Traveling the World with Liam

Maybe you’re considering a gap year for 2020. Making this decision only gets easier with more information and insight – and what better way to learn about a gap year than to follow a Winterline student through the course of their travels? Lucky for you, our 2019-2020 student Liam is creating a vlog series showcasing his Winterline experience. While some things will look a little different this year due to COVID-19, the overall purpose and goals of Winterline’s program remains the same.

Whether you’re looking for a way to have new experiences from home or learn more about a specific program, Liam will take you on an adventure through his own eyes. We’ll update this page each time Liam posts a new episode, but you can follow along or check out his other videos on Liam’s YouTube channel!

Do you have your own travel or gap year experiences you want to share? Let us know in the comments!

Photos of the Week 2/14

Our three squads are spread across three different countries this week, and they’re each practicing different skills. Squad 1 is nearing the end of their time in Cambodia, where they took a class in bicycle maintenance before riding to Angkor Wat. They also took a class at Phare Circus School, then split up to pursue advanced skills. Our students had a choice between a 5-day meditation retreat, bicycle touring in Battambang, or getting an Advanced Open Water SCUBA certified off the coast.

Meanwhile, Squad 2 is in Nan, Thailand, where they learned the sport of Muay Thai boxing! The students also got to practice weaving and pottery, and spent some free time exploring the beauty of the countryside. Finally, Squad 3 is in Northern India, where they’ll be trekking the foothills of the Himalayas. Before taking off on this adventure, the students are getting a course in disaster medicine from the Hanifl Centre. It sure has been a busy and exciting week: see for yourself through the eyes (and photos) of our students!

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Zoe learning bike maintenance | Photo By: Liam McIlwain
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Streets of Thailand | Photo By: Alyssa Copham
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Jason and Alyssa practice Muay Thai
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City views in Bangkok | Photo By: Alyssa Copham
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Temple ruins | Photo By: Liam McIlwain
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Liam learns to weave
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Lauren weaves textiles | Photo By: Liam McIlwain
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Justin and Liam learn bike maintenance
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Moriah, Josh, and Jacob go for a ride on a bamboo train
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Jared learns bike maintenance | Photo By: Liam McIlwain
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Jacob and Moriah learn Khmer dancing
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Jackson weaves textiles | Photo By: Liam McIlwain
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James and Leon at the Taj Mahal
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Taking in views of India | Photo By: Alexandra Johansson
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Disaster medicine training at the Hanifl Centre
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Disaster medicine training at the Hanifl Centre
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Disaster medicine training at the Hanifl Centre
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Emma in India
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Lauren and Lucas at Ecole Paul Dubrule
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Cooking at Ecole Paul Dubrule
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Squad 2 at Ecole Paul Dubrule
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Squad 1 at Angkor Wat
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Josh, James, and Peyton at Angkor Wat
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Josh and Moriah at the temples
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Squad 1 at Phare Circus School
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Josh and Jacob at Phare Circus School
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Weaving in Thailand | Photo By: Liam McIlwain
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Alyssa and Veronica at Muay Thai practice
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Squad 2 at Muay Thai practice
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Squad 2 biking in Bangkok

If you’re interested in living this journey for yourself, apply now for our 2020-2021 gap year. Want the experience, but unable to dedicate a whole year for travel? Then join our Latin America semester this fall! It’s never too early to start thinking about your future.

Photos of the Week 2/7

This week, our students have been taking in the jaw-dropping beauty of the Taj Mahal and the grandiosity of the Angkor Wat temple complex. But they’ve been learning, too: creating marble inlays and vision boards, practicing advanced scuba diving, and cooking up a storm. The diversity of skills and culture across Southeast Asia and India are sure to be lifechanging for our students – see for yourself!

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Vision boards created by our students
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Glorious Taj Mahal | Photo By: Whitfield Smith
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Squad 3 at the Taj Mahal
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Lauren at the Taj Mahal
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Justin in Cambodia
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Carter and Micah at the Taj Mahal
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Indian flag
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Carter and Eli at the Taj Mahal
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Pablo and Eli at the Taj Mahal | Photo By: Micah Zimmerman
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Lauren in India
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Sleepy kitty | Photo By: Leon Louw
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Advanced scuba | Photo By: Alyssa Copham
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Swinging in the sun
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Chef’s selfie | Photo By: Justin Newman
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Justin cooking
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Squad 2 boys
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Jason getting ready for scuba
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Squad 2 in the kitchen
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Cooking lessons
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Jared and Liam prepping ingredients
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Jackson and Zoe
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Cambodian dive shop | Photo By: Jason Thomas
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Adventures at Angkor Wat
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Jason on the road
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Temple hideouts
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Angkor Wat | Photo By: Jason Thomas
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Nighttime views in Cambodia | Photo By: Alexandra Johansson
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Jackson at a waterfall
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Golden Buddhas | Photo By: Alexandra Johansson
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Angkor Wat | Photo By: Jason Thomas
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Cambodian beaches | Photo By: Jason Thomas
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Lauren swinging

If you’re interested in living this journey for yourself, apply now for our 2020-2021 gap year. Want the experience, but unable to dedicate a whole year for travel? Then join our Latin America semester this fall! It’s never too early to start thinking about your future.

