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A film to say goodbye

Sarah Adeline Soucek, Participant

Hi All, I am writing to you in hopes to gain a sense of closure for myself as well as to pass on some sentiments to the next group of people who walk the same path (or a similar one) that we did. I have been home for nearly three weeks now (thanks......Read More

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A film to say goodbye

Sarah Adeline Soucek, Participant

Hi All, I am writing to you in hopes to gain a sense of closure for myself as well as to pass on some sentiments to the next group of people who walk the same path (or a similar one) that we did. I have been home for nearly three weeks now (thanks......Read More

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Bye Bye India

Uttara, Instructor

That’s it, our final goodbyes have just been said. We stood awkwardly outside the airport, no one wanting to make the first move to give the first hug. Sophie very sweetly suggested we all make a circle and take in each other’s faces. In......Read More

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So long, farewell

Rachel Nahirny, Participant

Dear avid yak board followers, Thank you for being such an attentive audience. You have now learned that I enjoyed the early mornings in Phyang, that I have a complex relationship with sleeper trains and that I highly recommend pooping your pants at......Read More

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Dear India

Sophie Sperduto, Participant

Dear India, My first expectation of you before I came was that I would not like you and feel painfully homesick. I also thought my body would not be able to handle you. The good news is, my expectations were not met. I am very sorry if you were......Read More

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India desert transference

I-team, Participant

Namaste from the Thar desert of Rajasthan. We’ve been enjoying our time here in the blue city. The students have done a good job with expedition. While our days were really full, we got some rest here and there. Today the group took a jeep 1.5......Read More

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Safely arrived in the blue city!

JJ, Participant

After 7 hours of delays in departure and many more delays along the course of the journey, we have finally arrived in Jodhpur after more than 30 hours on a train. Our trip was simulataneously eventful and uneventful and we were all very glad upon......Read More

WTBD Yaks from India

India: Himalayas to the Ganges River

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Return Flight Information & Travel Day...

Carin, Dragons Admin

Dear Fall 2017 India Semester Families, It is hard to believe that 3 months have passed since your student embarked on this incredible adventure! It won’t be long until students will be boarding their planes back home. We are sure you are......Read More

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Bye Bye Banaras

I-Team, Instructor

After a successful five and a half (!) weeks in Banaras it is time for our group to say bye bye. We just had our final party with ISP mentors, homestay families and the new friends we made here. Tonight we embark on a 25 hour, perhaps longer, train......Read More

WTBD Yaks from India

India: Himalayas to the Ganges River

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Batik

Daniela, Participant

For anyone who doesn’t know Batik is a technique to dye fabric, it’s called a resist technique since you use wax over and over again to deep many times in dye and create different colors. It’s a slow process but once you get......Read More

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Making a masterpiece

Rachel Nahirny, Participant

For my ISP I did jewelry making with Agam ji. I learned so much about working with silver but I also just loved hanging out in the workshop, watching him interact with customers and do repair work. He loves making complicated pieces and on day when......Read More

WTBD Yaks from India

India: Himalayas to the Ganges River

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X-phase preview

Rachel Nahirny, Participant

As this week’s leader it’s my honor to present you with the tentative plan for our x-phase which is the section of the trip that is planned and executed entirely by the students: – We take a 22 hour train from Varanasi to Jodhpur,......Read More

WTBD Yaks from India

India: Himalayas to the Ganges River

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ISP Yak

Sophie Sperduto, Participant

My ISP was learning how to play the flute. From the begginning I had difficulty thinking of an ISP. It is hard to think of an answer when someone asks you “if you could learn how to do anything in a city where it would take a lifetime to do......Read More

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ISP Presentations Pt. II

Instructors, Instructor

Using cotton fabric, paraffin and bees wax, several dyes and wooden stamps, Dani and Rachel had created beautiful works that combined patience and creativity. A floral print, a mermaid, a woman carrying flowers on her head and two dupattas. No small......Read More

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ISP Presentations Part I

Uttara, Instructor

Today we had the first half of our Independent Study Project presentations! Our students have spent close to five and a half weeks working away at their ISPs. We finally got to hear and see (!) what the students had been doing everyday when they......Read More