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A new adventure

Iteam, Participant

We are boarding our flight from Jakarta to LA with both excitement and a little sadness to leave this beautiful country and the people who have given us so many gifts over the past six weeks, especially the gifts of open-heartedness, family, growth,......Read More

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It’s Not Goodbye, It’s Sampai Jumpa

Chloe McClellan, Participant

Yak of the Week

Over the course of these last six weeks, we have had the opportunity to learn so much and grow in ways we never thought possible. During our last few days together in transference, we were able to rest and reflect on our experiences on the......Read More

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Group Safe in Sulawesi

Aaron, Dragons Admin

The group is currently in Pulau Lekang (Lekang Island) located off the coastline just east of Makassar. The group has been completely unaffected by the recent earthquake in the Lombok/Bali region. In fact, they went for a snorkel today and......Read More

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Reunion – A message from a parent

Stuart, Participant

As a stateside observer of nearly six weeks of Yak posts, I look to next week with much anticipation for what the Indonesia travelers have experienced and can share with us upon their return. We know that muscles are stretched and strengthened with......Read More

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You Can Become Family Fast

Sean Doherty, Participant

Yak of the Week

You can become family faster than you think. This is Mamal, and although we have a hard time communicating, come from completely different backgrounds, and only have known each other for a week, we are brothers. You may be thinking that is a bit......Read More

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A Successful Day of Fishing

James Burton, Participant

Sampela is a village built and inhabited by the people entitled the Bajau and it is built on stilts atop the ocean almost a kilometer away from land. The Bajau’s way of life has adapted to become almost completely sustainable by the ocean. ......Read More

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Group Safe and Headed to Toraja

Aaron, Dragons Admin

The group left Sampela in the pre-dawn hours today and through a series of boats, planes, and buses is in route to Toraja They landed in the city of Makassar a few hours ago and are on their final bus leg of the journey which will put them in......Read More

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Sunrise Swim

Annie, Participant

Picture of the Week

Salamat pagi! This morning we left the program house at 4:30 AM to watch the sunrise out on the ocean. We took a motor boat out to the open sea and watched the sky turn a variety of beautiful pastel colors: lavender, blue and pink. Coupled with the sunrise, we also witnessed a partial lunar eclipse. The moon phase was technically a full moon, but this morning it appeared as if it was a waxing crescent. After the moon disappeared because the sun rose, we all jumped into the ocean with our life vests. It was a memorable way to… Read More

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Photos from Sampela

Olivia Werby, Participant

Picture of the Week

We are approaching the end of our homestay time in Sampela. On Sunday, we’ll depart for Makassar and make our way onward to Toraja for our student led travel portion of the trip followed by our final transference days together. We hope you enjoy some of these photos from Sampela!

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Living with the Bajau

Shaiyah Weissman, Participant

Hi everyone! As I write this post, I’m sitting on the board walk in Sampela looking out at the beautiful ocean with a spear gun in my lap. Over the past couple of days we have been able to experience what life is like living with the Bajau.......Read More

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My Life on Stilts

Chloé McClellan, Participant

As a land person, I have easy accessibility to multiple different living accomodations. I wake up in my own bed, take a hot shower, and eat a bowl of cereal with milk. I travel down asphalt paved roads to visit friends, go to the grocery store, and......Read More

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The Weight of a 65-Liter Pack

Emily Bailey, Participant

I can’t get over how heavy my backpack is. Filled with my six-week necessities, I practically topple over each time I throw it onto my back. What’s most astounding though, are its contents, so familiar to me but extremely mysterious to my......Read More

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Langa

jivan shirvanian, Participant

Langa was an amazing village with kind and warm hearted people. As soon as we stepped off the bus they welcomed us with open arms and a cup of coffee at 9pm. Langa was also the first place I learned how to squat and poop. The coffee was a great......Read More