Sasha Blanchard

Leader at the Outdoor Education Group in Victoria, Australia

Hometown: Agoura Hills, CA

Education: B.A. in Psychology from the University of Notre Dame

When I think back on my time at Pali, many happy and fun experiences rush into my mind and makes me smile from ear to ear. Even though many of the work hours were often long and tiring, the legendary people that you have the honor to grow close to and the endlessly diverse amount of adventure opportunities that were in such close proximity to where we lived was absolutely astounding. My time at Pali was also a very personally transforming experience in that it made me aware of my passion for working in the outdoors and gave me a deep appreciation for good communities that support each other. At least for me, Pali was much more than just a job; it was my way of life, my family, and my home for two unforgettable years. From this experience, I was inspired to continue down the outdoor education path and now find myself exploring the Australian bush with students on multi-day journey based programs.