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March

Sydney Eck, Participant

March is not an easy month for me. I cannot tell you why. I am not sure. Maybe an astrologer could point to the configuration of celestial bodies and explain how this or that planet rising in tandem with whichever moon moving into a house of......Read More

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Belum.

Elliott Hyon, Participant

Belum. It is the Indonesian word for not yet. When someone asks kamu punya pacar? (do you have a girlfriend/boyfriend?) or kamu pernah ke Sulawesi? (have you been to Sulawesi?), you are expected to respond not with bukan (no), but with belum.  ......Read More

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9 Delights of Jogja

Allie Matthias, Participant

Yak of the Week

Something I never could have anticipated for this year is the amount of small daily surprises I encounter here in Jogja. These surprises—little moments of joy—come upon me at any time in the day. They break up the routine and remind me that my......Read More

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Living intentionally

Max, Participant

Last Monday, in somewhat of a freak accident, I broke my foot. While standing up from a chair, I clumsily lost my balance and rolled my foot onto the right side, breaking the fifth metatarsal. It’s just a hairline fracture, and I should make a......Read More

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a homecoming of sorts

Jasmine Berger, Participant

On August 28, eight bright-eyed Princeton students boarded a plane to halfway across the world with a lot of hope, a little bit of fear, and a sense of adventure. Today, six months later, we have somehow made it two thirds of the way through......Read More

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Birds of Udaipur

Sijbren, Participant

When I’m returning from my NGO in the evening, I cycle through a rather rural area of Udaipur. I find myself surrounded by fields and overgrown empty lots. The road is mostly clear of traffic and I take my time to enjoy the scenery — it just......Read More

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Your itinerary overview!

Elley, Instructor

Hi everyone – Thank you for posting your intro yaks! I’ve read through them and I’m so excited to meet each of you! We’re about a month out from your arrival to Jordan, so Mohammad and I wanted to give you an overview of our itinerary so you......Read More

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A Warm Goodbye

Fernando Aviles, Participant

This past Friday, I sadly said goodbye to someone I had never expected to meet, and much less expected to learn such a great deal from. After a series of events that led to a very sudden shift in instructors, we were introduced to Sharon and told......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Senegal

Princeton Novogratz Bridge Year Senegal 2019-20

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Mid-Year Retreat!

Maddie Lausted, Participant

Salaam malekum! Bridge Year Senegal is heading off to our mid-year retreat to the desert of Lompoul to set goals for the new year, see some sand dunes, and, inshallah, ride a camel! We’re all looking forward to more group talks under the......Read More

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Instructor Introduction: Elke

Elke Schmidt, Instructor

Salaam Alekum, اسلا عليكم In less than a month, we’ll be meeting each other at Arrivals in Casablanca. Some days, it feels that it’s just around the corner, and other days, it feels still so far away. As I think of the adventure ahead,......Read More

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instructor

Badr Allouche, Instructor

Salamu 3alaykum – Peace be upon you. My name is Badr, alongside Elke, I will be your Instructor during your two-week stay in Morocco, and I am excited to get to know each one of you, and push to learn more about my country’s people and culture.......Read More

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An Introduction to your Instructor – Claire

Claire Bennett, Instructor

My heartfelt chum reap sua (hello!) to all. My name is Claire, I am originally from the UK although I have for many years been living in Asia. I can’t begin to explain how excited I am that I get to spend a few weeks back in Cambodia, with you......Read More

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I understand

Sydney Eck, Participant

Trigger warnings: suicide, school shootings   January 26, 2020  Udaipur, Rajastan, India   Schools held Republic Day celebrations and families gathered around television screens, watching the spectacle of the annual Delhi parade to......Read More