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Jodi Gustafson

Series on the "gap year" Whitehorse student Jodi Gustafson took this trip before returning to her studies through the University of British Columbia and Canterbury University in Christchurch, New Zealand.

In a year of globetrotting, I had encountered precarious situations: having my money and ID stolen in New Zealand; being awakened by drunken men trying to enter my bungalow in Thailand, and hospitalized in that country with a suspected case of H1N1; Read more

Making A Difference!

After my memorable, and sometimes unsettling, experiences in Thailand and New Zealand, I returned to Whitehorse to work for awhile to top up my finances – and take advantage of a family vacation trip to Hawaii. This is where the "natural disaster" p Read more

Making A Difference!

My time in pastoral New Zealand inspired me to pursue another goal of my gap year: to acquaint myself with some form of spirituality. I signed up for a yoga retreat at a mountaintop ashram overlooking the Tasman Sea and lush, rolling hills dotted by Read more

Making A Difference!

As I waved goodbye to my parents at the Whitehorse airport, I had no idea that within a little more than a year, I would be robbed in New Zealand, hospitalized in Thailand, and survive a tsunami in Hawaii, a volcanic eruption in Iceland and a massive Read more

Making A Difference!