Saying goodbye to Thailand and hello to Laos!

Written by Grace and Lucty on our South East Asia program. After the meditation retreat we returned to Chiang Mai for what would be an exciting couple of days! After our arrival, we all participated in a cooking class at “A lot of Thai.” The class was instructed by the founder, Yui: a self- taught Thai chef. She began the class by giving us an… Read more

The Meditation Retreat, Thailand

Written by Ella and Caroline on our South East Asia program. By the third week of whirlwind travel with a group of 14 that we’d only just met, a meditation retreat sounded like just what we needed. Of course, the excitement of a new country and making new friends hadn’t gotten old. By this time the group was ready to reflect and recharge. On the… Read more

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… 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… 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… Read more

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… 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… Read more

Instructor Intro: Caitlin (Kiki) Neal

Sues-day, travel tribe! My name is Caitlin but I prefer you call me by my “Thai-name”, Kiki. I’m excited to introduce myself as one of your program instructors for your upcoming Southeast Asia adventure. Our excursion is approaching quickly and before we know it, we will be exploring ancient, enchanting temples, bobbing through crowded and curiously smelling markets, snorkeling glorious tropical views, biking alongside rice… Read more

Instructor Intro: Caitlin Dee

Sawasdee Ka! As you celebrate the holidays this month and ring in the New Year, I hope that you all are getting really excited for your Pacific Discovery Spring Semester in Southeast Asia! My name is Caitlin and I’m going to be one of your program instructors during our 10-week adventure, along with my co-instructor, Kiki. I was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts but I now… Read more

Dirt and Delirium

Two days in, covered in sweat, mud, leeches, and blood, we rolled into a quiet mountain village greeted with smiles from our friends, inquisitive stares from the locals, and a delicious and much needed lunch. Even though exhaustion might have slightly overshadowed it, the feeling of accomplishment made it so we couldn’t help but smile back. A fast rinse in a pool of a stream… Read more