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… Read more

Instructor Intro: Laurel Starr

Hey everyone! My name is Laurel Starr and I, along with Andy, will be one of your program instructors for your New Zealand/Australia semester with Pacific Discovery. As the mercury drops below freezing in my native Minnesota, I am counting down the days until I fly back to Australia and welcome you all to one of my favorite corners of the world for my seventh… Read more

Instructor Intro: Karlee Taylor

Hi everybody! I’m so excited to be exploring Australia and New Zealand with y’all! My name is Karlee and I’m one of your Program Instructors alongside the amazing Richard! I grew up in a patch of Australian bush called Humbug Scrub in South Australia – but most recently I call Minjerribah (Stradbroke Island) home and this is where our journey will begin! I have a… Read more

Instructor Intro: Andy Loveridge

Kia ora and hello from New Zealand/Aotearoa! I’m sure you all are enjoying the festive and holiday season and are beginning to get exited about your Pacific Discovery Spring program in Australia and NZ. My name is Andy and I’m super stoked to be one of your program instructors during our 10 week adventure along with my co-instructor Laurel. A bit about me, I was… Read more

Instructor Intro: Richard Bassett-Smith

Kia ora everyone I am Richard and will be joining you as one of your instructors along with Karlee for the adventure/s we are about to have! I’m an Aussie and Melbourne is my hometown but I do love to travel ‘across the ditch’ (Tasman Sea) which is where you’d find me right now, in New Zealand, which has become a second home to me…. Read more

Instructor Intro: Stacey Williams

Kia Ora! Hi everyone. I am excited to introduce myself to you, and even more excited to greet you at the airport shortly! My name is Stacey and will be your instructor along with the incredible Beth Farrell. I grew up in San Diego, CA but have been living abroad since 2013. I’ve spent most of that time leading programs and have taught in ten… Read more

Instructor Intro: Beth Farrell

G’day and Kia Ora incoming Australia and New Zealand explorers! I’m just writing to introduce myself and let you know that I am super stoked for our travels ahead! My name is Beth, and together with Stacey will be supporting  your journey through two of my favourite countries in the world! I was born in Oz, growing up on a small island in tropical north… Read more