Surf Camp - NZA Group A

Another surf update, this time from NZ A Group A! Liz one of the instructors gives us the low-down on what they've been up to lately: After a six hour drive from Byron Bay we arrived at Surfari—our accommodations in Crescent Head, New South Wales. After a week of living out of tents it was lovely to sleep on real beds. The relaxation didn’t last long, because the next morning we drove to Plomer Beach for our first day of service work. With a view of the waves crashing o... Read more

NZA Group C begin their adventure!

Touchdown in Australia! I think I can speak for us all when I say we were all pretty anxious to arrive to begin our adventures with the completely charming and winsome “land down under .” As we slowly begin to learn culture and the lingo, we are yet to see a dingo! The long plane put me in the mindset of ancient voyagers. The flight was long and intense at times but it ‘twas the start of our journey. We were greeted with the most cheerful and wonderful attitudes. Everyo... Read more

Australia Zoo, NZA Group B

Yesterday was one of the best days of the trip so far. Beforehand, I had no idea what to expect. Everyone else was excited and mentioned how Steve Irwin was very influential to them during their childhood. They explained to me how Steve Irwin would wrestle with crocodiles and live life on the edge. I was definitely intrigued, but I still thought that the Australia Zoo would be the same as any other zoo in the world. And I’m glad to say that I was wrong.   Upon entering... Read more

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

The Adventure Has Begun, NZA Group A

G’day mates,   This week was a week of “firsts” for us. Our adventure began as soon as we arrived to the airport. Team work was a necessity from the beginning. Jamming bags into a tiny trailer and grocery shopping for fourteen people on a budget were only two of the first challenges that we were faced with. After landing at Point Lookout and beginning orientation, we shared giggles, meals, and made memories. After being flooded with rain, we embarked on a new journey to... Read more

Introducing Program Instructor Arlen: New Zealand & Australia Spring 2020

Hi I'm Arlen and I am co-leading the New Zealand and Australia Spring 2020 Semester with Jack! It was from a very early age that my love for the outdoors and Australia grew. My school holidays were usually a 2-week trip exploring NSW’s towns, National Parks and campgrounds....Minnie Waters, New England National Park, Crescent Head, Mullumbimby, Warrumbungle National Park, Katoomba and Blue Mountains, Perisher and the Snowy Mountains to name a few of my favourite places!... Read more

Introducing Program Instructor Jack: New Zealand & Australia Spring 2020

Hey, I'm jack from robin hood country England (Nottinghamshire)! I'm super excited to be leading the New Zealand & Australia Semester this Spring. I'm into everything outdoors, mostly hiking, climbing and mountain biking. At the moment I am loving spending lots of time in New Zealand - its so varied with such beautiful landscapes and friendly people. Travelling the world is amazing as it offers so many chances to take stock and remind ourselves of the wonders this pla... Read more

Introducing Program Instructor Caitlin: Southeast Asia Spring 2020

It is with great pleasure to introduce myself, team! I’m excited to be leading the Southeast Asia semester with Pacific Discovery for my third time. Currently I’m laying low for the holiday season, starting the thoughtful and relaxing process of packing light and started brushing up on the different languages we will be exposed to along the way.  I’ve spent over two years traveling in Asia; from Mongolia and Kyrgyzstan to Singapore and Malaysia. In all of my many trav... Read more

Introducing Program Instructor Paul: Southeast Asia Spring 2020

Sawasdee and xin chào! My name is Paul, and I’m going to be your guide through ten weeks of incredible travel in an amazing part of the world – Southeast Asia! We’ll be starting in Bangkok and making our way through Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, and Cambodia. We’ll cross rivers, islands, forests, caves, and a few massive cities. We’ll eat all kinds of delicious food as well: rice, noodles, curry, salads, fruit, and maybe some deep fried insects! I’m originally from Washingt... Read more

Introducing Program Instructor Chloe: New Zealand and Australia Group C Spring 2020

Hey guys I’m Chloe, I hail from Sydney, Australia where I my corporate job to follow something more personally fulfilling. My travels have landed me living in a van in Queenstown New Zealand. We will be lucky enough to visit both of these places over the two months we spend together. I can’t wait to show you my home countries.  I have a passion for travel and have spent most of my time finding amazing places to experience. I love spending time in the mountains skiing a... Read more