Hello From The Land Of smiles!

Hello from the land of smiles! We are excited to be reaching out for the first time together as one and hope this blog entry finds you well. We are wrapping up orientation in Chiang Mai and are about to depart for our initial homestay experience in Mae Rim. The crews (Team Free Boyfriend, Lost Wanderers, and Mango Vibes) just returned from their scavenger hunts filled with stories. Here are… Read More

Starting Off Strong: Antigua

Bathed in sunshine and surrounded by impressive volcanoes, Antigua, Guatemala has served as our introduction to Central America. Laughter, exploring the city, trying new foods, playing games, sharing life stories, and orienting ourselves to our three months in Central America…our first few days in have been jam-packed with activities. Although it’s only been a few days, our group has started to take shape and inside jokes have already started to… Read More

Shanti Has Landed in Kochi, India!

Dear Friends and Family of the Shanti group: We have received word that the group has landed in Kochi, India. The group had a long flight over, and will now go to their guesthouse and get some much-needed sleep. They will start orientation tomorrow, and begin getting to know each other and the amazing land and culture of India. We wish them well in their upcoming journey! All the best,… Read More

Sabai Has Arrived in Chiang Mai, Thailand!

Greetings friends and family The Sabai group landed safely in Chiang Mai, Thailand on February 14th. The group had a short layover in Hong Kong, and have arrived happy and a bit tired. The group will now make their way to the East side of Chiang Mai city to their orientation accommodation and will meet up with their final group member! After some food and a nap, the group will… Read More

Safe arrival in Guatemala

We’re happy to report that the MAYA group has arrived safely in Guatemala! After their overnight flight, they are tired but excited for the semester to come. They’ve checked in to their hostel in Antigua and had their first Guatemalan breakfast. They are going to take some time to rest and recharge now before diving in to the rest of their orientation. Stay tuned as they will start posting updates… Read More

Shanti Group Together in San Francisco

Dear Shanti Friends and Family: We wanted to update you and let you know that the entire Shanti group has safely arrived at SFO airport. The group will go through security and then dive into a few introduction and orientation activities led by their Overseas Educators, Rebecca and Adam. The group will then embark on their long flight across the Pacific Ocean, en route to Kochi, India! We will provide… Read More

Hongi Group Together In Los Angeles

Dear Hongi Friends and Family: We wanted to update you and let you know that the Hongi group has safely arrived at LAX. The group will go through security and then dive into a few introduction and orientation activities led by their Overseas Educators, Rachael and Nathan. The group will then embark on their long flight over the Pacific Ocean, en route to Auckland, New Zealand! We will provide an… Read More

Let The Adventure Begin

Sawadee-Kap, In just a little over a week, we’ll be wandering the streets of Chiang Mai, hunting down the best Pad Thai we can find, wondering what additional adventure awaits. On our end, the excitement for this is real. We’ve been training and scavenging (hunts, not food) and having a blast in Portland these last few days in preparation for our semester. We hope you too have been finding the… Read More

Packing Our Bags

Hello, Shanti parents and students! This is Rebecca and Adam, Carpe Diem’s Spring 2020 India Overseas Educators! We write you from Carpe Diem staff training in sunny (for the most part) Portland, Oregon. We find ourselves working to put the finishing touches on our upcoming adventure together, getting to know each other better, as well as relaxing, recharging, and doing some much-needed yoga! With just one short week until take… Read More

Bula, G’day & Kia Ora Hongi Crew!

This is Rachael and Nathan your OE’s. This is the blog we will be taking turns writing on throughout our semester. It is a platform to share our experiences, challenges, joys, and some photos with friends and family. We are currently hanging out (haha) with the other OE teams in Portland enjoying a semi sunny day wandering around, getting to know each other, and preparing for our upcoming adventure. We… Read More

Good Luck Latitudes Students!

Training is a wrap! Safe travels to all the Latitudes Year students as they head off to volunteer with organizations working in wildlife & marine conservation, environmental justice, community development, human rights protection, sustainable tourism and many more. The group of 28 students will be spread across placements in Thailand (3), Indonesia (2), Sri Lanka (1), Cambodia (1), New Zealand (2), South Africa (5), Namibia (1), Kenya (1), Argentina (2),… Read More

Latitudes Training is Underway!

Greetings Latitudes families and friends! We wanted to report that our cohort of 27 Latitudes students have arrived to Portland safely and have made their way to Camp Angelos. We have spent our first evening getting to know one another, looking back at everyone’s group semester, as well as beginning to look ahead and set goals for the upcoming semester. Not to mention a delicious dinner and fire to sit… Read More

Unexpected Lessons of a Gap Year

By Carpe Diem Education Alumni Breezy Zins On my first night back in America after a three-month-long journey through East Africa, I opened up my closet doors, looked at all the clothes I had – so many they all wouldn’t fit on hangers and had to be folded on shelves – and I cried. I’d seen such incredible poverty it seemed so unfair, so confusing, to have so many… Read More

Surrender to Freedom and Joy

To our dear Shanti Family, It’s bittersweet to say goodbye to each of you today. We have shared so much over these past few months and grown close, like family. Each of you have shared your beautiful spirit with our group and with the communities we have met in India, and we will always be grateful to each of you for the originality, light, and kindness that each of you… Read More

A Maya Farewell

Hello friends and families! This is Matt and Rachael, your OEs, writing our final semester blog post from the tropical paradise of Roatan, Honduras. What a 3 months this has been! The time flew by and sometimes crawled. It feels like we have known each other forever and also like we were meeting in LAX yesterday. It is going to be strange breaking up this little family at the airport… Read More