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NOTES AND LESSONS FROM TRANSFERENCE

Angelica Calabrese, Instructor

Yak of the Week

This morning, back in Dakar, we gathered on the rooftop of our guesthouse – the same one that we stayed in on our very first night in-country, three long months ago – and we expressed our wishes for what we hope to take home with us as we leave......Read More

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Thoughts on our first day

Aaron Slosberg, Instructor

Yak of the Week

Buenos dias a todos! By now (with the exception of Paco) everyone should be waking up in their own bed. And “by now” I clearly mean in a good 3-4 hours since it’s currently 6am in Colorado:) I hope your initial reunions with family and friends......Read More

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WHY I DECIDED TO LEARN MALAGASY IN THE LAST WEEK

Besart Copa, Participant

Yak of the Week

There is an Albanian phrase my dad used to say when I was young: “Every new language you learn is a new face you have”. He was quoting an ambassador he knew in Albania who presumably spoke more than eight languages. However, as I started......Read More

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A step into the mind of a young traveller

Philip Beardsley, Participant

Yak of the Week

Dalai Lama, when asked what surprised him most about humanity, he said:“Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money.  Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health.  And then he is so anxious about the future that he does......Read More

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Idul Adha in Jogja

Larkin Barron, Participant

Yak of the Week

I wrote parts of this after Idul Adha on the 5th of October. Now we are in Buntau, Toraja, on Sulawesi. Didn’t want to get anyone confused 🙂 I’ll write about our current experience this coming weekend. Last night the celebration for Idul Adha......Read More

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Flip Flop Tan Line

Owen Yager, Participant

Yak of the Week

Totombo and I sat side by side that first night, left legs curled in at the knee, feet resting against our right thighs, right legs outstretched until they poked over the edge of the porch and dangled over the ocean. A shifting swirl of stars and......Read More

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THE REAL MADAGASCAR

Micah LeMasters, Instructor

Yak of the Week

A student asked me the other morning what I thought ‘the real Madagascar was’ and I was surprised to find myself blankly staring at a crumbling brick wall, unable to answer. I started to talk about the national parks and the places where you can......Read More

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Not Always But Sometimes

Yasmeen Haider, Participant

Yak of the Week

Not Always But Sometimes: Views from a Non White American Abroad Not always but sometimes I see myself as different from the rest of our group. It’s hard not to; in our herd of white, I am a speck of coffee brown. Onlookers furrow their eyebrows......Read More

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Remembering Nacion Q’eros

Cindy Liu, Participant

Yak of the Week

Yachay(Quechua): to learn, to know and to remember. I remember the first time I heard the sound of Fabien, our local guide, playing his flute, and the image that immediately came to my mind of a lonely herder in the mountains. I remember my homestay......Read More

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The Economics of it All

Yasmeen Haider, Participant

Yak of the Week

In economics, scarcity is vital to the soul of the subject. Scarcity leaves consumers hungry for more, creating the demand that keeps the market alive. That is precisely what this trip has done. Three months are but an inhale and exhale in the......Read More

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An Ode to My Homestay Family

Danielle Strasburger, Participant

Yak of the Week

Our Mid-Course Yak assignment is to write something about our homestay experience. When I first found out that was our prompt, I was relieved. It´s so simple. There aren´t any hard hitting questions to ask myself or deep thinking to do. All I need......Read More

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Getting Water in the Sea

Marka Ellertson, Participant

Yak of the Week

Sometimes at home I hear stories about how hard it is for people in “other places,” vaguely desert-y hot “other places,” to get water to drink. I hear stories about how women and young girls will have to spend half the day going to a water......Read More

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A NEW FAMILY IN THIES

Lilith Yu, Participant

Yak of the Week

“Your homestay families have arrived to pick you up!” My stomach twisted and my palms became sticky with sweat as the group tightly cuddeled in a circle, trying but failing to imagine our first night in a home stay. On Monday, we had left Dene......Read More

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Transference

Nicolette Gordillo-LaRiviere, Participant

Yak of the Week

It was finally over. I’d been in China a month, and my life had turned upside-down. My perspective, my experiences, and how I saw myself and others.  They’d all changed. It was one of the best things I’d ever done, but I was also ready to be......Read More

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HOMESTAYS DAY 2 AND 3

Gigi Crouch, Participant

Yak of the Week

July 5th: I had never set foot in a car like the one that took me into the mountains, but it took me to a place that felt like home. The air ran cool through the cranked down windows and helped subside the otherwise uncomfortably warm air that was......Read More

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How I Have Changed

Rebecca Strull, Participant

Yak of the Week

I now see myself as part of the bigger picture. Before these six weeks of travel and exploration, I knew that there was a world out there, but did not really understand what that meant. Now, I am part of a world of seven billion, all of different......Read More