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WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group C

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Reflecting on Q’eros

Lila Singh, Participant

Yak of the Week

“There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.” -Nelson Mandela We came to N’acion Q’eros in a wooden truckbed bordered by blue walls. We sat on our big bags, talking,......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group C

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Latinoamérica

Lila Singh, Participant

I’d like to share a song. It’s a song I’ve known and loved for some time, but one that has taken on a new meaning during my travels through Bolivia and Peru. The song is written by puertorriqueño rap duo Calle 13 and features the voices of......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group C

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Thank You Group C!

Audrey Washington, Participant

Every morning, our group begins the day with a morning check-in. As a part of this, we all answer a question presented to the group by our student Guia. On the morning of April 11, we all gathered in Cusco’s Plaza de Armas. In this former......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group C

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Reflections on Q´eros

Sarah Booher, Participant

I had no idea what to expect from Q´eros as we were herded into the back of a large truck. For three hours we bumped over dirt roads, our only knowledge of our whereabouts based on the ever-darkening clouds above our heads. What was this place we......Read More

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From the Mountains to the Jungle

Tech Team, Instructor

Hi everyone! We returned to Ocongate yesterday after a great week in Nacion Q’eros. Today, we will be traveling by bus to Puerto Maldonado for one night before we are heading into the Amazon to work with an organization called Fauna Forever......Read More

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Nación Q’eros video

Instructor Team, Instructor

Nación Q’eros or Q’eros Nation in English is like no other place we have ever visited. It’s harsh climate and terrain has limited outside influences since the time of the Spanish invasion. Here’s a video of our week in Q’eros....Read More

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Shifting: Home.

Anna G., Instructor

Our time in Patan has flown by. Almost one month ago we arrived here, energized and a bit weary from constant movement and travel. Students settled into their home-stays immediately, and found the transition to being alone, to being a part of a......Read More

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Back from Trek

Uttara, Instructor

After about two weeks out in the wilderness (so to speak), our group is back in Pokhara after a most wonderful trek. Trekking in Nepal, or at least our particular route, is a wonderful lesson in what it means to be in the “great outdoors” or......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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Headed for student led Expedition phase

Instructor team, Instructor

Him B Headed for X-phase After almost four incredible weeks in Patan where we were in full mode of immersing ourselves in the urban life, learning from numerous people and visiting incredible places we are headed to the lovely place called Kaski......Read More

WTBD yaks from Mekong

Mekong: The Tibetan Plateau to the Heart of Southeast Asia

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Tangled Translations part 2: Naxi Narratives

Skylar & Solange, Participant

On a more serious note, tonight we were faced with a new challenge – translating a traditional Naxi tale. Since coming to the Nanyao homestay, we have had difficulty understanding the local accent, but as the few students who know some......Read More

WTBD yaks from Mekong

Mekong: The Tibetan Plateau to the Heart of Southeast Asia

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Tangled Translations part 1: Mandarin Memes on...

Skylar & Solange, Participant

As two of the more advanced Chinese students on the program, many of our friends turned to us for translation help as soon as we arrived in China. We first taught the group “survival Chinese” like numbers, “toilet paper,” and......Read More

WTBD yaks from Mekong

Mekong: The Tibetan Plateau to the Heart of Southeast Asia

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Some Highlights from Nanyao

Solange, Participant

As soon as we stepped off the overnight train in Lijiang, I could sense the change in scenery. The temperature had dropped significantly and gone were the skyscrapers of Jinghong, replaced instead with mountains in nearly every direction. As the sun......Read More