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X-Phase Day Two: Where There Be Wild

I-Team, Participant

Our second day of X-Phase brought us into the depths of Chitwan National Park. We spent half a day hearing tales of tigers, watching black rhinos cool off in deep pools, and keeping our eyes alert for elephants. We saw lizards the size of small dogs......Read More

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Yak ( and X-Phase) of the Year

Annabelle Richards and Lauren Forgione, Participant

To celebrate our last week here in Nepal, we went on a little shopping spree in the streets surrounding Chitwan National Park.  As seen in the photos above, unique felt hats were what we left the store with. Sutter the eggplant, Lauren the......Read More

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Letter to Varanasi

Esmé, Participant

Dear Varanasi, I will forever cherish the month I spent with you. I miss starting my day with a tikka being painted on my forehead; watching the sun rise from the haze; the tempting smell of the delicious street food beckoning me; getting held up......Read More

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Maggi

Connor Larson, Participant

Affection comes in many forms Locking me in a pitch black bathroom an hour after meeting me is, without a doubt, the most true form. We were brothers from the beginning. Always seeking knowledge, always sharing knowledge. I will miss our time......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Indonesia

Indonesia: Community, Culture, & Conservation

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Dear Nenek (Grandmother)

Morgan Vigo, Participant

I was going to start off by saying I wish I knew more bahasa Indonesia during my stay in Jogja. It would have allowed for more conversation but I think our limited communication made our relationship that much more special. We surprised each other.......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group B

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Dragoncito Update!

Dragoncitos, Participant

Hi friends and family! So sorry for the lack of yaks! We have been busy with what has been called “the worlds busiest X-phase” and have barely had a second to breathe! However, we are having a great time and are enjoying our last weeks......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group B

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Yes, I do have siblings !!!

Tash, Participant

I am an only child. This is the response that I gave each and every one of my homestay families along the road the last few months. I have found it fascinating to hear about all the large families that many people have here in Bolivia and Peru. From......Read More

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X-Phase Day One: A Birthday Rhino

I-Team, Instructor

The general summary of our first day of X-Phase can be summarized with: travel on comfortable bus down winding hillsides to the Terai listening to extensive group playlist and napping. The day was relatively uneventful and quite pleasant. Once......Read More

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Update from Trek!

Julianne, Dragons Admin

Dear Dragons friends and families, The A&A-A group is on the 6th day of their Choquequirao trek, an ambitious mountain excursion organized 100% by the student group.  Choquequirao is a remote Incan Citadel that was constructed after the Spanish......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Himalayan Studies - Group B

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I Believe in Existential Crises

Leija Helling, Participant

“If everything, all of this, is transient, if nothing lasts forever, if we all leave this world sooner or later, does that mean nothing matters? Assume yes. Now, does that fact actually create meaning? I think so. If, in the grand scheme,......Read More

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Sampela Thanksgiving

Ariella, Participant

Yak of the Week

I am awoken by a symphony; shrieking children, yelling conversations, the thunder of footsteps, chickens screaming… I moan, roll off my mat, and stumble out of my room into the kitchen. I creep outside onto our woven bamboo porch, where I find......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Guatemala

Guatemala: Spanish Language & Grassroots Activism

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Como amaneciste?

Mila, Participant

Yak of the Week

Usually at my home in Portland you wouldn’t find me up before I have to be. I am a huge fan of sleeping in, if there’s an opportunity to sleep in until 10 or 11 am I’ll probably take it. Here in Guatemala though, there’s a lot to do and no......Read More