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The Oceans Need Your Voice

Now more than ever, our world needs a generation of creative thinkers and outspoken champions to be the voice of conservation and to help protect our precious marine ecosystems.

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How to Experience a Language, Not Just Learn It

Developing language skills within the context of your passions and interests, and within a native-speaking culture, better enables you to retain what you learn. And, more importantly, it helps you enjoy what you learn. Here are just a few of the concrete benefits of skill-based language learning in another culture.

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Photography and Cultural Sensitivity

Some cultures do not enjoy getting their picture taken, so when taking photos on your travels, it's important to be respectful, culturally sensitive and know when you can and can't take photos.

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So You Want to Work for Broadreach?

Many of our students are so impacted by their Broadreach experience that they dream of returning to Broadreach as instructors or interns in the future. Here are few positions and paths that you can take to join Broadreach as an instructor or intern.

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Awesome Fish and Where to Find Them

For those of us that consider the ocean our second home, it means two words: Scuba Diving. It’s time to start dusting off those wet suits, my friends! Get familiar with these five awesome fish you could see this summer.

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The Value of Diversity in International Education

While studying abroad teaches us about the diversity of cultures other than our own, it can also reveal the value of unique characteristics within our own communities that may have gone unnoticed.

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2016 Holiday Gear Guide

From a bioluminescent 'pet' to the ultimate adventure machine, our annual holiday gear guide has you covered!

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Could Antarctica Hold the Key to Finding Life on Other Planets?

If life can be found in the most extreme and inhospitable conditions Antarctica has to offer, it's reasonable to believe that life could be found extraterrestrially. Here's why.

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How Can We Use Science to Fight Poverty?

In developing countries around the world, people are using a specific type of applied science, appropriate technology, to generate creative solutions for challenges faced by local communities.

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5 Things We Can Learn About Life From Birds

There's a lot we can learn about ourselves by living a life that's fit for the birds.

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2016 Broadreach Video Competition Winners

There were so many great entries to the 2016 Broadreach Video Competition this year, it was really difficult to pick our favorites. After a few rounds of voting at the Broadreach HQ, here are the results!

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Happy PADI Women's Dive Day!

Today marks PADI’s second annual Women’s Dive Day, a day set aside to celebrate women's contributions to the sport! We introduce hundreds of teenage girls to the world of scuba each year, and love igniting their passion for diving and the underwater realm.

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Reef-Friendly Sunscreen: What You Can Do to Help Prevent Coral Bleaching

While sunscreen is an absolute necessity for outdoor summer activities, some sunscreens contain chemicals linked to coral bleaching, so choosing a reef-friendly option keeps both you and the marine environment safe!

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The Plastic Ocean Project Takes on Cape Hatteras

Caribbean Marine Conservation alumna and former Broadreach Caribbean staff member Arisa Yoon isn't willing to live in a world with plastic soup for oceans- she has teamed up with a group of her fellow undergraduates at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington to protect North Carolina's coastal waters.

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How to Travel With Dietary Restrictions

Traveling abroad with food allergies or dietary restrictions can be challenging. Whether you're gluten-free, lactose-free, have a peanut allergy or are vegetarian, following these few tips can ease the stress of eating when away from home.

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Simple Ways to Make a Difference in your Community

As spring approaches, it’s time to shed our coats and mittens and to get outside to enjoy the beautiful world we all share. It can also be a great time to give back to your community. We have some great ideas for how to give back to your community.

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Fun Facts You Might Not Know About Pufferfish

There are so many reasons to love pufferfish beyond their adorable appearance. They are a unique fish, with awesome defense mechanisms and plenty of fun, weird facts.

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Why You Should Travel

"To anyone who has ever yearned to travel but don’t think you can – I have news for you. Do it anyways, despite every obstacle you face. Do it anyways...."

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From Costa Rica to Africa: Making a Difference for Wildlife

When we come across students that are up to cool and exciting things, we like to share it with our Broadreach community so you can see what is possible!

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Why Croatia Should Be On Every Sailor's Bucket List

The country side is beautiful, the people charming and friendly, the cuisine savory and the water the bluest on earth. Sailing in Croatia and exploring the Dalmatian Coast should be on every sailor’s bucket list!

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2015 Holiday Gear Guide

From the extravagant to the practical, the DEMA trade show and International Boat Show are every dive & sail gearhead's dream. Here are a few of the things we saw that made our wish list this year.

