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Its been a while…but here are my thoughts

Maria Elena Derrien, Participant

This summer, I was given the opportunity to participate in a Where there Be Dragons course on Climate Change in Bolivia to bring back more knowledge about climate change and find new ways to incorporate global components to our fourth grade......Read More

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Pandas and Food on Day 9

Lesley Buckmaster, Dragons Admin

This post is a bit delayed as the past few days have been pretty full. We’ve moved from Yunnan Province up to Sichuan Province, specifically to Chengdu. Our first full day was quite good as we went to visit with one of our instructor’s......Read More

WTBD Yaks from China

China Educator: Beyond the Wall

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Sweet & Savory

Joseph & Lauren, Instructor

Today was sweet and savory, our last day in Lijiang and Lashihai. We said farewell to our host families. All members of our group were touched by the warmth and generosity of our hosts in Lashihai. Despite our limited mandarin or local dialect, we......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Indonesia

GEBG Indonesia: Collaborative Faculty Program

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Librarian

Jeffrey C Smith, Participant

I have finally had some time to reflect and transcribe my journal and notes. Not sure who is still reading this Yak board, but if anyone replies, I will continue to post. I’ll start in Borobudur, where we had our first group meetings for......Read More

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educator

Christina Montiel, Participant

Hello everybody! Hit the ground running after I returned home from my amazing trip to Bolivia and am still trying to process…. however I just wanted to share some initial thoughts after coming home… First of all, I want to thank all......Read More

WTBD Yaks from China

China Educator: Beyond the Wall

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Day 3

Ed Young, Participant

Day 3 After our daily check-in, it was clear that people are feeling more and more themselves. Jet lag is dissipating and trepidations have been replaced by excitement to explore Kunming. Our schedule has been active but not frenetic allowing us to......Read More

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On Survival and Fulfillment

Stef, Participant

I write from the top-top bunk of a sleeper train as we glide away from Kunming, city of eternal Spring, with bellies and hearts full. Days ago now, I was struck by the exquisite succinctness of Lu Yuan’s assertion that “we’re here to learn how......Read More

WTBD Yaks from China

China Educator: Beyond the Wall

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Day 2 in Kunming!

Lesley Buckmaster, Participant

What a wonderful day! We got to welcome our final member of our team at breakfast this morning so we are now complete! The day started with a visit to the Qiongzhu Temple which was constructed during the Yuan (Mongol) Dynasty (1279-1368). To think......Read More

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Sampela

Jenn Pelletier, Participant

We had the opportunity to learn how to spearfish and netfish from the Bajau of Sampela, where we spent 5 days learning about their adat (culture and traditions), environmental concerns (they are a sea faring people who depend on the health of the......Read More

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Women In Sampela

Jenn Pelletier, Participant

Badass Sampela girls turn into strong Sampela women. In this community, the women are the holders and keepers of money, and so if a husband comes home having caught too few fish and asks for money for cigarettes, the wives say “you did not......Read More

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Home

Annie Morrison, Participant

It’s hard to return to the ordinary when I have visited the extraordinary for the last two weeks.   The extraordinary included extraordinary beauty, extraordinary people, and extraordinary challenges. The people of Bolivia I met were......Read More

WTBD Yaks from China

China Educator: Beyond the Wall

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Response to “A Tale of Two Political...

Frank Barros, Participant

I see Eric X. Li being categorized toward the “Panda Hugger” side of a spectrum. I don’t think tossing him into the entire category works.  He is certainly a supporter of the Chinese political system, but he explicitly stated......Read More

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Our Updated Itinerary

Lauren Collins, Participant

Day 1: Thursday, July 26th After settling in and dropping off bags at the Home Inn Plus hotel in downtown Kunming, we will gather in the lobby to make our way to beautiful Green Lake Park for orientation activities and goal-setting for the course.......Read More