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Nepal has been…

Instructors, Instructor

Yak of the Week

At the mid-point of every course we set aside an intentional time to reflect on all that we have learned and experienced so far and all that is to come. As part of a reflection activity, we had students write down their thoughts on what Nepal has......Read More

WTBD yaks from Mekong

Mekong: The Tibetan Plateau to the Heart of Southeast Asia

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What is a pencil?

Fernanda Zorrilla, Participant

Yak of the Week

For a short period of time I worked as an assistant teacher in a Montessori school, the same school that I went to as a child. I was working with kindergarten kids, children from four to six years old. Everyday was a little adventure, somehow they......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Cambodia

Appleby College Cambodia

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“Their Life” – A Shift of Mindset in...

Janice Peng, Participant

Yak of the Week

“Be prepared—the conditions on the island will be very different from our life; no electricity, no running water…” The voice of our trip leader at our pre-departure meeting echoed in my head once again; except this time, I find myself......Read More

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while my sarangi gently weeps

Inga, Participant

Picture of the Week

I come up the the roof most days, playing sarangi until the sun goes down. Watching the peaks of the Himalayas turn pink as the sun sets over Patan is the most serene experience. I’m leaving Patan and this is something I will miss the most.

WTBD yaks from Mekong

Mekong: The Tibetan Plateau to the Heart of Southeast Asia

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Sometimes I Wake Up

Maia, Participant

Yak of the Week

Sometimes, I wake up and I’m on an island in the Mekong River. The night before, I saw a shooting star for the first time, And fell in love with a glittering Thai sky. Sometimes, I wake up and I’m lying under a mosquito net, A film of......Read More

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Movement Chronicles Part 1

Anna Stevens, Instructor

Picture of the Week

We are writing to you from the village of Nagathali, which is surrounded by snow-capped Himalayas to the east, north, and west. Langtang Peak, sharing a name with the National Park we are in, stands at 7,227 meters, a perfect view from our kitchen. A few days into trekking and we have found our legs, backs, and minds. We have already covered around 40 kilometers of hiking, and lost and gained thousands of meters of elevation. We have been on snow, hiked through rebuilt villages that lost buildings in the 2015 earthquakes, and seen the Big Dipper and the Milky… Read More

WTBD yaks from Mekong

Mekong: The Tibetan Plateau to the Heart of Southeast Asia

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Memories of the Mekong

Sydney Nadler, Participant

Yak of the Week

I opened my eyes to sublime rhythms of the earths sky with sunsets of sugary orange and honeycomb reflected upon each pond. There sat the blazing lotus flower, so pure, so calm. I sat alone and watched the flower, my eyes began to tear. It is right......Read More

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A lil’ Update

Otis, Participant

Yak of the Week

Figure there’s more than a few parents out there wishing for a little more of an… elucidating report from their kids on how their grand adventure abroad has been to date, so I thought I’d at least share how its been for me and......Read More

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Identifying the Future

Anna G., Instructor

Picture of the Week

Neem, totle, tulsi, nettle, kalturda, bojho, sage, chili peppers, canabis, rudilo, titepate, tobacco, bhogote, gandepate, sarifa, barbari, ginger — each of these plants can be found within a twenty minute walk from the community center in Koshi. On their own they serve different purposes: smoke from bojho is inhaled to cure tooth and throat pains; rudilo is used to deter fungus from growing on plants and can be ingested when someone is experiencing hemorrhaging; in the case of dysentery or gastric issues, one can harvest the seeds from bhogote and cook them down into a tea. Separately each of these plants can help to heal. Together,… Read More

WTBD yaks from Mekong

Mekong: The Tibetan Plateau to the Heart of Southeast Asia

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Beyond Language

Solange, Participant

Yak of the Week

I have always loved learning languages. Growing up in a bilingual household and attending international schools, I appreciate that languages can help bring distant communities together and bridge the gap between cultures. I knew that this program......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Indonesia

Indonesia: Community, Culture, and Conservation

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On Home

Lila Brady, Participant

Yak of the Week

To start, some prose for you: Today, someone sneezed and it sounded like you and instantly my heart dove into your white puffy jacket. My mind thinks often of the moment I said goodbye to you. Today I climbed into a taxi on Jalan Sukum as stalks of......Read More

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reflections on family

Sylvia, Participant

Yak of the Week

i. the living room is on the ground floor. I sit with my bahini on the couch and watch Cinderella in Hindi. She asks me – will you comb my hair? Her hair so thick I could secure buildings with it. Pulling the comb through it, my own hair so......Read More