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WTBD Yaks from Myanmar

Myanmar: Buddhist Traditions & Transformation

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New Normal

Lexi, Participant

It didn’t really hit me how far away from home I was until we arrived at the Shwe Na Di Monastic School, near the base of Mount Popa, two days ago. We have limited electricity, mats for beds in open air mud-brick huts, and a bucket as our......Read More

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Why We Learn Language

Jeff Wagner, Instructor

Yak of the Week

I sat across the table from our host, Mario, as he explained why he returned to the tiny mountain village of Paru Paru from the modern metropolis of Lima. His story of adventure, of travels from the high Andes to the Pacific coast and the Amazon......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group A

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My Heart is a Dove

Carolyn Cheng, Participant

Yak of the Week

Saturday morning after breakfast Ronaldo, our homestay father, led us down the slope behind the house to the river to see the trout their family are raising. Sarah and Elisabeth walked in front of me, each holding one of Flordurique’s small......Read More

WTBD Yaks from India

India: Himalayas to the Ganges River

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Ceci’s yak 9/25

Ceci, Participant

Today, Sonam showed me her flowers. She beams as she names each flower in English — Poppy, Dahlia, Zinnia. Sonam knows exactly which plants have to be taken inside during the winter and which ones can survive the bitter cold. She lovingly......Read More

WTBD Yaks from India

India: Himalayas to the Ganges River

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Sol and JJ yak 9/23

Sol and JJ, Participant

Tonight is the second to last night of our first homestay. Everyone has settled into their familes and has been growing used to the various Ladakhi customs. In our home there is our host brother, father, mother, and sister in-law.  Our host......Read More

WTBD Yaks from India

India: Himalayas to the Ganges River

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The First Days by Sophie 9/20

Sophie, Participant

The first couple of days have put some stress on my body because of the plane ride, time change, and altitude. On the first night in Delhi I could not sleep at all. The second night was great because I slept like a rock and did not wake up once. In......Read More

WTBD Yaks from India

India: Himalayas to the Ganges River

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Rachel wolf yak 9/20

Rachel, Participant

I can read in ladakh. This is a big deal for me because normally ive never had the right environment to really think about the words and stories. Let me tell you- reading is amazing. I was sitting at the bottom of a mountain yesterday on a monastery......Read More

WTBD Yaks from India

India: Himalayas to the Ganges River

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Sol’s yak 9/20

Sol, Participant

I am beginning to settle into the Indian culture and feel more comfortable. The first days were challenging, sleep was hard, the food upset my stomach, and I began my process of letting go of the things that made me happy in New York. This was a......Read More

WTBD Yaks from India

India: Himalayas to the Ganges River

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Matthew’s Yak 9/20

Mathew, Participant

It’s been a strange past few days full of overwhelming sights, sounds, tastes, and emotions. Phyang has been so relaxing aside from my not feeling great; there is something about the mountains that makes me feel really secure. Watching the......Read More

WTBD Yaks from India

India: Himalayas to the Ganges River

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Daniela

Daniela, Participant

Believe it or not writing yaks makes me more nervous than any other thing on this trip but Ill do my best. These past few days have been incredible. Arriving to the airport and meeting everyone, getting to the overwhelming city of Delhi, meeting our......Read More

WTBD Yaks from India

India: Himalayas to the Ganges River

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Rach’s Yak 9/20

Rach, Participant

I’m not a morning person. At home I am constantly running around, grabbing things I need for school and dashing out of the house so I’m not late. Here I’ve been waking up at 4:30ish due to the time change and I love it. I wake up......Read More

WTBD Yaks from India

India: Himalayas to the Ganges River

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JJ’s yak 9/20

JJ, Participant

I really appreciate how slow the mornings are in Ladakh. I feel Ladakhi’s in general live much slower lives, it is something I appreciate especially after walking around the monastary. I also appreciate how open to sunlight the rooms are.......Read More

WTBD Yaks from India

India: Himalayas to the Ganges River

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Adeline’s yak 9/17

Adeline, Participant

At home the ground is mostly a place only our feet touch. We walk and run and explore by foot, we stand and we wait. We lift our food high off the ground using a table that we sit at on chairs that sometimes make our feet dangle. We sleep in beds......Read More

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Photos From The Week

Instructors, Participant

Here are a few photos from the week. Students are working on Yaks now, on the long drive back to Medan. We should have some coming soon. This afternoon we will fly from Medan to Jogja and move into home stays the tomorrow. So far the group is......Read More

WTBD Yaks from India

India: Himalayas to the Ganges River

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India group back in Leh

India Administrative Team, Participant

Hi India family and friends, The India group has returned to Leh after a really fun time in their Ladakhi village homestays. All students and instructors are happy and healthy! They are enjoying being back in an urban setting before setting off on......Read More