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Headed home!

LizW, Dragons Admin

The group has arrived at the airport, feeling good, a little sleepy and a little sad to go. They had some nice transference activities last night were sent them off with some warm empanadas. Buen viaje a todos!...Read More

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La Caleta Poem

All students, Participant

La Caleta La Caleta is a place that offers eye-opening experiences, Es amorosa, A place where a family comes together and amazing things happen.   La Caleta es bonita, Where the ocean is as blue as the sky, Where family lives in the place where......Read More

Nueva Dominican Republic

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Day 2 in La Caleta

Josh, Participant

Hello parents! Today (July 4th) is our second-to-last day, and while we are all very excited to see our families, we are still very sad to be leaving. As it is the last service day, we started by driving from our home stays to the beach where we......Read More

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Day 1 in La Caleta

Maya, Participant

Hi! Today (July 3) we had a slow morning and an afternoon full of introductions. Here is a recap: This morning, we ate breakfast at Hotel Colonial. Following breakfast, we had some reflection time before leaving for our road trip to Santo Domingo.......Read More

Nueva Dominican Republic

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Santiago Poem

All students, Participant

Santiago Santiago es muy, muy Ruidoso, It is humid. It is a place filled with interesting architecture, A jungle of buildings the color of the sun setting on the ocean. Es una ciudad con una historia muy interesante y complicada, A place with people......Read More

Nueva Dominican Republic

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Day 2 in Santiago: El Centro Leon, Spanish, Dance...

Sophia, Participant

Hi everyone! Today I (Sofia) have the pleasure of writing our yak for Tuesday, July 2, 2019, or Martes, dos de Julio del año 2019, as we have been learning in our Spanish classes the past two days. To my family, I know you have been waiting for......Read More

Nueva Dominican Republic

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Quotes from Santiago

Chelsea C Muir, Participant

We started out the day with a chill morning. I hope most of you received a nice call home! We ate breakfast and lunch at the hotel before heading to our Spanish class. There, we learned greetings, numbers, months, days of the week, and Dominican......Read More

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The Great Wall

Jessica Parker, Participant

On June 27, our last day in Beijing, we visited the Great Wall of China. We got to eat lunch and dinner with a local family who lived by the section we went to. The family’s father used to be a well known chef in Beijing who moved to this village......Read More

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Messages home

Taj, Participant

Today we started a new chapter in our Dominican Republic adventure. We said our good-byes to La Finca, and drove to Santiago. The car drive was roughly an hour and a half. We settled in our rooms at Hotel Colonial for a few minutes and then went......Read More

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Returning home

Regina and Aditya, Instructor

This group has a long journey ahead of them but they are ready to face it! Thank you for giving us the space and time to show India through a traveler’s rather than a tourist’s eyes. Students may be exhausted when they come home and not......Read More

Nueva Dominican Republic

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La Finca Poem

All students, Participant

This poem was written collectively by our students on our last day at Finca la Protectora. –Chelsea La Finca La finca is a good representation of Dominican life, A home to people, plants and animals, A safe and supportive space, A welcoming......Read More

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Last Day at La Finca

Grady, Participant

Parents, Greetings from the Dominican Republic! Unfortunately, today was our last day at La Finca de Protectora and we decided to leave on a high note. After a hearty breakfast, we left for our beach day. We arrived at Playa Ensenada, where we put......Read More

WTBD Yaks from India

Thacher School India

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Reflection on Dharamsala

Will Harding, Participant

Dharamsala (or, more accurately, McLeod Ganj) was very different from the other parts of India we have seen.  The weather there is a pleasant 30 degrees cooler, Tibetan, rather than Hindi, was the predominant language, the beautiful Himalayas rise......Read More

WTBD Yaks from India

Thacher School India

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Teaching in India

Sarah DelVecchio, Participant

Greetings Folks, Yesterday we visited a local private school about 20 minutes away from Deer Park. The man who founded the school some 10 years ago (or so I understood), started with nothing but three borrowed chairs. Now the school consists of two......Read More