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On the Way Home!

Jody, Dragons Admin

All students on the group flight are on their way from Kunming to Beijing, where they’ll transfer for their flight to Los Angeles! With so much thanks to all students, families, instructors Patricia, Ian & Maddie, China Program Coordinator......Read More

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How did we get here? Where are we going?

The Instructors, Participant

Picture of the Week

Wow. Six weeks have gone by. It’s nearly over and I’m not sure where to begin. We have settled in to our final location in Guatemala City, our last stop on this journey before we have to say our goodbyes. We are surrounded by pine trees, city sounds, and most importantly by each other. After 2 weeks of individual homestays in San Juan la Laguna, it is comforting to be back together as one single Dragons clan. This last chapter is called transference. It is a time marked by reflection: first looking back at our experiences together in Guatemala and… Read More

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These are Legendary Times

Andrew Huo, Participant

Yak of the Week

There will always be a point in your life when you will feel lost, when you look in the mirror and you don’t recognize who you’ve become and you’re starting to lose grip on what you’re meant to do. This feeling, for me, accumulated over the......Read More

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Journal Entry Before Bed

Claire Ottenstein, Participant

Wow. It’s already August. I feel like this summer just started and then I’ve just been in this surreal dream for the past five weeks. Where did the time go? Never in six weeks have I felt like I’ve changed so much as a person. The friends......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Madagascar

Madagascar: Island of Diversity

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My Poem to Madagascar

Nicoletta Lecrichia, Participant

Yak of the Week

I love you Madagascar I love your people Your nature And even your bugs Sometimes…   But most of all, I love how you’ve changed me How you’ve made me think How you’ve made me grow And how you’ve made me love both myself, others And......Read More

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Living Between The Cracks

Laura Hoffmann, Participant

Yak of the Week

Up until two years ago, I had grown up in Asia living in Singapore and Japan. My entire life I was surrounded by different cultures and religions, eating some of Asia’s finest foods, and being exposed to the wealthiest and poorest parts of the......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Madagascar

Madagascar: Island of Diversity

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INTERNATIONAL RETURN GROUP TRAVEL INFORMATION

Carin, Dragons Admin

Dear Families & Friends, It is hard to believe that almost six weeks have passed since your student embarked on this incredible adventure! It won’t be long until students will be boarding their planes back home. We are sure you are anxiously......Read More

WTBD Yaks from China

China: The Silk Road

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INTERNATIONAL RETURN GROUP TRAVEL INFORMATION

Carin, Dragons Admin

Dear Families & Friends, It is hard to believe that almost six weeks have passed since your student embarked on this incredible adventure! It won’t be long until students will be boarding their planes back home. We are sure you are anxiously......Read More

WTBD Yaks from China

China: Mandarin Language Intensive (6-week)

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INTERNATIONAL GROUP RETURN INFORMATION

Carin, Dragons Admin

Dear Families & Friends, It is hard to believe that almost six weeks have passed since your student embarked on this incredible adventure! It won’t be long until students will be boarding their planes back home. We are sure you are anxiously......Read More

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Transference: Day 1

Team Silk Road, Instructor

We spent the day reflecting back on these past 6 weeks together and went exploring around Bishkek. After dinner we went out bowling to celebrate.  ...Read More

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Tea Love

Grady Clark, Participant

As you have all probably read in a previous Yak, I really love tea, so when we were all choosing which ISP (Independent Study Project) to do while in Kunming, it was clear to me that I wanted to study tea. The tea master the instructors found for me......Read More

WTBD Yaks from China

China: The Silk Road

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Arrived in Bishkek

Team Silk Road, Instructor

After about 12 hours in a bus we have finally arrived in Bishkek where we will be wrapping up our course with something we call Transference. Transference is a time to reflect back on the past 6 weeks and prepare for transitioning to life back home.......Read More

WTBD Yaks from China

China: The Silk Road

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Looking Back at Our Final Homestay

Corvus, Participant

Staying in Kyrgyzstan is a starkly different experience from the oppressive heat and government of Xinjiang. The air seems lighter. The people, naturally, seem happier. Driving across the border and into the mountains over a week ago, I commented to......Read More

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Tortillas

Enaê, Participant

TORTILLAS!!! Holla chicos, oi galera, hi guys! I was thinking about many ways to start this Yak because I honestly feel that this is a important one for all of us (Guatemala fans). But as my host mom always say… Before a good recipe it always......Read More