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Youth Camp Inklusi!

Naomi, Participant

A little while ago, my NGO, SAPDA, created an inclusion youth camp (Youth Camp Inklusi) for youth with and without disabilities in Jember, East Java. SAPDA – Sentra Advokasi Perempuan, Difabel, dan Anak – is an advocacy center for people......Read More

WTBD Yaks from China

Princeton Bridge Year China 2018-19

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To Ailaoshan!

Michael, Participant

Hello! Bridge Year China will be traveling to Ailaoshan this weekend, a region three hours south of Kunming. While here, we will be camping, exploring the acclaimed nature reserves, and leading our first fully self-led travel! We will be returning......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Bolivia

Princeton Bridge Year Bolivia 2018-19

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Bridge Year Bolivia Unaffected by Recent...

Jenny, Dragons Admin

Dear Friends and Family of Bridge Year Bolivia, This morning at 1 AM, there was a 6.5 magnitude earthquake that struck approximately 55 kilometers (34 mi) south of the city of Cochabamba. No damages or casualties have been reported and all students,......Read More

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A Walk in the City

Noa, Participant

This weekend Esha and I walked the length of the city, beginning in the university-dotted North and ending in the familiar Kotagede market. We walked along busy main roads and through narrow alleys, crept into abandoned houses and found ourselves in......Read More

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Driving to Kashmir

Thomas Earl, Participant

The original title of the Zeppelin classic. “Kashmir” was supposedly inspired by a drive through the desert of Southern Morocco, and had nothing to do with the controversial region it shares a name with. The band’s explanation was that......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Senegal

Princeton Bridge Year Senegal 2018-19

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No Rush

Paige Silverstein, Participant

The cool, dry, breeze of Dakar mid-February shoots goose bumps up my arm as I walk to the bus stop. Talking to myself to occupy the daily seven-minute commute past the woman who sells beignets, expertly dodging motor bikes and Klandos as I cross the......Read More

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Frosting Fight

Kate Macakanja, Participant

A few weeks ago, Babacar’s vacation ended and our instructor Samba Sow left the group to return to his family in Thiès.  We threw a small party at Babacar’s house to mark the occasion; since it was a party, we obviously needed a cake. After a......Read More

WTBD Yaks from India

Princeton Bridge Year India 2018-19

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Dear Elizabeth – Time’s Running Out!

Julia, Participant

Dear Elizabeth, Oh, how we’ve all missed you since you departed that cold February day last week. The whole group truly enjoyed spending a week with you, Jenny, and John Luria as you explored Udaipur and visited our service sites. We were......Read More

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The Breath is a Bridge

Isaac Wills, Participant

       Situated between two stupas on Borobudur’s eighth tier, I sat, attempting the lotus position. I struggled mightily because my legs—gangly as they may be—are not very pliable. The morning sun, dull, hung to my left as I surveyed the......Read More

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Woahhh We’re Half-Way There

Oscar Platt, Participant

Whoahhhhh, livin’ on a prayer! I must admit, Bon Jovi has been a pretty prominent part of my Bridge Year experience thus far. In early October, after I first met my homestay family in the program house, I nervously followed them home, sweating......Read More

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Tssst, toubaab kaay!

Kate Macakanja, Participant

Much has been written about the culture, omnipresent in Senegal, of asking women you have just met if they have a husband, or if they would like one.  Paige recently wrote a lovely post about the many unexpected benefits this can bring, and about......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Senegal

Princeton Bridge Year Senegal 2018-19

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Taki Taki

Paige Silverstein, Participant

I don’t think that anyone enjoys standing out. At least I certainly don’t. I would even argue that most people do everything that they can in order to fit in. Here in Dakar, that does not mean much. I constantly stand out. At first, I had this......Read More

WTBD Yaks from China

Princeton Bridge Year China 2018-19

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Hungry Pigs are Coming to Town!

Mandy Qua and Elizabeth Tong, Participant

As January comes to an end, families all over China are preparing to celebrate the Spring Festival, or Chinese New Year. Woohoo!!! To ring in the new year, our group is headed first to the city of Lijiang 丽江, and we are going to be accompanied......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Indonesia

Princeton Bridge Year Indonesia 2018-19

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6-word Snapshots

Bridge Year Indonesia, Participant

Believe it or not (we can barely believe it…), the former half of bridge year has already come and gone, leaving behind memories, lessons, and emotions that have marked and moved us in our new home away from home. On a night in midcourse,......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Senegal

Princeton Bridge Year Senegal 2018-19

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To My Senegalese Husbands (take 2)

Paige Silverstein, Participant

I remember looking at last year’s Yak board right when I got my official Bridge Year acceptance box in the mail. I probably spent over an hour looking at photos, reading about peoples’ experiences, looking at the itinerary for winter excursion.......Read More