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At the End of it All

Rose Fitzgerald, Participant

Yak of the Week

As my final flight touches down, the bump of the wheels shudders through me and I let out a breath I didn’t know I was holding. It’s over. It’s all over. I’m home. I step off the plane, down through the airport and into the......Read More

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Welcome dear travelers/students

Jhasmany Saavedra, Instructor

Yak of the Week

Hola queridos Dragones. It is a pleasure to welcome you to the Andes and Amazon program. My name is Jhasmany Saavedra and I have worked for Dragons for three years now. This will be my 9th program. So you can tell how much I love this program. I am......Read More

Nueva Thailand

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A Look Backward: Thailand Trip Through Poetry

Alyssa, Participant

Yak of the Week

Trip to Thailand off into the night, we did go seemingly removed from time’s flow and when time deigned to release the stream of sand we found ourselves in a foreign land awaiting us upon arrival were jasmine leis at INA House we found a place......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Indonesia

Indonesia: Community & Conservation

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It’s Not Goodbye, It’s Sampai Jumpa

Chloe McClellan, Participant

Yak of the Week

Over the course of these last six weeks, we have had the opportunity to learn so much and grow in ways we never thought possible. During our last few days together in transference, we were able to rest and reflect on our experiences on the......Read More

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The Cliff’s Edge

Arman Abrishamchian, Participant

Picture of the Week

I’ve been blatantly ignoring writing a yak post. Truthfully, at some points I felt that writing one would be more of an assignment than something I would want to do. At others, I believed that writing a post would both limit any experience I had or diminish it in some way. See, I would never be able to describe these experiences in a way that could provide all the details, all my feelings, and all my perceptions of what happened. I felt that only my own memory would be able to contain those important pillars of any one experience.  … Read More

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You Can Become Family Fast

Sean Doherty, Participant

Yak of the Week

You can become family faster than you think. This is Mamal, and although we have a hard time communicating, come from completely different backgrounds, and only have known each other for a week, we are brothers. You may be thinking that is a bit......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Cambodia

Cambodia: Peace-Building & Conservation

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Final Yak :(

Sally, Participant

Yak of the Week

Right now, I’m sitting on the plane from LA to Newark. In LA, it’s 11:42pm, and in Newark, it’s 2:42am. It’s 3:42pm in Cambodia. I’m one of the only ones that’s still awake, and no matter what I do, I can’t seem to fall asleep. My mind......Read More

WTBD Yaks from India

North India: Roof of the World (4-week)

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To the Italian man next to me on the plane

Elliott Bloom, Participant

Yak of the Week

On my flight home from Newark to Dulles I cried about 15 times, and the poor middle-aged Italian business-man sitting next to me could not understand why the young teen girl near him was sobbing. Didn’t know of a way to ask. So to the......Read More

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Sunrise Swim

Annie, Participant

Picture of the Week

Salamat pagi! This morning we left the program house at 4:30 AM to watch the sunrise out on the ocean. We took a motor boat out to the open sea and watched the sky turn a variety of beautiful pastel colors: lavender, blue and pink. Coupled with the sunrise, we also witnessed a partial lunar eclipse. The moon phase was technically a full moon, but this morning it appeared as if it was a waxing crescent. After the moon disappeared because the sun rose, we all jumped into the ocean with our life vests. It was a memorable way to… Read More

WTBD Yaks from Cambodia

Cambodia: Peace-Building & Conservation

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Changed

Kylie Blitzer, Participant

Yak of the Week

Changed. This is a word that I never thought would describe me after only 4 short weeks in Cambodia. How could one month have such a powerful impact on my life, to the point where I feel that I am different to how I was when I first stepped on the......Read More

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Luck

Katherine Marcus, Participant

Yak of the Week

When we first arrived to Miami airport a month ago, we did a few ice breaker games; two truths and a lie, favorite ice cream, three fun facts, etc. The first fun fact I wrote was that I was born on St. Patrick’s Day. And then I said, I guess that......Read More

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Photos from Sampela

Olivia Werby, Participant

Picture of the Week

We are approaching the end of our homestay time in Sampela. On Sunday, we’ll depart for Makassar and make our way onward to Toraja for our student led travel portion of the trip followed by our final transference days together. We hope you enjoy some of these photos from Sampela!

WTBD Yaks from Cambodia

Cambodia: Peace-Building & Conservation

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Dear Me When I Get Home

Rachel Horne, Participant

Yak of the Week

Dear Me When I Get Home Right now I sit here with 11 peers and 3 instructors who have taught me about the world and my role in it. I feel more educated on global issues than I ever have before, and yet I also feel like I have infinitely more to......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Cambodia

Cambodia: Peace-Building & Conservation

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Cambodia Yesterday, Cambodia Today

Alice Q, Participant

Yak of the Week

Yesterday morphs into today Today shapes tomorrow. Yesterday I saw a boy His skin the color of tree bark And his eyes as dark as coal. His arms covered with gaping wounds Gaping, bloody. The whiteness of his bones visible Crystal tears rolled down......Read More

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