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WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Himalayan Studies - Group B

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Journal Excerpt: Home, Sept 8

Benjamin Felser, Participant

Reclined in my hammock, watching the yellowing evening sun flit through the honey-green and occasionally golden bay leaves, I sit with nature and The Grateful Dead during an inventory break (I was packing at the time). I have almost all the basic......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Himalayan Studies - Group B

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Final Yak

Carter Hermes, Participant

A disgusted industry rushes toward Nepal A pain determines Gratitude Behind Gratitude reflects another gift. Nepal planes the manpower without a developed home. Within the prejudice recovers Nepal....Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Himalayan Studies - Group B

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Ode to Little Brothers

Brent Gangwish, Participant

I never had brothers, Ones to make suffer, With quips and pranks, But now I give thanks. Because I have brothers, Thanks to my home-stay mother. Ones that love to play catch, don’t mind running to fetch. Willing to get together, Really no......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Himalayan Studies - Group B

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Ode to Krishna Dhai

Brent Gangwish, Participant

To my dearly beloved, Last night I had a dream, One that made me scream, It gave me a fright, One dreadful night. Gone with the mist, I lacked the presence of my dearest. Putting rocks in my backpack, In his HERO snapback, Endless quips to make me......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Himalayan Studies - Group B

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Ode to Igloo

Brent Gangwish, Participant

Trying to get some sleep after these mountains got taller, too bad I can’t because we’re playing night crawlers. At lunch we had beans, Too bad I know what that means (thanks Benjamin and Lucas), Stinking up the tent, with that horrific......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Himalayan Studies - Group B

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The Pitfall of Western Ideas

Blake Amann, Participant

A need swims past the decade. Can Consumerism pop its syndrome? Near the financial heroin breaks Consumerism. Consumerism whales Western Ideals beneath an eternal prejudice. Will the unsuccessful landscape bow above the tailor? Will every......Read More

Madagascar & Senegal: Africa Semester

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Time to go home

Lisa Nieuwenhuys, Participant

I look back at the last three months as a very special period of time. I met amazing people and saw beautiful places. I gained fourteen new family members and made new friends. I learned a lot about community, the meaning and value of culture and......Read More

Madagascar & Senegal: Africa Semester

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TRANSFERENCE AND BEYOND

Sidonie Emerande, Instructor

One morning in Toubab Dialao for Africa Fall Semester Transference in Senegal: Basically in the Guesthouse of Sibo Bade that is so special, I took a moment to enjoy the breeze which is so mental, Watching the flow of the waves reaching the beach......Read More

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There’s a boa constrictor!

Jackson Gould, Participant

Hello all, This lovely story begins with me feeling very tired and sick. The group was at L.P.A.C., the Las Piedras Amazon Center, during our expedition phase and there was a chocolate making activity at the Lucerna community a little ways down the......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Bolivia

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group C

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The Amazon

Gabe Motsinger, Participant

I’ve always wanted to visit the amazon, ever since elementary school when the class would listen to the teacher tell us about unimaginable wildlife like 30 ft snakes and butterflies bigger than our heads. Since then I was prepared, ready to......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Bolivia

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group C

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Cacao and Perseverance in the Amazon

Ned Flanagan, Participant

During orientation at the beginning of our course, our group talked about how each interaction we have should be transformational rather than transactional.  As a part of a transformational interaction, we stressed the imprtance of an exchange of......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Bolivia

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group B

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The life cycle of zinc

Olivia Lenfestey, Participant

It starts with dust and darkness. Wearing loose fitting hard hats and headlamps, young men burrow into the earth in search of the minerals that the Pachamama offers. They are headed to the place where God cannot reach them. Every inhale takes in the......Read More

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Final Thoughts From Our Group, Part I

Instructors, Participant

Yak of the Week

Dear friends and family, As we began our transference, we had a heartfelt ceremony commemorating the things we have learned and the people we want to become. In the second part, students read aloud what they had written, and we as instructors asked......Read More

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Traversing Through Transference

Bow Rudolph, Participant

Here we are, at the end of the road. Words can’t describe the life altering oddesey we have experienced over the past three months, but like all good things, this journey must come to an end. And so we are here on La Isla Del Sol, a place......Read More