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Bon voyage

Parker, Participant

Molly, Sarah, Tiana, Lexi, Ian, Sam, Thalia, and Emma are going through security at Bangkok Airport. Here is our final picture all together. Safe travels.  Until we see each other again....Read More

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Final Takeaways

Students, Participant

Yak of the Week

What misconception about Myanmar has been dispelled or challenged over the course? “Myanmar was under a military dictatorship for many years. I expected the people to be exhausted downtrodden victims. I never expected the energy and warmth......Read More

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A Visit to Parliament

Molly Burnett, Participant

Yak of the Week

At nine on a Tuesday morning, the neatly paved streets and wide, sixteen-lane expressways of Myanmar’s capital city are completely devoid of commutters. No rush hour traffic, no school busses, no angry nine-to-fivers leaning on their......Read More

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A train ride in photos

Parker, Participant

Today begins nine days of student-led travel. And what did they make us do? That’s right, an extremely bumpy 12-hour train ride from Yangon to Mawlamyine, the capital of Mon State. Here are some photos from the ride, including crossing the......Read More

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Recent photos

Parker, Participant

1&2: attending a session of parliament in Naypyidaw, the newly-built capital of Myanmar. 3: Hearing from former Dragons and guest-speaker, Stew, who has lived in Myanmar for years and works on environmental issues and resource extraction. 4:......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Myanmar

Myanmar: Buddhist Traditions & Transformation

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Crossing into Thailand

Instructors, Participant

Hi, Dragons family-at-home.  We wanted to give an update on our plans for departing Myanmar and moving across the border to Thailand. Our special visas for this long visit are nearing their end.  Our last day in Myanmar will be November 28, on......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Myanmar

Myanmar: Buddhist Traditions & Transformation

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X-Phase

Mallory and Molly, Participant

Hey family and friends! As we near the end of this course one of the challenges we’re left with is planning our X-Phase portion. X-phase is a week where Dragons students plan everything from choosing the location and booking hotels to......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Myanmar

Myanmar: Buddhist Traditions & Transformation

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Mandalay Memories

Thea Dekker, Participant

My Favorite Day I wake up to American pop music blasting outside my door and what sounds like thousands of kids heading to class. The morning light streams in through the netting that hangs over my mattress. I smile–there is never a quiet......Read More

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To Play

Ian Mann, Participant

The day began with a light trek of sorts. As with all of our mornings in the Chin state, it was chilly and many large spiders peered down on us as we walked. I’ve grown rather fond of arachnids, yet I couldn’t help but shiver at the......Read More