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WTBD Yaks from Cambodia

Cambodia: Peace-Building & Conservation

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The Genocide Museum

Ruby Murray and Rachel Schreiber, Participant

Yak of the Week

A few days ago, we visited the Genocide Museum in the heart of Phnom Penh. The museum is housed within a former Khmer Rouge “Security Center,” S-21. As we entered into the museum, shaded by large trees that did nothing to betray the horrors that......Read More

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Our stay at Swe Nadi monastery

Oscar Rigo, Participant

Yak of the Week

Dear family and loved ones, Through July 11 to the 14, we stayed at the Shwe Nadi, where we experienced our first learning service. During our stay, the team was given the choice to part take in three activities, planting bamboo trees, adobe brick......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Bolivia

Bolivia: Spirit of the Andes

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Homestay Family

Grace Levey, Participant

Yak of the Week

Hi! I am reporting live from Cochabamba, where I was able to spend my day exploring the big city.  But this post is not about Cochabamba.  Rather it is about a place called Tiquipaya and the wonderful people I have waiting for me there – my......Read More

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‘Two cheers for local culture’

Charles Ji, Participant

Yak of the Week

(To Li Li) Dear Outside World, We the Dragons, on the last night at Bagan, came to write to you about our exciting adventure. This one-week experience is understood by many of us as unparalleled. Magnificent pagodas as the epitome of the 11th......Read More

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The hills of Betafo

Micah, Instructor

Yak of the Week

The Hills of Betafo Imerina: The ancestral lands of the Merina people that is situated in the high plateau of central Madagascar Betafo: The name of a small town near Antsirabe whose name means ‘place of many roofs’ Vakinakaratra: The region......Read More

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Why travel to Myanmar?

Hannah Sachs (Instructor), Instructor

Yak of the Week

Today’s classroom: The ancient, marvelous pagodas of Old Bagan. I consider it a rare and treasured opportunity to work as an instructor this summer and am humbled you are trusting me with your loved ones on this adventure. It’s the path less......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Senegal

Senegal: In the Shade of the Baobab Tree

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Reflections on Dene

Griot Team 1: Arli, Elizabeth and Lucie, Participant

Yak of the Week

Arli’s Reflections: As I sat here writing the yak, I couldn’t help but feel the urge to dance around to the beat of the dreams and go back to the night before we left Dene. The sense of acceptance and sharing of culture from one person to......Read More

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Borderless Indulgence

Harry Polsky and Jack Holmgren, Participant

Yak of the Week

Surrounded by the buzzing motorcycles of night-time Battambang, we stood before a small, but appealing selection of ice cream. Although the land we stood on profoundly lacked familiarity, the flavors reminded us of our lives thousands of miles away.......Read More

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Feet on the ground, head in the clouds

Brooke, Participant

Yak of the Week

Inhale. Exhale. I can barely contain my rapture as I step out of the bus onto the white-lined pavement. Our guide Tiger la tells us that this is the highest elevation most of us have ever been, 3000 meters. I breathe in the cleanest air in the world......Read More

WTBD Yaks from China

China: The Silk Road

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Xi’an to Xining

Team Silk Road, Instructor

Yak of the Week

Our journey to the west has begun! Xi’an, the first capital of China and terminus of the Silk Road was a perfect spot to start our adventure but we are excited to get out of the big city and get more off the beaten path. Our next stop is Tianshui,......Read More

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Anti-Personal Landmines

AnnaRose Craig, Participant

Yak of the Week

Today we visited Apopo, an NGO that uses a certain breed of rats to detect and eventually clear land mines throughout Cambodia. Following the conflicts of the country’s past (bombings and wars), there are still an immense amount of land mines that......Read More

Bhutan: Happiness in the Himalayas

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Our intentions for the course

Claire, Tsering, Rishi, Instructor

Yak of the Week

On Day 2 of our course we asked the Bhutan student group a series of questions about their expectations for the course. Here are a selection of their answers (anonymous, and in a random order):   1. Why did you choose to come on this trip?......Read More