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WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group A

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X Phase!

Maayan and Teagan, Participant

X Phase has finally arrived! We will be out of contact for the next 6 days, so while we are off the grid, here is an itinerary of what we will be doing. Day 0 – April 17th Drive all day to Abancay and meet our guide Edson. Then together with......Read More

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More trek updates

Instructors, Instructor

Hi everyone, Another successful day of trekking from the group! They reached their destination in the early afternoon, just in time to have their camp set up before it started drizzling. It was cloudy throughout and the students kept a good pace and......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group B

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NEWS

Leila, Participant

FRIENDS! FAMILIES! OTHER AVID YAK BOARD READERS! (Yes, you!) I have NEWS. Andes and Amazon, Group B, has just completed its last trek through the gorgeous Andes mountains. We are all happy, safe, and settled in La Paz–even if some of us got......Read More

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Snow in Q’eros

The Instructors, Instructor

Dear group C families and friends, The group is currently mid-way through their Nación Q’eros excursion, the most remote part of their itinerary.  They are hiking through very small mountain villages that have lived virtually untouched by......Read More

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Solo Sondondo, Valle of Thoughts

Danielle Mullings, Participant

Our hour long solo walk through the Valle of Sondondo was an awakening experience for my brain. As I told our guide Miguel, ¨¡Yo no puedo creer mis ojos en estes lugares!¨ (A phrase I picked up from watching Spongebob with my fellow Dragones)......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group A

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Mind & Body

Allyson, Participant

Yak of the Week

I´ve always been a kind of idealist. Daydreamer, romantic, nose always buried in a book. My mom would say it´s my artistic nature. My friends would say it´s because I´m a Pisces. Myers-Briggs says it´s an INFP thing. Most of the time, I believe......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

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The magic of Sondondo

Jhasmany, Instructor

Dear friends and families, We are in our second of three days in Ayacucho. We have been trekking in the valley of Sondondo for the past six days. The experiences in this part of Peru have been totally breathtaking. We saw so many beautiful......Read More

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Quinua

Lotus, Participant

We spent time in a town named Quinua today, it is where quinoa origionated but we didnt eat any quinoa- it sold out in the morning. We went to a beautiful museum that displayed pottery and saw a school that teaches pottery to kids and students. Here......Read More

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Valle Sondondo Photo Dump!

Abigail, Participant

Our most recent trek spent in Valle Sondondo Peru, was full of vicuñas, beautiful sunny days, and so much learning from our guide Miguel.  We went to a vicuña reserve and learned about the most expensive wool in the world. We went to a condor......Read More

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Dance Lessons

Anna, Instructor

Our group has had an extremely busy week with guest speakers, yoga class, excursions, and Nepali language lessons. We also had our first dance class, where students learned a modern meets traditional dance, and they will perform it next week for......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Himalayan Studies – Group B

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Privilege of Picky Eating

Liz Freeland, Participant

Coming to Nepal, the food was a big worry of mine. Not wanting to be disrespectful or rude but knowing how I usually don’t like most things, I worried how it would work out. Growing up as a notorious picky eater, I became so quick to say no if......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group A

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Life in South America

Peter, Participant

My travels have been great so far. I will never forget the people I have met and the friendships I have made. I could fill up pages writing about my experiences in Bolivia and Peru, but I rather go out and create more. Till next time....Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group C

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Tiquipaya: The Heart of Bolivia

Audrey Washington, Participant

Looking back on my time in Tiquipaya, it is the little, seemingly ordinary moments that I will remember the most. Moments like cleaning and reorganizing the freezer as my host siblings, Jose and Dayana, bicker about who is the best singer. I will......Read More