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

Six-Day Adventure in the Australian Outback

By Kobbe Hey family and friends! After two amazing days in Sydney, the time had finally come for our six-day adventure in the Australian Outback. We arrived in Uluru after a three hour flight and met our GUYde who is a really cool guy named…Guy. He immediately took us into the wilderness and showed us around. Collecting firewood, singing songs around the bonfire, hiking under the Australian sun, stargazing, driving,… Read More

Dingo Den & Sydney

By Kathleen Hi everyone! Our week started out on our last day at our hostel in Katoomba. Our time in Katoomba was spent doing orientation activities while also going on hikes and exploring our surroundings. After Katoomba, we went a few towns over to Penrith to settle in before starting our volunteer work at a dingo sanctuary the next day. We showed up to the dingo sanctuary the very next… Read More

The Amazing Mountain Town of Katoomba

By Jacob We are having the best time here in the amazing mountain town of Katoomba. We went and explored the Blue Mountains yesterday and they were so incredibly beautiful and awe-inspiring. I’m having a ton of fun getting to know the group and our awesome leaders, Peter and Anya. I only have 10 minutes at this local library computer so gotta go for now but more to come later.… Read More

So Many Highlights!

By Diana Carpe Diem’s South Pacific program is becoming a trip I will never forget. During the few days we have been in Australia there have been so many highlights. Our Overseas Educators have been extremely helpful and supportive. They have encouraged us to step out of our comfort zone and try new things. Just yesterday we went on hike and decided to keep going despite the fact that we… Read More

Three Sisters at Blue Mountain National Park

By Shelby, Emma, and Kobbe Hi family and friends! After two long days of travel, we’ve made it to Katoomba, Australia. So far, Katoomba has looked very similar to the U.S. We’re staying at the YHA Katoomba Hostel which is much nicer than we expected. We’re trying not to get used to the luxury of the hostel because we don’t know what our other living situations will be like. Yesterday,… Read More

Take a Deep Breath

By Overseas Educators Anya & Peter Greetings from staff training in Portland! A big welcome to the friends and families that will be following our journey over the coming months. We are eager to begin our journey around the South Pacific with you all in just a few short days! We are in the midst of staff training in Portland and have been working hard to prepare for our adventure… Read More

Our Outback Adventure

By Scott P and Cammie Close your eyes, take a deep breath, and imagine: red desert sands stretching as far as the eye can see; thousand foot tall rock formations older than time itself; brilliant sunsets bathing the horizon in a fiery orange glow; and starry nights—magnificent clusters of constellations that remind you of the vastness of the universe and the endless possibilities that await. This was Walkabout 2017’s Outback… Read More

Community, Connection, Meaning, Purpose.

By Overseas Educators Eric and Lolly It’s difficult to imagine that all our students we have shared rooms, car seats, and experiences with for the past three months are now spread all over the world from Boston to Portland, Tucson to Long Island, and Adelaide to Sydney. We have been reflecting over the past few days of how hard leaving each other was on that courtyard of the Village Glebe… Read More

Meditation, Sustainability, and Wallabies

Our latest weekly update covers three separate locations throughout Australia that we’ve visited. The period that this blog covers begins in Chenrezig, the Buddhist retreat that we spent 6 days visiting. Our second to last day was spent in complete silence, a practice that is very common amongst buddhist monks. starting in the morning just after breakfast, we were instructed to say nothing out loud, to others or to yourself,… Read More