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The definition of serenity. Photo by Hannah Richter (2015/16 Semester Photo Contest Finalist), Indonesia Semester.

Princeton Novogratz Bridge Year Indonesia 2019-20

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Hi everyone!

Eva Jordan, Participant

Hello! My name is Eva and I’m from Bridgewater, Virginia, in the Shenandoah Valley. I’ve never had the opportunity to live abroad, and I am beyond excited to experience life in Jogja for the next nine months. I’m especially looking forward to......Read More



Jasmine Berger, Participant

Hey everyone! My name is Jasmine and I’m from Long Island, New York. I’ve been running around all day doing some last minute packing (I’m a really good procrastinator) so I’ll make this intro quick… I got my first taste......Read More


Intro :-)

Elliott Hyon, Participant

Hey everyone! I’m Elliott and I come from Los Angeles, California. I couldn’t imagine myself in any other place than the West Coast and these past 18 years have been so fun. With my parents, younger brother, and my little Yorkie, I have......Read More



Grady Trexler, Participant

Hi everyone! My name is Grady, and I’m from Richmond, Virginia, where I’ve lived my entire life – so this year is going to be a bit of a shock to my system. I’ll miss Richmond, but I’m really excited to get to know......Read More


Hey Everyone!

Aneekah Uddin, Participant

Hey everyone! I’m Aneekah and I can’t wait to begin exploring. I’ve lived my entire life in Montclair, New Jersey (a few miles away from NYC) with my three siblings and parents. Bridge Year will be the first time I’m traveling out of the......Read More



Owen, Participant

Hey everyone! My name is Owen and I’m from Evanston, IL. I’m probably speaking too soon, but I think I’ve finally got all of my stuff packed up! To be honest, there’s a good chance I remember something else I forgot within the next......Read More



Allie Matthias, Participant

Hi everyone! My name is Allie, and I’m from Basking Ridge, NJ, which is around 45 minutes northeast of Princeton. A little on my life: I was born in Tokyo and lived there for a little more than two years before moving to New Jersey. When I was......Read More


Yak from a homestay family: Like a Dream

Ibu Nana (past and current homestay mom), Participant

Yak of the Week

LIKE A DREAM When we agree to join Bridge year, we never thought before, an American boy in our house. One house with us, one dining table, one living room with us. When we woke up in the morning that face was really with us. This is like a dream.......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Indonesia

Princeton Novogratz Bridge Year Indonesia 2019-20


First month itinerary

Instructor team, Participant

We will start our journey together on the 28th (Sani will travel ahead to prepare for our arrival and Olivia will travel with the group from Princeton). We will arrive in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on the 29th and spend 1 night near the airport, enjoy a......Read More



Jacqueline Lydon, Participant

Hi everyone! I’m Jacqueline. Pictured above is me the way I expect you’ll get to know me: wearing two backpacks and smiling in the rain. Here’s a bit about me: I’m originally from Pittsburgh, PA, but I’ve lived most of......Read More


Introduction to Steve

Steve Roberts, Participant

Hi BYP Indonesia team! I’m Steve and will be joining you for the first six weeks of your 9 month experience. No doubt you are mid-preparation for what is likely to be one of the most eye-opening, transformative and memorable adventures.  I......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Indonesia

Princeton Novogratz Bridge Year Indonesia 2019-20


Packing for the trip!

Olivia Werby, Instructor

Hi team! I’m sure you’ve all begun to gather the belongings you plan to bring with you on our trip, as you pack, please reference the packing list in the Participant Manual that you received from Where There Be Dragons – this list is specific......Read More


Greetings from Sani Widowati

Sani Widowati, Bridge Year Indonesia On-Site Director, Instructor

Hello Bridge Year Indonesia Students! Welcome… I’m so excited to know you, work with you, introduce you to my country Indonesia. Let me introduce my self: My name is Sani Widowati; people usually just call me Sani. I was born and raised here in......Read More