Scavenger Hunt: Charlie & Eva

Howdy Y’all, Charlie Yeh and Eva Goodman reporting live from an internet cafe in Chang Mai! We both are here to confirm we are indeed alive and well after being set free post-orientation. The flights were roughs, but hey we’re past it now and were having a great time with our new fam, eating good too. Its crazy to think we’ve only known each other for three days, because it… Read More

Scavenger Hunt: Peter

I don’t even know where to start for this one; of the places that i’ve visited, Thailand is one of the brighter ones. Not just in that it’s actually impossibly hot all the time, but also that it’s culture is a vibrant one! The food is absolutely amazing and from what i’ve seen the country is a rich one with complex history and politics and an even more interwoven society… Read More

Scavenger Hunt: Jess

Hello, This is Jess Han (hailing from California and Boston). We’ve just arrive in Thailand and the days are already getting hotter. However, the food is delicious and so incredibly cheap (less than $3 per dish). We’ve just finished orientation and learned some basic do’s and dont’s for traveling, interacting with locals, and taking care of our health. It’s surprising how many tourists there are in the area! But what’s… Read More

Sabai Has Arrived!

Greetings friends and family The Sabai group landed safely in Chiang Mai, Thailand on February 14th. 7 students, and their two Overseas Educators, collected their luggage and made their way the east side of the city of Chiang Mai to find their orientation hostel where they met up with their final group member…Sabai is complete! After a first night dinner of Thai food, they group retired for the evening, ready… Read More

Team Sabai is together in Los Angeles

Greetings, Family and Friends of the Carpe Diem Spring 2019 Sabai group We are happy to inform you that the Sabai group (minus Thao, who will meet the group in Chiang Mai….we can’t wait, Thao!) is united and already beginning to get to know one another at the Los Angeles airport. They have quite a journey ahead of them, with a long overnight flight and a Hong Kong layover, however,… Read More

Welcome Sabai students and families!

Sawadee khrap/ka Sabai crew! Hope these last few weeks have found you happy, healthy and spending quality time with friends and family, before we all head off on an epic adventure to SE Asia! Cari and I have been busy here in Portland prepping for the semester and are very excited to meet you! While engaging in hilarious and stimulating conversations, we have discovered a few fascinating commonalities about ourselves.… Read More

Ha Long Bay & Goodbyes: A Photo Story

A hike above Ha Long Bay, Vietnam. A vendor taking a break on the streets of Saigon, Vietnam. Captaining the ship in Ha Long Bay, Vietnam. Cave exploration. Exploring Ha Long Bay. Exploring Saigon. Ha Long Bay boat. Ha Long Bay tour. Hiking outside of Nha Trang. Kayak tour of Ha Long Bay. Kayaking in the bay. Local music and dance group in Hanoi. Looking out over Ha Long Bay.Read More

On Going Home…

“The sea that calls all things unto her calls me, and I must embark. For, to stay, though the hours burn in the night, is to freeze and crystallize and be bound in a mould. Fain would I take with me all that is here. But how a shall I? A voice can not carry the tongue and the lips that gave it wings. Alone must it seek the ether.… Read More


Our last day of Student-Directed Travel (or Somewhat Determined Travel…) has finally come to a close, resolving in time for ceremony, reflection, and a really freaking good dinner! Our group-led travel has been a bit unpredictable, but we managed to get through with wonderful strokes of luck and spur-of-the-moment planning. Picking up where we left off at last post, our trip to Marble Mountain was a success with beautiful climbs… Read More

SDT (Somewhat Determined Travel)

By Jeremy Bass I believe I can speak for everyone when I say that traveling is an activity that can bring about the best and worst of surprises. From our departure in February, we have experienced unexpected acts of generosity, crazy early bus arrivals, surprisingly friendly chickens and cows, crazy late and unresponsive buses, spectacularly hidden food stands, mass food sickness out of nowhere, and, among tons of other occurrences,… Read More

A Cultural Exchange with Tan Tao University!

Coming from our relaxing week at the yoga retreat. We headed to Ha Tien to spend a week with students from Tan Tao University in their first cultural exchange. The week was spent in homestays with the locals of Ha Tien as well with the students. We were welcomed into Ha Tien by the local government with open arms. We volunteered by cleaning up the streets of Ha Tien, taught… Read More

From Phnom Penh to Kratie

By Chris Denning The past few days our Sabai group has traveled to Cambodia! We arrived for our first few days in the bustling city of Phnom Penh. The city that holds just about 1.5 million, felt no bigger than a small town. We spent our first few days throughout the city, exploring the beautiful temples and the royal palace. We saw the extravagant Central market and walked along the… Read More

Elephant Sanctuary & Trekking: A Photo Story

Sites along the trek. During the trek, the group stayed at local villages along the way and met many kind hosts. Navigating the rivers on a bamboo raft in Northern Thailand. During the trek the group was able to visit an elephant sanctuary. The students enjoyed visiting and playing with the elephants, while learning about all of the ways elephants can be mistreated and how to help rescue elephants.Read More