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WTBD Yaks from Guatemala

Guatemala: Spanish Language Intensive (6-week)

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Güisquil and Giddiness

Lindsay, Participant

I have spent the past eight days here in San Juan la Laguna becoming completely comfortable in my homestay. I now have my regular seat at the dinner table, my host sister and I have scheduled times to play Uno before and after every meal, and......Read More

WTBD Yaks from China

China: The Silk Road

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Time is Just a Construct

Melanie Leider, Participant

Time has always eluded me. It is simply a construct used to mark moments passing by, yet people are fascinated by it, myself included; every birthday is a celebration of another year of life. Some are obsessed with mortality, the longevity of life.......Read More

WTBD Yaks from China

China: The Silk Road

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Reflecting While Traveling

Corvus, Participant

The train ride from Turfan to Kashgar is fifteen hours long. I sat down in the crowded car and threw up my lunch within two hours, so needless to say, I was not having the time of my life. However, I am grateful that the people on the train with......Read More

WTBD Yaks from China

China: The Silk Road

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A Rock’s Journey

Makayla Romanus, Participant

The other day I was sitting by the river here in Kyrgyz Ata looking at a bed of rocks. I began thinking how each rock is unique. No two rocks have the same texture, shape, color, or size. Each rock has its own history and marks that tell the story......Read More

WTBD Yaks from China

China: The Silk Road

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The Fragility of the Human Form

Melanie Leider, Participant

“The root of cruelty lies not in the ability to dehumanize a person but the very opposite–to see someone as human.” – The Root of All Cruelty?, The New Yorker Foreword: This article mostly draws from the atrocities of the Holocaust......Read More

WTBD Yaks from China

China: The Silk Road

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Video from our rural homestays

Team Silk Road, Participant

Our students are having a great time here on the outskirts of Osh in their second  homestay. Here’s a link to a video of our first, rural homestay....Read More

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Fyre Festival

Sam & Matthew, Participant

Day 1 One of the first nights in Dali, the same night we got the x-phase introduced, we also heard about the opportunity to experience the 彝族 (yi ethnicity) torch festival. This festival happens every year, all over Yunnan, but the main event......Read More

Bhutan: Happiness in the Himalayas

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Leaving Paro

Gabriel Schock, Participant

Leaving Paro With my shoulders sore form the weight of my pack A collection of memories fill in my head Can’t think of any of them now Leaving Paro With my boarding pass stub Cinematically stained Will be taped to my window When we make it back......Read More

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San Juan and Puffy Jackets?!

Ella, Participant

Yak of the Week

I’ve made it four weeks and two days successfully avoiding writing a yak, but I cannot be blamed. Just think, yaks are how most people back home are keeping up with this trip. This is a form of looking back on a trip after it has finished. And......Read More

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Leaving rural homestay for urban stay

Team Silk Road, Participant

We have just returned to the outskirts of Osh where we’ll stay with Uzbek families until August 3rd. On the third we’ll head to Bishkek to do a couple days of reflection before the course ends. Here are a few photos from our time in our rural......Read More

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TOKO TELO”- THE TRIPOD

Sidonie Emerande, Instructor

“TOKO TELO MAHAMASAKA NAHANDRO”- THE TRIPOD that cooks the meal: 3 stones placed as a tripod and used for holding a cooking pot over a fire. Student 1: I kinda need a DayQuil. 
Colin: We don’t have any DayQuil, but what’s......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Cambodia

Cambodia: Peace-Building & Conservation

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Until Next Time

Lucy Maremont, Participant

God, I can’t believe it’s over. As I sit in the aiport crying alone, I am filled with a deep appreciation for my time in Cambodia. The country would not have been as great if not for the beautiful people that I shared it with, and the......Read More