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.

Our Adventure has Ended!

Our Adventure has Ended!

Our Adventure has Ended! Although our adventures in Australia and New Zealand have come to an end, our memories will last a lifetime. There are many tales to tell and I am sure that there will be many conversations within families and between friends discussing all of...

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Our Rotorua Visit

Our Rotorua Visit

Our Rotorua Visit Although our time in Rotorua was cut short, we were able to participate in many special activities. This town is renowned for its geothermal activity and Maori culture. Bubbling mud pools, steam rising off the lake, geysers, and the smell of sulphur...

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Queenstown Adventures

Queenstown Adventures

Queenstown Adventures Queenstown is known for being the adventure capital of New Zealand. People come here from all over the world to experience the many different types of adventures that are offered in this area. Our students were able to pick and choose from a...

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Milford Sound

Milford Sound

Milford Sound Today, we travelled to Milford Sound, the renowned fjord, a four hour drive from Queenstown. Although it was a long bus drive, the time passed quickly as we were entertained by our bus driver's tales of the history of New Zealand and given information...

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Ben Lomond Hike

Ben Lomond Hike

Ben Lomond Hike A few students and staff hiked the challenging Ben Lomond Hike today. We started the hike by taking the gondola up to the top of the Queenstown skyline to save an uphill climb at the beginning of the hike. Sunshine, a spectacular view of Lake Wakatipu...

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Queenstown Hill Hike

Queenstown Hill Hike

Queenstown Hill Hike Today most of our group tackled the challenging mountain climb up the Queenstown Hill. All hikes in this picturesque country tend to be uphill...We hiked up (and up and up) and were eventually rewarded by views of the surrounding valleys, lakes,...

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Kiwi Birdlife Park, New Zealand

Kiwi Birdlife Park, New Zealand

Kiwi Birdlife Park, New Zealand Today, we visited the Kiwi Birdlife Park, in the heart of Queenstown. It was established in 1986 to display and protect the native New Zealand flora and fauna. It just would not be New Zealand without Kiwi. We had the opportunity to...

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Moreton Island Day Trip

Moreton Island Day Trip

Moreton Island Day Trip Today we travelled as a group to Moreton Island. This full day excursion took us to the world's third largest sand island. It was just a short ferry ride from Brisbane. First, we snorkelled around the Tangalooma Shipwrecks. This is a collection...

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Tour of Brisbane

Tour of Brisbane

Tour of Brisbane We have arrived in Brisbane, the first large city of our trip. It is a beautiful, clean city, filled with lush vegetation and gardens. Our hotel is very centrally located and students are able to walk to the many sight seeing spots. We held a...

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Ocean Rafting Adventures

Ocean Rafting Adventures

Ocean Rafting Adventures Another busy day in Airlie Beach. We were a little worried about the weather (it rained 1 meter of rain during the night) but it turned out that although the day was cloudy, only a little rain fell in the morning. Today a group of students...

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Salty Dog Sea Kayaking Excursion

Salty Dog Sea Kayaking Excursion

Salty Dog Sea Kayaking Excursion A small group of students, Megan, and Fran headed out this morning for a sea kayaking experience. Our guide, Haley, owner of this Kayak company, gave us an brief lesson in how to wear our safety equipment and how to steer and paddle...

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Trip to the Great Barrier Reef

Trip to the Great Barrier Reef

Trip to the Great Barrier Reef Today we travelled to the Great Barrier Reef on the Whitsunday Cruise Line. The crew were most welcoming and gave us a history of the area and talked about why the Great Barrier Reef is such a special place. We were worried about sea...

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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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