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Group arrived safely in Delhi

India Instructor Team, Participant

Hello all! We have all safely arrived in (very hot) Delhi after our beautiful month in Ladakh. This is a photo from our gorgeous flight over the Himalayas back to the Plains. We are now on our way to our hostel. What a wonderful 3 months it has......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Himalayan Studies – Group B

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Just a kid

Macy Ryan, Participant

Yak of the Week

Stepping on the plane at Denver International Airport, I wasn’t prepared for the magnitude of what was about to follow. I was just a kid, fresh out of high school, and only seventeen. I was confident and ready to embark on this journey, but at the......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Himalayan Studies - Group A

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In Nepal I witnessed…..

Himalaya A Group, Participant

In Nepal I witnessed….. That the “developing” colonized world is dramatically affecting a large amount of the population of humanity. (Ben) How important community really is in the development of people. (Tomas ) A slower pace of life, one......Read More

WTBD Yaks from India

India: Himalayas to the Ganges River

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To My Parents

Lily Cunningham, Participant

Yak of the Week

To Mom and Dad, For my whole life, you have been my travellers, leaving home for a little while at a time and coming back home with stories and tales of places I never knew. And when you took me with you, you’d read me little bits from the......Read More

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Transference

Him A Team, Instructor

Can it really be almost over? Sitting in the ancient Newari hilltop of Bandipur we begin Transference. Transference is a time to look back. To remember the good memories, the difficult ones, and the times where we struggled but persevered. In these......Read More

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A Period of Transference

We Team, Instructor

With only four days left together, our group has been settled into the village of Phyang beginning our transference journey. With views of snow capped Himalayas and sounds of chanting coming from the nearby monestary, we are spending our days in......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Himalayan Studies – Group B

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Chokati Yak

Jake Wilson, Participant

Going into Chokati I had no expectations, after going on an 18 day trek, I was just excited to not have to pitch a tent every day. Even the rock-hard bed I had to sleep in was bearable. My homestay sister brought me up the hill to where we were......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

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El Choro Trek

Jack Oliver, Participant

Yak of the Week

Last week we completed the 6-day El Choro trek with our guide Percy, which started just outside La Paz and ended in Los Yungas. We had to take a different route to the usual one because two bridges were out. This route involved taking a minibus from......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 Mekong

Mekong: The Tibetan Plateau to the Heart of Southeast Asia

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“Moments of Being”

Rob Walker, Participant

Yak of the Week

Apologies in advance to Virginia Woolf. *** Thunder rumbles. The rain falls in sheets on the tin roof above my bed. I glance at the mosquito netting hanging fifteen inches from my face and listen to the storm. The door to my room opens and my......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