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Kalimpong Reflections

Isis Rhodes, Participant

Hello outside world! We are currently in a village called Kalimpong. It took us a total of 10+ hours to get here from Kolkata, where we started. Some might say that 10+ hours is a long time, it is, but to get the views we have? It is worth it. The......Read More

WTBD Yaks from India

Eastern Himalayas: West Bengal to Sikkim

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Hello from Kalimpong!

Olivia Francois, Participant

We are currently in Kalimpong, taking Nepali classes. It is very different here than what I am used to; and I am starting to love it. I am learning things that I would have never learned if I hadn’t taken this trip. The food is amazing, and......Read More

WTBD Yaks from India

Eastern Himalayas: West Bengal to Sikkim

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Urban Homestay

Annabelle Creech, Participant

I am so happy to be in this beautiful place, surrounded by such a welcoming community. My Amma took my hand and led me to her house. I am the fifth Dragons student she has hosted. There were many things to get used to the first night, by my family......Read More

WTBD Yaks from India

Eastern Himalayas: West Bengal to Sikkim

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Reflections from Kalimpong

Phoebe Wong, Participant

Yak of the Week

While first traveling, we have know little but seen much. Right now the mush of sensory overload in my brain, Kalimpong appears a land of mystifying yet nonetheless charming paradoxes. It is one of the most tranquil places I have ever been but at......Read More

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Settling into our Urban Homestays

Hilary LeBlanc, Instructor

Today is the first morning of our urban homestays in Kalimpong. Last night we hosted a welcome party for the homestay families at the program house in Kalimpong and shared cups of chai and biscuits. Afterwards students departed with their families......Read More

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Beginning the Urban Home-stays

Team Eastern Himalayas, Instructor

Hello family and friends of our Eastern Himalayas Dragons! After arriving in Kolkata we traveled north. Spending a full day on a train sipping sweet chai as we watched the landscape slowly transition from hot plains to cool forested hills. At the......Read More

Bhutan: Happiness in the Himalayas, Nepal: Traditions of the Himalayas, Eastern Himalayas: West Bengal to Sikkim

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Ready to Board!

Grace Barrett, Dragons Admin

Dear Family & Friends, The Eastern Himalayas, Bhutan, and Nepal student groups have all made it through security and are at their international gate, ready to board their flight! Please look out for an updated post from the instructor teams once......Read More

Bhutan: Happiness in the Himalayas, Nepal: Traditions of the Himalayas, Eastern Himalayas: West Bengal to Sikkim

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Students Together at the Terminal & Getting...

Grace Barrett, Dragons Admin

Dear Family & Friends, The Nepal, Bhutan, and Eastern Himalayas Group have gathered at the check-in counter at JFK and are all getting ready to check-in and proceed through security.  Look for an update once the group has arrived at the gate......Read More

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Final pre-course yak

Vincent, Instructor

With our final I-team meeting complete we are ready for the course. Hilary and Vincent have arrived in New York and are ready to meet the students while Sharon heads to India for the final preparations. We are so excited to be meeting you all soon!...Read More

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Dragons 1-Minute Visual-Story Contest

Christina, Dragons Admin

Hello Summer Students! We've just decided to host our first ever "1-Minute Visual Story" Contest in addition to our regular end-of-program Photo Contest. Here's the details......Read More

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India trip :)

Isis Rhodes, Participant

I see travelling as an escape to the reality that this world has sculpted for ‘our’ generation. Somehow we get sucked into this twisted reality when we can escape to other places where it can offer us what life is really about;......Read More

WTBD Yaks from India

Eastern Himalayas: West Bengal to Sikkim

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Traveling Vs. Tourism

Annabelle Creech, Participant

When I think of travelers, I think of people sharing meals, stories, and culture. Tourism does not involve sharing. It is like looking through a window the entire time; you can see one aspect of what’s going on but cannot really experience it, and......Read More