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Tujuh Bulan

Oscar Platt, Participant

Yak of the Week

In February, my homestay family is going to be one person larger. My sister-in-law, Mbak Rachma is having a baby!  Last weekend, my whole family drove up to Rachmas hometown, Temanggung, in Central Java.  Aside from it being a nice vacation, our......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Senegal

Princeton Bridge Year Senegal 2018-19

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100 Things We’re Grateful For

Sophie Singletary, Participant

Yak of the Week

In celebration of our 100th day in Senegal, we gathered to reflect on the wonderful time we’ve had here thus far, each day being its own unique gift. And in that vein, what better way to reminisce on our time here than to come up with 100......Read More

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I said I wasn’t going to change

Tabita Doujad, Participant

Yak of the Week

I began my Dragons journey with all of my future plans in limbo. This was no accident; it was an intentional creation of space for something wildly new to grow. Because I am a person who has craved control over much of her life, who feels most......Read More

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Aguayos de agradecimiento

Raquel Wigginton, Instructor

Yak of the Week

Hoy el Iván habló sobre el aguayo como una especie de tejido que nos deja conocer a nuestros alrededores y personas nuevas con intención y en un sistema más amplio que nos rodea. The aguayo, or weaving, is probably the most common piece of cloth......Read More

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Proud

Ben, Instructor

Yak of the Week

Dear friends and family, As we wrap up this three-month journey, we reflect on the successes of each student, celebrating their experiences and considering ways they can continue to grow. Today, we are proud instructors. We are proud of the students......Read More

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Reflections as a group

Him C, Participant

Yak of the Week

In Nepal I learned…. That humor doesn’t have to be the only way to interact with someone, that being kind is really appreciated, and how to do a card trade How to slow down and notice the little things. That lives on this half of the......Read More

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Trek departure

Arvin Singh Uzunov Dang, Instructor

Picture of the Week

Apologies for the belated post, I just found these on my camera and realized they might be worth seeing. Our students got their best and most fiercest game faces on for the morning we left for the trek, courtesy of red tikka and some glitter. Perhaps this is why they set such a fast pace for the whole trek, often leaving the porters and guides struggling to keep up. A big change from when they left you, eh? Transference has been a beautiful and affirming experience for all of us, and we are proud of the young men and women… Read More

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Chaotic Dividers

Ellie Wooden, Participant

Yak of the Week

This trip truly meant the world to me… Throughout my life my teachers and friends have always refered to themselves and myself as “American citizens” (I do not disagree, the quotes are to provide a point). A few years back I began......Read More

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At Bhaktapur

Team Him C, Instructor

Picture of the Week

The art of pottery itself can be meditative, maybe it is the effect of the fluid spin of the wheel, or the grounding effect of touching the clay/ earth with our bare hands. We went to the ancient pottery square in Bhaktapur on our last day of xphase to meet the artisans and try our hands on the pottery wheel.

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X-Phase Day Four: A Surprise

I-Team, Instructor

Picture of the Week

Our fourth day of X-Phase brought us closer to India and deeper into the plains of Nepal as we went to visit Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha. We arrived later in the afternoon and only had a few hours to walk around, but we were able to visit the Maya Devi Temple and sit in the large lawn under flocks of birds and learn about Buddha’s lifestory and listen to some visitors from China sing prayers towards the setting sun. The true highlight of the day was stopping to get chiya and samosas at a shop on the way. Although… Read More

WTBD yaks from Mekong

Mekong: The Tibetan Plateau to the Heart of Southeast Asia

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Our Final Post: A Reflection

Team Dragons, Participant

Yak of the Week

As we spend our final days together doing transference near Kampot, we have one last collaborative post to share with you. Each of the 10 mini-posts have been written in general response to three questions proposed to us by our instructors: What is......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Morocco

Morocco: Ancient Cities to the Atlas Mountains

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FINAL YAK

Student Group, Participant

Yak of the Week

In Morocco I…   In Morocco I lived in the mountains, the desert, and by the sea. I was welcomed into two families who fed me tajine, couscous, tea, and bread. I learned about the history of this country, about colonialism, religion, and......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group B

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Mountain Mama

Zoe, Participant

Yak of the Week

Powerful, mighty, strong, serene, tranquil, mountains. Throughout this trip I have come to realize the gravity of mountains. They, indeed, have a sort of gravitational pull. Once you start to look at them towering over what seems to be all of......Read More

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