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Pharping

Sarah , Participant

Picture of the Week

Last week, on the final leg of our travel period before Patan, we had the amazing opportunity to go to Pharping for a few days. Pictured here is the view from the monastery we stayed at, as well as some photos from our beautiful day hike. One of my favorite moments in Pharping was on the first night, when we did a little scavenger hunt throughout the town to ask locals some questions and to buy a few items. At the very end of our scavenger hunt, we had one question remaining, one that was difficult to ask without knowing… Read More

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Walking on Sacred Ground

Kaela Frank, Instructor

Yak of the Week

A trek can be so much more than walking from point A to point B looking at beautiful sights along the way. Our group spent the last three days intentionally and humbly walking on sacred ground, forging a deeper connection with the spirit of the......Read More

Tufts Civic Semester Peru

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Arcturus and Jupiter

Yujie "Claire" Ji, Participant

Yak of the Week

I have always had a fascination for stars. My dad, the very person who brought me into the early business of watching stars, owns a small telescope that he uses weekly till this day. Living in a compound full of apartments and not many gardens, my......Read More

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TEMPLES

JESUS ARROYO, Participant

Yak of the Week

It’s 7:56 A.M. and breakfast starts at 8:00 A.M. Us guys hardly ever wake up on time, but the sudden knock and good-mornings on our doors are usually enough to get us going. As I rush to get dressed for the day I give a short moment to......Read More

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Yak from a homestay family: Like a Dream

Ibu Nana (past and current homestay mom), Participant

Yak of the Week

LIKE A DREAM When we agree to join Bridge year, we never thought before, an American boy in our house. One house with us, one dining table, one living room with us. When we woke up in the morning that face was really with us. This is like a dream.......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Madagascar

Madagascar: Island of Diversity

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Our Own Milky Way

Jane Park, Participant

Yak of the Week

As I sit on the plane with Today’s Hits pulsing in my ears, the distance between myself and my home for the past six weeks seems to grow exponentially. The stories I collected in Ambatomanga seem as long ago as my childhood and the rocks I turned......Read More

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How did we get here? Where are we going?

The Instructors, Participant

Picture of the Week

Wow. Six weeks have gone by. It’s nearly over and I’m not sure where to begin. We have settled in to our final location in Guatemala City, our last stop on this journey before we have to say our goodbyes. We are surrounded by pine trees, city sounds, and most importantly by each other. After 2 weeks of individual homestays in San Juan la Laguna, it is comforting to be back together as one single Dragons clan. This last chapter is called transference. It is a time marked by reflection: first looking back at our experiences together in Guatemala and… Read More

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These are Legendary Times

Andrew Huo, Participant

Yak of the Week

There will always be a point in your life when you will feel lost, when you look in the mirror and you don’t recognize who you’ve become and you’re starting to lose grip on what you’re meant to do. This feeling, for me, accumulated over the......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Madagascar

Madagascar: Island of Diversity

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My Poem to Madagascar

Nicoletta Lecrichia, Participant

Yak of the Week

I love you Madagascar I love your people Your nature And even your bugs Sometimes…   But most of all, I love how you’ve changed me How you’ve made me think How you’ve made me grow And how you’ve made me love both myself, others And......Read More

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Living Between The Cracks

Laura Hoffmann, Participant

Yak of the Week

Up until two years ago, I had grown up in Asia living in Singapore and Japan. My entire life I was surrounded by different cultures and religions, eating some of Asia’s finest foods, and being exposed to the wealthiest and poorest parts of the......Read More

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Nepal Inspirations

Yut, Participant

Yak of the Week

A wonderful morning breeze on the rooftop of our beautiful Shechen guesthouse where we do our morning reflection as a group and this is why we all fall in love with Nepal! We are so inspired by this beautiful place! Jacqui, ” The prayer flags,......Read More

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San Juan and Puffy Jackets?!

Ella, Participant

Yak of the Week

I’ve made it four weeks and two days successfully avoiding writing a yak, but I cannot be blamed. Just think, yaks are how most people back home are keeping up with this trip. This is a form of looking back on a trip after it has finished. And......Read More

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Runakuna and mountains

Hayden McJunkin, Participant

Yak of the Week

The Quechua people of the mountains are deeply sewn into their environment to create a way of life that is very different from our own. The people (Runakuna), the watchers, and places (Tirakuna) weave a band of fabric through collaboration. As an......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Guatemala

Guatemala: Spanish Language Intensive (4-week) - Group A

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Thank you from Guate!

Raquel, Instructor

Yak of the Week

Our time in Guatemala comes to an end and the comforts of home feel closer than ever.  During our time in the Sierras in California for Instructor orientation we did a small simulation for what it may feel like for students coming on a Dragons......Read More