Introducing our Instructors for Fall 2020

Our Program Instructors are inspiring people, who share a deep respect for the people and cultures, a fascination with local history, and an in-depth understanding of contemporary issues and politics. They are people in whom you can trust, who remain objective and supportive even in challenging circumstances, and who take a genuine interest in your well-being and safety. Basically they're a bunch of epic humans! So without further adieu, it's time to meet your instruct... Read more

Six reasons why NOW is the perfect time to take a gap year

With all the uncertainty that’s facing us today, It’s hard to know which decision will be the right one. Now more than ever is the perfect time to consider alternative options outside of the linear path of education...because let's face it Fall 2020 isn’t going to be how we planned it.  So why not take a Gap Year? It’s an extremely rewarding option AND an option that you will never regret!   If you’re not convinced, here’s six reasons why... 1. Broaden Your Education ... Read more

Navigating beyond Covid-19

2020 has been a whirlwind of unexpected challenges, disrupted future plans and the overwhelming presence of the unknown. Are you stuck at a crossroads, not sure which path to take? Is your first option not looking as appealing or exciting as it once did? We caught up with one of our program instructors, Liz Lucus, to discuss how to navigate this unique situation we find ourselves in.  Liz, originally from Colorado, found herself in lock down here in Queenstown when the ... Read more

The best Fall 2020 Semester you never knew you could have...

The Fall Semester is coming up fast and we know many students’ plans are still undecided for the upcoming academic year. COVID-19 has changed the landscape completely for studying, with many unsure they want to head to their College campuses if socialising and lectures will be limited, and other students feeling like online study costs are too expensive and are looking to defer and take a year off.  Looking after yourself has never been more important, and a chance to h... Read more

NZA Group A - On the Move

NZA Group A is on the move, Liz, one of our instructors fills us in:  We said goodbye to the quiet of the Crossing and moved straight into the busy city of Sydney. On the first full day of Sydney, the group split into two. Half went to Newtown and the other went to the beach and did a little sun bathing and swimming at the coast of Australia. Newtown was a quirky, artsy part of the city. There were outside markets where you could get food, clothing, and lots of little t... Read more

NZA Group C Update: The Crossing

Lauren and Wes get their hands dirty at The Crossing, working hard on sustainability and landcare projects. Check out their video blog to see what they're up to!     If you want to learn more about the New Zealand and Australia Semester Program, you can read more here. Read more

Central America Semester Update: Coral Reef Conservation

One of our students, Christina, fills us in about Coral Conservation in Cozumel:  After an awesome week of working towards our PADI Open Water Scuba Diving Certification, we put our new diving skills to use in an effort to help the dying coral reefs of Cozumel. Our day would begin in the classroom with a passionate lecture from our instructor German, starting with what coral is. Coral is a collection of live animal polyps that form together to create the coral. These b... Read more

NZA Group A Update: Canyoning and Service Work

Liz gives us an update on what NZA Group A has been doing:  This was a fun and emotional week for us. We started off in the blue mountains canyoning, the guides equipped us with helmets and harnesses, and we learned how to abseil. They hooked a rope to our harnesses, and we used it to guide ourselves down the rock wall. We first practiced abseiling down a 3 meter rock, then 15 and then a 45. It was very nerve-racking for most of us in the group but we all did it with a ... Read more

Central America Semester Update: Island Hopping!

Let's catch up with one of our students Ava, who is living the dream in the Caribbean Sea:   For the past couple days we have been doing a lot of traveling from Mexico to Belize.  Yesterday we left on a sailboat for three days of island hopping and camping. The first day was beautiful and very sunny and we went snorkeling and attempted to spearfish. Although we had no luck spear fishing, we did catch a fish off the boat! The first island we went to was Rendezvous Caye... Read more

NZA Group C: Surf Surf Surf!!

Check out Instructor Sophia's review of the group's first surfing experience: As we pulled into the Surfaris site, the anticipation to go out and surf was felt throughout the group. Leaving the campsites where we slept in tents, it was quite refreshing to sleep in actual beds and have meals cooked for us. The Surfaris site was energy-filled with positive vibes and friendly welcomes, as a result of the incredibly open and fun personalities accompanying us on this journe... Read more

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