It’s the Little Things

The Southeast Asia program is full of big, momentous moments; touching an elephant for the first time, meditating with Buddhist monks, trekking through the jungle in Laos. But equally important are the small moments. Moments that make us remember how grateful we are to be here and reflect on the importance of staying present. Our group wanted to share some of those small moments that made a big difference.   Alana: One of my favorite memories so far was the big thunder… Read more

Category Southeast Asia
Departure Fall 2022

Trekking and small mountain villages - SEA Semester update from Northern Thailand

Trekking and Relaxing in PaiSaying our goodbyes at Elephant Nature Park was difficult but memorable.  We were given the opportunity to get up close and personal with the elephants one last time when we did presentations - where we focused on individual elephants and their history with trauma before coming to the park. From the park, we moved on to Pai, a small hippy town about an hour North of ENP. In Pai, we got the chance to get a feel for the town and walk around for … Read more

Category Southeast Asia
Departure Spring 2020

On the Move in Thailand by Dusey, SEA

As the SEA Spring 2020 group has settled into the culture and constant movement of Thailand, we found ourselves quickly getting to know each other while we were surprised with Thai massages. This journey began in Bangkok and soon moved to Sukhothai for a few days of orientation at Lotus Village. With the delicious meals prepared by our hosts, our stomachs were full as we began to fully immerse ourselves in the 70 days ahead.   In Sukhothai, we explored the Historic Par… Read more

Category Southeast Asia
Departure Spring 2020

It's a wrap! Written by Program Leaders Amy and Gabby, SEA

We’ve now shared our final laughs, eaten our last local meals, and said our final goodbyes. As Amy and I watch the final taxi take our students to the airport, we can’t help but breathe a small sigh of relief. We’ve kept them safe, we’ve kept them happy, and ultimately, we are ready to let them go off on their own and experience the world with a brand new perspective. It truly is a bittersweet goodbye. I can tell you now; this part is never easy for us instructors. Our… Read more

Category Southeast Asia
Departure Fall 2019

SONAS; A Social Enterprise in Cambodia. A blog by Linden - SEA

Update from Linden on the South East Asia Program In 2010, after the devastating earthquake hit Haiti, The Red Cross vowed to help Haitians rebuild their lives. But after 5 years, and almost $500 million dollars spent, only 6 permanent homes were built. Despite mismanagement and lack of transparency in the charity sector, for a long time it seemed like that was the only model to provide aid to disadvantaged communities. Paul Gill, co-founder of SONAS, is trying to show … Read more

Category Southeast Asia
Departure Fall 2019

A summary of the student lead portion of SEA

Aniko shares her experiences from the South East Asia program, where the students have just spent five days planning and leading their travels! Out of all our experiences in Southeast Asia so far, the student lead portion was definitely one of the most rewarding. We had set budgets for food, accommodation, transport, and activities and had to keep track of every group expense, past and future, while also having new fun experiences that we planned for ourselves. Our grou… Read more

Category Southeast Asia
Departure Fall 2019

Saying goodbye to Thailand and hello to Laos!

Written by Grace and Lucy on our South East Asia program. After the meditation retreat we returned to Chiang Mai for what would be an exciting couple of days! After our arrival, we all participated in a cooking class at “A lot of Thai.” The class was instructed by the founder, Yui: a self- taught Thai chef. She began the class by giving us an informative tour of the produce in a local market. We purchased the traditional Thai food items that Yui uses in her home-cooked … Read more

Category Southeast Asia
Departure Fall 2019

The Meditation Retreat, Thailand

Written by Ella and Caroline on our South East Asia program. By the third week of whirlwind travel with a group of 14 that we’d only just met, a meditation retreat sounded like just what we needed. Of course, the excitement of a new country and making new friends hadn't gotten old. By this time the group was ready to reflect and recharge. On the first day, we realized just how relaxed things would be when they outfitted us in comfortable white “pajamas” and encouraged … Read more

Category Southeast Asia
Departure Fall 2019

Sawadi-ka! A summary of two weeks in Thailand by Hannah.

Sawadi-ka, which means hello in Thai! There’s your first language lesson, bam! My names Hanna Nordstrom and this is our first two weeks on the Pacific Discovery Southeast Asia trip. Enjoy! As I watched my house disappear driving to the airport, my three dogs stood in the window, watching us back out, eyes wide with sadness, it made my heart split in half. Honest to god, what was I thinking? At 17, I was going to travel across the world for nearly 3 months without ever b… Read more

Category Southeast Asia
Departure Fall 2019

Discover: Krabi

Pining for adventure? Venture with us into the blue waters of Thailand--the latest installment from Macala Elliott, our Digital Media Intern, on our Southeast Asia Semester. As she aptly quotes, "I am not the same having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world." Read more

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