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So Excited!

Instructors, Participant

Namaste Everyone! This is us hanging out in the old kingdom of Bhaktapur. We are very excited to welcome you all in Nepal. Hope you have a great flight, get some sleep, watch some ridiculous movies, and we’ll see you on the other end! Chhittai......Read More


Introduction Temi

Temi Kelly, Participant

Hi all!! My name is Temi and I am from Norwalk, a small beachside city in Connecticut. I graduated from high school this past spring and will be attending Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia next fall. This summer I worked as a camp counselor at an......Read More

WTBD Yaks from China

China: South of the Clouds


Some Details on the Beijing Arrival and Lonely...

Joseph Vincent, Participant

Hello China Semester students—can you believe that you will be in Beijing in less than a week? First: A big thank you to all those who have posted introductions. For those who have not yet posted, please do so within the next few days! (: Second:......Read More



Joey, Participant

Hello!  I’m Joey West and I’m from Washington DC.  I’m taking a gap year before heading off to Hamilton College next fall. This seems to be a common theme so far, but I love doing anything in the outdoors, especially rock climbing,......Read More


Electronics Policy Reminder

I-Team, Instructor

Dear students, Hope this note finds you well. We are looking forward to meeting you in a few days! We will continue to update this board regularly, leading up to the course start date. As our time together in India approaches, we wanted to post a......Read More

WTBD yaks from Mekong

Mekong: The Tibetan Plateau to the Heart of Southeast Asia



Anne Beaufort, Participant

Hi everyone, My name is Anne and I can’t wait to travel with all of you!  I’m from the Hague, in the Netherlands, and I’ve lived here my whole life. After my high school graduation last May I travelled through Eastern Europe with my friends,......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Bolivia

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group B


Arrival details!

The Instructors, Instructor

Dear A&A Group B Students, Soon you all will be meeting up in Miami and flying together to meet your instructor team at El Alto International Airport. We’re super excited to meet you all and we wanted to give you some important information......Read More



Rose O'Neal, Participant

Hey all! My name is Rose and I live in San Francisco, CA, but I’ve spent the last 4 years of my life at Thacher, a boarding school near Los Angeles. I love everything to do with the outdoors, listening to music, reading, cooking, and spending time......Read More



Ned Flanagan, Participant

Hey guys! My name is Ned and I’m from Bethesda, Maryland, just outside of Washington, D.C.  I graduated from high school in May, and I will be going to the University of Virginia in the fall of 2018. I played soccer, tennis, and a year of......Read More



Briana Frost, Participant

What’s up! My name is Briana Frost and I am 18 years old. It still feels surreal that this amazing adventure is (almost) here. I am from the Bay Area in California, and I chose to take a gap semester before heading off to college at the start......Read More



Olivia Lenfestey, Participant

Hey guys! My name is Olivia or Liv, and I’m from Santa Fe, New Mexico. I just graduated high school and decided to take a gap year before heading to college in California to give myself some space to be outside and engage in new experiences as......Read More



Luke Hansen, Participant

Hey guys! I’m Luke, you may have heard of my father, Darth Vader:) I live in a small town in Utah, and I’m taking a few months off my senior year of high school. I play soccer and snowboard. In this program, I am looking forward to......Read More


Final packing tips

Shuier Zhang, Participant

Hello all, We know that you have already been given a general packing list, but we wanted to give you an updated version for our course (it isn’t much different), but may be helpful for reference and double-checking. We also have a few general......Read More