Introducing Program Instructor Sophia: New Zealand and Australia Group 3 Spring 2020

G’Day and Kia Ora!    Welcome to the Southern Hemisphere. My name is Sophia, but feel free to call me Soph. I will be one of your Instructors for Group C (the best team) in the Australia and New Zealand program.  I am originally from the Smoky Maintains in North Carolina, but I have been fortunate in the past decade to call many wonderful places in the world my home. Some of my favs have been Cusco Peru, Chiang Mai Thailand,  Grampians National Park in Australia, and a… Read more

Introducing Program Instructor Liz: New Zealand and Australia Group 1 Spring 2020

Hey Team, I am Liz, I am pumped to be adventuring with you for 70 days. I am a mountain enthusiast from Colorado USA. However, I have bounced around the past several years between Colorado and Germany playing and coaching professional softball. In addition to sports I love personal development, hiking, camping and anything that keeps me outside. I am counting down the days until it begins! I hope we all can bring an open mind to learning from each other and the abilit… Read more

Introducing Program Instructor Chris B: New Zealand Australia Group 1 Spring 2020

G’day I’m Chris and you and me are about to go an an ADVENTURE! In the coming months we will experience many things together: new places, new strange and wonderful foods like vegemite, unique smells like when we come out of the bush after a multi-day hike together… and most importantly the many highs and occasional lows we will share together over 70 days on the road! If I could give you one tip it would be to embrace the highs and don't dwell on the occasional lows. It… Read more

Introducing Program Instructor Amelia: Central America Spring 2020

Hi! Hello! My name is Amelia and I’m so excited to be your instructor for this upcoming semester in Central America! I look forward to getting to know each of you throughout the program, so here’s a little bit for you to get to know me: I grew up playing around on the beautiful rocks and mountains in Boulder, CO, USA, which sits right on the front range of the Rocky Mountains.  I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and du… Read more

Introducing Program Instructor Caitlin D: Central America Spring 2020

Buenas tardes a todos!  My name is Caitlin and I’m going to be one of your program instructors during our 10-week adventure throughout Central America. I was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts but I now spend most of my time outside the USA and feel most at home when I’m on the open road. I studied Spanish and Studio Art at Skidmore College in upstate New York and after spending my junior year studying in Spain, I can’t seem to get rid of this wanderlust. I’ve bee… Read more

Australia update

Australia is currently encountering one of the worst natural disasters ever experienced, with rampant bush fires spreading fiercely throughout many parts of the country. We are in awe of the strength of our Australian neighbours, who have shown resilience and perseverance over the last few months as they battle the flames. Amidst the devastation, there are countless courageous people working tirelessly to save homes, communities and wildlife. We are all praying for some … Read more

A poem by Beck, NZA3

Concerning Humans: Ever flowing is the pen,  Pouring one's heart onto the page Like water down a mountainside.  Then the rivers pens have made,  Form rapids, ponds, lakes,  And oceans, from a simple swipe.  In each pen stroke lies a story, A trial, a journey, a quest From mountaintop to riverbed, From A to B through a canyon, To find a seat at the base of a tree And pause.  Each stroke of ink, a gust of wind That conjures the waves we ride to shore For dri… Read more

Final goodbyes and post trip reflection, NZA3.

Hello ducklings,    It is hard to believe that today, everyone said see ya later and went on their next adventure. It seems like just a moment ago we were all meeting each other for the first time in Brisbane.    Over the past seventy days we have shared fantastic adventures and drawn closer together like a family.    We swam through tea tree rivers next to giant cat fish and rescued flipped canoes. Battled invasive species with saws, our strong arms and war cries.… Read more

New Zealand and Australia Semester highlights - NZA2!

GillianNever in a million years did I expect to go skydiving. I am so happy I was given the opportunity to go because I was able to face my fear and was extremely proud of myself.Foster One of my highlights was the time we spent at surfaris. I loved the relaxed vibe and of course Ben and Sandra. I also got really into surfing, which is something I'd never done beforeStephen A special highlight in the trip was watching all my close pals stand up on a surfboard for the fir… Read more

End of trip reflection. By Foster, NZA2

End of trip reflection.Trudging into the airport Gigantic duffels set heavily on our shoulders Filled with not only with clothes and gear But the nerves, excitement and apprehension That served as a constant reminder of the unknown we were about to enter That was 70 days ago 70 days pushing ourselves Toeing the thin line that was our comfort zone 70 days of trying new things Of enjoying each other’s company (or not)   The sparkling white sands at Byron Bay Th… Read more

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