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.

We have arrived in Thailand!

We have Arrived in Thailand! We arrived safely in Chiang Rai, Thailand. Our resort at Hotel Maryo is stunning! The staff here is so lovely and they had a buffet dinner ready for us when we arrived yesterday in the late evening. Our breakfast buffet this morning was...

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Laos: Wam Bam Luang Prabang!

Laos: Wam Bam Luang Prabang! Greetings from Laos! We have arrived in the historic and charming World Heritage town of Luang Prabang in Laos. We were welcomed with a warm greeting by our hosts at the Mao Pha Sok Guesthouse who showed us to our rooms in this quaint...

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Siem Reap: It’s PHARE to say we love it here!

Siem Reap: It’s PHARE to say we love it here! Hi Everyone, We have been very busy here in Siem Reap but we are taking in so much culture and history every day. Yesterday our fun filled day consisted of a morning trip to Ta Phrom. This Temple looked like it...

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Cambodia: Touring Siem Reap!

Cambodia: Touring Siem Reap! Hello Travel Journal followers! We have arrived in Cambodia! It feels amazing to be in a small town after having been exposed to two major cities in Asia. Siem Reap is a resort town and is the gateway to the ruins of Angkor which we will...

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Hong Kong and Loving it!

Hong Kong and Loving it! We arrived in Hong Kong yesterday, and just by the bus transfer from the airport to the hotel, we can already sense how vibrant and densely populated this skyscraper-studded city is. People flooded the streets, we saw mountains, we saw ocean,...

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Bouncing Around Beijing

Bouncing Around Beijing! What a great break the weekend was. We were very lucky to have visitors from the Blyth Academy head office drop in! Andrea Varjas, the Operations Manager for GHS had an opportunity to spend time with us and see what a regular day in the life...

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A Message to Parents from Sam Blyth

A Message to Parents from Sam Blyth Dear Parents and Family, I had the pleasure of visiting GHS on Saturday evening and meeting with the students in a town hall venue followed by a session with the faculty and staff. As you know the program has recently landed in the...

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Term 2 – Beijing: Off To A Great Start!

Beijing: Off to a great start! Well, we made it! After a 20 hour long journey from Athens, we are up and running in Beijing. We would like to give a warm welcome to Max, Paul and Maddie, who have joined us for Term 2! As you can imagine, sleep was the only thing on...

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Term One 2017 – A Final Note

Term One: A Final Note Well it’s official, Term 1 has ended. We celebrated last night with a final banquet. The students dressed to impress and we ate our dinner on the roof top patio of the Stanley Hotel. The view on this rooftop cannot be beat, on one end we have a...

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Greece: “A” For Athens

Greece: “A” for Athens! Hello Everyone! We have touched down in Athens! Getting here was a treat. We spent one night cruising across the Mediterranean from Crete to mainland Greece. The boat we took was huge, with endless space and food for everyone’s...

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Greece: You Can’t Beat Crete

Greece: You Can’t Beat Crete! Wow how the time flies! We have touched down in Crete, and are already on our fourth day! Even though Herakleon is the biggest city on the island, it feels so small compared to Rome. Our accommodation, Hotel Kastro, is smack in the...

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Meet Eva – Our Blyth Student Ambassador!

Hello Travel Journal followers, Today we have a guest blogger, Eva Han, the Blyth Student Ambassador, who won a spot on GHS Term 1. Enjoy the read… “Tuesday began with a late start where we were all able to catch up on our sleep from the amazing Florence...

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Rome: Bright and Early Morning Calls!

Rome: Early Morning Calls! Since Rome is bustling with tourism more than ever during this time of year, we have not been able to see some of the main sites in peace to really take in their age and beauty. The solution to this problem seems easy; tour the city really...

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Rome: All Roads lead to Rome!

Greetings from Rome! We have had a very fulfilling and educational week here in Rome. For starters, we had a walking tour on the second day where our guide showed us the main points in the city centre. He spent a significant amount of time at The Victor Emmanuel...

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We have arrived in Rome!

We have arrived in Rome! Hello everyone, After a short two-hour flight, we have arrived in Rome and have settled into our new accommodation, Hostel Trust Ever. It is a charming boutique hostel that looks like it came right out of Pinterest! We have already had a...

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Barcelona: Bye Bye Barca!

Barcelona: Bye Bye Barca! Hello Travel Journal followers, This morning we have to say goodbye to the Travelodge Poblenou in Barcelona. We really became well acquainted with this neighbourhood, and felt very comfortable in the area. Students have learned how to use the...

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Barcelona: Class on the beach? Yes please!

Class on the beach? Class in a local café? Class at La Boquería Market? – Yes please! For the last few days our students have been having classes all over the city. I decided to join in on some of the classes and enjoyed watching our students engage in the...

