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Machhapuchhre

Mario, Participant

Picture of the Week

This Mountain speaks through cold, sharp breezes. This Mountain out shines Annapurna South directly to its west. This Mountain is held sacred. This Mountain looks down on me.

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Que Mundo Maravilloso

Lila Singh, Participant

Yak of the Week

“The colors of the rainbow / So pretty in the sky / Are also on the faces / Of people going by” -Louis Armstrong For the past three weeks, I’ve had the privilege of painting in Cochabamba with Mario Rolando Vargas Cuellar. Mario, amongst other......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group C

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Reflecting on Q’eros

Lila Singh, Participant

Yak of the Week

“There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.” -Nelson Mandela We came to N’acion Q’eros in a wooden truckbed bordered by blue walls. We sat on our big bags, talking,......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Indonesia

Indonesia: Community, Culture, and Conservation

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Teachings in Sampela

Lila Brady, Participant

Yak of the Week

A little excerpt from my journal in Sampela (the village we are staying in in Wakatobi National Park on the Island of Sulawesi. We are staying with Bajau people, the “sea nomads,” who live on houses on stilts over the ocean. Most people here are......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group A

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Mind & Body

Allyson, Participant

Yak of the Week

I´ve always been a kind of idealist. Daydreamer, romantic, nose always buried in a book. My mom would say it´s my artistic nature. My friends would say it´s because I´m a Pisces. Myers-Briggs says it´s an INFP thing. Most of the time, I believe......Read More

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Sunset

Nicole, Participant

Yak of the Week

The sun begins to lower in the sky. The bright, hot light turns golden, and we take to the sea. Bare feet running across the sand, hair trailing in the golden wind, bodies plunging into the waves. Waves that reflect the sky’s light like an......Read More

WTBD yaks from Mekong

Mekong: The Tibetan Plateau to the Heart of Southeast Asia

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Journey vs Destination

Alyssa, Participant

Yak of the Week

As Jeff and I hiked up the Kuang Si waterfall, we discussed a yak I was working on: journey vs destination. I told him how my homestay families in both Camodia and Laos had several family members that work very far away (such as in Bangkok or in......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group A

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Recipie & Reflection

Hannah, Participant

Yak of the Week

Resounding church bells over terracotta tiles. Cries of “¡Churros!” and “¡Masajes!” in cobbled plazas. Six AM sunrises over the glaciated peaks of Auzangate. This is Cusco. Sitting in this internet cafe, licking the......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Study Abroad Nepal: Passages & Peaks of the Himalaya

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High Altitude Butterflies

Caty Matthews, Participant

Yak of the Week

The air was cold, but I was warm. I warm easily. The snow crunched beneath my boots. I stepped lightly, not wanting to sink through. Already ahead of me, the path was littered with holes and I meandered around them, trying not to crack the thin......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group A

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Bits & Pieces from the Amazon

Allyson, Participant

Yak of the Week

Tuesday, March 26, 6:34 PM Left Guanay this morning around 8:30 and boarded a boat that will be taking us down offshoots of the Amazon River and all the way to Asuncion de Quiquibey, the rural homestay where we will be staying with host families,......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group B

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A Q’eros Painting

Adam Marcelo, Participant

Yak of the Week

A Q’eros Painting in Stories White The crystal white mountains invited us into the land of the Q’eros people that is watched over and protected by Pachamama (mother earth). The local mountain deities or apus protected these mountains in......Read More

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Who Am I ?

Hope Murphy, Participant

Yak of the Week

I am a woman. I am a daughter and I am a sister. I am a passionate, energetic, silly, smiley, deeply curious and caring person. I have a deep burning desire in me to learn and to explore as much as the world as I possibly can. I was born from two......Read More

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Nepal Group B is back from Trek!

Him B I-team, Instructor

Picture of the Week

We have ended our extremely fulfilling and enjoyable trek and are en route to Bhaktapur where we will be until the 25th doing our mid-course retreat. More soon, but for now enjoy these photos from our time in the mountains!

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Nepal has been…

Instructors, Instructor

Yak of the Week

At the mid-point of every course we set aside an intentional time to reflect on all that we have learned and experienced so far and all that is to come. As part of a reflection activity, we had students write down their thoughts on what Nepal has......Read More