Photos of the Week 1/31

In the second week of Trimester 2, our students have settled back into their squads, new countries, and travel, meaning they’re ready for even more skills and adventure! Just like last week, our students cooked some delicious meals at Bai Pai Thai Cooking School in Bangkok and Ecole Paul Dubrule in Siem Reap. Other skills this week included ceramics, Muay Thai boxing, bicycle maintenance, and cultural exploration of the temples and city streets. Take a look at some of our photos from the past week!

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Zoe greeting a Cambodian monk | Photo By: Devin Duffy
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Whit at Bai Pai Thai Cooking School
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Whit and his finished meal at Bai Pai Thai Cooking School
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Veronica and Jason at Ecole Paul Dubrule | Photo By: Devin Duffy
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Ceramics in Nan | Photo By: Moriah Otto
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Market views | Photo By: Sherly Budiman
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Classic mirror selfie | Photo By: Sherly Budiman
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James and Pablo at Bai Pai Thai Cooking School
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Nik exploring Cambodian temples
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Pablo in Bangkok
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Josh, Andrea, Zarah, Moriah, and Jack with their ceramics in Nan
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Thai temple | Photo By: Emmie Daswani
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Micah at Bai Pai Thai Cooking School
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Liam exploring Cambodian ruins
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Leon at Bai Pai Thai Cooking School
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Josh working on ceramics in Nan | Photo By: Moriah Otto
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Jackson, Lucas, Jason, and Christian on a tuktuk ride | Photo By: Devin Duffy
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Leon at Bai Pai Thai Cooking School
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Lauren in Angkor Wat | Photo By: Devin Duffy
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James at Bai Pai Thai Cooking School
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James at Bai Pai Thai Cooking School
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Eli at Bai Pai Thai Cooking School
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Eli with his finished meal
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Casey at Bai Pai Thai Cooking School
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Carter at Bai Pai Thai Cooking School
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Lauren learning bike maintenance | Photo By: James Townsend
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Micah and Emma working on bicycle maintenance | Photo By: James Townsend
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Learning bicycle maintenance | Photo By: James Townsend
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The streets of Bangkok | Photo By: Emmie Daswani
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Sherly, Aimee, and Whit ready for Muay Thai | Photo By: James Townsend
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Squad 3 at Bai Pai Thai Cooking School
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Thumbs up for authentic Thai food
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Casey at Bai Pai Thai Cooking School | Photo By: James Townsend
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Time to eat! | Photo By: Hillevi Johnson
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Squad 2 at Angkor Wat | Photo By: Veronica Allmon
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Exploring Angkor Wat | Photo By: Alyssa Copham
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Andrea working on ceramics in Nan | Photo By: Moriah Otto
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Veronica and Alyssa in Cambodia

If you’re interested in living this journey for yourself, apply now for our 2020-2021 gap year. Want the experience, but unable to dedicate a whole year for travel? Then join our Latin America semester this fall! It’s never too early to start thinking about your future.

The Best Places to Travel for a History Lover

History buffs tend to have different trip plans since they direct their interest in cities and place who allow them to get to know more about the history of our kind. If you are a history lover who is ready to take on a new adventure here are the places you simply must visit.

Athens, Greece

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Those of you who are fascinated by Ancient Greeks, their customs, and great minds who are cited daily even in the 21st century, need to head to Athens.

The ancient citadel, Acropolis, is situated in this city. The site contains the remains of several ancient buildings, including the Parthenon. Parthenon is one of the iconic constructions, known to be dedicated to the goddess Athena.

For a complete historical overview of the country’s history, visit the War Museum.

In addition, you should head to The Archaeological Museum of Ancient Corinth. You can take a weekend trip from Athens to this spiritual Greek destination. 

The city of Athens is the birthplace of democracy and has great architectural and historic significance so there is no surprise that many history buffs put it on the top of their list.

The Giza Plateau, Egypt

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Anyone who loves history knows that this travel list wouldn’t be complete without Egypt. Especially if ancient history interests you the most.

In the Giza Plateau, you’ll find iconic monuments that symbolized Ancient Egypt. 

You simply can’t miss seeing one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World that is the Great Pyramid of Giza. Built around 2580 BC to 2560 BC, it is the oldest and the tallest pyramid. Pyramids are ancient tombs where pharaohs were buried after their death and this one is the house of the pharaoh Khufu of the fourth dynasty.

