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Dear Lola…

Josephine, Participant

Yak of the Week

Dear Lola, Only three months ago we were sitting at a café in Amsterdam, eating ‘bitterballen’ and sharing the limited amount of information we knew about a Dragons semester. This was when you first heard you’d be travelling with all your......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Indonesia

Indonesia: Community, Culture, & Conservation

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Thursday, December 5, Jakarta

Chris, Participant

Yak of the Week

Thursday, December 5, Jakarta “Because here’s something else that’s weird but true: in the day-to-day trenches of adult life, there is actually no such thing as atheism. There is no such thing as not worshipping. Everybody worships. The only......Read More

WTBD yaks from Mekong

Mekong: The Tibetan Plateau to the Heart of Southeast Asia

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Many, many thanks

Olivia, Participant

Yak of the Week

As our course comes to an end, we had a chance to look back and reflect on these past few months. Having seen, experienced, and felt so much, it is hard to put our time following the Mekong into words. No matter how many times we cursed the......Read More

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Early Transference

Eliza, Participant

Yak of the Week

As most probably know or figured out, my Dragons journey ended a little bit earlier than everyone else’s. Due to some medical complications, I returned to Nashville (yeehaw) at the beginning of November. Leaving Morocco was the last thing I wanted......Read More

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Dragoncitos

Maddy Cooper, Participant

Yak of the Week

Where There Be Dragons—or Dragoncitos (little dragons in Spanish) as Randall likes to say—pays homage to ancient Chinese map makers who would draw dragons on the edges of maps for places they hadn’t yet explored. The wild, unknown, unconquered......Read More

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X-Phase Trek Log

Judah, Participant

Yak of the Week

Choquekiraw – Machu Picchu X-Phase Trek Log1 Day 1              11/22/19          Partly cloudy with rain in the distance Ate lunch at a small hostel overlooking Apurima2 valley.  Hiked up to a stunning mirador with views of......Read More

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The Tides of Sampela

Hannah Sachs, Instructor

Yak of the Week

It has been one week since we left our homestay in Sampela, the remote village suspended on dried coral reef and stilts over the ocean off the coast of the Wakatobi island chain. Like our students, this was my first time visiting this community.......Read More

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Thank you

Lauren, Participant

Yak of the Week

When I was in sixth grade, I was picked to give a commencement speech at my graduation. I remember the excitement, the nerves, but most of all, the challenge of what to write about. How could I aptly summarize seven years of school? All the jokes,......Read More

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A Love Letter to Perú

Abi Wool, Participant

Yak of the Week

Dear Perú, I’m sitting here trying to figure out what I could possibly say that could express what you’ve meant to me over the past three months and I’m drawing a blank. If you’d told me a year ago that I’d be here in this situation, I......Read More

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Sampela Poetry

Shane, Savanna, Eeshani, and Harrison, Participant

Yak of the Week

The group has had an amazing time in Sampela and after reflecting on such a wonderful cultural and personal experience, we are getting ready to say goodbye to a place so unlike our American home. A place where we learned to spearfish, spent a lot of......Read More

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landscapes

Sarah, Participant

Picture of the Week

Here are a few more photos from the past couple of weeks! I have been very inspired by all of the beautiful landscapes we have been going through, and having lots of fun experimenting with my camera.

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A Charangero

Ezra and Luca, Participant

Yak of the Week

As we write this, we’re listening to the discordant harmony of sounds descending from the heart of the Pariamanu Amazon. The calls of unseen birds and unrecognizable insects fill the air and echo reminders of the past two months filled with the......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Himalayan Studies - Group B

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A Funny Lil Thing Called Figuring Life Out

Genevieve, Participant

Yak of the Week

It was probably only our third day in Nepal, though I already felt worlds away from the life in California I’d just peeled myself away from. Sitting in the classroom of the Nagarkot farmhouse with my new family, my sangha, for the next three......Read More