Today was the coolest day ever. After breakfast, we all headed over to Greymouth Town Center for Adventure Tours. We put on wet suits and many layers of thermals and hopped in a van to drive to the river. Thirty minutes later we found ourselves looking down on a 70-foot gorge filled with rapidly moving… Read More

Students hold a Nat Geo Flag

Winding up the dirt road, teetering on the edge of the mountain, no one knew what to expect when the bus turned around the final bend and Cardrona Mountain loomed before us.… Read More


Today, we visited the famous Monkey Temple (Swayambhunath) — massive, impressive, and full of harmless (probably Buddhist) monkeys that live side-by-side with humans. After this, we ventured out to Patan Square, an aesthetically pleasing UNESCO World Heritage Site, ate at the museum cafe, visited the museum, an exquisite Golden Temple, and finally, we met Kumari Devi, Nepal’s living… Read More

Laura next to a portrait of herself taken by student Christina H.

It’s hard to believe but we are already done, and oh what photographers we have! Their talents were showcased tonight in our gallery show, visited by friends, family, and the general public. Everybody was surprised at the caliber of photography, and our students really enjoyed the evening as well. We will always cherish the memories of… Read More


Sometimes you go out looking for history, and sometimes history catches up with you. We’ve experienced both today. Students had the chance to visit some beautifully preserved medieval cities, Girona and Besalú. Girona was a big hit with some as many scenes from “Game of Thrones” were filmed there, and Besalú had its own unexpected… Read More


Here we are, all of us, enjoying the warmth and the beauty of Barcelona. What a day we’ve had! After a morning discussing as a group our hopes and expectations for this trip, we jumped into a few hours of instruction from our National Geographic expert Tino Soriano. Then, our heads full of inspiration, we… Read More


Today is our last day in Alaska, and this place gave us one final show when we paddled out into Resurrection Bay from our secluded overnight location in Kayakers Cove. Just after pushing out, one of our group members spotted a Humpback Whale that swam towards us. We followed the whale through the deep coves.… Read More


We had an epic time exploring the Outback and camping under the stars.  We’ll let our Gif’s speak for themselves!… Read More

Riding the ferry near the Opera House on our way to Manly. | Photo by trip leader Brett Monroe Garner

We are having a great time in Sydney! Yesterday we went to Manly Beach and split into our On Assignment teams.  The photography group took pictures on the beach while the wildlife group did some snorkeling.… Read More


It’s hard to summarize our journey — so much has happened in just three weeks. Yesterday morning we left the rainforest after an incredible time snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef, kayaking in Cape Tribulation, hiking in the Daintree rainforest, horseback riding on the beach, and scouting crocodiles from a boat.  Check out our photo… Read More


As soon as we arrived at Green Camp, we jumped straight into amazing things, like making traditional Balinese offerings, climbing a coconut tree, and relaxing around a cozy campfire with guitars, drums, and lots of singing all around! The next day started with a workshop with our new friend Clara who taught us all about meditation,… Read More


Upon arriving in Patagonia, we were greeted at the airport by our Nat Geo Expert, Tommy Heinrich, with a sign and a big hello. We piled into a van and made our way to the Villa la Angostura in Bariloche.… Read More


We’ve arrived in Pemuteran and on our first day enjoyed a beautiful sunset! One thing we’ve learned since arriving in Pemuteran is that it’s pretty hard to be a coral nowadays. In recent years, there has been a lot of damage to the reef in Pemuteran because of unsustainable fishing and invasions of crown-of-thorns starfish and… Read More


After spending nine days working with National Geographic grantees at MIT or the University of Colorado Boulder, these students developed proposals for projects based on the skills they learned during their experience on campus. They were given grants from National Geographic to implement these projects back home, and will be working on them throughout the… Read More