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WTBD Yaks from Indonesia

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Full Life

Lila, Participant

Yak of the Week

I have been thinking a lot today about living a full life. I wonder if what I’m doing is making my life more full of life. I love quotes and words from aged travelers of the feeling of being alive in the middle of energetic, chaotic bazaars, and......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Indonesia

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Home Away From Home

Anna M., Participant

I have been in Indonesia for just over a week and although many sights, sounds, and experiences have been new and different I have been repeatedly surprised by how many little things remind me of home. For me the little triggers that spark a memory......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Indonesia

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A Train Through The Countryside

Lila, Participant

Does the sky reflecting in shallow fields of rice patties make your legs weaken and your heart feel like it does when you are taking your time to gaze at the moon? Does the sunlight chasing shadows across the speckled pools of water make you want to......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Indonesia

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Thoughts from Jogja

Babette Kania, Participant

I’m writing this from an internet cafe in Jogja, the first internet cafe that I’ve ever had the pleasure (?) of using. The first computer assigned to me wasn’t working, so I bashfully crept to the counter. “Could I get some......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Indonesia

Indonesia: Community, Culture, and Conservation

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Update!

Nicole, Participant

We are finally in Yogya and ready to begin homestays! We spent orientation learning about our group and about our new home for the next 3 months. Yesterday, after 5 days in Dieng, we took a 5-hour bus ride to Yogya–our home for the next 3 1/2......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Indonesia

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First Yak

N8 Dahman, Participant

The first week has been a little interesting. I have been trying all the spicy food, making my tongue go numb. The language is still complete jiborish to my ears, I only have got a few basic sentences down so far. I can communicate just enough to......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Indonesia

Indonesia: Community, Culture, and Conservation

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We made it!

Jackson, Participant

Hey everyone! I am loving the food and the people here. We have been making a lot of new friends like the group of little boys in a mosque courtyard that we would go play soccer with every afternoon in Dieng. We also put on a show for the hotel we......Read More

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An afternoon in Dieng

Nicole, Participant

The afternoon call to prayer echoed off the volcanoes and mountains surrounding the bustling city of Dieng. The sweet and putrid scent of durian filled our nostrils, and the roar of passing motorbikes reverberated through the cobblestones. As......Read More