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Don’t Deny the Magic

Brooke, Participant

Yak of the Week

Dear me when I get home, Firstly, you must always remember the moments that took your breath away. The green valleys stretching far beyond the eye can see. The sun setting on the village of Domkhar as you said farewell to its residents, your family.......Read More

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Back from trek!

Instructors, Instructor

Picture of the Week

Jullay from the North India Crew! We just got back from our beautiful Markha Valley trek. It is difficult to express in words or pictures what we just experienced. Spending time in the Markha Valley is a wonderful thing and we hope one day to do it with all of you reading this yak. Even during moments of pain and discomfort during our trek, we didn’t forget to take in the views, wonder at how these mountains came to be and thank whatever and whoever it was that made it possible for us to be there. As we trekked out… Read More

WTBD Yaks from China

China: Mandarin Language Intensive (4-week) - Group A

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Meeting Matt

Nathan Leibowitz, Participant

Yak of the Week

Yesterday afternoon we had the chance to meet Matt, an American from Washington state spending two years in Bangdong as part of the ICWA (institute of current world affairs) program. Meeting Matt was perhaps the most anticipated event of the......Read More

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My Homestay

Jack, Participant

Yak of the Week

I started out my homestay by being greeted by an old lady who spoke no English. I would later know her as angay, which is the Dzongkhan word for grandma. Now that the week is complete, I can confidently say that in my opinion, I had by far the best......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Madagascar

Madagascar: Island of Diversity

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Family

Lula, Participant

Yak of the Week

Before we began our assail on the bruised sandstone of the mountains of Isalo, we all stood in what looked and felt like a prayer circle. “These are our guides,” our instructor, Sidonie, told us as she gestured to the group of men that......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Senegal

Senegal: In the Shade of the Baobab Tree

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Color goes with la couleur va avec kulor bi

Penelope, Participant

Yak of the Week

“Color goes with la couleur va avec kulor bi”   My mom always used to say “Color goes with color” But in my beige American mind I never understood At 16 a dragon swept me away To a land of brilliant color Of pale orange sand and bright......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Senegal

Senegal: In the Shade of the Baobab Tree

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The communal bowl

Taz, Participant

Yak of the Week

Eating out of a communal bowl, sharing tea cups, these are both little things that distinguish Senegalese culture from what I’ve grown up with. Growing up in Peru and New York, my eating habits have remained consistent: everyone gets a personal......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Bolivia

Bolivia: Spirit of the Andes

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The Struggle

Megan Murphy, Participant

Yak of the Week

Before I came to Bolivia, I was determined to put my experience in a historical and political context that I could cleanly understand. One of my teachers from school had seen me at his open summer classes and, upon learning I was going to Bolivia,......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Bolivia

Bolivia: Spirit of the Andes

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ISP Experience

Sophie, Participant

Yak of the Week

My favorite part of our 10 day Tiquipaya homestay were the 4 afternoons I spent working on my Independent Study Project, graffiti. It transformed my mindset. It may sound a little depressing, but my art is one of the few things I pride myself in and......Read More

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Tiempo en Ak’tenamit

Brandon, Participant

Yak of the Week

Hello there, Don´t know where to start, it has been about three days since when we departed from Ak´Tenamit to our midcourse and now we are at Qachuu Aloom at the department of Bajo Verapaz. I´ll do my best to explain my time in Ak´Tenamit. In......Read More

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A Note to the Parents

Jane Park, Participant

Yak of the Week

Monday, July 8th, I stand in the backyard with uncooked rice in my hand. The morning fog still hangs heavy over the valley, concealing the steep drop down to the fields behind the house. The baby of the family, Tsou-Tsou, stands next to me, shaking......Read More

WTBD Yaks from China

China: The Silk Road

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Village Homestay Reflection

Melanie Leider, Participant

Yak of the Week

My alarm sounds at 7:30 AM. I turn to Laura and shake her awake in our cozy, pink canopy bed. Together we mosey our way outside to brush our teeth and wash our faces by the tap where we can hear our yak grunting from inside the shed. After chowing......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Cambodia

Cambodia: Peace-Building & Conservation

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The beauty of what we don’t know

AnnaRose Craig, Participant

Yak of the Week

People are generally quiet here. Except Ma, she’s rather loud. I don’t talk much because my family speaks Khmer and very little English. It’s quite wonderful because it gives me a chance to listen rather than speak. During the day, I hear the......Read More