Bienvenidos A Costa Rica!

Written By: Mia At varying moments during the early morning hours of Wednesday, February the 11th, twelve intrepid young adults left their respective hometowns and everything they know to be familiar en route to Costa Rica. I, Mia Bluestein, happen to be one of those individuals. Our staggered departures gave way to staggered arrivals and and by the time we arrived in San Jose (in the second of three waves)… Read More

Safe Arrival in Costa Rica

Hello family and friends of the Spring ’21 Costa Rica group, I’m happy to report that the group has arrived safely to Costa Rica!  After getting some rest yesterday, they have settled in to the Chilamate Rainforest Eco Retreat, and today are focused on getting to know each other and the program and learning how to stay safe and healthy.  A highlight of today was playing together in the Sarapiqui… Read More

A taste of La Pura Vida

Hey Costa Rica Maya Crew and all who will be following and supporting us on this journey! With the excitement of our semester just around the corner we are feeling so grateful to have this opportunity to travel, learn, and grow together in the complexity of today’s world!   Thus we begin our journey by writing this first blog!  Although the students will be the usual voice on the blogs throughout… Read More

Arizona Shmerizona

To our lovely Borderlands family, Hey! We have a fun fact for you all: we drove 4,375 miles in the last eight weeks! (Soooo, how many of those miles were spent singing Lady Gaga? Some of you definitely just said, “too many”, some of you definitely just said, “not enough”.) But seriously! Wow! 4,375 miles! And we never left Arizona. And why would we?! In lands as vast as Arizona… Read More

Mindfulness, Mountains, and Final Goodbyes

Written By Rachel and Elsie Hello! For our last week here in Arizona, we headed to the Dharma Treasure Meditation Retreat for a peaceful, reflective end to an amazing trip. Your captains of the week, Rachel and Elsie, are here to share our experience. Namaste 11/30 After a sad goodbye to our temporary home at Hacienda Corona, we drove into Tucson for a COVID-19 test. This time, we got a… Read More

The Chicken Stepped in the Pie!

Written By, Mari, Leila, and Eli Hey guys, it’s Mari! Leila, Eli and I were the captains this week and I’m here to tell you all about what we did! For our 4 day captainship, we went back to the Hacienda Corona Bed & Breakfast to celebrate Thanksgiving with four relaxed days. 11/26: Thanksgiving Day! This morning we all woke up refreshed after sleeping in, and super excited for the… Read More

Experience Student Directed Travel (and Scottsdale!)

Hello! This week was student directed travel, four days of travel and experiences fully designed by all the students on the semester!  Since this week was planned by everyone together, the blog will also be written by everyone together. You will hear from each of our captains-of-the-day teams as they tell you about their day and the activities they planned. Rachel and Elsie – Saturday 11/21: Hi all! This is… Read More

A Week in the Life at Canelo Project

Written By Sophie & Petar Hey everybody, this is Sophie, one of the current team captains! This week the group traveled to the Canelo Project in Elgin, Arizona. When we arrived, everybody got a quick tour of the property and took a look at the Main House, Guest House, Poem’s House, Juanita’s House, and the Portable Straw-bale House. Each member of the group got to stay in one of these… Read More

Much Ado About Dirt

Much Ado About Dirt Our week as a playbook at Deep Dirt Farm & Institute Written by Rachel, Jacob, and Freya Monday, Nov. 12 Scene: The Carpe Diem van and Jeep arrive at the Deep Dirt Institute with Kate T (Owner of Deep Dirt) waving at the welcome center. After brief hellos, the group follows her to a spiral rock structure where they introduce one another and converse. Kate explains Read More

A Trek to Remember

Written By, Elsie, Petar, and Eli Hi family and friends!! I’m Elsie, one of our captains of the week along with Eli and Petar. I’m excited to let you all in on what’s been going on here in Arizona. What a week it has been!! After lots of preparation and anticipation, we finally packed up our bags Monday morning and dove into a 6-day backpacking adventure. For many of us,… Read More

Native Plant Party!

Written By, Lily Hello family and friends! We finally arrived in the small border town of Patagonia, Arizona last Wednesday. Following the cold nights we spent in the Grand Canyon, the group is loving the warm weather down here. Once we settled into our accommodations at the old elementary school in town, we were anxious to start working with Borderlands Restoration Network (BRN). I’m Lily, one of the team captions… Read More

Epic Canyon Moment (and hello from Arizona!)

The group jumping after setting up our tents in Tucson. Super excited! Written By Kerri, Jacob, and Leila Greetings from sunny Arizona! We have been spending this first week camping at two different sites, exploring, and bonding. Our first site was based in Tucson, where we set up after arriving and had a nice dinner of pizza. We spent the first four days getting to know each other, and getting… Read More

Arrival In Tucson

Greetings, Friends and Family! The Borderlands group has safely arrived in Tucson, and have met with their group leaders, Kate and Adam. They have arrived at camp and are setting up tents before a first-night dinner of pizza and salad. They are in a beautiful setting; pictures to come tomorrow. Until then, be assured that the group is together and have already enjoyed an epic Arizona sunset. You’ll hear from… Read More

Arizona Here We Come!

Hello Borderlands Crew and all who will be following and supporting us on this journey! With the excitement of our semester just around the corner, we are so excited to be writing this first blog. Although the students will be the usual voice on the majority of the blogs throughout our adventure, you will be hearing from us periodically too. So, who are we? enter Adam and Kate, the Carpe… Read More

Staying Engaged In The COVID Era

Written By, James Simmons The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in drastic changes on an individual, community, and global level. Each of us has experienced at least some degree of change to our social and familial relationships, as well as having to make adjustments to our educational and/or career options. Many have personally experienced the effects of COVID-19 firsthand; others have loved ones who have suffered due to the pandemic. We… Read More

Reflections On Life As An Overseas Educator

Written By, Doug Zaideman Learning To Trip Lead Becoming an Overseas Educator (OE) with Carpe Diem wasn’t something that I always knew I wanted to do, in fact, I hadn’t even heard of formal gap year education programs until after I had already made my way through school and had the opportunity to travel internationally for the first time. During a trip to Southeast Asia, I would meet student groups… Read More

How To Make The Most Out Of Your Latitudes Year Placement

Written By, Doug Zaideman Taking a Latitudes Year with Carpe Diem allows you to build upon experiences you had during your group semester, carrying those skills and lessons learned over to an independent gap semester spent volunteering for an international organization, a Focused Volunteer Placement (FVP). In addition to where Carpe travels during group semesters, our Latitudes Year programs partners with organizations in over 20 countries worldwide.   Finding A… Read More

Exploring In Bilbao

Written By Maya, Latitudes ’20 Spain My time in Spain was spent either at my language school, cooking school or tasting the numerous delicious foods around my city -Bilbao.  Spanish cuisine is Morrocan cuisine with a touch of France and a splash of the big bad ocean. Spanish food can’t truly be understood without understanding the history of Spain. So much of the influence in their dishes comes from the… Read More