04.23 A Chance Encounter in Mauritius

It was pouring rain and I had almost decided to explore Mauritius by myself. I was planning on hiking alone but, I won’t lie, it was a relief and huge comfort to run into my friends Allie, Lisa, and Stephanie. When I saw their gym shoes I knew we were all thinking the same thing. [...]

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04.22 Competition on the High Seas

Eight seas showed their colors and team spirit in the recent Spring 2014 50th Anniversary Voyage Sea Olympics. It was a test of mind, muscle, endurance, coordination, skill, creativity, and silliness with activities such as the backwards spelling bee, tug-of-war, Eastern toilet squat, basketball, banner design, twister, and lip synch. The MV Explorer was alive with [...]

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04.21 Student Photo Gallery: Mauritius

Voyagers had the opportunity to visit the African island nation of Mauritius while the MV Explorer was docked in the capital city of Port Louis for a day. Dramatic, damp weather made for moody photographs and even a glimpse of a rainbow. Below are the best images from our time in Mauritius.

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04.18 Photo Gallery: Sacred River & Stunning Monuments

On a multi-day field program, voyagers traveled far from the port city of Kochi to visit the chaos of Varanasi and the impressive monuments of Agra. From viewing commonplace activities such as bathing and washing clothes to observing sacred rituals such as an aarti ceremony and cremation on funeral pyres, voyagers witnessed life and death along [...]

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04.17 Student Photo Gallery: India

India. The land of tea and spices, natural beauty, and man-made splendor. Our students fanned out far and wide across the sub-continent to explore the hustle and bustle of Delhi, hike the foothills of the Himalayas, and find peace in the tranquility of Munnar’s tea plantations. These are the best student photos from the seventh [...]

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04.16 Student Perspective: Living in the Now

There are many benefits to traveling the world. You get to learn about new cultures and languages, and you see how other countries are vastly different or similar to your own, all the while broadening your global perspective.  Traveling by sea is an even more amazing experience. Within days you build a community with people [...]

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04.14 Breathing Deep In The Birthplace of Yoga

While in India, a group of students spent two days at an Art of Living yoga retreat training their minds and bodies to be more present and in the moment. Through stretching exercises, guided meditation and a breathing process called Sudarshan Kriya, everyone took a break from the fast-paced and exciting Semester at Sea voyage [...]

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04.11 Myanmar: Student Reflections

After every port, students gather in the union to reflect and share their experiences. Set to a montage of images captured throughout the country, Camila Ruiz Segovia (gap year student), Angela Weinberg (University of California – Berkeley) and Seth Martin (Cornell University) share the powerful connections they made in Myanmar.

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04.10 Photo Gallery: Daily Life in Myanmar

While in Myanmar, voyagers recently visited Thanlyin, a village located outside of Yangon. This IMPACT opportunity field program allowed for greater interpersonal interaction with local Burmese people while exploring the market and homes of the village. Voyagers also visited Su Htoo Pan Monastic School and Orphanage where they played with the children, served them lunch, and [...]

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