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Hiking to Hemu

Grace , Instructor

Dearest family and friends, It has been a busy last week traveling from Dunhuang to Kashgar, Kashgar to Turpan, and Turpan to Hemu, a small village on the borders of Russia, Mongolia, and Kazakhstan! We are currently enjoying cool, rainy, mountain......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Cambodia

Cambodia: Peace-Building & Conservation


Final Yak :(

Sally, Participant

Yak of the Week

Right now, I’m sitting on the plane from LA to Newark. In LA, it’s 11:42pm, and in Newark, it’s 2:42am. It’s 3:42pm in Cambodia. I’m one of the only ones that’s still awake, and no matter what I do, I can’t seem to fall asleep. My mind......Read More


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

WTBD Yaks from Thailand

Thailand: The Spirit of Greng Jai



Willow, Participant

I found myself at home this morning when I woke up. It was a significant change to the last time I woke up in a bed, which was in Bangkok. I feel this deep loss that I cant quite explain. This last month with all of you seems unreal. I find it very......Read More


On the Plane Home

Maya, Participant

At a certain point, it truly seems like it’s never going to end. Even something so short as a month feels like years, and every day feels like two. It’s the illusion of time that makes you check your journal for what happened this......Read More

WTBD Yaks from China

China: Mandarin Language Intensive (6-week)


Update from Charlotte

Charlotte Feagin, Dragons Admin

Hi everybody! It’s Charlotte here. A lot has happened in Kunming so far. After arriving via bullet train (officially ending the x-phase), we met our host families one by one at the school apartment. Benjy was also there to send us off, which I......Read More


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

WTBD Yaks from India

North India: Roof of the World (4-week)


To the Italian man next to me on the plane

Elliott Bloom, Participant

Yak of the Week

On my flight home from Newark to Dulles I cried about 15 times, and the poor middle-aged Italian business-man sitting next to me could not understand why the young teen girl near him was sobbing. Didn’t know of a way to ask. So to the......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Thailand

Thailand: The Spirit of Greng Jai


The Group has Landed in LA

Dragons Administration, Instructor

The group has landed in LA and students and instructor, Greg, are making their way to onward flights or to the hotel with Greg. Wishing everyone a smooth final leg of the journey home, or a good night’s sleep!...Read More

WTBD Yaks from Peru

Peru: Sacred Mountains (6-week)


Letter to my Homestay Family

Becky Nielsen, Participant

Querido Narda, Illariy, y Flavio: Quiero agradecerles por ser tan acogedores conmigo. Sé que mi español no es el mejor, pero cada uno de ustedes hizo un gran esfuerzo para hablar conmigo y ayudarme a adaptar. Gracias por esto. Narda: estoy tan......Read More

China: Mandarin Language Intensive (4-week) - Group A, China: Mandarin Language Intensive (4-week) - Group B


Landed in LA!

Dragons Administration, Instructor

The Group, along with Language-B Group Instructor, Avery, have landed in LA where students are headed towards onward flights, or to the hotel with Avery. Wishing everyone a happy reunion with family and friends soon!...Read More

Morocco: Crossroads of Mountains & Culture


Group arrived in Washington DC

Cara, Dragons Admin

The group members who were returning to the US today have landed in Washington, D.C. and area all now on the way to their final destinations now! Join me in thanking the students and instructors for taking part in this journey to Morocco and......Read More