Grassroots and Beetroot Juice

‘Always try something before you judge’. This is the motto I need to repeat to myself throughout the program. On day twenty we departed from the Blue Mountains and drove many hours to arrive at The Crossing. Completely blind to what The Crossing would encompass, we arrived to a canoe loading port on the side of the road to see a man and woman named… Read more

Surfing, Cliffs and Bitou Bush Bashing!

Hello to family and friends abroad! This week in the land down under our group tackled surf camp, something everyone found equally challenging and fun. Our teachers, JJ and Steve, went through some quick board and surfing etiquette on land, then it was time for us to hit those waves! Let me tell you one thing: surfing is not as easy as Aussies make it… Read more

What I learned from my first camping trip

1. Everything you hear about camping is true . . . But experiencing it is completely different. You are sleeping in the wilderness.  Therefore, there is wildlife, changing weather, and other unexpected variables that will cross your path.  You are actually expected to survive and live off these types of living conditions. 2. Peanut butter is always the answer… Eat peanut butter for breakfast, snack,… Read more

Challenge Accepted

Before I start, I just wanted to say how lucky I am to be surrounded by some of the most amazing people that I can share this experience and journey with, who also in many different ways inspire me everyday to achieve things and push myself in ways I never thought I would. For this blog I thought I would write about how, through my… Read more

Our Journey Begins…

A snapshot of our thoughts and feelings of the beginning of our adventure ‘down under’… Julia: My strongest emotion so far on the trip has been comfort; I feel that everyone on the trip is accepting and non-judgmental. Everyone is super easy to talk to and I hope it will get even better and we can open up about more things. Super Epic!! Charlie: It… Read more

6 days in Australia by Jenny Pushner

One of my goals for these 10 weeks is to take a photo each day that describes either the day or a significant moment that happened during the day. So I figured the best way for me to share about my experience with you all was by sharing my first 6 photos from my time in Australia! Day 1:  This photo of Mikaela, Ethan, and… Read more

Instructor Intro: Jess Thomas

A warm welcome to the Pacific Discovery Fall Family! Hoping you’ve all had a brilliant year to date, and know that life is just going to keep getting better! I’m Jess and am very much looking forward to being one half of your program leader equation for the New Zealand Australia program, along with Ricki. I am absolutely sure we are going to have the… Read more

Instructor Intro: Ricki Hurst

Kia ora from Aotearoa! Hey team! I hope you are all having a sweet summer, hanging out with your friends and family and generally enjoying life. My name is Ricki, and along with Jess, we are about to embark on a journey of a lifetime in two of the most beautiful and adventurous countries in the world. A little bit about me: I grew up… Read more

Instructor Intro: Karlee Taylor

Hi everyone! I’m Karlee, I’ll be your Program Instructor along with Susy for our upcoming journey through Australia and New Zealand. I’m so looking forward to meeting you all! I thought I’d start by sharing a little bit of my story. I grew up in a patch of Australian bush called Humbug Scrub in South Australia. My passion for the ocean drew me closer to the… Read more

Instructor Intro: Susy Stokes

Kia ora team, I’m Susy one of your program instructors, along with Karlee. I’m currently chilling out in one of the many beautiful awe-inspiring spots we are going to spend time, adventure and come to love over our semester together – Cresent Head in Australia. I love it because it’s a small town with a incredible nature around it on land and sea, what more… Read more