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WTBD Yaks from Morocco

Morocco: Ancient Cities to the Atlas Mountains


Group flight status unchanged

Jessica, Dragons Admin

Hello everyone, As you’re likely aware, there have been strikes in Paris that have interrupted travel, including flights. I just spoke to Air France and they said that as of now, none of our fall team’s group flights have been cancelled,......Read More


…and they’re off!

Jody, Dragons Admin

Dear Families & Friends, Students on the group return flight departing from Kunming are on their way home (or towards onward travel)! Thanks so much to instructors Marcus, Maddie, Pei, and Tindy, to our China Program Coordinator, Annie Jiao, all......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group B


Many Thanks

Ben, Participant

Good evening, On our last night before the students make their way home, we wanted to share a few thoughts with all of you who helped make this course possible. First, we are grateful for the support you have provided these students in arriving to......Read More


These Legs Are Made For Walking

Bridget, Participant

Crackling knees and rolled ankles. That is a description of my body during trek and possibly the name of our Acapella group’s first album. Please comment other album name suggestions down below! To preface this post, it is important to know......Read More

WTBD yaks from Mekong

Mekong: The Tibetan Plateau to the Heart of Southeast Asia


Many, many thanks

Olivia, Participant

Yak of the Week

As our course comes to an end, we had a chance to look back and reflect on these past few months. Having seen, experienced, and felt so much, it is hard to put our time following the Mekong into words. No matter how many times we cursed the......Read More


Early Transference

Eliza, Participant

Yak of the Week

As most probably know or figured out, my Dragons journey ended a little bit earlier than everyone else’s. Due to some medical complications, I returned to Nashville (yeehaw) at the beginning of November. Leaving Morocco was the last thing I wanted......Read More


A Commencement Speech

Lucy, Participant

To my group during transference: I would like to dwell for a moment on where you are. You have been traveling for nearly three months in two countries. You have slept in fifteen hostels and countless different beds, nine campsites, five night buses,......Read More



Maddy Cooper, Participant

Yak of the Week

Where There Be Dragons—or Dragoncitos (little dragons in Spanish) as Randall likes to say—pays homage to ancient Chinese map makers who would draw dragons on the edges of maps for places they hadn’t yet explored. The wild, unknown, unconquered......Read More


Team Dragons @Machu Picchu Mountain

Sophie A. Iglar, Participant

*imagine my sports caster announcer voice coming over the radio* GOOD AFTERNOON, ladies, gentlemen and yak fans everywhere! We are back. It’s the bottom of the 9th here at beautiful Machu Picchu field and the visiting team, the Dragons, are up......Read More


X-Phase Trek Log

Judah, Participant

Yak of the Week

Choquekiraw – Machu Picchu X-Phase Trek Log1 Day 1              11/22/19          Partly cloudy with rain in the distance Ate lunch at a small hostel overlooking Apurima2 valley.  Hiked up to a stunning mirador with views of......Read More


The Tides of Sampela

Hannah Sachs, Instructor

Yak of the Week

It has been one week since we left our homestay in Sampela, the remote village suspended on dried coral reef and stilts over the ocean off the coast of the Wakatobi island chain. Like our students, this was my first time visiting this community.......Read More


Cheers to this normal

Sally, Participant

As we enter into a countdown of numbers that seem unfathomably small–6 days left, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1–the closeness of life after the course feels both so close I can feel it and at the same time, more unimaginable than when the countdown was......Read More