“While you are in the area, make sure that you also check out the Sphinx. You’ll be amazed by this statue of a mythical creature with the body of a lion and the head of a human,” advises a passionate traveler and a translator at TheWordPoint, Jonathan Willis. 

Machu Picchu, Cusco, Peru

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Visiting Peru will take you back to the Inca Empire. The well-preserved ruins magically relive the city in the sky.

This city is built in the 15th century. It was the home of Emperor Pachacuti whose reign lasted 1438 to 1472. By the 1550s the city was deserted. That was around the time when the Spanish conquered modern-day Peru.

Machu Picchu is with every right a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The number of visitors is limited to 2,500 per day. That is why you should buy the ticket in advance to ensure that you’ll be one of the lucky visitors that enter the site.

Since you can’t find any information about the city on-site, head to Museo de Sitio Manuel Chávez Ballón and find out all the details about why Incas choose that unusual location for their city, and how Machu Picchu was built.

Angkor, Cambodia

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Angkor flourished from around the 9th to 15th centuries as the capital city of the Khmer Empire. When the Khmer moved their capital, all the spectacular buildings and temples were left behind.

It was discovered only after the 19th century and now it is a tourist destination where you can see the preserved historical relics.

When somebody mentions Angkor, the first thing that’ll probably come to your mind is Angkor Wat. This temple complex was built in the 12th century by King Suryavarman II.

Another imposing monument is Angkor Thom, also a temple complex, but this one is built in the 13th century by King Jayavarman VII.

For some adventurous exploring, visit the Preah Kan maze of vaulted corridors, impressive carvings, and lichen-clad stonework.

Berlin, Germany

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The Second World War was one of the determining moments in our history that set the course for the future. Visit the place which was the hub of this famous war and head to Berlin.

The city was founded in 1163 by Albert the Bear. It had a significant role in many historical events some of them being the Second World War and the Cold War where Berlin had a prominent influence on the modern-day world. 

When in Berlin, visit the famous Berlin wall which is now the place of artistic expressions, Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, the site of Hitler’s bunker, Checkpoint Charlie, the Reichstag Building, the Museum Island, and the Berlin’s most famous historic landmark – the Brandenburg Gate

Pay attention to the pre-war building while you’re strolling around the city and you’ll notice how the roofs are still damaged from falling bombs.

 

There is something about visiting a historic place. The atmosphere, the history, and the thoughts about everything that has happened there just take you back in time. Make the most out of your free spirit and let these amazing historic places you’ve read about come to life.


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7 Reasons to Go to Cambodia

When you’re thinking of travel destinations this year, why not think outside the box? A Winterline gap year offers you unique options. Stand out from the crowd and learn about a beautiful country you might not otherwise consider: Cambodia. We still have a few spots left on our 2019 Itinerary 1 gap year, and our 2020 applications will be opening soon, so get ready to visit with us!

  1. Our trip focuses on interpersonal skills and communication. Maybe you’ve been having trouble getting along with people. Maybe school’s so overwhelming that you need a reminder of the bigger purpose. Maybe you’re trying to learn more about yourself. All of these issues will be touched upon.
  2. Learn about conflict and see how it leaves a lasting mark. From the late 1960s until the 1990s, Cambodia was under the rule of the oppressive Khmer Rouge. While the regime ended long ago, its destruction has left an impact on Cambodia’s citizen today. Visiting Cambodia will teach you first-hand about a history you don’t know. It will also enforce the importance of learning to keep peace, and you’ll be able to pay homage to the country’s losses, helping them move forward.
  3. You’ll get to see the beauty of Angkor Wat, one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. The temple complex is the largest religious site in the world. These ancient buildings are not only breathtaking, but full of history you don’t usually learn in class.
  4. Cambodian culture is unlike any other. From the dance, to the cuisine, to the religion, Cambodia is vibrant in color and experience.  
  5. Visitors often say that Cambodians are some of the kindest people in the world. Despite a recent painful past, the people have an infectious and inspiring spirit. The best way to learn about a country is by hearing what its native people have to say. Go to Cambodia and listen to people’s stories. It’ll help you understand more about this country than you could learn from any textbook.
  6. Experience the liveliness of a Cambodian market. Various types of goods pack full bustling stalls. Shopping at one of these markets is not only exciting, but will give you a glimpse into daily life.
  7. The country is more than just its temples. Siem Reap has a diverse nightlife scene, while Phnom Penh is lauded for its cultural renaissance and world-class dining. Battambang is up-and-coming, notably for its architecture and contemporary art scenes.

Going to Cambodia means you’ll get to disconnect from the fast-pace of life. The beauty, the religion, the solemn history, and the kind people of the country will remind you what life is really about. Learning about loss and tragedy is difficult, but it’s important for moving forward. This visit to Cambodia will be both a physical and spiritual journey, as you recognize how to connect and communicate with both other people and your own self.