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Indonesia: Community, Culture, and Conservation

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WTBD Yaks from Indonesia

Indonesia: Community, Culture, and Conservation

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Return Journey

ITeam, Instructor

Dear family and friends, After heartfelt goodbyes and some tears, our group took the next steps on our journey home—a journey that started yesterday as we left transference to travel from Bira, a tiny beach town in Southern Sulawesi, through......Read More

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Such A Sampela Moment

Anna M., Participant

Yak of the Week

“Sampai nanti Ibu!” I call as I tiptoe across my porch and down the precarious and wobbly steps of our stilted home. I set out towards rumah Andar (our program house in Sampela) tiptoeing, eyes glued to the boardwalk, trying to remember......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Indonesia

Indonesia: Community, Culture, and Conservation

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Sending Gratitude

Keshet Miller, Instructor

Dear friends and families, What a journey it has been. Over the last three months we have seen each one of our students transform and grow in a thousand different ways. As a group, we have learned how to travel together, to respect each other and......Read More

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Broken Boardwalks

Nicole Jehl, Participant

Yak of the Week

In the U.S. (and other mega-developed, mega-polluter countries), we live separate from our impact and our ecological footprint. We throw away our waste, old fashions, leftover foods, and clutter we bought but never needed without thinking of where......Read More

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Moving on to Transference

Keshet Miller, Instructor

Hi family and friends, We have now arrived in Bira, in South Sulawesi to start transference. We have said our bittersweet goodbyes to our homestay families in Sampela, and are now ready to enter a peaceful and reflective space for the next few days.......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Indonesia

Indonesia: Community, Culture, and Conservation

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Teachings in Sampela

Lila Brady, Participant

Yak of the Week

A little excerpt from my journal in Sampela (the village we are staying in in Wakatobi National Park on the Island of Sulawesi. We are staying with Bajau people, the “sea nomads,” who live on houses on stilts over the ocean. Most people here are......Read More

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Sampela photos

Jessica Armstrong, Dragons Admin

Hi everyone, I am itchy for more Indo student Yaks but alas these amazing photos will have to suffice. They have been taken over the past few days and show the students meeting their homestay families for the first time and participating in......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Indonesia

Indonesia: Community, Culture, and Conservation

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Group Safe Following Earthquake

Jessica Armstrong, Participant

Hello families and friends of our Spring Indonesia Dragons, The team are safe following a 6.8 magnitude earthquake that struck off the coast of Indonesia’s Sulawesi island on Friday at 6.40 pm, prompting tsunami warnings that were later lifted......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Indonesia

Indonesia: Community, Culture, and Conservation

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Arrived safely to Sampela

Keshet Miller, Instructor

We have arrived safely to Sampela after traveling by taxi, plane, and boats to get here. After all of the anticipation of Sampela, the group is happy to finally be settling into their homestays above the ocean. We arrived to the boardwalk, greeted......Read More