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Indonesia: Community, Culture, and Conservation

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Sunset

Nicole, Participant

Yak of the Week

The sun begins to lower in the sky. The bright, hot light turns golden, and we take to the sea. Bare feet running across the sand, hair trailing in the golden wind, bodies plunging into the waves. Waves that reflect the sky’s light like an......Read More

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Sumba, Indonesia

Sadie Fischbeck, Participant

If there’s anywhere in the world where it’s possible for the air to smell like sweet grass and sunsets, it’s the island of Sumba. Located on the southern-most edge of the archipelago, Sumba is home to an overwhelming array of......Read More

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Itinerary update

Keshet Miller, Instructor

Hello friends and family! We are currently in Makassar, Sulawesi after a successful visa run in Kuala Lumpur. The group had a quick 48 hours in Malaysia where the students were able to stock up on any last needs before heading to Wakatobi (and eat......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Indonesia

Indonesia: Community, Culture, and Conservation

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Homestay by the Ocean

Lila Brady, Participant

A little excerpt from my journal a few days ago: 4/7/19 7:34 am – Musa Homestay, Lamboya, Sumba What a beautiful flow here. To wake when my body tells me to, to read under my mosquito net canopy of roses. To waft between the ocean and the......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Indonesia

Indonesia: Community, Culture, and Conservation

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On the Ocean

Babette Kania, Participant

The ocean feels different here. There’s a part of me – the part that still hopes that I’m the long-lost demigod daughter of Poseidon – that tells me it’s because there are different gods in these waters. My father (Poseidon, not......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Indonesia

Indonesia: Community, Culture, and Conservation

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X-Phase Update

Babette Kania, Participant

Hello! ‘Tis I, Babette! I am this week’s journalist, which means that I’ll be the one bugging everyone to please please please post yaks. As is only fair, I myself am going to (hopefully) be posting a few yaks in the next couple of......Read More

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A Langa Farewell

Anna M., Participant

It’s 10:00 am on a beautiful and cloudy morning in the mountain village of Langa. My Mama with my day pack on her shoulder and I carrying my bright blue pack and bag of malkist crakers (from my family’s kiosk for the car ride), join the......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Indonesia

Indonesia: Community, Culture, and Conservation

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Connecting

Dashiel Bove, Participant

We left Langa today. People said their goodbyes, hugs exchanged, smiles and tears. I gave a bow to my Ibu Erna who, too sick to leave the house, sat on the porch and watched us. I walked a lot in Langa. I wandered along the little concrete paths......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Indonesia

Indonesia: Community, Culture, and Conservation

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First Morning In Langa

Nicole Jehl, Participant

Here’s a journal entry from Saturday March 16th, our first morning in Langa: At 5:40am my watch alarm sounded, but my bladder had already been begging me to leave the sanctum of a warm blanket and mosquito net for the better part of the past hour.......Read More

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Life at Eco Eden

Sadie, Participant

Salt on my skin Wind in my hair The sun bakes down The lightning breaks the sky Ants stream across my wall A river of life Enveloping anything sweet In a mad frenzy I look out at the sea To see A herd of goats surge over the dunes Waves crash Wind......Read More

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Mid-course Pictures

Instructors, Instructor

These pictures are from mid-course where we have had the chance to relax, reflect, and finally snorkel in the coral reefs. The students have been thinking about their time thus far in the course and realigning their goals moving forward. It has been......Read More

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Langa Homestay

Instructors, Instructor

Today the students have started their homestay in Langa, Flores. After we got a warm welcome from the homestay families, served with Langa homemade coffee, cassava and corn from their own harvest. Students started to introduce themselves in Bahasa......Read More

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Update from Riung

Jessica A, Dragons Admin

Hi everyone! I just received a short text update from the instructors and wanted to pass on the message that everyone is doing well in Riung. The students have been busy exploring the surrounding islands/reefs, they spent last night camping out in......Read More