Chapter 1: She Oak Ridge

By Sarah Roman First blog of the trip is up and boy, do we have stuff to tell you guys! For all of the parents frantically checking this site to see if there are any updates on their child’s location, hello. We are all alive. There are a few bumps and bruises from rope swings, capture the flag games, accidentally lighting on fire, and I will spare you the rest.… 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

Reporting from Cairns, Australia

By Rachel Valencia Hi everyone! Rachel here, reporting from Cairns, Australia. After spending six incredible days in the Red Center, we traveled to tropical Queensland. The transition from a dry desert to the humid tropics was quite shocking, but we quickly acclimated to the warm breezes, clear waters, and the loud sounds of parrots and bats. Our hostel was located in downtown Cairns, near the lagoon, Night Market, and dive… Read More

Attack of the Flies

By Jamie Vischer Hey Moms and Dads, We just arrived in Cairn after a sweaty and bug-infested safari through the northern territory. We started off with a long bumpy car ride to the campsite that we made home for the next two days. We slept under the stars as a group in “swags,” which are basically canvas pods with your head exposed. Disregarding some encounters with ants at night, sleeping… Read More

Bula from Fiji!

By Wes BULA!!!! (Hello in Fijian) After leaving New Zealand we have made our way out of Aukland and into Nadi, Fiji. We posted up at a very nice hostel there and met some pretty cool people. One of them was Nazil, our taxi driver, photographer, all-time best friend and “FBI” agent. He took us to a gorgeous mud pool where almost everyone pushed their limits with their comfort zone… Read More

Planting Trees!

By Greg Hart, our contact abroad The hillside where we planted the trees for Carpe Diem last year. Most have survived the summer and are set for good growth over the coming wetter season. Spending a couple of hours pruning trees in a block that every Carpe group of students we have hosted (this is the 8th) has spent time working on.Read More