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WTBD Yaks from Indonesia

Indonesia: Community, Culture, & Conservation

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Welcome to the Jungle

Mara Kauffman-Puchall, Participant

Yak of the Week

I’ve put together some pieces from my journal about our time in and around the Katambe Jungle on Sumatra, and our first experiences with Indonesia. This yak is like 3 weeks late, sorry. I’m here, and it’s stunning. We took an 8......Read More

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Call to Prayer

Lauren Oliver, Participant

I have always thought the Islamic call to prayers really to be one of the most beautiful and chilling things to reach my ears. To be honest, the first time that I heard the call to prayer in Jogja I was mandi-ing (taking a bucket bath). Our bathroom......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Indonesia

Indonesia: Community, Culture, & Conservation

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Sights and Sounds from Jogja

Emily Fiorentino, Participant

Yak of the Week

One week into our homestays here in Jogja, here are some little things I like: Every night I hear food carts winding down the narrow residential streets around my house. Each one has a different sound for whatever food they’re selling, and......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Indonesia

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Photos!!!

Jane Hatfield, Participant

Here are some bad quality photos of some more high quality people!!! More to come. We are all settled into our home stays here in Jogja and start our ISP (independent study projects) this coming Monday! Some of the ISPs include woodblock printing,......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Indonesia

Indonesia: Community, Culture, & Conservation

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Orientation summary

Ari Sugerman and Indo team, Participant

Waking up the morning of the 18th, we were all amazed as we came out of our cabins of Pak Yohans guest house: We were gifted with a picture of clouds floating off of the tree covered mountains as the faint hum of the river filled our ears. After......Read More

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Photos From The Week

Instructors, Participant

Here are a few photos from the week. Students are working on Yaks now, on the long drive back to Medan. We should have some coming soon. This afternoon we will fly from Medan to Jogja and move into home stays the tomorrow. So far the group is......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Indonesia

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Our first Yak!

Indonesia students, Participant

Selamat pagi! Hello worried parents, best friends, second uncles and random internet surfers! First things first–don’t be worried! We are all currently sitting in a gazebo playing with adorable local children while taking in the......Read More

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They’ve Arrived!

Instructors, Participant

Students have arrived in Jakarta and met with instructors. We are together and waiting for our flight on to Medan while enjoying some local snacks. Expect intermittent updates from us in the coming days as we travel to our orientation site. Best......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Indonesia

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At the Departure Gate!

Carin, Dragons Admin

The Indonesia Group has made it through security at LAX and is currently at the departure gate getting ready to board their flight!  Flight to Hong Kong is on time. Safe travels everyone! Parents & Families, please check back throughout the......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Indonesia

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Final Departure Details: Indonesia

The Boulder Admin Team, Dragons Admin

The time has finally arrived – you’re heading off at the end of the week to Indonesia for an amazing 3 month adventure! We are so excited for you! Please read the following information carefully, as it contains all the details you’ll need......Read More

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Fleece + Money Questions

Emily Fiorentino, Participant

Hello! First question: Should we bring a real fleece? They take up so much space that I wanted to make sure we really need it (if I have a set of long underwear and a flannel shirt packed already), and how cold the climate will really get. Answer:......Read More

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Rallies in Jakarta

Justin Kiersky, Dragons Admin

Dear friends, family and participants on the Indonesia semester, I want to take a moment to address the news emerging from Jakarta about protests against the maltreatment of Rohingya refugees by the Burmese military. We’ve been receiving......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Indonesia

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A last minute purchase

Instructors, Participant

The instructors were chatting about the impact that we have on Sampela (home of the Bajau community where we will be staying) and we would like to request that a few of you purchase sunscreen that is not toxic to corals (traditional sunscreen is......Read More