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WTBD Yaks from China

China: The Silk Road

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International Return Group Flight Information

Carin, Dragons Admin

Dear Families & Friends, It is hard to believe that almost six weeks have passed since your student embarked on this incredible adventure! It won’t be long until students will be boarding their planes back home. We are sure you are anxiously......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Peru

Peru: Sacred Mountains (6-week)

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International Return Group Flight Information

Carin, Dragons Admin

Dear Families & Friends, It is hard to believe that almost six weeks have passed since your student embarked on this incredible adventure! It won’t be long until students will be boarding their planes back home. We are sure you are anxiously......Read More

WTBD Yaks from China

China: Mandarin Language Intensive (6-week)

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Beijing

Ulysses Atkeson, Participant

你好, We are now in 北京! Our first 2 days were spent in a nice hostel 1-2 hours out of the city. There was only one guy who cooked for all 14 of us and kept the place very clean. We enjoyed eating with him and hearing his stories.......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Peru

Peru: Sacred Mountains (6-week)

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Final Thoughts

Asher Freund, Participant

In conclusion, Peru was to me an island. Its beaches were mountains; its jungles were jungles; and I, traversing its plains and slicing its rivers, was an Amazonian frog. I found the essence of Peru on the breath and in the fur of its animals. I......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Peru

Peru: Sacred Mountains (6-week)

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What Dragons Gave Me

Kayla Hutto, Participant

As my six week course travelling through Peru comes to a close, I feel so grateful for the opportunity to learn from Dragons and their philosophy. I learned a lot about myself, expecially about how I want to travel going forth in my life. Dragons......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Indonesia

Indonesia: Community & Conservation

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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

WTBD Yaks from Peru

Peru: Sacred Mountains (6-week)

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Haikus

Peru 6 week poets, Instructor

Hi family and friends, Saludos from Puerto Maldonado, where we are in the midst of transference. While enjoying a long day on the Madre de Dios river to travel here, we wrote haiku poems about our time in the Amazon and share them with you all here.......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Peru

Peru: Sacred Mountains (6-week)

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People of the Clouds

Tava Harper, Participant

”If you don’t think about it, the bugs swarming the light look like the stars against a pitch black sky,”-Asher & I.   In the time we have spent traveling recently, we could find ourselves above, in the midst of, and below......Read More

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Wo men dao le Beijing!

Ross, Participant

After saying goodbye to our homestay families and language teachers in Kunming, we rose at the crack of dawn to board an early morning flight to Beijing. We arrived around noon and will begin the final phase of our journey: transference....Read More

WTBD Yaks from Indonesia

Indonesia: Community & Conservation

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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

WTBD Yaks from China

China: The Silk Road

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On Going Home

Cole Peterson, Dragons Admin

Thursday marked seven days until we make the journey back to Los Angeles, and then ultimately home. I think that everyone has different thoughts on this. Some are excited to get home and see their family and friends and are becoming less and less......Read More

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The Cliff’s Edge

Arman Abrishamchian, Participant

Picture of the Week

I’ve been blatantly ignoring writing a yak post. Truthfully, at some points I felt that writing one would be more of an assignment than something I would want to do. At others, I believed that writing a post would both limit any experience I had or diminish it in some way. See, I would never be able to describe these experiences in a way that could provide all the details, all my feelings, and all my perceptions of what happened. I felt that only my own memory would be able to contain those important pillars of any one experience.  … Read More

WTBD Yaks from Thailand

Thailand: The Spirit of Greng Jai

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To Ramphai

Arwyn Drew, Participant

As Willow has said, I too can’t find the words to describe our trip. It felt like a dream. Something that only happens when you close your eyes. A fantasy in a way. But looking back I will always have those moments to hold on too. I woke up......Read More

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From Trek to Transference

Laura Chase, Instructor

Jullay! After a beautiful and successful ten days exploring the valleys and mountain passes in Ladakh, the group has safely arrived in Leh! We have been recuperating with warm showers and pizza, reflecting fondly on our amazing trek and rural......Read More

WTBD Yaks from India

North India: Identity in Exile (6-week)

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Momola

Lane Henry, Participant

Moments with Homestay Grandma Momola! From the moment we met, I knew we would be best friends. Momola wore traditional Tibetan dress every day and had beautiful blue eyes. She would always greet me, in a heavy Tibetan accent, with “good......Read More