Instructor Intro: Gabrielle Jolly

Hi everyone! My name is Gabrielle, or Gabby for short. I am super excited to join you on this big adventure to South East Asia this Fall! I’m originally from Vancouver, Canada (the great white north eh?) and spent most of my childhood next to the mountains and the ocean. The outdoors has always been a passion of mine, closely followed by travelling. I have spent most of my time exploring the world and dipping my toes in all sorts of career paths. Let’s just say I haven’... Read more

Instructor Intro: Nick Houghton

Meet Nick G’day and Kia ora everyone :) Hello and welcome everyone to the 2019 Australia and New Zealand Fall Program, wooo! Very shortly you will all depart on an amazing program starting in a beautiful and sunny Brisbane and finish in a very nice and cool Christchurch in New Zealand! My name is Nicholas, but please feel free to call me Nick. I have always been passionate and have always loved both travelling and meeting new people from all around the world like yours... Read more

Instructor Intro: Alex Malcolm

Meet Alex Kia Ora Team, My name is Alex and I will be one of your instructors for your New Zealand Australia fall semester program Group 2. I am super excited to spend the up coming 10 weeks with y'all sharing some epic adventures. I'm originally from New Zealand but grew up in Vanuatu (ask me where that is when you meet me ?). My career started in tourism in 2010 as a Dive Master in Vanuatu and have worked on live aboard dive boats in the coral sea and Ningaloo reef of... Read more

Instructor Intro: Caleb Lovell

Meet Caleb Hello! My name is Caleb, and I will be one of your instructors joining you as we embark on the adventures of a lifetime next month on your Fall Nepal and Tibet Gap Year Semester Program! I am very stoked to meet each of you and begin this journey together.  I wanted to take some time to introduce myself and share a little backstory, I was born in the USA, then moved with my family to Australia where I spent the second half of my childhood, and teenage years. ... Read more

"How I view the world", Thailand Summer Program Reflection

When viewing the world, people think in terms of opposites categories such as good versus evil, exotic versus mundane, or east versus west. However, the world is never as simple as one versus another. Exposing this false dichotomy has been a theme throughout our travels in Thailand. However, it was most evident and apparent to me at our meditation retreat. While speaking with the monk and reading the various book on Buddhism, I could not help but see the similarities be... Read more

Instructor Intro: Jessica Dick

Hello all and welcome to the SCH Cambodia program! Soon you will depart on an incredible journey with Phnom Penh as your first destination. We will have the chance to spend two weeks together, traveling around Cambodia in both rural and urban areas. Not only will an amazing experience be awaiting you, I will be as well! My name is Jessica, but you can call me Jess if you prefer. For the past six years I have been based in Asia where the Eastern culture, breathtaking na... Read more

Instructor Intro: Devin Perno - NZ & Australia Spring Semester 2019

Hello everyone heading to New Zealand and Australia for the Spring Semester! My name is Devin and I will be one of your instructors for our upcoming learning adventure! I am super excited to start this program and share some wonderful experiences with you down under. I just wanted to take this moment to introduce myself so we can all start to get to know each other. We are going to be traveling, eating, exploring, and basically living together for the next few months! ... Read more

Instructor Intro: Karlee Taylor - NZ & Australia Spring Semester 2019

Kia Ora everyone! Haere Mai (Welcome) to our NZA Group A Spring 2019! My name is Karlee and together with Devin, I will be one of your program instructors for your journey through Australia and New Zealand for the Pacific Discovery Semester Program. I’m writing on the road in the South Island of New Zealand where we’ll get into rock climbing together. The snow-topped peaks and changeable weather here seem pretty far from the arid South Australian bush where I grew up…... Read more

Ten days in Tibet

Yaks dressed in neon decorations drag ploughs through cracked clay. Shaggy sheep fleck the mountains with white. Candles float in bowls of butter bouncing light onto ancient monastery walls. Villages of identical plaster rectangle homes become more dilapidated as we near Everest Base Camp. Colours of the rainbow bleed from fur blanketed mountains and silhouette Tibetans working the land. We flew from Kathmandu to Lhasa but were rerouted to Chengdu in mainland China due ... Read more

Instructor Intro: Karlee Taylor

Kia Ora everyone and hello from Aotearoa! My name is Karlee and along with Ricki, I will be one of your program instructors for your journey in New Zealand with Pacific Discovery. I’m writing from Queenstown in the South Island looking out over the stunning Lake Wakatipu - thinking about the patch of South Australian bush where I grew up feels warm and extremely dry in contrast. A bit about me, after guiding on the Ningaloo Reef of Western Australia; living and working... Read more