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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


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


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


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


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


Photographs from Sampela

Isaac Wills, Participant

Shared are several photographs taken during the cohort’s week-long stay in Sampela, a Bajau community off the coast of Kaledupa Island, Wakatobi Regency. In the off-kilter picture of the ocean, you can spot the dorsal fin of a dolphin. During......Read More


Best Birthday Ever

Emmanuelle Adamson, Participant

December 28th marked the end of my 18th trip around the sun. The day started out with exploration of the Kedogou gold mines, talking with people who migrated into the Kedogou region in search of gold and the different towns that have sprung up out......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Bolivia

Princeton Bridge Year Bolivia 2018-19


Cordillera de los Frailes Trek

Jenny, Dragons Admin

The group has been planning our Cordillera de los Frailes Trek and leaves Sucre tomorrow morning. Here is our tentative itinerary: Day 1: Mon, Jan 14 Leave Sucre at 6:30am and head to Chataquila Begin trek at Chataquila and walk to cave......Read More



Thomas Earl, Participant

Atop a skyscraper in Mumbai, Bridge Year India 10.0 enjoyed the panoramic views of the city skyline. This was to be the first of 14 fantastic days spent on our student-lead Winter Excursion, during which we visited Pune and Goa, after leaving......Read More


Shilpgram Utsav

Julia, Participant

We were already experiencing the chaos of Shilpgram long before we arrived – traffic to enter the fair was backed up several kilometers. Logan and I weaved our bikes through cars and scooties, walking them at times, and took shortcuts through......Read More


Winter Excursion Itinerary

Anna, Participant

Hello friends and families, We have reached an exciting point in our nine-month journey here in Bolivia. In just a few days we will be setting off on our “winter” excursion. After a busy two week vacation of hiking to waterfalls, 5ks, secret......Read More


Hello 2019

Nicole Martin, Participant

Last New Year’s Eve, I was watching Knightfall with Kiana Newman at my house in Stafford, Virginia. It was a very low-key and anti-climatic New Year’s celebration, and I had no idea what 2018 would bring. At this time last year, I knew I was......Read More


Happy New Year from BYP Senegal!

Angelica Calabrese, Instructor

Happy New Year from the Dindefelo Plateau! We’ve spent the past week hiking through Bedick and Pulaar villages in the Kedougou region, and are concluding our time here – and celebrating the first days of 2019 – on the plateau just......Read More


Tujuh Bulan

Oscar Platt, Participant

Yak of the Week

In February, my homestay family is going to be one person larger. My sister-in-law, Mbak Rachma is having a baby!  Last weekend, my whole family drove up to Rachmas hometown, Temanggung, in Central Java.  Aside from it being a nice vacation, our......Read More