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WTBD Yaks from Indonesia

GEBG Indonesia: Collaborative Faculty Program

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Leaving for Sampela

Jamie & Matt, Participant

We’re heading into our second homestay, living with a Bajau community in Wakatobi National Park. This will be a highly immersive experience, and we’ll have limited cell service while we’re there. We will post updates as we can......Read More

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Dragons arriving in Wakatobi

Femke, Jeff and Jen, Instructor

Just arrived at Patuno on Wangi Wangi. Intense processing as we prepare for Sampela. We are really looking forward to this leg of the trip. A lot of good energy all around. Grateful to our two amazing group leaders, Matt and Jamie. Femke, Jeff and......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Bolivia

Bolivia: Climate Change Education

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Packing question

Annie Morrison, Participant

I am rereading the preparation manual.  In the packing list it does not mention bringing a water filtration system, but under Food, on page 39 it says, “it is essential that you bring a reliable water purification system.”  Are there......Read More

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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