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Machu Picchu and the Andean Cosmovision

Japhy Dhungana, Instructor

The mountains and landscapes of the Andes is a visceral lesson on how the descendants of the Inca- and Pre-Inca cultures viewed the natural world around us.  The Andean worldview, or cosmovision, is one that is defined by 3 basic principles. 1.......Read More

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Handwoven with Love

Carly, Participant

We were greeted in Paru Paru with flowers, song, and warm smiles. The open hearts of this community as magical and profound as the land that holds the wisdom and life there. My homestay sisters welcomed me in like a long lost friend. The language......Read More

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Paru Paru Homestay

marion taylor, Participant

Allin Punchay from Pura Pura.  As the bus slowly wound its way back down from “our” village of Pura Pura perched amidst 13,500 foot peaks, each of us sat quietly exhausted, but deep in thought processing our homestay experiences, all......Read More

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Some images from our first days

Annelies Hamerlinck, Instructor

Here are some images from our first days.  You can catch a glimpse of our language class, the festival we attended, our time at the school and in a local artist’s art studio!...Read More

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Our first days together…

Annelies Hamerlinck, Instructor

Dear Friends and Family of our Peru Adult Program, Our first few days in Peru have been spent in the Sacred Valley of the Incas in the town of Urubamba.  Here we stayed at a beautiful family run eco-lodge with a big garden and introduced everyone......Read More

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Group Photo

Japhy Dhungana, Participant

Everyone has arrived!  Our group is doing well and settling into the Sacred Valley....Read More

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OMW!

David Mabry, Participant

Leaving today to spend two nights in Lima! See you guys soon!...Read More

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Instructor introduction

Annelies Hamerlinck, Instructor

Dear Marion, Matthew, Ulla, Carly, David, and Halsey, I feel so happy and honored with the chance to join you as an instructor on your Dragons Journey, together with Japhy and Siwar, in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. I read all of your yak posts......Read More

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Participant

ulla Larsen, Participant

I am Ulla Larsen, and I live in Brookline near Boston, MA.  I have never been to Latin America. I am very much looking forward to a trip to Peru, to travel around the Sacred Valley, to go to Machu Picchu, etc. I was born in Denmark, and came to the......Read More

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FAQ’s

Shannon Harriman, Dragons Admin

Hello Peru Participants, We’re looking forward to welcoming you to Peru in just over a week. We’re sure you’re busy wrapping up your work, preparing for the program, and packing! We would like to share a few points based on common questions......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Peru

Peru: Sacred Valley

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Participant

Ulla Larsen, Participant

I am Ulla Larsen, and I live in Boston, MA. I am very much looking forward to a trip to Peru, to travel around the Sacred Valley, to go to Machu Picchu, etc. I am born in Denmark, and came to the US about 40 years ago. In 2018, I participated in the......Read More

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Sacred Valley – Tentative Itinerary

Japhy Dhungana, Participant

Hi everyone, We’re a little less than a fortnight away from converging together in Peru, or Tawantinsuyu, the land of the four suyus. This yak is to share our tentative itinerary with you.   The “Tentative” label is a cornerstone of our......Read More

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Greetings

Carly Chouteau, Participant

Hello fellow travelers. My name is Carly. Originally from Iowa, I have lived in Colorado for 7 years and currently call Boulder home. This is my first international trip and my draw to this program and to Peru has been guided solely by intuition. I......Read More

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Gap Year Advisor

marion taylor, Participant

Dear fellow Peruvian-bound WTBD travelers, My name is Marion Taylor, a gap year counselor, based in Boulder, Colorado. I am a “native” of Colorado and a big fan of all WTBD programs. In fact, I refer many gap year students to their......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Senegal

Senegal: Music & Mysticism

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Visiting Senegal

Erlene, Participant

Salaam aleekum, Hello everyone, Senegal is a land with a big gentle heart filled with Teranga, hospitality, friendship, safety, lovely beaches, delicious food and many more …. Senegal heart will never be filled because Senegal loves everyone......Read More

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Reflections on Senegal

Erlene, Participant

Bonjour Bonjour Bonjour! While here in Senegal I wanted to practice the long greeting but due to lack of the language I made my own up by saying Bonjour 3x with a long hand shake or a hug if it is allowed or accepted. I have some many favorite......Read More