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The Mountain Climber

Rowan Pierson, Participant

I have completed a third of my time here in Bolivia.  Just saying that feels strange.  No matter what metaphor you choose to invoke in order to measure your time abroad, a third feels like a significant amount, whether it is one cookie eaten out......Read More

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The New Normal

Marissa Michaels, Participant

A few nights ago, we celebrated Sebastian’s birthday with a dinner party at his house. For the special occasion, his family had created a line of banana leaves, in the middle of which was a long array of rice, chicken, and other assorted foods.......Read More

WTBD Yaks from India

Princeton Bridge Year India 2017-18

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The Start of Our Service Sites: Jeevan School

Stav Bejerano, Participant

I was lucky enough to end up working at the Jeevan School! The Jeevan School has preschool, K-10 school, and hostel components, while also funding the tuition fees for their Class 10 graduates to attend a nearby “college” for grades 11 and 12......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Indonesia

Princeton Bridge Year Indonesia 2017-18

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2:54 AM

Ariadne Kertsikof, Participant

Theres a cockroach crawling behind my bed And now it’s not on, but in my head. Its minute sounds terrify me on repeat -there’s no way i can sleep. Please leave, i can’t even see you. It’s too late to find someone to kill you......Read More

WTBD Yaks from China

Princeton Bridge Year China 2017-18

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The Piano In My Bedroom

Owen Matthews, Participant

Upon initial arrival in Kunming, I was both thrilled and concerned to find that my homestay family’s piano resides in my bedroom: excited to hear the melodies that I was sure would flow from it, and apprehensive that the placement of the......Read More

WTBD Yaks from China

Princeton Bridge Year China 2017-18

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Jie Jie

Helen Reeves, Participant

“Jie jie, ni yao bu yao qu san bu?” (Older sister, do you want to go on a walk?) My didi (younger brother) looked at me inquisitively. Although he had asked if I wanted to go for a walk, I knew what he really meant: it was time for his......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Indonesia

Princeton Bridge Year Indonesia 2017-18

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Dream House

Hector Betanzos, Participant

Rumah Impian is the name, saving dreams is the game Together with Pak Sammy and the gang We transform the lives of homeless children Dang!   My coworkers, the people who make the place fun We’ve been together two weeks, only begun And the......Read More

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To My Senegalese Husbands

Nicole Williams, Participant

Living in Dakar has been a beautiful experience. I have met so many amazing people who I look forward to getting to know more in the coming months. However, as in any place in the world, sometimes I have to interact with people who want more than a......Read More

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Looking Forward

Nicole Williams, Participant

We have gotten into a routine here, we have found points of familiarity with the people and places in our community, and yet we still have so much more to experience and even more room to grow....Read More

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Everyday We Feast

Brau Bakker, Participant

Its 6:30 on a chilly autumn evening and I am making my way to the dining hall for dinner. It’s the second week of school and I notice myself still walking with the quick and intentional pace of someone who doesn’t feel at home. However, as soon......Read More

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Service Site: Guria

Joshua Eastman, Participant

Guria is my service placement here in Varanasi, India. In so many ways, it’s the most intense and rewarding group I’ve ever been a part of. Guria is a 29 year-old organization, founded and run by a man named Ajeet Singh. About Guria’s......Read More

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The Things You Don’t Do

Noah Daniel, Participant

Yak of the Week

For my friends and family, the general sentiment around taking a gap year in Bolivia is a combination of disbelief and excitement. To them, it seems, the central components are the crazy things I’ll do: summiting mountains, becoming fluent in......Read More