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WTBD Yaks from Senegal

Senegal: In the Shade of the Baobab Tree

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Learning Service

Maddy Rehor, Participant

Yak of the Week

When I first told people I was traveling to Senegal, the first question I was often asked was :“What are you going to do there?” This, for me, was a difficult question to answer. I often settled on the vague answer of “I’m visiting Senegal......Read More

Colorado River Basin: Sustainable Relationships with Land and Water in the Western USA

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An obese goat named Fritz

Sophia, Participant

Yak of the Week

Hey guys, its Sophia. These past few weeks have been busy in the best way, so I apologize if this Yak is a little bit all over the place. I’m not sure what other people have been writing about, but I just wanted to share some of my favorite......Read More

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Nuestro tiempo en la llajta (Tiquipaya)

Equipo Bolivia, Instructor

Yak of the Week

Hola querida familia de dragones! Vamos a contarles sobre nuestra experiencia en la hermosa Llajta, Tiquipaya… Familias! Fue un día lleno de emociones. Las dragonas estaban listas para encontrarse con las que serán sus familias por unos......Read More

Colorado River Basin: Sustainable Relationships with Land and Water in the Western USA

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Yakkity Yak

Liz, Participant

Yak of the Week

Hey y’all it’s Liz! Shout out to all my peeps back at home. I miss you all (especially my baker park fam) and I can’t wait to share everything with everyone once I get back. The last few days of trekking have been unbelievable. Our bodies have......Read More

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Photos and video from Lares Trek

I-Team, Participant

Picture of the Week

Here are some photos from the trek! It was a challenging and chilly trek but with incredible views. Thanks so much to our trekking guide Americo and our Andean spirituality teacher Miguelinti for everything they taught us on the hike. We’ll rest and recharge today before heading off to Machu Picchu tomorrow. link to video

WTBD Yaks from Senegal

Senegal: In the Shade of the Baobab Tree

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Rearranging my pack

Raoul Herskovits, Participant

Yak of the Week

A few days ago, my forty-seven liter bag got too full. It was funny because I knew everything should have fit, but for some reason it just didn’t. So I took some things out, did some rearranging and put some things back in. And all of a sudden......Read More

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Challenges sparked the connection we all share

Lily, Participant

Yak of the Week

Before this trip, I had no idea how beautifully transformative this experience would be. We have already become so close in five days due to many shared experiences such as rugged travel, experiencing altitude sickness, and landing in Bolivia at 6......Read More

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First attempt to approach the local culture

The I-team, Instructor

Yak of the Week

Hello friends and family! During the orientation we learned from Pao about Andean cosmovision, today we took up that learning from an old friend of dragons, Taita (grandfather) Siwar. He and his family shared with the group about their culture,......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Peru

Peru: Sacred Mountains

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Una historia(story) en los Andes

Luis, Dragons Admin

Yak of the Week

Hello everyone, I wrote this after arriving in the Sacred Valley with the instructor team to prepare for your upcoming journey. In the Andes, you will soon learn that elements of nature have a great many stories and personalities. I share this story......Read More

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Greetings from your Instructor

Babacar Mbaye, Instructor

Yak of the Week

Na ngeen def? My name is Babacar and I am a member of the Senegal instructor team this summer. Welcome to your Yak board! This is a place to post letters of introduction and questions— we invite you all to post a quick intro about yourself. As......Read More

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“Transferring”

The Instructors, Instructor

Yak of the Week

Dearest students and families, It’s your instructors signing into the yak board one last time. By now, all of you are together and readjusting to your new and simultaneously familiar lives at home. This is a huge (sometimes sarce) transition......Read More

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More Photos from Paonia!

Aaron, Participant

Picture of the Week

Homemade meals and local food with the folks at Groundworks. Falafel, hummus, and pita; sourdough fermented bread for breakfast; lunchtime blue corn tortillas with beans and homegrown squash. Visiting local Paonia farms: Deer Tree Farm with Ajay, and Zephyros Nursery with Don. Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park (so many national parks!) A day hike at nearby Dark Canyon and Lightning Ridge at the alpine treeline. Living up to its name as we heard thunder!

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Just Trekking (Great Sand Dunes and Rocky...

Aaron, Participant

Picture of the Week

As our semester sadly draws to a close, here is a selection of photos by me and Kate from the past two weeks during student led X-Phase and Transference (spread over three posts). Sand Dunes Photos are from the remaining of the three groups. A snowy hike and fun in Rocky Mountain National Park during Transference. Snowballs were flying everywhere!

Colorado River Basin Semester

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So many things, so little time.

Noah, Participant

Yak of the Week

How do we act when it feels like there is too much to do? It’s really easy to think that the world is too big and there are too many problems to solve, but, if we look a little closer there are people everywhere chipping away undeterred by the......Read More

Rio Grande Semester - Group A

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How was the trip?

Instructor Team, Participant

Yak of the Week

In these final days of the course, we shift our outlook from new experiences and learning to an integration of what we have learned as we all transition back home. While we start that process here, it can take days, weeks, months, and sometimes even......Read More