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Indonesia: Community, Culture, and Conservation

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Sampai Jumpa Lagi!

Indonesia Instructor Team, Participant

We have been tethered together by forces beyond our comprehension for the last 3 months. We have gathered in spaces of discomfort, laughter, growth and vulnerability. Through careful examination of our own individual experience and relationship with......Read More

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Closure Yak

Anna Hartzell and Nina Lissarrague, Participant

During transference we were asked to write what we had learned from our three months in Indonesia. Rather than focusing on the more academic lessons we learned, this exercise drew attention towards our emotional changes. So in closure we would like......Read More

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Mama Kalong: Voices of the Tides

Romina Beltrán Lazo, Participant

Yak of the Week

The first time I walked into that stilted house, right in the corner of the floating village, north and east in conjunction before the horizon of the sea, I had a feeling that the stories that rested inside the bamboo walls would change and distort......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Indonesia

Indonesia: Community, Culture, and Conservation

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The Power of Language

Anna Harris, Participant

One morning during X-phase I sauntered down to the dining area where Jeremy was managing away at his computer. “Apa Kabar, Jeremy?” I asked. “Baik” he replied, tousling his frosted tips. Language is such a beautiful thing. Jer is one of the......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Indonesia

Indonesia: Community, Culture, and Conservation

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The Storm

Anna Harris, Participant

I was startled awake by a clap of thunder. My timepiece read 4:00 am. A fusillade of fat raindrops smacked incessantly against my window. I felt sick. A violent thrashing of ache and unease plagued my stomach. The previous night’s nasi goreng......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Indonesia

Indonesia: Community, Culture, and Conservation

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The Power of Perspectives

Matt Killea, Participant

Yak of the Week

This yak is a little overdue, as this interaction took place 6 weeks ago now. Its taken awhile for me to fully formulate my thoughts, but the following conversation has popped up in my mind almost daily since, which speaks to how much this moment......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Indonesia

Indonesia: Community, Culture, and Conservation

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Sampela Group Yak: Gratitude

Student Group, Dragons Admin

I am grateful for the women’s panel today. I appreciate them sharing their stories and opinions. I am grateful for the conversation I had yesterday with my Bapak. Although I couldn’t understand what he was saying I really appreciated the......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Indonesia

Indonesia: Community, Culture, and Conservation

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Tough Love

Nina Lissarague , Dragons Admin

Love is an emotion we all share but can show differently. I, along with most of my readers, are most likely familiar with kind words, touch and attention as acts of love. “Tough love” (a term I will later elaborate on) has been the most common......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Indonesia

Indonesia: Community, Culture, and Conservation

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A Day In Sampela

Kate, Participant

Wake up at 5 am to the roosters crowing and loud neighborhood chatter Drink water Lather on sunscreen before your body can start to sweat it off Inspect bug bites and possible rashes Eat breakfast of nasi goreng (fried rice), a fried egg and sweet......Read More

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Cassava Moments

Kate, Participant

Two days ago I saw these white chunks of what I thought was fish, hanging from lines outside my home. I learned it was Cassava. There were probably 60 pieces all hanging to dry. Yesterday I saw the cassava was off the lines. In the afternoon I sat......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Indonesia

Indonesia: Community, Culture, and Conservation

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Gratitude from Sampela

Indonesia students, Participant

I am grateful for the women’s panel today. I appreciate them sharing their stories and opinions. I am grateful for the conversation I had yesterday with my Bapak. Although I couldn’t understand what he was saying I really appreciated the......Read More

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Farewell Langa

Romina Beltrán Lazo, Participant

Yak of the Week

The power of words – written or articulated – is something that I reflect on constantly as my existence gravitates over time and space. When I left Langa, a small village where I felt at home or at least part of a home, it was Easter......Read More

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My Love For Laut

KATE, Participant

Every experience I have had with the sea (“laut”) on this journey has been special. The first was the day we spent on the 17 Islands. I had been feeling completely nauseous and drained and almost didn’t go on the day adventure to explore the......Read More

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What’s in a cup of Coffee?

Instructors: Olivia, Rita, & Keshet, Instructor

In Langa, coffee is more than a caffeine fix, it’s tradition, family time, hospitality, and one of the few opportunities local subsistence farmers have to make some cash income. Egen taught our students what goes into cup of coffee from the......Read More