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

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

Our experiences of Kahurangi National Park. By Sam and Zephyr, NZA3.

This past week, the group embarked on a backpacking trip through the Tableland Circuit in Kahurangi National Park. Armed with not enough toilet paper and too much peanut butter (among other things), the team walked about 25-30 miles during these four days, many of which were at a steep incline. For meals, the group split up into 3 cook crews; my group consisted of me (Sam), Jaipal, Zephyr, and Harm. For breakfast, we had oatmeal and granola; for lunch, I had peanut butte... Read more