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Aidan Loftus, Participant

All and sundry sitting here, in that strange zeal of transition, with floating smiles and fleeting thoughts meeting each other in those awkward cross-room gazes. Some of that careful solace I’ve found in shared departure sits in my skull- that......Read More

WTBD Yaks from India

India: Himalayas to the Ganges River

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Rumination

Hayden Elms, Participant

I am sitting in a field watching the sun set behind the mountains in the distance. I can scarcely make out green parrots fluttering in the branches and crows cry out as they tail a hawk smoothly sailing off through the cool mountain air.......Read More

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Rolwaling trek

Arvin Singh Uzunov Dang, Instructor

We had some stunning sunsets and hill-side scenery in the lower hills of the Rolwaling valley. The group had to split and I could not continue with them further into the high mountains, but those first 5 days were special enough! Photo 1: some of......Read More

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Elephant Happy Hours

Arvin Singh Uzunov Dang, Instructor

Highlights from Chitwan national park. We spent an incredible afternoon with Shanti, a 60 year old elephant matriarch, who we had sponsored for an “elephant happy hour” where she gets a break from the routine and hard work of carrying tourists......Read More

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Pastoral Sublime part 2 of 2

Arvin Dang, Instructor

“Better to eat rice grown from your own hand than what others have stepped on.” This is part 2 of my earlier post. Photo 1: bits of chaff suspended in the air after a recent throw. Lal Bahadur grinning as usual, possibly because of all......Read More

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Pastoral Sublime part 1 of 2

Arvin Dang, Instructor

“Better to eat rice grown from your own hand than what others have stepped on.” So said Lal Bahadur Tami, farmer in the hills West of Everest, and the only person I’ve met to make farm work look like a dance. If that sounds cute, check......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group A

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The Power of People

Ella, Participant

Months before this journey began, I set expectations for what it would be like. I couldn’t help it. My family and I spent hours talking about being in the wilderness, improving my Spanish, learning about cultures and histories and experiencing......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group A

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Cusco

Sophie Meinen, Participant

Being in Cusco was a confusing experience for me. I’ve never been in a city that I loved so much and yet made me so uncomfortable. On my first day in the city, we were walking through the central plaza and at first glance, it was easily one of......Read More

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The next step

Colin, Instructor

Cathay Pacific 770 just took off carrying our group towards Hong Kong on the way to be reunited with family and home. Amidst tearful goodbyes, we stopped to show off the perfected squat we’ve been developing over three months moving through......Read More

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On the way home!

Instructor Team, Instructor

The students are about to board their flight to JFK. What a wonderful treat to have them this semester! We know how much you must have missed them. Thank you for sharing their wonderful minds and spirits with us!!!...Read More

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5 students through security and on their flight

Instructor Team, Instructor

Bennett, Melissa, Ellie, Noah and Peter are through security and on their on time flight to Beijing (and then their flight to LA). We will take Amanda and Mercedes to the airport for their flight to Hong Kong in a few hours. Thomas and Muskaan will......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Indonesia

Indonesia: Community, Culture, & Conservation

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News From Sampela

Kyle, Participant

We arrive in Sampela after spending a few nights in western-style hotels, travel weary and excited to meet our final homestay families. Sampela is initially a very alien place; rickety wooden boardwalks wind through stilted houses, and the ocean......Read More