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

‘Ohana’ in Vietnam

Sisters on our Southeast Asia Semester share their perspective on the group’s time in North Vietnam, as the group re-calibrate after two students were dismissed, and the planned student-led section was impacted…   Staring out the window on our drive into Hanoi, I took it all in – the flashing lights, the big bridges, the constant honking. We had just gotten off a plane, sat… Read more

Moments of Mindfulness

I wasn’t sure if took a wrong turn up the muddy path and walked into a seance or a romantic proposal set up, until a retreat leader, clothed in the same gauzy white pants and top that I wore, walked through the back door with our cushions. Yes, this was the evening meditation session in Center Hall, the stilted glass box surrounded by thick greenery…. Read more

Only A Smile To Communicate 

Have you ever wondered how much a smile means? Or how it can affect someone’s life? A smile across any culture and language can bring people together.   Meet Pa Cho. This sweet little girl is a prime example of how little one needs to be happy. The second we got to the village after a long day of hiking, I noticed her running towards… Read more

Moments in Thailand

Reflections from our Southeast Asia Semester (B) crew… The experience of spelunking in the caves near Chiang Mai was an unforgettable one. Every person in my group had fears and apprehensions about some of the challenges we faced – such as free rappelling 100 or so feet down into a pit of darkness or sitting in the deepest darkest part of the cave surrounded by… Read more

The Gental Giants of ENP

As we drove along the rocky and dusty roads of Chang Mai on our way to the Elephant Nature Park (ENP), we passed by many gentle giants with hundreds of pounds of equipment tearing at their backs. I took long deep breaths as we passed these elephants – relieved to hear this was not going to be our experience with elephants for the coming week…. Read more

Exploring Old Sukothai

Hey guys! I’m Miles, and as team team captain for the week, I decided to make this video for the blog. It’s a snapshot into our day exploring Old Sukhothai, the ancient capital of the Siam empire. We got to ride around on bikes and walk through the temple ruins. Rich with culture and history, our trip to Old Sukhothai was certainly memorable. Hope you… Read more

Instructor Intro: Beth Farrell

Hello fellow adventurers!! Just dropping a line to introduce myself and confirm that your excitement at our upcoming travels is entirely justified, if not understated. My name is Beth and I am super stoked to be combining forces with Stacey to create your instructing team on our journey through South East Asia! I grew up on a small tropical island in North Queensland, Australia, living… Read more