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A Long Weekend In Granada

A Long Weekend In Granada

Written By Kayla

Hey everyone! It’s Kayla coming at you! I get to tell ya´ll all about our few short, exciting days in Granada!

Thursday night we went out to a Flamenco dancing show! Flamenco dancing is traditionally with a guitar player, and two women dressed in fun, wavey, colorful dresses. One of them sings, and the other dances the Flamenco style dancing. We watched the show in a small, crowded restaurant with a tiny stage. The guitarist was amazing, I had never seen a man pick a guitar like him! The songs were also so unique and the woman singing had a beautiful voice, and the dancer made the whole show complete with her incredible gown dancing shoes! Truly a great experience I would be lying if I said I didn’t shed a tear or two…

Staying in NhaTrang, Snorkeling

Staying in NhaTrang, Snorkeling

APRIL 30, 2019 | SABAI OVERSEAS EDUCATORS | SOUTHEAST ASIA- SABAI

Written By Annie

When you think of the word snorkeling what comes in mind? Well here is a brief explanation on what I’ve discovered about snorkeling. Snorkeling is the ability to float under water with a diving mask equipped with a breathing tool. I am not an expert in snorkeling, but being able to get out in the ocean was a shock to me because I am not an expert at swimming and I didn’t want to drown. I am proud that I went out and that I was supported by students in my group and the OE’s to get out of my comfort zone and try it out.

Spanish and Semana Santa in Málaga

Spanish and Semana Santa in Málaga

APRIL 29, 2019 | SALAAM OVERSEAS EDUCATORS | SPAIN & MOROCCO - SALAAM

Hola Amigos!

Brandis here.

Last time you heard from us it was during our big week of Student Directed Travel. This week we got to spend our time in the beautiful coastal city of Málaga, Spain, where we lived in homestays, had Spanish lessons, and participated in various cultural activities during the week-long celebration of Semana Santa.

We started off this week meeting our host families and getting ready for our first day of school. When we got there we were evaluated, and then sat in on our daily 5 hours of Spanish. Super fun. By the time we were done, we would run back home and devour lunch before meeting up again for our cultural activities. The first place we visited was Alcazaba, one of the most well preserved fortresses in Spain, right in the heart of Malaga.

Student Directed Travel, Dharmalaya, Trekking

Student Directed Travel, Dharmalaya, Trekking

APRIL 29, 2019 | SHANTI OVERSEAS EDUCATORS | INDIA- SHANTI

Hello everyone this is Charlotte from the Shanti group and I’m going to be walking you all through our last couple of weeks in India! As our journey has been getting closer to the end the group has been soaking up every last bit of India that we can. For starters we finally landed in the beautiful Himalayas and spent a week staying in Bhagsu in Himachal Pradesh. It’s been quite a change in weather, going from scorching hot Amritsar to the colder paradise of the mountains. We spent our student directed travel exploring the wonders of the Tibetan culture and hanging in our favorite cafe, Chilly Beans!

Tan Tau University Exchange

Tan Tau University Exchange

APRIL 22, 2019 | SABAI OVERSEAS EDUCATORS | SOUTHEAST ASIA- SABAI

Written By Peter

A 10 hour by-sleeper-bus journey later and we were in Vietnam, the red banner waving over our small group as we passed through the Cambodia-Vietnam Border. Within only a few minutes it really sank in that we were in a totally different country; the yellow star, hammer and sickle, and a myriad of brightly-colored propaganda posters no doubt boasting the strength of the Vietnamese military and proletariat lined the streets and roundabouts as we travelled by taxi toward the next hostel. The visage of Ho Chi Minh stared back at us as Cari and Brian handed out our Per Diem, and huge emblems of the post-revolutionary state soared above us on blocky, soviet-esque government buildings as we ventured out in search of lunch and an internet café the next morning. We’d only been in this country for about 24-hours and, at least for me, it was unlike anywhere I’d been before.

