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Myanmar: Buddhist Traditions & Transformation

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Group Update on the Rohingya Situation.

Lexi Kanter, Participant

Yak of the Week

*This yak is a compilation of writings and research done by the entire student group* Before we all left for this program, Myanmar was at the forefront of global news due to the conflict occurring in the Rakhine State. Prior to departure a lot us......Read More

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To the Chin Hills

iTeam, Instructor

Dear Family and Friends of Myanmar participants, I wanted to give you a quick update from the team. The group has departed Mandalay on their way west to trek in Chin Province. The trip to the province consists of an arduous 18 hour bus ride into one......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Myanmar

Myanmar: Buddhist Traditions & Transformation

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Elena’s Poem

Emma, Participant

We have sadly come to the end of our stay at the Phaung Daw Oo Monastic School in Mandalay.  In parting, a talented Pre-College Program student named Elena wrote this beautiful poem for us, titled “Frankly Speaking”.   12:14......Read More

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Some recent photos

Parker, Participant

1. View from on top of Mandalay Hill. 2. Riding bikes in Inle Lake region, outside Nuangeshwe. 3. Discussing and interacting with the 19 Pre-College Program (PCP) Myanmar students at Phuang Daw Oo Manastic students in Mandalay. 4. Teaching English......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Myanmar

Myanmar: Buddhist Traditions & Transformation

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Photos From Inle Lake

Emma, Participant

Yak of the Week

I have no photos from Inle lake. Thirty seconds into the boat ride, my camera died. I gaped at it in horror as the screen slowly turned black. There we were, at what is supposedly one of the most beautiful places in all of Myanmar, and my only......Read More

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My Home Away From Home

Molly, Participant

Yak of the Week

I love watching Amei cook. Yesterday’s rice and vegetables from the garden disappear into her pot and magically emerge as sumptuous curries, sauces, and soups. I crouch next to her on the floor, sometimes chopping beet root or tearing greens,......Read More

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The Journey to Nyaung Shwe

Thalia, Participant

Yak of the Week

I enjoy hiking. I love seeing the breath-taking view from the top of a mountain. I usually remember the views more than the struggle it takes to get there. But that wasn’t the case during our three-day trek from Sin Leh Village to Nyaung Shwe,......Read More

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Photo journal update

Parker, Participant

1. Ko Harri, our trekking guide and Homestay coordinator in Shan State, shows us a trail of termites crossing the path. 2. Three Dragons students exhausted by the sensory and experience overload take a much needed nap in front of our family’s......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Myanmar

Myanmar: Buddhist Traditions & Transformation

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Week Two Journal

Emma, Participant

  As I write this, a blissful cool night breeze is blowing in from the open windows of our cabin. The flickering of the electric lights illuminiates the room just enough so I can make out the beetles and the assortment of unfamiliar insects......Read More

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Kalaw

Ian Mann, Participant

Of the few places we have visited thus far in Myanmar, Kalaw is my favorite. From the delicious and affordable Shan Noodles, to the cool weather and beautiful views. It is hard to beat. As a group, we learned about the unique and diverse ethnic......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Myanmar

Myanmar: Buddhist Traditions & Transformation

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Struggles with the Longyi Lifestyle

Thea Dekker, Participant

Our first day in Bagan we headed to the market to pick out our longyis, a popular traditional Myanmar clothing similar to a wrap skirt. I was eager to wear one in order to better blend in with the locals. I immediately gravitated towards a beautiful......Read More