Western USA Group A - Heading North

Western Group A work their way north as they pass through Yellowstone in Wyoming, onto Missoula, Montana. Find out what they got up to in between...   "Our group started this week with a drive to Yellowstone National Park. We were finally leaving our campsite and although we had a lot of fun, I think all of us were ready for a hot shower and a bed. Our drive to Yellowstone was about 2 hours and when we got there, we waited for the Old Faithful Geyser to go off. I think… Read more

Program West Coast USA
Departure Fall 2020

Hawaii Group A - Permaculture and Surf Camp

Hawaii Group A continue their adventures with Big Island Farms...   "Our first day at Big Island farms started with an early morning wakeup. For many of us, it was the first time sleeping in cabins in a sleeping bag. We began our first full day at the farm with a briefing on permaculture farming from one of the interns Hailey. She explained that permaculture farming revolves around the idea of working with nature instead of against it. She introduced the idea of a clos… Read more

Program Hawaii
Departure Fall 2020

Hawaii Group A - Conservation Work

What's going on in Hawaii? We touched base with Grace and Leah to find out what the second week had instore for Hawaii Group A!   "Our second week was spent in Pahala doing conservation work. We split into two groups -- one group went back to Onekahakaha Beach Park to continue removing the branches from beneath a very large tree. Although it was a lot of work, we loved talking to Leomana, our contact with County Parks, about the meaning of life and how to live it to th… Read more

Program Hawaii
Departure Fall 2020

Western USA - Magical Moab

Earlier this semester our Western USA programs headed south from Boulder, CO to explore the magic red rocks of the west! Arches National Park struck a cord with one of students and for good reason, check out her sketch from the iconic arch!        Read more

Program West Coast USA
Departure Fall 2020

Western USA Group A - Personal growth and a whole lot of fun!

Mountain biking, camping, wildlife and so much more! We're convinced that after reading this update you'll be itching to go on an outdoor adventure.   Current student, Bennett, gives us an update on the latest from Western USA Group A...   "The one word I would use to describe this week is growth. We grew intellectually, physically, mentally, spiritually, and overall we grew as a group. This was fueled by the challenges we faced, our willingness to persevere through … Read more

Program West Coast USA
Departure Fall 2020

Hawaii Group D - Kaunāmano Cleanup

Hawaii Group 4 hit the ground running completing their first conservation project of the program! (Photo Credit: Hawai'i Wildlife Fund)  Working alongside Hawai'i Wildlife Fund, our students hiked 3 miles of coast line removing a total of 275lbs of marine debris! Since 2003 HWF has removed over 293.3 tons of marine debris off the shores of Hawai'i Island - thanks to volunteers and supporters like our students! (Photo Credit: Hawai'i Wildlife Fund) "With their positive a… Read more

Program Hawaii
Departure Fall 2020

Western USA Group A - Let the exploring begin!

Let's catch up with one of our students Maggie, after a couple weeks on the road!   "We began our journey in Boulder, CO, where we became familiarized with each other and went through a fun and very educational orientation led by our knowledgeable leaders, Nathan and Amelia. Our time in Boulder allowed all of us students to set the foundation for the trip, lay out our personal and group goals, and develop a set of rules in which we all should follow throughout the dura… Read more

Program West Coast USA
Departure Fall 2020

Hawaii Group A - Aloha from the Big Island

Our Hawaii Semester Programs are officially underway for Fall 2020! We caught up with Group A program instructors Pete and Gabby to give us an update on their first week out of quarantine....    "After receiving free-to-go calls from the State of Hawaii quarantine police, we spent our first day learning about ocean safety and Hawaiian culture from a few guest speakers from Hilo, then spent the afternoon at a couple of beaches only a short walk away (Keaukaha and Onekah… Read more

Program Hawaii
Departure Fall 2020

Introducing our Instructors for Fall 2020

Our Program Instructors are inspiring people, who share a deep respect for the people and cultures, a fascination with local history, and an in-depth understanding of contemporary issues and politics. They are people in whom you can trust, who remain objective and supportive even in challenging circumstances, and who take a genuine interest in your well-being and safety. Basically they're a bunch of epic humans! So without further adieu, it's time to meet your instruct… Read more

Program Instructors
Departure Fall 2020

Six reasons why NOW is the perfect time to take a gap year

With all the uncertainty that’s facing us today, It’s hard to know which decision will be the right one. Now more than ever is the perfect time to consider alternative options outside of the linear path of education...because let's face it Fall 2020 isn’t going to be how we planned it.  So why not take a Gap Year? It’s an extremely rewarding option AND an option that you will never regret!   If you’re not convinced, here’s six reasons why... 1. Broaden Your Education … Read more

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