All programs are co-designed with you!

We specialise in co-designing programs that encourage student voice and agency. We will engage with students to develop new skills and relationships to enrich their life experiences.

  • Choose an itinerary that incorporates adventure, conservation and community
  • Learn more about the project and community you’ve chosen to support
  • Fundraise to support your project and community
  • Immerse yourself in a new experience – learn, see and do
  • Identify future opportunities and needs of your chosen project and community
  • Pass it on! Pass on your key learnings to next years intrepid students.

Our Framework

Adventure

Discover all that Timor has to offer from the wild hinterland to the rugged coastline and everything in-between. Explore its mountainous interior, uncover a network of limestone caves and pristine canyons and rivers, be wowed by coral reefs and enjoy its stunning beaches. To connect with nature, is to connect with culture and place.

Conservation

Timor’s waters boast exceptional biodiversity, including extensive fisheries and healthy coral reefs. Twenty-five species of whales and dolphins frequent these waters — among the highest records of cetaceans in the world. Marine life is key to the country’s budding eco-tourism sector and is essential for food security and the well-being of more than 1.2 million people.

Community

Journey into the heart of a vibrant and welcoming nation and experience Timor’s unique history and culture. Join in a game of football, the nation’s number one sport, visit an Uma Lulik (traditional house), find interesting handicrafts at the Tais market, enjoy traditional food and experience a thriving coffee industry.

We use the 2030 SDG's to guide our program design.

We support the economic development of rural communities in Timor-Leste through regenerative tourism using the 2030 SDG’s as a framework. Regenerative tourism represents a sustainable way of travelling and discovering new places that leaves the places we visit in better condition than we found them. The 2030 SDG’s framework are the United Nations plan to achieve a better future for all by ending poverty, fighting inequality, and injustice, and protecting our planet. Through immersive learning students are exposed to global issues and provided with valuable experiences that will help shape them into the future.

Immersive Learning

Ocean Conservation Project

Fundraise to help restore the world’s oceans and improve the livelihoods of traditional fishing communities. Join Ekipa Tasi Mos in an ocean clean up and learn how plastic trash can get turned into useful items.

Social Enterprise Project

Fundraise for and discover how Empreza Di’ak are empowering lives through innovation and entrepreneurialism. Support women and girls by joining in a handicraft workshop and learn how to weave traditional tais.

Reforestation Project

Support the reforestation of the planet and subsistence tree farmers. Fundraise to plant trees WithOneSeed and learn about how they’re supporting farmers to nurture trees on their own land and monitor each trees growth using a community forestry tracking program Tree02.

Real experience lies at the heart of real learning!

Offering in-country tour packages

  • Inclusions

    • All in-country accommodation & breakfast
    • All in-country travel & logistics
    • All dinner & lunches outside of Dili
    • Experienced Australian & local guides
    • Local translators & drivers
    • Attraction entrance fees
    • Workshop fees
    • Safety equipment, satellite communication & first aid kit
    • Program risk assessments & in-country emergency management assistance
    • Pack list
    • Information booklet
    • Detailed itinerary
    • Pre-program information session
    • Post-program debrief session.
  • Exclusions

    • Flights
    • Airline taxes
    • Visa (USD$30)
    • Travel / Medical insurance
    • Passport
    • Excess baggage
    • Personal food & snacks
    • Some meals and dinners in Dili (refer to your itinerary)
    • Personal expenses
    • Personal spending money
    • Medical expenses
    • Immunisation requirements / special needs.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do I need a visa?

    Yes, you will need to purchase a 30-day visa on arrival. Visa’s cost USD $30 per person. This must be paid in cash.

  • What immunisations will I need?

    To travel to Timor-Leste make sure all your routine vaccinations are up to date. We recommend visiting your doctor prior to travel to discuss any additional vaccines or medications you may need.

  • What in-country transportation do you use?

    We use a variety of in-country transportation methods depending on which district we are traveling too. We use 4 Wheel Drives for in-land travel and a combination of Dragon boat, catamaran, and local charter boats for sea travel. Sometimes, we even take a MAF charter flight.

  • What is the local currency?

    USD is the main currency in Timor-Leste. Limited ATMs (Visa only) are available in Dili, but it’s always advisiable to bring cash with you. Smaller notes (maximum USD $20) and coins should be carried for travel outside of Dili, as is can be difficult to get change for larger notes.

  • What is the weather like?

    Timor-Leste has a hot tropical climate, with a dry season from May – November and a wet season from December – April. Coastal temperatures range from 25 – 35 C. It’s cooler in the mountains and can be damp and misty, a perfect retreat from the heat.

  • What is your risk management process?

    We take participant health and wellbeing very seriously. Risk is an inherent part of all tours, but we do our best to mitigate, manage and reduce the risk of these hazards causing harm. We work with our staff and suppliers to ensure that all of our products and experiences meet our high standards. 

  • Is it safe to drink water from the taps?

    We do not recommend drinking tap water in Timor-Leste, so avoid it and stick to sealed bottled water which is readily available. This includes steering clear of ice in drinks and brushing your teeth with tap water.

  • Do I need travel insurance?

    Yes, all participants will require travel insurance. It is highly recommended that this cover is taken out at the time of booking. A copy of your travel insurance policy will need to be supplied to Maddog Adventures prior to your trip.

  • What if I get sick or hurt while on tour?

    All our lead staff are Wilderness First Aid trained and we carry a comprehensive First Aid Kit with us at all times and can offer first response care. For more serious ailgments we will take you to Stamford Medical, which is an international standard private healthcare provider based in Dili. We also Care Flight Darwin in case of an evac emergency. **Please note as per our T&Cs any medical care or evacuation organised by Maddog Adventures is at the personal cost of the participant or their travel insurance.

  • Can I use credit cards?

    Limited credit card and ATM facilities are avilable in Dili. Outside of Dili you will need to carry small value cash and coins (maximum USD $20 notes). Please note only Visa debit and credit cards are accepted. No Mastercards are accept at this stage in Timor-Leste.