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WTBD Yaks from Senegal

Princeton Novogratz Bridge Year Senegal 2019-20

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Welcome to My Service Site

Lu, Participant

As part of the Bridge Year program, each student is assigned to a particular service site with a local NGO or grassroots association. I’m happy to have been paired with Naam Joodo, a school gardens project currently based at the International......Read More

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Public Transportation and Me

Svetlana Johnson, Participant

I feel absolutely no shame admitting that one of my reasons for going on Bridge Year, was to get an up-close look at functional public transportation. To anybody who knows me, it is no secret that I love the idea of public transportation. Growing up......Read More

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Snow globes in Puzhehei

Lauren Aung, Participant

After lunch, our group consistently falls into an afternoon lull. Lethargy follows our full bellies like an over attatched puppy, and last Sunday, in Puzhehei, was no different. Reflecting the pace of the off-season tourist town we were spending the......Read More

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Ndank, ndank

Emma Mohrmann, Participant

I wait. I wait some more. An hour later I am still waiting for my bus. Another 20 minutes go by. I watch the taxis drive by, occasionally honking, and the bikes weave through the traffic. It’s not that bad today though. I see taxis being worked on......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Bolivia

Princeton Novogratz Bridge Year Bolivia 2019-20

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Day Hike near Parque de la Papa

Jenny, Dragons Admin

Hello friends and family of Bridge Year! We’ve heard from staff in Peru – the group is enjoying a wonderful day hike near Parque de la Papa. Students will enjoy their last night with their homestay families after a wonderful stay.......Read More

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Trains

Jesus Arroyo, Participant

Near my house, there’s a lonely railroad. Word on the street is, a train passed through it a couple of years ago. No one saw it coming, but those who did moved out of its way. Legend has it ran for a couple of months. It chooed its choos and......Read More

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Hooks

Jesus Arroyo, Participant

Beside my homestay home, there’s a river. I go there sometimes to watch it flow. The vacant railroad crosses right over it. If you sit there for a while you start to notice. Listen carefully and you’ll hear the fisherman on the side of......Read More

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Ka Fei Guan Adventure

Ben, Chris, & Julia, Participant

[Dear reader, the following conversations were (mostly) in Chinese.] Julia: Ok so the point of the game is that you want to be the first settler to reach 10 points. You can earn points in a lot of different ways, but they all boil down to getting......Read More

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The Snack Scale

Pia DiCenzo, Participant

When you live in a homestay family as outgoing as mine, you quickly become acquainted with the customs of visiting and hosting friends, relatives, neighbors, and just about anyone else whose gate you can open.  This was especially true on Diwali.......Read More

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Our Upcoming Peru Itinerary

Veronica Fonseca-Maldonado, Instructor

Hello families and friends! As you are likely aware, our group has been temporarily relocated to the beautiful country of Peru due to civil and political unrest in our beloved Bolivia. It has been quite a transition. We all miss Bolivia and hope......Read More

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Suns

Jesus Arroyo, Participant

My mamma taught me about humility, and my dad showed me how to work hard.  I love em both. My brothers taught me a thing or two about perseverance, and my sisters tested my patience. Nguyen said if I used the heart, the words would flow. De Anda......Read More

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Blue City Magic

Fernando Aviles Garcia, Participant

“Hold on, I can’t find my wallet!” Oh no, I thought to myself. This is quite the way to start our Jodhpur excursion. With a feeling of hopeful anxiety, I joined Tejas in his frantic search for the misplaced wallet. “Is it in the bag?”......Read More

WTBD Yaks from China

Princeton Novogratz Bridge Year China 2019-20

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Learning as an ABC

Lauren Aung, Participant

I learned how to write my name,李乐玲(Lǐ Lè Líng), my first day of Chinese class in Kunming. Although given to me at birth, I didn’t know my Chinese name until this summer, when my grandfather wrote down a family tree for me to take to......Read More