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Ucup and the Screaming Goat

Nell & Abby, Participant

Picture of the Week

The wood block art studio is a creative space on all its own. As you walk up a set of stone steps, the smell of mosquito incense and a faint hint of cigarette smoke greets you at the front door. If you turn back and look down the stairs, Ucup’s home village dots across a sprawling green space. The sounds of chickens, a screaming goat that sounds scarily human, and the shouts of children playing take up the audible space around us. Ucup, the instructor we worked with for the three weeks we spent in Jogja, stands up with an… Read More

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A Jogja Tradition

Colin, Instructor, Instructor

Yak of the Week

On Tuesday, March 3rd, most of our group decides to explore one of the most powerful places in Jogjakarta: the Sultan’s southern square. The square is the final point in an ellipses punctuating the flow of power between the volcanically active......Read More

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Letter from Kat’s host mom

Ibu Suparmi (Kat's host mom), Participant

Yak of the Week

The following has been translated by the Instructor Team on behalf of Kat’s host mom, Ibu Suparmi   Let me introduce myself, my name is Suparmi, I am 55 years old. My husband is Agus Hartono, he is 56 years old. I have two children,......Read More

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Sunday Lunch

Zoe, Participant

Yak of the Week

If you had happened to be walking down 4th avenue in San Miguel Escobar last Saturday around noon, you would have seen me and my Spanish teacher Blanca carrying a massive, scalding frying pan in a Guatemalan swaddling cloth woven for newborn babies.......Read More

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My Patan Commute

Nicky, Participant

Yak of the Week

Every night, I set my alarm for 7:10 AM, but it never wakes me up. Instead, I am woken up around 6:30 AM by the various sounds of Patan: dogs barking, birds chirping, bells ringing, motorcycles honking, or my homestay brother blowing his nose. Then......Read More

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Archeology in action.

Dacotah, Participant

Yak of the Week

We went to Prambanan temple for our second excursion day in Jogja and I’m so glad i didn’t miss this one. The main temples are so tall and are covered in incredible carvings. Some of them even tell fables and mythes from Hindu mythology.......Read More

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Ten Inherent Rights of Mountains

Andes Leadership Students, Participant

Yak of the Week

A Mountain’s right to its own ecosystem, and the extension of a Mountain’s rights to all beings and things within its immediate ecosystem. A Mountain’s right to retain their natural structure. Freedom from excessive and destructive human......Read More

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Reflections

Students, Participant

Yak of the Week

Sitting around our breakfast table on our last day in Panauti, we gave our student group 3 prompts to reflect on. Here are a selection of their answers (anonymous, and in a random order): My impressions of Panauti ‘’I’ve never been somewhere......Read More

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Lakeside Living

Zoe, Participant

Yak of the Week

This past weekend, I spent 3 days near Lake Atitlán, a Guatemalan treasure surrounded by three massive volcanos. I first caught site of the lake as my bus came over the rim of the steep caldera that holds the lake. As we inched down the road,......Read More

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From el Campo to the Cafe

Zoe, Participant

Yak of the Week

At home, in New York City, I drink at least one cup of coffee a day. Drip coffee with my dad in the morning, a mid-day paper cup at school, sometimes a 4 pm decaf cappuccino from the cafe at the top of my block; these moments are some of my favorite......Read More

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La Abuelita Solterosa

Zoe, Participant

Yak of the Week

Today marks the end of my very first week in Guatemala! ¡El tiempo vuela! The adventure began with my flight in to Guatemala City. After a long approach, our plane ended up taking a massive lap around the city, before descending. Just as we began......Read More

WTBD Yaks from China

Princeton Novogratz Bridge Year China 2019-20

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Lost and Found

Lauren Aung, Participant

Yak of the Week

When I bike home, I anticipate not my building— a nondescript, seven story complex on top of convenience stores and massage parlors— but the building across from it. It towers over mine twenty-five stories high, and two looming characters......Read More

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Krishna Ranch

Anna Pinkerton, Participant

Yak of the Week

I groaned as we hit yet another bump that sent a jolt straight up my spine. I didn’t remember the road leading up to Krishna Ranch, the farm on the outskirts of Udaipur where we had spent our very first week in India, being quite so rough. But......Read More

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Instructor Intro

Paola, Instructor

Yak of the Week

Hola a todxs! Cómo están? I’m sure you’re all very excited, preparing to leave home and start this trip in South America. I’m Paola and I’ll be one of your instructors with Zack and Cat.  I’m writing this from......Read More

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Dear Lola…

Josephine, Participant

Yak of the Week

Dear Lola, Only three months ago we were sitting at a café in Amsterdam, eating ‘bitterballen’ and sharing the limited amount of information we knew about a Dragons semester. This was when you first heard you’d be travelling with all your......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Indonesia

Indonesia: Community, Culture, & Conservation

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Thursday, December 5, Jakarta

Chris, Participant

Yak of the Week

Thursday, December 5, Jakarta “Because here’s something else that’s weird but true: in the day-to-day trenches of adult life, there is actually no such thing as atheism. There is no such thing as not worshipping. Everybody worships. The only......Read More