Walkabout Scavenger Hunt Check-ins

Hello family and loved ones! This is Mikhaila and Noah filling you all in on the highlights of our trip so far. Our first 4 days were spent in Raglan taking part in orientation where we really got to know everyone in this walkabout group. On the final full day in Raglan, Dan and Natalie gave us the opportunity and freedom to walk around downtown Ragland and the surrounding area… Read More

Walkabout is together at the airport!

Greetings, Family and Friends of the Carpe Diem Fall 2019 Walkabout group: We are happy to inform you that the Walkabout group is united and already beginning to get to know one another at the SFO international airport. The group will be meeting one student in New Zealand! They have quite a journey ahead of them, with an overnight flight to Auckland, New Zealand, however, they seem to be a… Read More

Let The Adventure Begin

Hello! Natalie and Dan here reporting from Portland, Oregon! We just wanted to introduce ourselves and touch base before meeting you all very soon! We have been hard at work preparing for our upcoming time together this semester! From taking specific training courses, to working with the office crew, to meeting all of the other Overseas Educators, we have fully enjoyed the last week here in Portland. Specifically, we have… Read More

Final Blog from Peter and Anya

Farewell Walkabout! Today is the long whispered about December 6th, 2018. A few hours ago we all sat together in the sunny Christchurch Botanical Gardens, making jokes about all the unique people and places we encountered these past few months and shouting out all that we are grateful for one final time. Then we asked a stranger to take a sweet photo of us together in a giant tree, headed… Read More

Whenua Iti

Friends & Family!! The trip may be coming to an end, but the adventures are definitely not winding down quite yet. Before coming Whenua Iti Outdoors, we spent a day wandering around the cute city of Nelson, full of shops, good restaurants, and lively atmosphere. Typing from personal experience, it’s a great place to shop for things you definitely don’t have any room for. Our first day at Whenua Iti,… Read More

Student Directed Travel: South Island, New Zealand

Kia Ora everyone! This week us Walkabout students were in full control. It was student directed travel! With the budget that we were given, we were able to pick the places we went, the activities we did, the food we ate, and the hostels we stayed in. We started off the week by taking a ferry from the North Island to Picton on the South Island. From there, we hopped… Read More

Maori Culture

By Diana Ascarrunz Hello everyone, this week on the program we explored Maori culture. We were welcomed by Tiaki our Maori guide for the week. For the first three nights, we stayed at the community center near Rob and Rangimaries home. On the first full day, we took a walk around their beautiful property and reflected on the things we wanted to let go of in life. The next day… Read More

David’s Bilbo Bloggin’s Post

By David Chase Dear family and friends of the 2018-Carpe-Diem-South-Pacific-Walkabout-group, As you may or may not know this program assigns a role to every member each week; group leader, chef, logistics, etc. During this particular week, I have been tasked with updating the group’s blog with the goings on of the past few days. My specific title (as stated in our official Carpe Diem packet) is “Bilbo Bloggins,” and just… Read More

Wallabies, galore!

By Elsa Simonton Hello Everyone, This week Walkabout spent a week at Sheoak Nature Reserve. Throughout the week, we helped out around the grounds. Some examples are building a trail to the swimming lagoon, making a small dam to store water in the rainy season, and digging holes for posts for new buildings. The group also learned new information during presentation and workshops. Marcus and Claire, the owners of Sheoak,… Read More

Gettin Shanti in the Daintree

Jacob Monkarsh What’s good peoples?! We’re out here at the Prema Shanti yoga and meditation retreat having a really good time. For the past five mornings, we have been waking up at 7am for 30 minutes of meditation before breakfast. We then have free time until 11am, when we participate in Seva (selfless-service for the retreat center) followed by enjoying some deliciously cooked lunches. We then head out for a… Read More