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WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group B

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A Scavenger Hunt Without Motortaxis

Claire, Amado, Noelle, Natasha, Participant

Yak of the Week

It´s difficult to do a scavenger hunt in Urubamba, Peru when there is no word for a Scavenger Hunt in this part of South America. It is also difficult to explain why we need to know how long it takes to get to Ocongate when we don´t need to......Read More

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Believe.

Instructor Team, Instructor

Yak of the Week

Intrepid friends, In a few short days you will join the three of us here in Nepal. We are greatly anticipating your arrival. We have spent the past week considering all the possibilities of our time together. We have had discussions about places we......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Indonesia

Princeton Bridge Year Indonesia 2018-19

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Happy Weekiversary

Ashley Cao, Participant

Yak of the Week

What can we do to bring more people to our village? Sipping at cups of saccharine tea, we four students contemplated the village head’s seemingly simple question. I was brought back to the past two days I had spent in Kedungmiri, the small village......Read More

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Settling In

Michael Garcia, Participant

Yak of the Week

Hello everyone! My name is Michael Garcia. I am from Cochranton, Pennsylvania, but, as I write this, I am sitting in the Lost Garden Hotel in Kunming where we have settled in nicely! The past few days have been filled with excitement, exhaustion,......Read More

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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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