Sustainable Building in Guatemala

About one month ago I arrived in San Juan Comalapa, Guatemala. Comalapa is a Mayan community with a population of 41,000, which includes 19 surrounding villages. Here in Comalapa I am working with an organization called Long Way Home, a non profit that is building a school using sustainable resources while employing local Guatemalans. Because there is such a huge problem with the disposal of garbage in Comalapa, the walls… Read More

Sawatdee or hello in thai!

It’s Evin here reporting from the charming little island of Koh Tao in the gulf of Thailand. It’s been almost a month since I hopped on a plane and headed for Southeast Asia with my backpack in tow excited for my next adventure. After a wopping 30 hours of traveling via Car, Plane and ferry, I finally arrived on Koh Tao. After arriving I received my SSI Advanced scuba license… Read More
Hola todos! Mi nombre es Angela Merrill y estoy en Nicaragua trabajando con los jovenes de Formaccion Fenix para crear un plan de negocio de joya que es sostenible. Me encanta Nicaragua para la gente, las playas, la comida – no escogería otro lugar para pasar mi segundo semestre con Carpe Diem. Hello everyone! My name is Angela Merrill and I’m in Nicaragua working with the youth of Formaccion Fenix Read More

Buenas from Cali, Colombia!

  Buenas from Cali, Colombia! Jumping off of Shelby’s blog, I just wanted to let you guys know the good news- We passed our yoga teacher exams! We are now officially certified yoga teachers. Yay! We are both super excited to start teaching yoga at the ashram. It’s definitely going to be a great learning experience.                 Shelby and I have been here a little over a month and the time… Read More

From Colombia!

Hola todos! Yesterday officially marks a month since I packed up my internal-frame backpack and left my home in Columbia, South Carolina, for my new second home in Colombia, South America. I’m here taking on Latin America with my bestest pal and fellow southerner, Tia Johnson, in the lovely city of Cali, where we’ll be living, volunteering, and yoga-ing for three months in the Centro Yogendra Ashram.   My first… Read More

Latitudes in Los Angeles

  I have just completed my, three and a half month long, Latitudes adventure, in Los Angeles. In retrospect it was one of the best experiences that I have ever had. I have been volunteering, Monday through Thursday, for about 7 hours a day at the Childrens Hospital in LA. More specifically I had the privilege to work in the Arts program. So I had the unique opportunity to come… Read More

Latitudes farewells begin…

Hello again friends and family! We completed our first service project yesterday, making a mosaic for Carpe Mundi, and even had time to make individual tiles to bring for host families in the field or leave behind to decorate the Carpe Diem office- thanks artists! It was great to take time to meet with Carpe Diem founder, Ethan Knight, and solidify as a community. Today rocked our socks as we… Read More

Fall 2013 Latitudes is off and running!

We have all arrived safe and sound to the beautiful pacific northwest! Today was full of travel and excitement as students arrived to the Jennings Retreat Center where we all got to know each other a bit. After a delicious curry dinner we familiarized ourselves with the expectations, policies and logistics of the Latitudes program and Carpe Diem. Lights out was scheduled for 10 and we were able to end… Read More

Ian reports from South Africa

When trying to decide which placement would suit my intentions best, I was primarily looking at organizations that would give me the opportunity to work with children who were at risk of dropping out of school, getting into drug use, having behavioral and disciplinary issues, things of that nature. I hope to one day go into the field of wilderness therapy and make a career out of helping young people… Read More

At the Crown of the World

I’ve been in Nepal for just a little over two months now, and I’ve realized that I have become an old soul. Sometimes I sit on the porch of my guest house for hours and just look out over the valley, or watch a herd of goats grazing down the hill. I haven’t seen a car for an entire month. I read and journal and never watch tv. I don’t… Read More

Ciao Bella!

Work at the Farm has been interesting lately, with an interesting variety of cleaning bikes, typing of hotel itinerary, creating tour scripts and gathering information for European cycling tours. In the office, various maps of roads, city layouts, national parks and highways have been at my fingertips. The information for a a single country is numerous with general travel information books that include history, art, food, language, hotel, attractions and… Read More

Songbirds in Italia

  Spring is slowly awakening as well as the song birds early in the morning, with days getting longer, warmer and fresher. Work has even moved outside with the two bicycle mechanics I work with, Merlyn and Dave. Temperatures are finally hitting the twenties (celsius) and that means BICYCLE CLEANING! Messy and fun and even enjoyable, cleaning bicycles is underway as the season itself is approaching. The first our is… Read More

Greetings from Kabale, Uganda!

  I have now been here for just over two months, and I can honestly say it has been the best two months of my life. I am teaching at a school for special needs children in a tiny village that you can’t even find on a map called Kitanga. There are about 60 students at the school and there are numerous disabilities,some including deaf, dyslexia,down syndrome and cerebral palsy .… Read More

Invasion of pretty good weather, cyclists, tour leaders, peach, pear, apricot blossoms, bugs and cycle-tourism!

The last few days have been extremely busy as I have been spending time in and around the tour lead training simulation we are doing over the week. I have been kept busy with paperwork, organizing, cooking, meeting, greeting, cleaning and everything in between amongst the great weather (and even having chances to cycle and take some mechanical training which will come in handy in life or even the future… Read More

Bienvenidos from Colombia!

Tom here, writing you from my home here in the beautiful city of Cali, Colombia. The climate is around 80 degrees and perfect,while the wildlife and plantlife erupts from nearly every possible surface. I live with a yoga instructor from Argentina named Pablo, the owner of the house and center named Samantha, and her one and a half year old son Ilan. As if that wasn’t a perfect environment I… Read More

Buena Adventura

There is a moment when you have time, build up enough confidence and decide to embark on a personal journey. I have kept writing tour scripts about Firenze (Florence) and heard many great things about the city from my host family, the descriptions I work with for bicycling tours and my co-workers. I have been extremely encouraged to travel on the weekends out to nearby places. I have found it… Read More

Hola mis amigos!!! Greetings from Bolivia.

I have to say, I have had quite the time over the last two and a half months down here.  Here’s a quick little recap of the first month. I arrived tired but optimistic to the CondorTrekkers office in Sucre after 29 hours of travel.  I had a couple bumps in the road getting there (a confused taxi driver, a lost wallet scare) but arrived in one piece.  I was… Read More

Sterling from the Eco Farm in Nepal

Arriving late in Kathmandu I finally met the man called Govinda. Since that day he has taken care of me and acted as an older brother, as we have taken on the task of getting his dream eco farm up and running. The farm itself is perched towards the top of a hill overlooking the valley below and the spectacular Himalayas, with Begnas Lake almost close enough to touch. Now… Read More

Sawadee kaaaa!

I’ve spent the last month and a half volunteering at the Children’s Organization of Southeast Asia (COSA), located in the province of Mae Rim, just outside the city of Chiang Mai, Thailand. COSA is an amazing organization dedicated to the prevention of human trafficking in the northern regions of the country. I’m living at the Baan Yuu Suk Shelter, which houses twenty sexually exploited, abused, or at-risk girls. As a… Read More