While at Colorado College, Neal played football for the Tigers. After his freshman year, the football program was cut (they were not very good) and Neal walked onto the swim team as a freestyle sprinter. Much of his college career was split between camping, snowboarding, writing, and swimming. In his senior year, Neal spent a semester studying wildlife ecology, policy, and management with The School for Field Studies in Tanzania and Kenya. After graduation, Neal went on to teach English in South Korea, was a snorkel guide in the gulf of Cambodia, traveled all over Southeast Asia, and founded an international child drowning prevention nonprofit in Bali, Indonesia. Neal now lives in Nicaragua with his partner, Kar, where he continues to work remotely with his NGO. When he isn’t surfing or spear fishing, Neal can be found daydreaming about California burritos (extra crispy fries) and/or reading sci-fi books in a hammock. Neal speaks (almost) fluent Bahasa Indonesia and is currently hobbling his way through Spanish (which is way harder). This year, Neal hopes to begin construction on the Superadobe home he is planning to build in Nicaragua. He has led student programs in Thailand, Hawaii, and Nepal.