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Our Debut in Barcelona

We have arrived in Barcelona! I must say, walking off of the plane and feeling the heat immediately touch our skin was an instant pick me up. After an early morning departure from Oxford, it felt nice to finally arrive in Barcelona, a city with world-renowned...

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Oxford: We are loving London!

What a day! London; one of the world’s most visited cities! Five words I would use to describe London: buzzing, fascinating, multicultural, rushed and intriguing! Our day started early at 7am. We were served breakfast in a box at St. Hilda’s College, and walked...

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Oxford: Smitten for Stratford!

Oxford: Smitten for Stratford! Stratford Upon Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare; one of the first facts we learned before studying our first Shakespeare play in grade 9 English class. This is where we spent our day today! The drive from Oxford to Stratford...

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Oxford: Getting Into the Groove!

Oxford: Getting Into the Groove! Hello Travel Journal followers! We have not forgotten about you, we have just been immersing ourselves in the stunning architecture, history and culture of Oxford. With plentiful ancient and modern colleges, parks and green...

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Macchu Picchu – Last Stop on Adventure Tour: Travel Journal 2016-17 Term 4

Departing at 5:30am, some of us began our hike and others walked through the city toward the bus stop. Those of us taking the bus lined up with other adventurous tourists under the dark skies of the early morning. One by one we nestled into our bus seats and drove up to the top of Machu Picchu. We gazed out the windows as the sun rose over the stunning mountains, warming the friendly hikers on the trail, and overpowering the lights from the city below.

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Hiking Adventure Tour: Travel Journal 2016-17 Term 4

It was three hours of everything you can imagine: we were loud, we were silent, we were photographers, we were interpreters, we were tranquil, and we were rowdy. We sang, we gazed, we learned, and we breathed a different breath. We played with dogs, we listened to the powerful Urubamba River, and we channeled our inner gymnast while using the railway as a balance beam. We waved to fishermen, we got dirty, and we listened to music. We were tired, we were lively, and we were appreciative. In sum, we were the best versions of ourselves.

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Biking Adventure Tour: Travel Journal 2016-17 Term 4

Arriving at our destination of Abra Malaga Mountain, we got all geared up for a downhill mountain bike trail – starting at more than 14,000 feet! We began our decent through the clouds, rolling down the winding roads, waving to wild animals along the way. It was a rainy day, but we toughed it out for a little while before breaking for a warm rest.

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The Inka Connection: Travel Journal Term 4 2016-17

The students are currently in class, getting ready to take on the final two weeks of academics. It will be a wonderful last leg of the journey. We are so very lucky to be in the care of Luis and Miguel, of Inkas Destination. They’ve been working with Blyth for many years and are now considered Blyth family. They know all the great spots, the ins and outs of their city, and they love working with our students year after year.

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‘Sweaty Chicken’ – It’s What’s for Dinner: Travel Journal Term 4 2016-17

Classes are going extremely well as the students and teachers work hard during the final countdown. Here is a little excerpt from Mr. C’s recent update:

“Students were given their final projects for photography which will require them to capture a photo essay on a significant theme or topic (depending on the grade level). Students will be analyzing everything from body image, gender and emotion to power and capitalism in Central and South America. Wild, it’s all just so wild in the best way possible!”

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Entering the Cloud – Monteverde: Travel Journal Term 4 2017

A handful of hours later, and a steep drive up into the clouds, we arrived at our new haven: Monteverde.
How do we love Monteverde? Let me count the ways: lush forests, tranquil environment, genuine people, unique wildlife, and the saying of all sayings: Pura Vida! We literally fell in love with Monteverde at first site.

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Final Days in Surf Town San Juan Del Sur: Travel Journal 2016-17 Term 4

Our week kicked off with a surf lesson at Playa Remanso. We couldn’t have asked for better weather on this day. Clear skies and perfect waves – a surfer’s paradise. Our instructors at Arena Caliente Surf Camp were incredible and got nearly all of our students standing up on the boards. On Wednesday afternoon our whole group went to Bario Planta Project (BPP) for a day of community service. BPP is a non-profit organization that empowers local youth with free supplementary schooling. This organization is absolutely incredible.

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San Juan Del Sur – Surf Town: Travel Journal 2016-17 Term 4

er our arrival, we wasted no time and woke up on Friday for a morning hike. We prepped our muscles with a tasty breakfast of eggs, gaillo pinto and fruits, and climbed up the STEEP hill that leads to the town’s statue of Jesus – talk about a morning workout! It is quite the difficult climb, but a decently quick one. Each and every one of us challenged our bodies and made it to the top of the hill while cheering one another on.

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