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Neal From

While at Colorado College, Neal majored in English with a focus in creative writing. Neal was on both the football and swim teams. Neal’s travels have taken him around the globe—he has studied in Japan, backpacked through Thailand, and spent a semester studying wildlife management, conservation, and policy in Kenya and Tanzania. Upon graduation, Neal moved to South Korea where he taught English at a secondary school in Seoul. He has also worked as a snorkel guide on a small Island in the Gulf of Cambodia, traveled through Vietnam, and became a certified diver on the island of Koh Tao. Upon returning to the U.S., Neal founded Swimdo, an NGO based in Bali and Borneo, Indonesia, that is focused on child drowning prevention. Today, Neal spends half of the year working with his team in Bali and Borneo, and the other half living and fundraising all over the US. Neal speaks conversational Bahasa Indonesia and is a Red Cross certified CPR and First Aid Instructor. Neal is an avid surfer. When he isn’t surfing or teaching his students to swim, Neal enjoys writing, reading, singing the blues, and playing all sorts of games. Neal currently leads National Geographic Student Expeditions community service programs during the summer.

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