Canoeing, jungle treks and Australia zoo. BY BECK, NZA3

G’day g’day, and how ya goin? Everyone in group C has had a very successful first week down under. Our adventures have brought us everything from Dutch card games, to fires, to wombats on leashes. We arrived on an overcast spring day on Stradbroke Island to the lovely Manta Lodge. This was a calmer day where everyone got acclimated with their new surroundings and friends for the next 70 days. The next few days on Straddie included card games, namely “Bully,” a Dutch Un... Read more

A blog from Nepal: Life in the Village, by Madeleine.

I awaken to the bellowing of a rooster below me and the battering of rain on the tin roof above me. I roll over on my straw mattress, remembering where I am, and  drift in and out of sleep before breakfast. Yesterday, we left Kathmandu for the homestay portion of the trip. After spending a day or two relaxing and preparing in the city, the group embarked on a 12 hour drive. The drive was followed by a rather sweaty 40 minute uphill hike to reach our village. This is wher... Read more

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

G'day from Downunder. A journal post by Emily NZA1

G’Day from Down Under! Welcome to our first blog post! We are officially done with Week 1 of the program! Here is a little window into what we’ve been up to these past couple of days. After a successful three days of orientation on Stradbrooke Island (aka Minjerribah), we packed our bags and started our journey along the East Coast of Australia. An unexpected wildfire in Noosa National Park led to a change in plans: our canoeing trip down the river was no longer possib... Read more

A blog from Nepal - Week 1, by Owen.

So I’m sure all of the parents back home are wondering what their kids have been up to since they’ve traveled halfway around the world. My name is Owen Pflieger and I wanted to share about some of the things most of us are experiencing for the first time in our lives! Once everyone in our group landed safely in Kathmandu, we were treated with a special dinner known as dahl bhat. This is a traditional meal to the Nepali people and it was also my first time ever trying it ... Read more

Kathmandu to the End of the Universe: A little recap of our second day in Nepal

As our Nepal and Tibet Fall 19 group settle into life in Nepal, student Sarah has taken a moment to write down the groups experiences on the program so far, kindly updating us from the Hotel at the End of the Universe.   It's the morning after our first night in Nepal. Leaving our room, Olivia, Madeleine, and I make our way up to the rooftop restaurant for breakfast with the group at 8:30. It's raining outside, and the walk up the stairs - past open windows - offers us ... Read more

Instructor intro: Amy Moren-Rees

Meet Amy Hi all, I hope you're looking forward to your up and coming trip to South East Asia! I will be one of your Program Leaders and therefore wanted to introduce myself to you prior to departure. So... I'm Amy! I grew up in both the Danish and Welsh country side, having a parent from each country. Since I was a little girl I have always loved the outdoors, always trying out new sports and adventures. I started out with scouts and swimming. I have always loved campi... Read more

Instructor Intro: Sarah Harvey

Meet Sarah Hi all! I'm really looking forward to meeting you all on your New Zealand Australia Fall Program! I just wanted to share a little bit about me, so you feel you know me a little better before we meet in September! My name is Sarah and I have a deep love for the outdoors. This love stems from my early years growing up on a farm in South East Queensland. I've worked as a newspaper photographer for a number of years, before I decided to put down the camera and p... Read more

Instructor intro: Chris Briggs

Meet Chris Hi, I'm Chris., a tanned, 5 “11, crunchy-peanut-butter-devouring lad, currently living below the Bass Strait (Tasmania).  I originally grew up aboard a yacht and skipped pre-primary for the beautiful waters and island life of Hinchinbrook. My parents exposed and planted within me a deep love for the outdoors at an early age. After eventually heading back to mainland life in Western Australia; surfing, sea kayaking and basically anything ocean-based were all o... Read more

Instructor intro: Sophia Allen

Meet Sophia Hello everyone! My name is Sophia, but you can call me Soph. I'm tremendously excited to journey with you this fall (or spring in the Southern Hemisphere) in the Australia/New Zealand Program.  I love exploring our beautiful world and connecting with different cultures. I am originally from the lush Appalachian Mountains of the United States but I have lived in Southeast Asia, the South Pacific, and Central and South America.  As far as experience goes, I ... Read more