Global High School Travel Journal

Below are a collection of travel journal entries from the program managers and activity coordinators about the students personal and experiential education and travels.

Abbey Caves and Whangarei

Abbey Caves and Whangarei

Abbey Caves and Whangarei Today we visited the Abbey Caves Reserve. This is 18.7 hectares of naturally sculptured limestone outcrops, bluffs, enclosed depressions, sink holes, and three significant caves. It was a beautiful walk and climb into the caves. Thank...

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Surfing Day at Sandy Bay

Surfing Day at Sandy Bay

Surfing Day at Sandy Bay Today, students learned how to surf! What a fun experience for everyone. We were driven to Sandy Bay, one of New Zealand's East Coast, most popular board surfing, beaches. The coastline is absolutely beautiful to look at and to walk. Students...

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Matapouri to Whale Bay coastal walk

Matapouri to Whale Bay coastal walk

Matapouri to Whale Bay Coastal Walk Today our students went on the Matapouri to Whale Bay coastal walk. A local author, Hilton Ward wrote in his book, The Tutukaka Coast Loop Road, "this one hour headland track will fill your camera on a sunny day." Students walked...

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Perfect Day Boat Cruise

Perfect Day Boat Cruise

Perfect Day Boat Cruise Another busy and exciting day filled with new experiences! A morning run was offered to anyone who wanted to get up at 6:30 am and enjoy the sunrise on the beautiful lighthouse trail. Our teacher, Megan, and several students ran to the top of...

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Tutukaka Lighthouse Reserve

Tutukaka Lighthouse Reserve

Tutukaka Lighthouse Reserve After a busy day of classes, our students enjoyed an amazing hike to really appreciate the magnificent scenery of this wonderful country. We hiked the Tutukaka Lighthouse Reserve and were not disappointed by the the ocean views. We had to...

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Greetings From New Zealand

Greetings From New Zealand

Greetings from New Zealand! What an eventful and busy few days it has been. Our students are becoming well seasoned travellers! Our flights from Toronto to Houston and then from Houston to Auckland were uneventful (thank goodness) and we arrived safely at the Auckland...

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Greetings from Ayutthaya!

Greetings from Ayutthaya!

Greetings from Ayutthaya! Dear Parents, Last Wednesday, we took a large speed boat to a group of exotic islands made famous by the film industry, travel photographers and bloggers. We dipped into warm aqua lagoons and turquoise coves. There was snorkelling in three...

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Greetings from Krabi Thailand

Greetings from Krabi Thailand

Greetings from Krabi Thailand Dear Parents, The last day of excursions in Chiang Rai took us to temples and waterfalls so picturesque and breathtaking that you should see these moments through the eyes of our students. Here is one such vivid account by one of our GHS...

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Cruising to Thailand

Cruising to Thailand

Cruising to Thailand Dear Parents, When Blyth Academy Global High School students study abroad, they witness how a culture operates from one day to the next. What becomes visible are the routine habits, customs, rituals and beliefs of everyday life. Although each...

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Hello From Luang Prabang

Hello From Luang Prabang

Hello From Luang Prabang Dear Parents, I am always delighted when a student expresses interest in sharing his or her experiences with others. On Sunday, following the community service excursion to an orphanage in the countryside, where many children suffer with HIV,...

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Greetings From Hanoi!

Greetings From Hanoi!

Greetings From Hanoi!   Dear Parents, Greetings from Siem Reap, where today we sit in a breezy open space under a dozen ceiling fans. With laptops open and ice waters by our side, we are slowly acclimatizing to 33°C and the equally warm culture of Cambodia. Since...

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We Have Arrived In Athens!

We Have Arrived In Athens!

WE HAVE ARRIVED IN ATHENS! Dear Parents, Last week saw us spending a final few days in Heraklion catching up on assignments, ISPs and the end of our lessons before we boarded the night ferry for Athens. We arrived in the Greek capital at dawn on Friday morning, tired,...

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Our First Week in Rome

Our First Week in Rome

Our First Week in Rome Dear Parents, We have now completed our first week in Rome and are experiencing what has become Europe’s never-ending summer with temperatures well into the high 20s. Our hotel, situated in the popular Trastevere neighbourhood of Rome, is...

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Exploring Florence

Exploring Florence

Exploring Florence Dear Parents, Florence, a global epicentre of art, statues and architecture and the birthplace of Renaissance embraced us this week with her warm Florentine hospitality and ambient culture. Wednesday, after our flight from Barcelona, we settled into...

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Busy in Barcelona!

Busy in Barcelona!

Busy in Barcelona! Dear Parents, It seems like we just arrived in Barcelona and yet our time here is coming to an end. The land of Gaudi’s whimsical architecture, siestas and fiestas, has left us embracing the spirit and heart of Barcelona. And, like the adjacent sea,...

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Greetings from Barcelona!

Greetings from Barcelona!

Greetings from Barcelona! It has been a very busy last few days but we have settled in comfortably here in beautiful Barcelona and into our third week of Blyth Academy Global High School. Since I have been in touch by phone and directly by email with most of you...

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A Day Trip to London

A Day Trip to London

A Day Trip to London After the first three days of classes and getting accustomed to our new life at Oxford, the pace shifted for our Global students. On Saturday, students finally had a morning to sleep in before they started their first weekend of excursions. An...

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We Have Arrived in Oxford!

We Have Arrived in Oxford!

We Have Arrived in Oxford! Dear Parents, Here at our end, Global High School in Oxford has begun and the program is now well underway! On Tuesday, we arrived in the town of Oxford and proceeded to St. Hilda’s, where students were assigned roommates and dorm rooms....

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Our Final Evening as a GHS Family

Our Final Evening as a GHS Family

Our Final Evening as a GHS Family Our grand adventure has come to an end. We have been travelling, learning, exploring and growing together for many weeks or in some cases months and have formed very strong bonds with one another. Parents – I hope you recognize the...

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Our Last Few Days in Cusco

Our Last Few Days in Cusco

Our Last Few Days in Cusco Can you believe this adventure is almost finished? We cannot! However, we are making the most of our last few days as we prepare to write exams and say goodbye to all of the friends we have made over the past months. Film class has been...

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Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu Global High School is no stranger to early morning wake up calls and our Tuesday morning visit to Machu Picchu was no exception. The alarm clocks rang early at 4:15 am and an excited group of staff and students met in the hotel lobby for breakfast at 4:30...

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