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Students in a long tail boat in Indonesia. Photo by Aaron Slosberg, Indonesia Semester.

Instructor

Hello and welcome. Welcome to the beginning of our epic adventure together! I hope you all are as excited, nervous and utterly stoked to embark on our journey in Indonesia together. Even though we have not yet met, I am certain that we are already deeply connected. Your choice to willingly leave the life as you know behind and step out of your comforts to reveal the unknown already proves the mature character you hold.

My name is Keshet. I am originally from Queens, New York but now consider home to be all the magical canyons and camp sites of the world that have dotted my life with intense moments of gratitude (and yes, often times fear). Growing up in the suburbs and attending public school felt crippling to me in ways at the time I wasn’t sure how to explain. And so after graduating from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Sustainability I decided to dedicate my life to teaching (and learning) in unconventional settings and wild places. After spending a semester abroad in Latin America as a student, a passion for travel was ignited. For the first time in my life I felt what it was like to live in place that was completely unfamiliar and challenging. I felt the sheer humbling experience of living in a homestay and gaining a family, despite our inability to properly communicate with one another. With my aspiration to discover the world, I simultaneously allowed space to discover myself.

I fell in love with international travel and examining the intricacies of international development and environmental policy. I am grateful to have had the experience traveling, learning and teaching in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Colombia, New Zealand, Israel and Indonesia. This has led me to a variety of roles including trail maintenance, conservation biology, wilderness therapy, organic farming and environmental education. I am passionate about mentorship and mindfulness and wish to inspire the and empower the next generation of environmental stewards and global citizens! I can’t wait to meet you all and find out each of your passions!

With eternal stoke and gratitude,

Keshet