Time In Amritsar

APRIL 19, 2019 | SHANTI OVERSEAS EDUCATORS | INDIA- SHANTI

Written By Georgia

The following day we visited the beautiful Golden Temple and volunteered in different areas. Some of us shucked chickpeas, while others helped wash dishes. We continued to volunteer doing various tasks at the temple over the next three days, except for Olivia, who was, unfortunately, feeling under the weather, but is now feeling much better. One night, Kari, Charlotte, and I helped wash dishes with ash. Ash has antibacterial properties and is great for cleaning. We all agreed that our time volunteering was fun and quite meditative.

Student Directed Travel

Student Directed Travel

APRIL 18, 2019 | SALAAM OVERSEAS EDUCATORS | SPAIN & MOROCCO - SALAAM

Written By Clemente

38 hours of travel and 5 travel days later, the Salaam carpe diem group has completed our week long SDT (Student Directed Travel).

Our week started off with a trip to the Sahara, led and organized by our fearless captain Geoff. After a 13 hour bus ride to the Sahara, we arrived to the hostel where it was so late that we were thrown into cars to take us to the tents in the desert. What followed could only be described as one of the most exciting car rides that Geoff, Vanesia, Gina, Kathryn, and myself have ever been on; the ride consisted of high speeds in the black of night (not to worry friends and families, the leaders were watching and made sure the ride was safe as well) with a driver that was bumping Pitbull music at maximum volume. The following morning we woke up greeted by camels which Tori mounted cautiously. Brandis was unlucky enough to get the angry camel that she later named Wanda, and to this day believes that Wanda hated her. We rode camels through the sunrise of the Sahara desert for 2 hours before returning to our hotel.

Reflection Retreat

Reflection Retreat

APRIL 15, 2019 | SABAI OVERSEAS EDUCATORS | SOUTHEAST ASIA- SABAI

Written By Jess

Hello again!

For the last 5 days, Sabai Spring 2019 took a break from all the cities we’ve been staying in attend a yoga retreat near the beach town of Kep! We yoga-ed (and much more) with Sarah and her husband, Larry, at the Yoga Barn (yes there was a barn plus two sheep and chickens) as their first ever retreat group. At first our group was divided. Cari and Brian both have a passion for and experience with yoga. Some members of our group liked yoga, but had limited experience. And, the others were hesitant about the exercises and were prepared to participate in but not necessarily fall in love with the sessions. However, through the days of morning yoga (before breakfast *gasp*), chakra dancing, partner exercises, sometimes painful stretches, and singing bowl meditation, we discovered a newfound appreciation for the ancient art.

FINAL DAYS OF STUDENT DIRECTED TRAVEL

FINAL DAYS OF STUDENT DIRECTED TRAVEL

APRIL 9, 2019 | LEUM DTAA COHORT | SOUTHEAST ASIA - LEUM DTAA

The challenges from studying abroad has molded us in many different aspects that allowed us to grow. The group bonded with others, ate new unique foods, faced and overcame challenges and saw beautiful Cambodian and Thailand scenery. The group and I are ready to go home and see our loving family, friends and loved ones but we also really want a break from the scorching heat! We had a blast studying abroad and are excited to share our stories of adventure with our families. 

BANGKOK AND KOH TAO

BANGKOK AND KOH TAO

APRIL 9, 2019 | LEUM DTAA COHORT | SOUTHEAST ASIA - LEUM DTAA

Marine Conservation program helps preserve marine life through creating artificial reefs and bring awareness to the ocean. Their slogan is (Our ocean, our responsibility). We were taught by the three awesome teachers who made our three days unforgettable experience. Their name were Elle, Spencer and Crissy. Overall we went snorting at Tanot where we saw baby sharks and Shark Bay. We helped built artificial reefs and care for turtles. On our last evening we had a special surprised planned for our OEs. We met up on the beach shore and have a small fire going. First we went around and gave our individual gratitude to show our appreciation and love for them. Afterward we sung them a song written by the group which made them emotional. Lastly we toped it off with a small meaningful gift. We got emotional for a bit. Afterward we decided to have a dance party along the beach. Toper got his speaker. Then Nolan surprised us with sprinkler firework. We took badass photos. We kept dancing until we were tired and we laid on the sand admired the stars. Realizing we are almost finish with the program and will be back in Portland in a week.

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