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Peru: Sacred Mountains (4-week) - Group A

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Ollantaytambo

Isabelle Dumazet, Participant

Hey guys its Isabelle writing from Ollantaytambo, a beautiful city a couple hours from our next stop, Machu Pichu. Here we are getting ready for our 3 day hike to the Incan ruins, but also enjoying what this city has to offer. This small city used......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Peru

Peru: Sacred Mountains (4-week) - Group A

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Futbol from across the globe

Jax Nowak, Participant

Beginning this trip I recently quite my high schools soccer team and, similarly stepped back from my private club team however being here in Peru I have found my love for the sport rekindled, I could say that it began in ocongate when all fourteen......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Peru

Peru: Sacred Mountains (4-week) - Group A

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Fun in the Amazon

Ethan, Participant

What a week we had in the Amazon! It was so nice to be in warmer weather; quite a change from the andes! We played lots of soccer, learned about local plants and birds, and explored the surrounding jungle. We stayed at Villa Carmen, a biologicl......Read More

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Mini X-Phase Success

Letitia Caspersen, Participant

This past Wednesday our group planned and executed an outing on Lake Atitlan. We called this Mini X-phase, and it was sort of a practice round for X-Phase which starts tomorrow, and is three days of activities, transportation, and accommodations,......Read More

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Recuerdos

Maya Winfield, Participant

To remember, in Spanish, is recordar. Here, in Guatemala, spending time with family and creating important relationships is a necessary part to forming memories. These values create a culture full of smiles and genuine kindness that you encounter......Read More

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My Homestay

Jack, Participant

Yak of the Week

I started out my homestay by being greeted by an old lady who spoke no English. I would later know her as angay, which is the Dzongkhan word for grandma. Now that the week is complete, I can confidently say that in my opinion, I had by far the best......Read More

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The Place On The Hill

Elisa Haupt, Participant

To the place on the hill I want to hold your surface The handmade rock wall that was eaten up by mossy earth You will take me to the place I rest, where the only thing taller is hills that forge small society You are the fortress that protects the......Read More

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My reluctant adventure

Lulu Feeney, Participant

On the first day of the trek, we arrived at our camp sight after four hours of trudging through the muddy, breathtaking mountains of Bumthang. The whole group was extremely tired and ready for bed (even though it was only noon). Thirty minutes after......Read More

Bhutan: Happiness in the Himalayas

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Saying Yes

Poppy, Participant

Dear Papa, Before I left, you told me to say ‘yes’ to every opportunity, and so far, with your voice in my head, I’ve been trying to. I’ve done the sunrise hike, though no rosy rays would claw past the cloud cover. I have, in......Read More

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“10/10 Dismount”

Rachel Horne, Participant

Picture this: It’s Day 2 of the trek, and we are about six and a half hours into our day of hiking.  Just a couple of short hours ago we had been peacefully (aside from the leeches) munching on our lunches under the shade provided by prayer......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Madagascar

Madagascar: Island of Diversity

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Family

Lula, Participant

Yak of the Week

Before we began our assail on the bruised sandstone of the mountains of Isalo, we all stood in what looked and felt like a prayer circle. “These are our guides,” our instructor, Sidonie, told us as she gestured to the group of men that......Read More

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Photos from the Kirirom #1

Jessica Armstrong, Dragons Admin

The team have been remote but were able to send me a flurry of photos from their time in Kiriom. They are currently doing a community stay and have been busy hiking/exploring the nature around. It’s wet season over here and so the waterfalls......Read More

WTBD Yaks from China

China: The Silk Road

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Arrived in Kashgar

Team Silk Road, Instructor

There is a drastic change between Xining and Turpan. As soon as we stepped off the air conditioned train in Turpan we were hit by a wave of 105 degree heat. The taxi drivers were blaring songs in Arabic. The Uyghur people of Turkic descent look,......Read More

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Potatoes with my Host Family

Josh Ostrower, Participant

By now we have left the homestay village. In fact, I am writing this on a train to Dali, but I figured I’d get in one more homestay experience to the Yak while I still can. I returned to my homestay house after a few afternoon activities for......Read More