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5 Knots Everyone Should Know

Whether you’re tying your boat to a mooring or simply need to attach something to the roof of your car, there are several knots that will come in handy no matter what the need. Be the hero of any situation involving a rope with these five essential knots.

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Living in the Moment: 2015 Alumni Editor

The 2015 Broadreach Alumni Editor, Ella King, reflects on her experience in the jungles and mountains of Peru.

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Biomimicry: How Nature Can Teach Us To Be More Efficient

Does nature hold the secret to getting rid of traffic jams and making cars fly?

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How to be Whale Wise

People flock by the thousands to the pristine coastlines of British Columbia catch a glimpse of some of the world’s most incredible marine animals. With all of this traffic, it's important for visitors to be 'whale wise' in order to make sure both you and the whales stay safe along the way.

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Surf Lingo 101

It’s often said that some Inuit dialects have over 50 words for different types of snow. Surfers have just as many unique words for describing waves and how they’re ridden. Here are my top ten surf terms for anyone who wants to be in the surfing know.

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What's the Buzz About Bees?

Bees play a vital role in our ecosystem, and there are several things you can do to help bee populations flourish.

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Technological Trash: What e-Waste Means for Global Health

The latest smartphone, a bigger TV, a lighter laptop—it seems that every new wave of technology helps to make our lives simpler, easier, and more comfortable. But, what happens to our old electronics and what does that mean for global health?

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The ABCs of Packing

Whether you're packing a duffel bag or a backpack, the ABCs are a simple way to organize your gear and help you look like a pro, because after all, looking good is half the battle.

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The Legend of Biggie the Iguana

In the summer of 2013, the exploits and death-defying feats of Biggie the iguana resulted in what is quite possibly our favorite email we've gotten from a parent to date, and she was kind enough to let us share it with you!

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Am I Ready to Travel Abroad?

Traveling abroad can be one of the most influential experiences you have in life, and there are several things you can do to prepare yourself physically and mentally for the adventure of a lifetime.

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Wilderness First Responder Isn't Just for the Wilderness

Whether I am walking to lunch, taking a day hike, or even heading out for a longer expedition, I know that I possess the skills to keep myself and others safe and to handle myself in whatever situations may come my way.

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5 More Ways to Make an Eco-Difference

Last Earth Day we posted an article about '5 Easy Ways to Make an Eco-Difference', and thought there was no better way to celebrate Earth Day 2015 with a list of more things you can do to limit your environmental impact. Here are five more things you can do that will go a long way!

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How to Improve Your Sense of Direction

While some people seem to find their way around this world with ease, some of us seem to have been born with no sense of direction at all. If you’re one of those folks who can’t navigate your way out of a cardboard box, there are definitely little things you can do to improve your sense of direction and learn to find your way.

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Wildlife Tourism: Good or Bad?

The loss of species diversity on our planet is a global problem that affects us all, but it’s also a problem that we have the power to change. Travel can be a great way to effect this change, but it can also exacerbate problems if not done properly.

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Caribbean Packing List FAQ

Getting ready for your Broadreach program and have a few questions about the packing list? Here are a few helpful frequently asked questions about some of the gear on the list that can help get you prepared!

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This is Public Health

How does one define public health, and how does travel abroad improve it? hen we interact with different cultures, we further our understanding of our own health systems and gain insight into unique ways to improve health of the community back home.

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Meet the Broadreach HQ

If you've called and spoken with someone here in the Broadreach HQ, you may feel like you already know us. We happily spend hours on the phone with families discussing program options and pre-trip planning, so we feel like we know you too. Time to put a face with the phone voice and meet the HQ!

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Broadreach: Where Words Come Alive

Broadreach experiences may provide great material, but it's the student's life-changing discovery and transformation that really brings the words to life. Gabi Mascaro recently wrote one such essay, and we were so moved by her account of how she grew as a person...

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Bali, Lombok & Gili Air: Photo Gallery

Bali, Lombok, and Gili Air surpassed all of my expectations and provide the perfect landscape to explore and discover everything Indonesia has to offer above and below the water. To give you an idea of how amazing my experience was, here are a few of my favorite photos from the trip.

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The Tastiest Link Between France, Africa
and the American South

Important links can be drawn between African influenced French cuisine, and African influenced American cuisine. But how?

