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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

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Peru

David Mabry, Participant

I would like to introduce myself to the group. My name is David and I live in Wilmington, NC by the coast. I love traveling and have been many places, however; I’ve never traveled alone and never with an educational group such as this! This......Read More

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Excited

Matthew King, Participant

I’m excited about this journey through the Sacred Valley and I look forward to meeting others on this program....Read More

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‘Door of no return’

Nalini, Participant

I saw a grown man standing in a quiet corner and crying his eyes out. I felt that way too and most everyone else would have also. Goree Island – a picturesque UNESCO heritage site, with cobble stoned, colorful patina’d colonial homes and......Read More

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Jamm rekk!

Nalini, Participant

Jamm Rekk from Senegal! That’s my favorite greeting in the main local language- Wolof. It means ‘Peace only’. How nice is that! Peace Only. And it has been a peaceful slow totally immersive experience for the past 9 days. First a 3 night home......Read More

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Ile de Gorée

Megan Fettig, Dragons Admin

Yesterday the group visited the UNESCO world heritage site of Ile de Gorée. Coming to this island is usually an experience of mixed feelings for participants, as it’s incredibly beautiful yet is a place with a horrific past. It has been said......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Senegal

Senegal: Music & Mysticism

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participant

Erlene, Participant

I am having a lot  of fun in Senegal. Oh my gosh it felt so good seeing so much children  in one place. I wish I could give everyone a hug and a lollipop. Longer post and pictures is coming Cheers!...Read More

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Update from Friday’s activities in Niodior

Jenny & Samba, Instructor

This morning we spoke with a fishing captain who had made the dangerous sea passage to Spain in a wooden pirogue with 90 other clandestine immigrants. Each passenger pays around $1000 USD to buy their passage. Upon arrival in Tirefe, the police......Read More

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“Where everyone knows their neighbors and...

Jenny & Samba, Instructor

This morning we sat under a baobab tree and reviewed some basic sayings in Wolof.  After a few days on the peaceful island of Niodior, where everyone knows their neighbors and there are no cars, we are starting to settle into a slower and simpler......Read More