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WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Himalayan Studies - Group B

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Tuk Tuk Time

Max, Participant

I could give many different answers if asked my favorite part of this Patan homestay, but I’d be lying if I didn’t say it was my morning Tuk Tuk ride. For the past two weeks, I’ve stepped out of my alley and hailed a Tuk Tuk to......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Himalayan Studies - Group B

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PATIENCE

Asa, Participant

Patience is a virtue, we are all told when we are young, but we scarcely have the need to practice. In a society strictly regimented by time, with minimal uncertainty, and information constantly available in your pocket there is never a need to......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Himalayan Studies - Group B

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Reflecting on community

Phaedra, Participant

Since coming to Nepal, I’ve been thinking a lot about what community means and the different forms it takes. Before boarding the plane to Kathmandu I started to consider all the new ideas I would become exposed to and just how drastically my......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Himalayan Studies - Group B

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The Orphanage Crisis

Maya, Participant

Today we had Claire didi (author of Learning Service: The Essential Guide to Volunteering Abroad) come back in to talk to us about orphanages in Nepal as a form of child trafficking. We were difficulty tasked with acting in certain roles and tried......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Himalayan Studies - Group B

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Talking Trash

Alexandra, Participant

While walking through the various streets of Nepal, it is not uncommon to witness heaps of trash ablaze on the side of the road or stray dogs rummaging through a family’s leftover dinner.  At first, these sights shocked me, as I am accustomed to......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Study Abroad Nepal: Passages & Peaks of the Himalaya

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Words of the Himalayas

Kenna, Participant

I walk in the dark, hearing the crushing of leaves underneath my feet. I walk with the forest. I hear her calls as she whispers to the moss. The moss giggles back with the innocence of a child. The forest laughs at our inclination towards......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Himalayan Studies - Group B

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When In Patan

Eugenia, Participant

When first tasked with the responsibility of writing a Yak for the third time–this time, not in the mountains, not in the farmlands, but in the bustling city of Patan–I found myself at a loss for words. This, I realize, can be attributed......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Himalayan Studies - Group B

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i love tea!!!!!!

DIANA, Participant

it sweet, its warm, but it also forces you to slow down. its an excuse to linger much longer than appropriate in a cozy place, its a gesture of kindness, a thing to bring people closer. in nepal, every time i have visited someone’s home,......Read More

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¡Papas!

Bridget, Participant

Nacion Q’eros Sample Menu Breakfast: Potato soup (ingredients-peeled and sliced potatoes, water, noodles, rice, maybe a peeled and sliced carrot) with a side of boiled potatoes Lunch: Boiled potatoes (don’t forget to peel them!) Dinner:......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group C

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Nación Q’eros initiation ceremony

Reid, Participant

After arriving to Ocangate and promptly chowing a chile relleno, our group made the walk to Sewar’s house with Miguelinti. Before entering Nación Q’eros (the territory in the Andes in which the direct descendents of the Incas live) we......Read More

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Ausangate

Lucy, Participant

Each morning during our trek in Ausangate we started the day with the same ritual. Our guide, Miguel Inti, would pour agua florida on our hands (which needed to be bare, a challenge for the group members who had smartly bought dishwashing gloves in......Read More

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A Charangero

Ezra and Luca, Participant

Yak of the Week

As we write this, we’re listening to the discordant harmony of sounds descending from the heart of the Pariamanu Amazon. The calls of unseen birds and unrecognizable insects fill the air and echo reminders of the past two months filled with the......Read More