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Valentines for the Animal Lover in Your Life

Still looking for the perfect valentine for the animal lover or diver in your life? Valentine's Day is right around the corner, so from sloths and monkeys to cuttlefish and baby sea turtles, Broadreach has you covered!

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How Do You Prepare For Your Child's First Trip Abroad?

When you sign your child up for a summer program abroad, you receive tons of useful information about how to prepare them for their trip. But one thing you don’t receive is preparation for the experience of putting your child on a plane and sending them out of the country for the first time.

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Primates Aren't Just 'Monkeying Around'

In tropical forests, the intricate relationships between plants and animals have resulted in evolutionary changes in plant structure and have created unique roles for the primates residing in these ecosystems.

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Finding the Life in Language

Languages are not entirely different from a living being that can grow, change, and respond to its natural environment, and viewing languages in this way can be real game-changer when it comes to achieving proficiency.

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Winter Road Trip Ideas for Beating the Pre-Spring Break Blahs

Getting a little stir crazy this winter? Have a count down calendar till the first day of spring break? Just because it's cold doesn't mean you can't get out, explore and put a little adventure into your life. Here are a few winter road trip ideas to beat the pre-spring break blahs.

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What Are The Benefits of Short-Term Study Abroad?

Short-term study abroad offers several benefits for students who may be facing financial or time constraints.

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Remembering the Galapagos' Most Famous Resident, Lonesome George

The American Museum of Natural History just released a short documentary about the preservation of the Galápagos' most famous resident, Lonesome George, who died of natural causes back in June of 2012.

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The Challenges of Being a Sloth Mom

I'm often described as being so lucky for having the chance to be a "sloth mom" and while I certainly feel very lucky to be able to work with these special creatures every day, there are many challenges and below are just a few!

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Global Medicine in a Global Context: Academic Adventures in Bangladesh

Partnering with local organizations and communities is necessary for aligning global public health research and practices with the actual needs and goals of local governments and the people you hope to help. So how do you do this?

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Tips for Shooting Better Video

A few tips for shooting better video so you can make sure the footage you get on your next adventure is perfect and ready for your directorial debut!

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What I Learned Wasn't What I Expected

A 2013 Broadreach Foundation scholarship recipient recounts her time in the French West Indies, and her surprise at the biggest takeaway from the experience.

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What's the Biggest Threat to Marine Life?

We are systematically reducing the fish populations from the oceans, starting with the biggest fish and working our way down. Because of this, overfishing has the most damaging impact on marine life ecosystems than any other danger they face.

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2014 Holiday Gear Guide

If you (or someone you're shopping for this holiday season) are an outdoor enthusiast or gadget lover, chances are some sort of gear will find its way onto the wish list this year. Here are a few things that made it onto ours!

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World Map for Tracking Your Global Explorations

Download a free blank world map to keep track of your global explorations, including where you've been or even where you hope to go!

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Iceland: Land of Fire & Ice

From the black sand beaches sprinkled with icebergs at Jökulsárlón to the volcanic crater lake, Kerið, Iceland is one of the most magical places in the world.

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How Do You Conduct Underwater Research?

It’s a daunting task to tackle the decline of one of the most biodiverse ecosystems in the world using a tank of air and an armful of equipment. But it’s amazing what a little good buoyancy and a meter stick can do.

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Why Is This Place So Popular?

How is it that some tourist sites become extremely popular while others remain on the side lines, going unnoticed by passers by? You can visit so many unique spots while traveling, but you never really know what attracts crowds of people to some and hardly anyone to others.

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Awesome Things Stay Awesome

Even after 14 years, re-visiting a place that held so much excitement for you in the past, can still leave you speechless.

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The Disconnect: Smart Phones and the Study Abroad Experience

Should you take your smart phone or leave it at home when you travel? There are benefits to both, and you should weight the pros and cons to decide what's right for you.

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What Puts the 'Eco' in Eco-Friendly?

Many hotels, lodges, travel providers and even restaurants claim to be 'eco-friendly,' but what exactly makes something eco-worthy?

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Why Cute, Tiny Animals Make You Want to Scream

If you've ever looked at a baby animal so adorable and tiny it makes you want to squeeze it as hard as you can, you may have 'cute aggression.' Yes, that's a thing. But, why?

