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 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 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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A Busy Sunday in Cusco

Fitness testing at altitude is not for the faint of heart! On Sunday the PLF4M class invited their mentees (or manatees as Maddi had dubbed them) to join them at the Cusco track for the planned fitness testing.

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Cycling in the mountains of Cusco

Global High School has arrived at our final destination, the Incan capital of Cusco, sometimes referred to as the Birthplace of the World. Walking down the cobbled streets and stopping to rest in the squares, it is easy to imagine that we are back in Europe.

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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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Adventure Tour: Day 2

Adventure Tour: Day 2 Waking up at the Monkey House proved to be an experience not to be missed, although we did miss our warm showers. Crepes, bananas and honey for breakfast overlooking the Andes was followed by a visit from our own little private zoo. The monkey...

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Adventure Tour – Day One

Adventure Tour - Day One Hola, parents and visitors! This Sunday our Blyth Academy group started our Machu Picchu adventure tour with a bang. On the top of a mountain, we began our descent as we mountain biked through the rain, travelling a total horizontal distance...

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Sacred Valley

Sacred Valley In preparation for our excursion to visit the beautiful archaeological sites Sacred Valley has to offer, we left at 7:30 (the equivalent of the crack of dawn for our students!). We met Luis, our guide, and we all loaded into the bus, excited to explore...

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Our first full day in Peru…

Our first full day in Peru... …was amazing! “This is my favourite place of the semester.” “The mountains are so beautiful.” “My chest feels tight and it’s a bit hard to breathe but it’s worth it!” All comments made by GHS students as we settle into the final leg of...

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Hiking in the Andes

Hiking in the Andes GHS began our hiking adventures in the Pyrenees outside of Barcelona and continued them in Laos and Thailand. We felt like we had really perfected our hiking in Queenstown, New Zealand but then we arrived in Otavalo, Ecuador. One of the must-do...

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High Ropes Experience

High Ropes Experience During one of the mornings of our short visit to the Amazon Rainforest, we explored the treetops in an adrenaline rushing high ropes course. After a ten-minute car ride, we hiked up a muddy hill in the rain and were greatly rewarded with an...

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Amazon Jungle Trek

Amazon Jungle Trek Before making our way to our next destination in Ecuador, some of our adventurous Global High School students and staff had another opportunity to go on an Ecuadorian rainforest hike, while others went on a canopy tour. Up early, we put on our...

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A Meal With Family in Ecuador

A Meal With Family in Ecuador On this sunny Sunday in Otavalo, GHS staff and students were the guests of Hernan and Priscilla Barahona, Cidel’s mom and dad and Chichi Moscoso and Alfredo Pena, Isabela’s mom and dad. These wonderful, gracious people invited us to join...

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The Amazon

The Amazon We started our morning early getting ready for an exciting adventure into the Ecuadorian jungle. During our tour, we had the opportunity to learn about a lot of animals and plants and their relationship with the ecosystems they belong to from our...

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Our last day in Costa Rica

Our last day in Costa Rica Beaches and boards, a cruise along the crocodile river and horseback riding on the beach...what do these activities have in common? They were all part of our final, memorable day in Costa Rica. GHS had an early breakfast and headed out in...

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Chocolate Eggs, Volleyball and Floatie Prizes

Global High School students woke up on Easter Sunday to bright blue skies and crazy hot temperatures. Kathy and Nicole surprised us by getting up early and hiding candy all around our pools and condominiums.

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Community Service Day Two!

Today we went back to visit the school we had just painted and to enjoy a morning playing with the students! This very cute little school housed even cuter little children, ages 3, 4 and 5.

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Community Service in Playas Del Coco

Our day began with everyone from our group having a hearty breakfast at Mario’s. For those of you who do not know, Mario is the owner of the hotel we are staying at and is our friend and guide while we are in Costa Rica.

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Easter Weekend in Playas del Coco

We learned a lot today about how Easter is celebrated in Costa Rica. There are some similarities with how we celebrate at home in that spending time with family and friends is common to both cultures, but differences as well.

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PADI and Snorkelling

Salutations, parents and readers! This week our group went snorkelling and scuba diving with PADI instructors in the waters off Playas Del Coco.

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Playas del Coco: Pools and the beach!

Playas del Coco..pools and the beach! Global High School has arrived at Playas del Coco where we will spend the next two weeks. Sun, sand and surf, as well as classes in our villas and around the pool, will most certainly fill our time. Oh yes and scuba diving and zip...

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Arenal: Adventures at the Waterpark

Adventures at the Waterpark We started off our two-day adventure in Arenal by exploring and discovering the multiple hot springs pools, our large rooms, huge gift shop and the multiple water slides. After sitting down for a filling lunch we checked into our rooms and...

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Monteverde Cloud Forest…an early morning but so worth it!

Monteverde Cloud Forest...an early morning but so worth it! Fighting our jet-lagged bodies, our sleepy crew got up bright and early in excitement for our visit to a Costa Rican biological wonder: The Monteverde Cloud Forest. Arriving at the entrance, shaking from...

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Welcome to Costa Rica

Welcome to Costa Rica We flew over the ocean, through numerous time zones, said goodbye to our friends from Term 3 who were returning home, made promises to stay in touch and plans to get together in the coming months. And then...we arrived in San Jose, Costa Rica...

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