The Cook Islands
Kia Orana, welcome to The Cook Islands.
Embarking on a Travel Teacher expedition in The Cook Islands is a chance for anyone with a passion for helping others to give back to under resourced communities on this stunning Pacific island archipelago. The Cook Islands consists of 15 Islands scattered over some 2 million square kilometers of the Pacific Ocean.
Based on the Island of Aitutaki, our expedition will bring you closer to nature and provide a safe and tranquil environment for you to enjoy and thrive on. Home to approximately 1800 people and the world’s most beautiful lagoon, Aitutaki really is the classic picture postcard. It’s just 45 minutes by air from the nation's capital Rarotonga but it feels like another world.
The Islands magical tranquility is matched only by the people themselves. The locals are warm and hospitable, and will approach you with the call of ‘Kia Orana’ and a sense of kindness, revealing a camaraderie which is in keeping with the islands community.
Learning about a new culture is so rewarding and will teach you so much about yourself and others around you.
Activities and other information
Your journey with Travel Teacher in The Cook Islands will provide you with a distinctive cultural experience. You will gain a rich understanding of the culture and customs by living rurally and interacting daily with locals. You will need to come with an open mind and a positive outlook which will take you a long way in blending with the local community and enjoying the programme to its fullest.
An island full of coconut palms, white sand beaches, and the clearest azure waters you’ve ever seen, Aitutaki has to be one of the most beautiful sights on earth. With adventure around every corner, paradise is waiting to be explored.
- Head to Ootu Beach for a dip in crystal clear waters of Aitutaki lagoon or just chill out and enjoy the peaceful surroundings.
- Discover clam farming and snorkelling at the Aitutaki Marine Research centre.
- Explore the island by bike or hike up Maunga Pu, the highest point on the island with stunning views of the turquoise lagoon.
- Pop over to 'One Foot Island' and get your passport stamped at the smallest Post Office in the world.
- Learn about the island’s history, culture and traditions with a local expert led activity.
- Experience the awe-inspiring sight of humpback whales with local expert led whale watching trips.
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Stories from The Cook Islands
My first journey out of Europe2nd November 2018
My first journey out of Europe My experience in The Cook Islands changed my life. For someone who had never been out of Europe, enrolling on the programme was the first step towards stretching the parameters of my comfort zone to its fullest. Whilst embarking on the journey I learnt a great deal about myself. The process of making new ...
Arrive as strangers, leave as friends2nd November 2018
Arrive as strangers, leave as friends I didn't know what to expect when I arrived on my expedition with Travel Teacher, id been imagining it for months, the experiences id have, the friends id make, but nothing prepared me for this. I have been on expedition for 2 weeks - the best 2 weeks!! It took a me time to ...
2 Weeks in Aitutaki13th September 2018
Being able to make an impact on a global community while meeting the most amazing group of people has been the most rewarding experience of my life.