Haere mai (welcome) Simpson College!

Kia ora (hello) Simspon College! My name is Ricki, and I'm going to be showing you around the North Island of New Zealand with my co-instructor Karlee. We are both super excited about this adventure we're about to embark on together. I've just been looking through the itinerary again, and I am getting really pumped about the awesome times that lay ahead for us. The North Island of New Zealand is a place I know well, being the place I grew up. It's incredibly beautiful,... Read more

Annapurna Circuit

Wafting cinnamon smoke, frazzle-haired golden highland cows, prayer flags eternally flapping in the wind, handmade copper bowls overflowing with offerings, bunches of bells strung together on fences, silhouettes of religious stupas decorating every high point, timeless waterfalls that have carved trenches into vertical rock walls, and gold threads of light knit together the morning sky. There are dramatic snow peaks layered in impossibly thick slabs of hard packed glacia... Read more

Instructor Intro: Lee Neale

Buenos días estudiantes de Nelson College! My name is Lee and I will be your instructor on our upcoming Peru experience. Our adventure is quickly approaching and I wanted to introduce myself before we all come together in Lima. Since I was very young, I've dreamed of exploring foreign lands, speaking new languages and eating exotic foods. I've been lucky enough to combine my love of travel, education and adventure into a career...it has been amazing! Over the past eigh... Read more

The Beginning of an Adventure

As I walked into my room at the Manta Lodge hostel on the first day of program with 3 new people who I had known for about 3 hours, it finally hit me how out of my comfort zone I was, and would continue to be, on this trip. Over the first couple of days we did orientation on Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island). We learnt some background information about the people we would be spending every minute with for the next 3 months. As our journey began, we were lucky enoug... Read more

The Crossing

The Crossing had a huge impact on me from arrival because of the deep, abiding connection it shares with nature. There is something definite in the feel of the place, which is reinvigorating. It is profoundly tranquil and exploring  it only reinforced this perception. Each facet is designed in pursuit of both efficiency and sustainability; a fascinating combination. I was struck by the peace The Crossing offers; this place has enriched my soul. Read more

Instructor intro: Rebecca Thomas

Hola SCH Ecuador crew, My name is Rebecca and I will be your Program Instructor on our upcoming adventure to Ecuador & the Galapagos. This will be my fourth time on the road with a group from SCH and I've been lucky to travel to some incredible places with your peers and teachers over the years, including Cambodia, Thailand & Cuba. I've been leading international programs for almost 10 years now and an instructor for Pacific Discovery since 2013. I have a deep passion ... Read more

A Path Lit by the Stars

We all stayed up super late last night talking down by the jetty, so we were all kind of groggy when we woke up at 4:30 a.m. The group arose in order to start on our mindfulness sunrise canoe trip at 5 a.m. It was completely dark out and we used our headlamps to guide us down towards the dock. We stayed in silence and darkness as we paddled out. We turned off our headlamps to be guided and for our path to be lit by the stars and the moon. Once we started to see the fir... Read more

Instructor Intro: Jessica Thomas

Namaste everyone! I'm going to be spending a big chunk of 2018 with you as one half of your instructing team for the Nepal and Tibet Semester. I come from even further away than the Himalayas - Australia. I grew up on a farm and by the beach on the south east coast of Australia, laughing and exploring under the strong Aussie sunshine with Mum and Dad and my little brother Daniel. Those mighty mountains in the middle of the earth have had a massive impact on my life tr... Read more

Instructor Intro: Devin Perno

Hello Everyone! My name is Devin and I will be one of your instructors for our upcoming learning adventure through Nepal and Tibet! I am super excited to start this trip  and share some wonderful experiences with you. I hope everyone is as excited as I am to start learning, growing, exploring, and trying new things across our expedition. 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, ea... Read more

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