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Broadreach Partner Organization Delivers First Sloth C-Section

One of our partnership organizations in Costa Rica, Kids Saving the Rainforest, is making news across the globe as they just delivered the first successful c-section of a three-toed baby sloth!

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Microplastics: How Beauty Products are Turning the Ocean Into Plastic Soup

When we think of plastics, we think of bags or bottles. While those are also of large concern to the health of our oceans, it's microplastics that have scientists fighting for new legislation and product bans.

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How to Stay Healthy When Traveling

There are a few things you should research in order to stay healthy before you travel abroad or even take a backpacking trip in your local national park.

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Learning Through Experience

Why is experiential education important? By using direct experiences as a means to explore and understand complex topics, learners interact with their environment and become involved in the education process in a way that's not possible in a classroom or by reading a book.

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How to Speak Dolphin

Have humans cracked the dolphin language? While we don’t quite have a Rosetta Stone for 'dolphin', we do know much more now than we did 10 years ago.

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Off the Deep End

Andy Schell, a former Broadreach instructor, recounts the experience of his first offshore passage and what it is that draws him to the sea.

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Help Scientists Count Penguins in Antarctica

Bored with nothing to do? Spend your downtime on the internet helping Penguin Watch conduct penguin population surveys in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean. It's easy and fun!

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Digital Disease Detection: Tracking Outbreaks in Real-Time

How can you track global disease outbreaks as they happen? 'Digital Disease Detection' is helping doctors and scientists track epidemics in real-time using online searches to create a HealthMap of where and how diseases are circulating.

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Madagascar: An Ecological Treasure with an Uncertain Future

Madagascar is a land rich with biodiversity and natural wonders, but recent activity have put its unique flora and fauna, including several species of lemurs, at risk of becoming extinct.

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Broadreach Alum Starts Sustainable Party Supply Company, Susty Party

Broadreach Alum, Emily Doubilet, furthers her love of the environment by creating Susty Party, a sustainable party supply company that was featured on Shark Tank and the Forbes '30 Under 30' list.

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How Do You Tell if a Chimp is Right or Left Handed?

How do you tell if a chimp is right or left handed? Turns out, the answer is much more complicated than one would think.

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What Does It Mean To Travel Sustainably?

The need for transportation, accommodations, entertainment, and recreation all typically occur with greater frequency when traveling. Knowing that, how can we minimize our impact while exploring new places?

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5 Tips for Better Travel Photography

Photographing in a new environment can be an exciting and challenging adventure – whether you're traveling across the globe or just across town. Here are a few tips for bringing back unique and meaningful pictures from your next trip.

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Why Do We Dive?

Why do we dive? Our dive program coordinator, Tom Simmons, explains what diving means to him and why it's like being a member of a not-so-secret club.

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Photography in Panama: A Photo Gallery

Our Panama Photography program learns about the art of photography and leave with a stunning portfolio of images. From landscapes to portraiture, they learn to shoot it all in the tropical setting of Panama.

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How a Tiny Country Can Exceed Your Wildest Expectations

At Broadreach, we love to sit around and talk shop. And for us, shop talk is all about travel, exploration, study abroad and the best places across the globe to do all three.

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The International Language of Sport

While soccer is a way for Broadreach students to interact with children in the communities we visit, in Kibera, it’s a way to keep the community non-violent. In this slum, soccer is a crucial way of bringing the children of rival ethnic tribes together and teaching them to get along and communicate at a young age.

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Why You Should Keep a Journal When Traveling

I had protested the journal at first. Little did I know that my journal would become one of the most sentimental objects in my life.

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The Art of Packing Lightly

Does the idea of getting everything you need for 2,3,4+ weeks in a carry-on feel like an insurmountable task? You can do it and you will feel liberated and accomplished when you do. These helpful tips should get you started.

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The Yellowstone of South America

Kate Farthing, Broadreach Program Director, spent some time with 'Conservacion Patagonica' aiding in their conservation efforts to make Patagonia the "Yellowstone of South America" - a preserved national park.

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From Broadreach Student to 'Sharkman'

Nothing makes us happier than a student discovering a passion they didn’t know they had, and then continuing to explore that passion through volunteering, internships and even career choices long after their Broadreach program ends. Find out how Pat Goebel went from student to 'Sharkman'

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Boat Life: A Photo Gallery

One of the most common questions we get from students enrolling on one of our Caribbean voyages is "What is living on a boat like?", so we thought we'd give you a little glimpse into daily life aboard the catamarans!

