Instructor Bio: Richard Bassett-Smith – New Zealand Fiji Program 2019
Kia ora, Bula!
Welcome and am I excited to be meeting all of you in Aotearoa (New Zealand) for the up and coming journey ahead. I am Richard and will be your program instructor as we embrace the cultures, adventures and contribute to communities found on the other side of the world. I would like to take the opportunity to say hello and introduce myself, not to mention share some tips for what is going to an amazing experience.
New Zealand is one of my favourite places to visit, having spent several years living there in what is truly an amazing country. Right now though you will find me in Melbourne, my home town, recuperating from one of my many adventures. I have recently sea kayaked from mainland Australia across the open ocean to our smallest State, Tasmania, and perhaps could have also been found paddling the Caribbean coast in Central America.
It will be winter here in the southern hemisphere, pay close attention to your packing list but remember not to over pack as we will also be dashing off to Fiji and basking in the warm tropics. This I can't wait for either, to be back amongst the islands surrounded by beautiful oceans.
This may well be your first adventure abroad but that said it will mark the beginning of many travels to follow. Embrace the opportunities, take the time to relax and enjoy the good company you will find yourself with. It's time now to get excited because it is almost upon us and I am looking forward to seeing you on our journey ahead.
Catch you very, very soon!