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No matter what happens, I am grateful to know I live in a world where even if I’m heading to a place like Syria, a wonderful group of great people would join me.

What is life when 16 exceptional, self-actualized, forward thinking, culturally competent, and socially conscious individuals — 14 of whom have traveled with me before — climb onboard for a type of experience where 99% of the world would otherwise look the other way?

. . . And I’m especially grateful to those returning with me for their 2nd, 3rd, 4th or even 7th monsoon:

 

And the people I’ve picked up along my journeys:

  • Pier-André Doyon, whom I traveled with to Socotra Island/Yemen and on The Saharan Odyssey!
  • Meghan Whittaker, whom I traveled with to Socotra Island/Yemen!
  • Kevin Kehnke, whom I traveled on The Saharan Odyssey!
  • Priyanka Shetty, whom I met and traveled with in Egypt!
  • Tom Karrel, whom I met in Rwanda!

 

Once again, I introduce the next generation of monsooners:

 

Calvin "O Captain My Captain" Sun - Expedition Leader | NYC | Clinical Professor & Emergency Medicine Physician

 

Ann "Punerator" Wenn - Returning Monsooner: May '17 (Luxembourg), Jan '18 (Australia & NZ), Jun. '18 (The Persian Gulf), Jan '19 (Prague & Budapest), Aug '19 (Off The Eastern Coast of Africa) | NYC | Human Resources

 

Amanda "Spiderwoman" Cheng - Returning Monsooner: Nov. '16 (Bulgaria), Jun. '19 (Unknown UAE & Afghanistan) | Marketing


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Bryce "Cowboy" Maynard - Returning Monsooner: Winter '17 (Australia) | Copyright Law | Alexandria, VA

 

Pier-André "The Pun-isher" Doyon - Returning Monsooner: Nov '19 (Socotra/Yemen), Jan '20 (Saharan Odyssey) | Shanghai | Guide, Young Pioneer Tours

 

Priyanka "Sweet Tooth" Shetty - Returning Monsooner: Winter '19 (Egypt) | SF | Strategy Consulting, Netflix

 

Annie R. - NYC | Toxicologist & Emergency Medicine Physician

 

Tom Karrel - Kampala, Uganda | Director of Operations, Global Livingstone Institute

 

Rui C. - Portgual | Sales, TAP Portugal

 

Ulysses T. - UK

 

Diana "Mia Dolan" Klatt - Creative Director, Returning Monsooner: Dec. '17 (Australia), Nov. '19 (Egypt) | NYC | Epidemiologist

 

Evan Danek - Returning Monsooner: Jan '19 (Prague & Budapest), Mar '19 (North Pakistan), May '19 (Barbados), Summer '19 (Unknown UAE, Afghanistan, Rwanda, Uganda), Aug '19 (Off The Eastern Coast of Africa) | NYC | Enterprise Applications Manager, Transit Wireless

 

Alexandra "Venus Flytrap" De Rosa - Returning Monsooner: Winter '17 (Australia & New Zealand) | NYC | Research Assistant, Memorial Sloan Kettering

 

Venla "Nomada" Maki Ikola - Returning Monsooner: May '18 (Iraq), Mar. '19 (Pakistan) | Helsinki, Finland | ICU Nurse

 

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Sampson "Apalca" Lau - Returning Monsooner: Winter '17 (Australia) | Mountain View, CA | Engineer

 

Meghan "Clouds" Whittaker - Returning Monsooner: Nov '19 (Socotra/Yemen) | Wemyss Bay, UK | Orthopedic Surgeon


Kevin "Padawan" Behnke - Returning Monsooner: Jan '20 (Saharan Odyssey) | Paterson, NJ | Firefighter

 

Elisabeth "Group Photo Queen" Koechlin - Return Monsooner: Mar. '19 (Pakistan), Jan. '19 (Budapest) | Paris, France | University Lecturer

 

Nathan R. - Rotterdam, Netherlands | Student

 

Clio M. - Ireland

 

 

 

 

And where we’re actually monsooning to this Spring:

 

Damascus

 

Aleppo

 

Sednaya/Maaloula

 

Palmyra

 

Crac des Chevaliers

 

Deir Mar Musa

 

Bosra

 

Damascus

 

 

Still interested in joining us? More details about the trip can be found here.

And space is still available! Accepting non-USA passport holders only; USA passport deadline has passed, although exceptions may apply. Inquire within: calvin[at]monsoondiaries[dot]com.