Final Blog: Overseas Educator Edition

Part I: One Last Sunrise Before The Journey Home By OE’s Adam & Mandy It’s six o’clock in the morning (queue Lily Allen & T-pain) and the voice above is giving us a safety briefing, as we place our carry-on’s under the seat in front of us and buckle our seatbelts. It’s rap music. It’s an unsettlingly cheery juxtaposition against the slow, creeping realization of our soon-to-be end. We’ve been… Read More

Koro Student Final Blog!

Prema Shanti Marin and Sky A Koro Kind of Goodbye Greetings from the Koro group! For our final week of our big adventure, we spent time reflecting at Prema Shanti, a yoga and meditation retreat center in the Daintree National park of Northern Queensland. We were welcomed by our hosts Mara and Janardhan and made to feel at home right away in their beautiful temple. Our days at Prema Shanti… Read More

Scuba Week!!!

In the past week we all worked diligently to earn our PADI open water scuba diving certification. The first two days were split between learning scuba skills in the classroom and in the pool. We were enthusiastically taught by our energetic instructor, Rob. Rob is an experienced diver and clearly loves what he does. From the moment we met him outside our hostel in Cairns he was full of energy,… Read More

The Magic of the Outback (and Rocks)

These Rocks Rock! During our time that we traveled in the outback we visited three big rocks… to sum it up. Our fiery tour guide, Gus, who has great music taste, made our experience one we’ll never forget. Let’s rock. On November 13th our first rock to conquer was King’s Canyon. The first piece of the hike was around 500 steps built by a farmer who previously owned the land.… Read More

Onward to Australia and CVA!

G’day from the Koro Crew! To introduce ourselves to our new home for the month, Australia, we explored and worked in endangered habitats with the wonderful people at Conservation Volunteers Australia (CVA) in Newcastle. Our job for the week was to remove mangrove plants and seeds for the purpose of increasing the size of the salt marshes on Ash Island to make more room for migratory and native birds to… Read More

Greg and Rachel Hart’s Permaculture Farm

By Park & Rachel Our group spent the last week living and breathing the lifestyle of Greg and Rachel Hart’s permaculture farm. We spent some early mornings doing daily farm chores that ranged from bottle feeding lambs to dodging bouts of excrement the cows habitually released whilst we milked them, standing as perfect targets, in a ditch directly below the danger zone. We can all agree it was worth it… Read More

Reflections on The Sweat Lodge Experience

By Wordmasters Daisy and Luke A sweat lodge is a hut, typically dome-shaped and made with natural materials, used by indigenous peoples for ritual steam baths as a means of purification. The sweat is intended as a religious ceremony—it is for prayer and healing, and the ceremony is only to be led by elders who know the associated language, songs, traditions, and safety protocols. “The inside of a tea kettle. Read More

Moce

By Veda and Adam After adopting Bula into our everyday vernacular, it became easier to add other Fijian words as well. One of our of guides, a Fiji native named Villi, gave us a crash course on many other everyday words and phrases. We did this before we left for our Fijian homestay, so when we did arrive in the village, we would be comfortable and confident in our use… Read More

Bula

By Adam & Veda What’s one word that will make everyone smile, enable conversation with strangers, and light up any face? Here in Fiji today, we found just the right word…Bula. It means Hello by translation but carries much more than a greeting. It’s a way to instantly connect with anyone. It’s greatest use is to open the door, inviting conversation and questions. Thinking about our own culture back home,… Read More

BULA! Koro Is Welcomed to Fiji

By Program Director James Simmons Dear Friends and Family of the Carpe Diem Koro Group: We are happy to inform you that the Koro group has landed safely in Fiji, just in time to witness a beautiful sunrise as they load up the van and transfer to Tubakula. Once there, they will engage in four days of Orientation activities as a means to get to know one another, set intentions… Read More

Bula! Kia ora! G’day!

By Overseas Educators Mandy & Adam Bula! Kia ora! G’day! As we come into our final days of preparation, with our bags packed, our goodbyes said, and our visas secured, we are reminded of the quote from C.S. Lewis (maybe) that states, “only those who risk going too far, will find out how far one can possibly go.” These coming months are sure to test us as we enter wholeheartedly… Read More