Fiji Time!

Hello from paradise! This is our 6th day on the beautiful island of Vanua Levu, one of the two largest Fijian islands. Last Tuesday we said our bittersweet goodbyes to New Zealand, and were excited to embark on the next leg of our journey. After a brief flight from Christchurch to Auckland, we boarded our next plane heading off to Nadi, Fiji, on the island of Viti Levu. We were… Read More

Pun Pun and Suan Sati

What a mindful week we’ve had! We began with a warm welcome from Rompei and Peggy, our wonderful guides at Pun Pun Organic Farm. Rompei could teach you about virtually anything, from soap making to Thai massages to the uses of garlic and all the plants in Pun Pun’s garden to an intense organ massage Luke was able to experience! Each night, we would take on a job: We’d gather… Read More

Student Directed Travel and Gooood times

Kia Ora! After a high-action week: trekking from Raglan on the North Island to Wellington, across the Cook Straight by ferry to Picton, a bus ride to Nelson, a van ride to Tākaka, a few days hiking, swimming and kayaking in Abel Tasman National Park, and finally a relaxing night back in Nelson… …we began our second week of Maori cultural exchange in Le Bons Bay on the Banks Peninsula… Read More

Madagascar!

How many people do you know have been to Madagascar? Me, I’ve only ever met one person, a well traveled man whom i greatly respect and admire. “What do you think of me going to Madagascar for my Latitudes program?” I asked. “You’ll love it.” A 14 hour international flight to Tananarivo, the capital, an hour and a half local flight to Fort dauphin, Madagascar’s most southern city, a three… Read More

Mirror Foudation Fun

Blog from Cooper After arriving at the Mirror Foundation and helping restore some of there rice fields, we got dropped of in the Lahu village. Right away we got greeted by friendly smiles and kids jumping on us already wanting to play football. Abooja, abooja saying hello in Lahu to the friendly people. We get into our home stay and get accustomed to our blankets for beds and the ground… Read More

Ghana times

The first thing that hit me as I stepped outside the airport in Accra, Ghana was the intense heat that is West Africa. Within minutes my clothes were soaked with sweat as the humidity clung to every inch of my skin. I was welcomed by my contact and his wife, and after a restless nights sleep in a dingy hotel, we made the six hour drive to Kumasi where I… Read More

Buenos Aires Living

When you hear about other people’s travels, it usually only includes the glamorous, exciting sides. A lot of people like to leave out the parts that are immensely challenging and test you to your limits. I remember being so ecstatic to finally be going off completely on my own. Heading to a foreign country not knowing anyone. Not knowing the language. It all seemed like a fun challenge that I… Read More

Maori Culture in Raglan

Kia Ora friends and family!!!! We are currently in Raglan, one of the twelve transformation towns in the world. We are enjoying our last night in the scenic eco hostel, Solscape, before embarking on our student directed travel for the next week. Although we are looking forward to seeing more of New Zealand, we will miss our Maori cultural immersion. In the past week we had the pleasure of being… Read More

Trekking in Thailand

Hello everyone. My name is Luke and I will be your guide this blog to the world of Thailand. You may think that Thailand is a very homogeneous population and that everyone living under the Red, White and Blue flag considers themselves Thai. But alas as is the case with everywhere in the world, different populations will not consider themselves the same people.We started our three day trek through the… Read More

¡Hola mi familia de Carpe Diem!

​It’s hard to believe I’ve been in Costa Rica for over a month. In some ways, it feels like I just got here with everything I’m learning during my time as a volunteer, and in other ways I feel like I’ve lived in my town that is the size of two main streets for years. Over this last month I’ve been working with CIRENAS (Centro de Investigación de Recursos Naturales… Read More

Anika the African Queen

“What am I getting myself in to,” I remember thinking to myself on a plane that I did not want to land, as I was afraid at what could be awaiting me on the other side. This was months ago, when all of my knowledge of Africa came from a Taylor Swift video and The Lion King. I had never gone into my gap year thinking I would do Latitudes,… Read More

A week of ADVENTURE

Hello from our third week in majestic-al New Zealand! We have been having an adventure filled week stuffed with hiking, biking, caving, rafting, and camping, so excuse our long break from the blog, as we would sooner have seen a centaur than found Wifi out in this wilderness. Through a mentally and physically challenging week, we got to know each other a lot better, both individually and as a team.… Read More

Shark Time

Ladies and gentleman welcome to your anchor spot. Every morning here in the Great White Shark capital of the world, you are on board one of the two boats the Marine Dynamics associates its self with. One is Slashfin, named after a notorious White Shark whose dorsal fin was in fact slashed, the shark cage diving vessel or Dream Catcher which is part of Marine Dynamics sister company, Dyer Island… Read More

SHAAAARK SZN

Hello from South Africa! I’ve been here for about 5 weeks volunteering with Marine Dynamics, which is a shark cage diving company located in Gansbaai in the Western Cape. So far, life has been pretty nice and chilled out. We usually begin the day by waking up and heading to the Great White House, which is the headquarters for Marine Dynamics and Dyer Island Cruises. All of the volunteers start… Read More

Thai Time

Hello everyone and all distinguish guest; I’m Martin Farias!. I will be the first author in writing our first blogs, as each week goes by, everyone will have a chance to write blogs. More than two weeks have gone by and our group, Martin (me), Brenden, Taylor (Malit), Cooper, Taylor (Nit noi) and, Luke have created a strong bond with each other as well our two important leaders. Also many… Read More

From Farm to Freshwater

Greetings from Lake Taupo! Today marked a transition from the farming lifestyle we have grown accustomed to over the last week to a slightly busier environment. After a series of farewells to the Hart family and their farm, we traveled by bus to our next location en route to our upcoming weeklong stay at Blue Mountain Adventure Center. We have found the lake and surrounding town area to be stunning… Read More