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.

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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Off to University!

Oftentimes these journals focus on the many “fun” activities that we do during the term. It’s easy to do as we have so many wonderful experiences while travelling. However, students also work very hard, earn excellent marks and set themselves up for admission into a wide variety of universities across Canada and the United States.

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Goodbye to Rotorua and Term 3!

Wednesday morning brought the final set of exams and the academic conclusion to Term 3. And what a term this has been…words such as “epic”, “best ever”, “so much fun” are how the students (and staff) would describe the experience that Term 3 in Australia and New Zealand has been.

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Exams and then we go…White Water Rafting

This may seem like a strange combination of activities but it was a terrific mix for GHS this year. After the students wrote their period 2 exams in the morning, a number of us decided that we needed a break before continuing the preparation for period 1 exams the following day. White Water Rafting felt like the perfect diversion, so, off we went.

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Busy Weekend in Rotorua

As this is the final weekend of term 3 and exams are quickly approaching, we determined to make the very most of every minute. For some that meant working on our ISPs, studying for that final test or finishing off that last project.

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We Know…You told us not to play in the MUD!

We Know...You told us not to play in the MUD! But, you also know, that we don’t always listen… On Friday night, a total of 19 of us headed out to Hell’s Gate, a very unique Rotorua Spa Experience. To quote the website “Maori have been bathing in the geothermal muds...

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Te Puia Cultural Evening

Te Puia Cultural Evening We left Auckland on Sunday morning and travelled through the rolling countryside to the tourist area of Rotorua. This small town is renowned for its geothermal activity and Maori culture. Bubbling mud pools, steam rising off the lake, geysers...

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The Next Great New Zealand Walk

The Next Great New Zealand Walk Up early, into a taxi and off for another adventure. That’s how the day began for some GHS students on Wednesday. And what an adventure this turned out to be. The Tarawera Trail is in an area devastated in 1886 by a major volcanic...

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A Saturday in Auckland

A Saturday in Auckland What does GHS do on a sunny Saturday in Auckland? As it turns out, it’s was a busy day filled with a variety of activities. The day begins with classes. I know, it’s Saturday, so why are we in class? One of the advantages of GHS is our ability...

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A Week of Remembrance and Respect for Others

A Week of Remembrance and Respect for Others This has been such an impactful and emotional week to be in New Zealand. It will be hard to forget the tears of our bus driver who informed us of the terror attack last Friday. He was shattered and, as we quickly learned,...

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Rangitoto Island

Rangitoto Island Where in the world can you find a “pest free” island, officially declared in 2011, where you need to clean your shoes and are reminded to check your bags for rats, ants and skinks before boarding the ferry? Where there are no garbage cans or cafes or...

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Milford Sound

Milford Sound My whole adolescent life I’ve wanted to explore the world and travel to the greatest limits. When I got the opportunity to come to Australia / New Zealand I couldn’t have been more thrilled. Not only was I getting the amazing ability to travel to the...

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Sky Diving in Queenstown

Sky Diving in Queenstown Three times was the charm when it came to Sky Diving in Queenstown. We headed out the first time on Wednesday for our adventure Sky Diving. Many of us didn’t get much sleep the night before and the butterflies were still fluttering in the...

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Day Trip to Milford Sound

Day Trip to Milford Sound We started the day bright and early before sleepily heading to our bus bound for Milford Sound. Our knowledgeable and cheerful bus driver told us about the history of New Zealand as we watched the sunrise while driving down the highway. The...

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Hikes in Queenstown

Hikes in Queenstown One of our favourite activities in Queenstown, once the adrenaline junkies were satisfied, was hiking or as the Kiwis call it “tramping” on the many, many spectacular “tracks” or trails in the area. They ranged in length from 2 hours for the...

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Kiwi Birdlife Park

Kiwi Birdlife Park On March 12, 2019, our Blyth Academy GHS group visited the Kiwi Birdlife Park in Queenstown, New Zealand. The park is built upon a downward slope, with narrow gravel paths connecting various houses and cages in which the park’s animals are currently...

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Jet Boats, Bungee Jumps and more hikes

Jet Boats, Bungee Jumps and more hikes Queenstown really is the “Adventure Capital” of New Zealand. Every day brings a new opportunity for us to try a different (and challenging) activity outdoors in this beautiful alpine town. Queenstown feels a little like Banff or...

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