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WTBD Yaks from Senegal

West Africa: Rhythms of Senegal

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UPDATED! Return International Group Flight...

Carin, Dragons Admin

Dear Fall 2018 West Africa Semester Families, It is hard to believe that 3 months have passed since your student embarked on this incredible adventure! It won’t be long until students will be boarding their planes back home. We are sure you are......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Himalayan Studies - Group B

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A Poem for Transference

Julia Sauve, Participant

While reflecting on our coming journey home, I wrote a little poem: “America ramro chha.” A sentiment we’ve heard many a time, But what does it mean? My life is no better at home than here, But maybe that’s because of the......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Senegal

West Africa: Rhythms of Senegal

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Packing

Phoebe Norman, Participant

I’m attempting to bottle up Senegal. Squeeze it Shove it into my suitcase Slip it in among t-shirts or new taille basses So When I return home I can lay it out And say, “This is it, Here it is”, Senegal. I’ll spread it out......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Senegal

West Africa: Rhythms of Senegal

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X-Phase: Jabatodo, Fittowo and Tawkat

Akiva, Shannon, and Fran, Participant

We took on roles in x-phase that revolved around supporting the well being of the group. Shelter, water, health, and upholding relationships with the community are pivotal on any semester course. As Tawkat, the group relied on Shannon to make sure......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Senegal

West Africa: Rhythms of Senegal

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X-Phase

Kyle/Chris, Participant

Our journey as Borom Xaalis was significant because of our different roles. This allowed us to lean on each other in various times, pooling our skill sets. Kyle helped Chris with conversation factors, for example. Kyle took the initiative to arrange......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Senegal

West Africa: Rhythms of Senegal

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Defowo

Phoebe and Charlie, Participant

Defowo is a very demanding job. you have to feed 15 people, including yourself, 3 meals a day plus snacks. Also this group needs a lot of snacks. You’re in charge of a lot. luckily we had Saliou who could assist us in coordinating meals,......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group A

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Machu Picchu

Mira Bader, Participant

Being in Peru, going to Machu Picchu seems like an easy, natural choice.  Considered one of the new wonders of the world, I had no doubt that we would choose to go there during our student-planned X phase. Turns out, it wasn’t so simple. Back......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group A

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Practicing patience while on trek

Logan Ruch, Participant

Patience, It´s something we all want more of but there´s never enough to go around. It is something that can be taught but it takes a long time and with much practice it can be improved. I am one of those people who has never had much patience for......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group A

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X-Phase

Eliana, Participant

For the last eleven days, our group has traveled from Puerto Maldonado to Cusco, and then hiked for 7 days through the mountains to visit Machu Picchu. The last eleven days have been full of moments to distinguish them but what is most impressive to......Read More

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Happy Thanksgiving

Emilia, Participant

I know it is late and December, but I wanted to wish all of you fellow Yak readers a Happy Thanksgiving! After coming back to San Juan, from our 3-week long journey through Guatemala and Mexico, we were all excited to share one of our traditions......Read More

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Transition to transference

Ben, Instructor

Hi friends, We just wanted to send you a message quick update! We had an absolutely beautiful trek through Choquequirao and the Cordillera Vilcabamba. We are very proud of the way the students organized and executed such a challenging, and at times......Read More