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Alumni Reflections: Taking the Leap

The world was suddenly a place of endless opportunity; a place where stars could be discovered anywhere. Everything was different, new, exciting! The fear that only a moment ago had me beefing to leave the water had evaporated and was replaced with a hunger for knowledge and discovery....

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Parent-Child Programs, a New Way to Travel With Broadreach

This summer, Broadreach will offer two expeditions for groups of parent/child pairs – a Caribbean sailing and diving voyage and an eco-adventure in Costa Rica.

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Bonaire: A Photo Gallery

We were recently updating the photos for our Bonaire Advanced Scuba program on the Broadreach website, and were instantly reminded why we love Bonaire so much... the marine life, the dive sites, donkey sanctuary and so much more.

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Portugal: A Photo Gallery

Our School Partnerships Director, Nathan Trappe, recently went to Portugal to scout for the custom program we developed for Lawrence Academy. Here are a few of our favorite images he shot during his trip.

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Sea Cucumbers Breathe Out of What?

I didn’t exactly choose to become a sea cucumber farmer. It was more a matter of the sea stars aligning and the sea cucumbers choosing me.

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5 Tips for Traveling Like a Pro

I’ve learned a few tips for getting the most out of an adventure. I thought I would share a few things that are high on my 'to do' list so you can learn from both my good times and misadventures.

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Building a Future: Brooklyn Boatworks

Brooklyn Boatworks was created as a program to help young people develop life skills through the building and use of small boats, and is helping students build a future.

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Dive Gear That Should Be On Your Wish List

We went to the largest international trade show for diving and watersports, DEMA, and got to check out the latest diving trends, equipment, destinations and also got to tinker with all the new cool dive gadgets!

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Alumni Reflections: At Peace

We were more than just friends – we were a family. We camped, cooked, ate together, studied and joined with nature together. On an uninhabited island, we were isolated from civilization, with only nature and each other.

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Be Afraid for Sharks, Not of Them

There is no other animal on Earth that can strike such emotional and polarizing discord within people than sharks. Emotions can range from fear to awe to reverence, with most people leaning towards somewhere between the first two.

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Alumni Reflections: A Different Kind of Immersion

When most people think of a Caribbean adventure they think of the sparkling, blue swells of the ocean and the sunny, blue sky. They think of Scuba Diving: immersing themselves into a sprawling underwater world like no other.

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The Importance of the Right Light

Mike Austin discovered a terrible problem while surfing Twitter. He stumbled upon an article that spoke of the terrible effects of kerosene gas lamps and their impact on communities in Madagascar; but it was the possible solution to wipe them out that motivated him.

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A Little ‘Hvala’ Goes a Long Way

When you’re travelling, even if you don’t know the language, learning a few words can help you navigate a country and make local people more willing to help you out.

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Travel on a Human Scale

The more time you spend at sea the more you come to understand the two different worlds we live in. The modern – with its instant information and communication networks and frantically quick transportation systems (and by the way, if you don’t believe in teleporting, you've never been on a trans-continental flight) – and the human.

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The Most Adorable Fish in the Sea

The most adorable fish you will ever lay eyes on, that is, if you're actually lucky enough to spot one of these tiny and elusive creatures, is the juvenile trunkfish.

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Sharktastic: A Photo Gallery

From cage diving with great whites in South Africa, to studying their behavior on dives in Fiji, our programs have provided amazing photo opportunities over the years.

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Appreciating the Differences

Never in my entire life had I ever expected to find myself rooting for another country during the Olympics and yet, this is exactly what happened on my trip to Guadeloupe.

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Diving with the Sharks

What is it like to scuba dive with sharks? That first stride into the water takes a lot guts and trust, but will end up being one of the most memorable experiences of your life.

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Het Bonaire Special

Bonaire’s coast, dotted with numbered, yellow painted rocks, tells you that this island’s main attraction is, of course, scuba diving. While the flora and fauna above land make Bonaire a recipe for an amazing wildlife experience, it’s below the sea where things really get cooking. But, that’s a whole different story…

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Rippl from the Ocean Conservancy

Want to live a more sustainable lifestyle, but need a little help? We’re in love with this new app from the Ocean Conservancy, Rippl, that delivers customizable green living tips and alerts that fit your schedule to promote a greener, healthier life.

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