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WTBD yaks from Mekong

Mekong: The Tibetan Plateau to the Heart of Southeast Asia

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This Morning

Isa Warlick, Participant

Yak of the Week

This morning, our first morning in Koh K’Sach Tonlea, I’m slowly awakened by music I’ve never heard before. A distant neighbor has decided to start wedding festivities early, 5:30 am early. As I look around our single room home,......Read More

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Muchas Gracias, Toro Toro

Danielle Mullings, Participant

Yak of the Week

Who would have known that a group of 16 persons, all from vastly different backgrounds would connect so deeply with two guides, native to the Toro Toro National Park in Potosi, Bolivia. It seems that when diversity meets diversity, souls are......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group A

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First Trek!

Teagan Cimring, Participant

Yak of the Week

Hola Familias! We have been in Bolivia for exactly ten days now but it already feels like a lifetime ago that we arrived at the airport and were greeted by Jhasmany, Sandy y Jesse. The first five days we spent in an amazing eco lodge which felt like......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Study Abroad Nepal: Passages & Peaks of the Himalaya

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Things Discovered in the Streets of Nepal

Caty Matthews, Participant

Yak of the Week

In the streets of Bhaktapur, all time exists at once. I sat on the top step of a temple, watching this world bustle below. My tongue itched for the taste of “suntalas”, these oranges I am confused by. I have never peeled oranges before. The......Read More

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HASERA Farm

Annika, Participant

Yak of the Week

A couple of nights ago, Sharon and Parker performed a poignant ceremony welcoming us to Nepal and to this program. It was freezing cold, but that wasn’t too important as we sat on the roof in a circle, aware of the surrounding, formidable......Read More

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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