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Reflections on Kedungmiri

Femke Côté, Participant

As I sip on my kombucha at our post-homestay retreat Bumi Langit, I cannot help but feel thankful and incredibly lucky for the last two days. Being in Kedungmiri made me feel so connected to not only bahasa Indonesian (language) but also the orang......Read More

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Finishing up rural homestay

Simon, Dragons Admin

We’re halfway through our first rural homestay. We are accompanying families into the rice fields, biking to a nearby river with homestay siblings, taking language classes, and engaging in conversations about contemporary culture and religion with......Read More

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Sunrise at Borobudur

Sarah, Participant

Yesterday morning we watched the sunrise from the top of Borobudur, a 9th-century Buddhist temple in Central Java, Indonesia. We arrived in the dark and made our way up the steep stone stairs of the temple, not quite knowing what to expect. We......Read More

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Arrived and well

Matt and Jamie, Instructor

Our group is together and traveling through the initial orientation phase of our course surrounded by beautiful rice paddies and many smiles. More updates will come as we settle in. Internet connectivity has been slow out here so we appreciate your......Read More

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Getting Ready

Anya Wislocki, Participant

Hello All, A early reading list recommend the book 1491 by Charles C. Mann ( a book that has been sitting untouched on my classroom shelf for longer than I care to mention) and the tales of the importance of the potato have captured my imagination.......Read More

WTBD Yaks from China

China Educator: Beyond the Wall

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Pre-course readings

Joseph Vincent, Participant

Dear China Educators, In this post, you will find the China Educator program’s pre-course readings as well as recommended optional readings. We know that all of you are very busy and most likely just coming out of a very grueling school year.......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Indonesia

GEBG Indonesia: Collaborative Faculty Program

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Hijabs in Indonesia

Jenn Pelletier, Participant

I like to describe myself as an ardent feminist. I would also like to describe myself as someone who has deep respect for others’ personal beliefs and societal customs. Modesty in Islam is something that crosses these two (at times conflicting)......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Bolivia

Bolivia: Climate Change Education

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Layover in Bogotá

Annie, Participant

I arrive in Bogotá June 29 at 7:35 am.  My flight to La Paz leaves at 10:09 pm.  This is a 14 hour layover.  Will anyone else be in Bogotá during this time?  I’d love to meet, and maybe have a mini day trip.  Anyone?...Read More

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Crossing Borders

Annie, Participant

CROSSING BOARDERS I was lucky enough to have an outdoor childhood, full of hiking, and  playing in creeks.  I hope future generations have a sustainable planet. I live in an area that has had diminished snowpack the last several years.  With less......Read More

WTBD Yaks from China

China Educator: Beyond the Wall

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Joe Vincent’s Introduction…Going into...

Joseph Vincent, Participant

Dear China Educator 2018 All-Stars(!), Welcome to our yak board and thank you to all of you who have already posted! I can’t wait to (virtually) meet the rest of our participants as we gear up for our China adventure in less than two months!......Read More

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Panda Huggers and Dragon Slayers

Joseph Vincent, Instructor

“Panda-hugger” and “dragon-slayer” have become popular terms in recent years for describing two different kinds of China-watchers. Rob Gifford defines the terms as follows: “A panda-hugger is someone who says that......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Indonesia

GEBG Indonesia: Collaborative Faculty Program

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Cultural & Environmental Conservation

Jamie Persons, Instructor

Hello, everyone! We’ve both been feeling grateful and excited in reading your Yak posts. We hear genuine curiosity in your reflections and questions – about what’s at play in Indonesia, about the ways in which those themes and issues have......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Indonesia

GEBG Indonesia: Collaborative Faculty Program

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FAQ, Relevant for Everyone

Jamie Persons, Instructor

Hi all, We’ve gotten a few questions via email that we think will be helpful for the entire group. Q: Is a long skirt required? A: No. You’ll be fine if you end up wearing pants (and swimming shorts) the whole trip.   Q: How often will......Read More

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Hola

Mariana Mariel, Participant

Hola! I am Mariana and I just signed up for the program (better late than never, right?) Going to Bolivia is a dream come true for me. I’m a Spanish teacher in Dallas Texas, and am originally from Argentina. I can’t wait to meet......Read More

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Updated Course Itinerary and Summary

Stephen Taranto, Participant

Good morning everyone! I imagine that you are all in the throes of the end of the academic year and your thoughts may not be directed toward the Andes just yet, however we do want to share an updated course itinerary and program summary with you. We......Read More