Wagga Science and engineering challenge has been run and won.  Eight local high schools battled it out for engineering excellence last Thursday with Mater Dei the eventual winners.

Teams of students worked together to solve complex every day engineering problems in a number of fields From construction and electrical, to robotics and civil engineering, students had a taste of what a career in the science and engineering fields could be like.

Once again Trevor Webb and his team of workers put on a fantastic event that all of the students (and helpers) loved.  Many thanks to sponsors, Nixons Hydraulics, Riverina Water, CSU Wagga, Essential Energy and all of the Wagga Rotary Clubs.


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