Bula Bula Bula Walkin’ Everywhere

By Mariella Hi family and friends! We have finished our time in Australia and have been in Fiji for the past week enjoying the sun, water and local hospitality of the islands. Commencing this part of the trip was a bittersweet moment because we had to part ways with one of our beloved members, Justin (aka J-Wade), in Sydney. We have missed his presence from the humorous comments he makes… Read More

Enlightened, but Hungry

By Peter Kelsh Good morning, afternoon, or evening, readers. After a couple of fun days in the Hamptons-esque town of Noosa, Australia, we boarded a train for Chenrezig, a Buddhist monastery in the hills of Eudlo. Chenrezig had beautiful prayer flags draping the mountain and a large Stupa that had to be circumambulated clockwise. However, it was much easier for some of the group members to enjoy the scenery than… Read More

Hongi is Hungry for Adventure!

By Coop Sanchez Hello blog viewers! (Hi, Mom.) What a week we have had! It started with an incredible few days in the outback hiking around Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kata-Tjuta while sleeping on the ground under the stars every night. Our guide Joe and the Aboriginal contact Lou taught us so much about their incredible culture and we got to touch 7,000-15,000 year old hand prints in a cave… Read More

Good Eye Might

By Josh and Mack Greetings from Port Douglas! Wow… its been an adventure getting here, from the 13-hour flight, to the two-hour curvy road van ride, we are happy to finally have settled at our first destination. We are just about finished with orientation, and about to begin helping Marcus and Claire with their property maintenance. Looking forward to seeing more wallabies at Sheoak ridge, as well as embark on… Read More

First Blog!

By Justin Wade Hi everyone! Yesterday was our first day in Australia. We are staying with our lovely hosts Claire and Marcus, who are very generous and kind and allowing us to stay with them for the next week. In return, we are going to help them with a few projects at SheOak Ridge over the next few days. The rainforest here is very beautiful and we are seeing many… Read More

The Journey is Underway!

By Cooper, Mariella, and Levy We made it through the 24-hour traveling expedition and finally made it to SheOak Ridge. Marcus and Claire are the most welcoming hosts providing great camping equipment and delicious cuisine. For our orientation, we got to play some fun games such as kicking the shuttlecock and sitting around the campfire as a way of bonding with a group of people we will be spending a… Read More

And so it begins.

By Overseas Educators Sarah and Matt Hongi Crew! Our adventure through the South Pacific is almost upon us! Thoughts of this and you and all the beautiful people and places we will soon be exploring have gotten us practically dizzy with excitement. From exploring our dreams under the stars in the Outback, to working side by side with our Fijian homestay families, to planting our feet in the wilds of… Read More

Final Blog!

By Wes In both sad and happy news, it’s Wes here to bring you the final blog of our Hongi Spring 2018 trip to the South Pacific. We have been traveling for three months, have endured ant armies in sleeping bags, multiple staph infections, people going into silence for two days, 10 billion flies on our mouths, ramen and hot dogs for 12 straight days, multiple unexpected hikes, ear infections,… Read More