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Photos from Sampela

Olivia Werby, Participant

Picture of the Week

We are approaching the end of our homestay time in Sampela. On Sunday, we’ll depart for Makassar and make our way onward to Toraja for our student led travel portion of the trip followed by our final transference days together. We hope you enjoy some of these photos from Sampela!

WTBD Yaks from Cambodia

Cambodia: Peace-Building & Conservation

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Dear Me When I Get Home

Rachel Horne, Participant

Yak of the Week

Dear Me When I Get Home Right now I sit here with 11 peers and 3 instructors who have taught me about the world and my role in it. I feel more educated on global issues than I ever have before, and yet I also feel like I have infinitely more to......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Cambodia

Cambodia: Peace-Building & Conservation

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Cambodia Yesterday, Cambodia Today

Alice Q, Participant

Yak of the Week

Yesterday morphs into today Today shapes tomorrow. Yesterday I saw a boy His skin the color of tree bark And his eyes as dark as coal. His arms covered with gaping wounds Gaping, bloody. The whiteness of his bones visible Crystal tears rolled down......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Traditions of the Himalayas

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Letter to Future Dragons Student

Hunter King, Participant

Yak of the Week

I remember months ago looking at the yaks from the previous course to try and get an idea for what I was getting myself into, which means that there are probably a few of you doing the same. Consider this a small collection of tips that might help......Read More

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with respect, gratitude, and love

Uttara Pant, Instructor

Yak of the Week

Dear Abbey, Claire B, Claire F, Cleo, Elliott, Finley, Jacob, Jonny, Justine, Penelope, Pia and Sophia, I am sitting and looking out at the poplar trees that surround the Nyanjen Guesthouse in Phyang and using stolen moments at our beautiful......Read More

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Rural to Urban

Jacob Birdsong, Participant

Yak of the Week

Hi, I’m Jacob, and I’m writing this Yak on a bullet train from Kunming to Dali, officially bringing our time with our Kunming families to a close and formally beginning the expedition phase (X-phase), a roughly 36-hour period where instructors......Read More

WTBD Yaks from India

North India: Roof of the World (4-week)

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How Was India?

Instructors, Instructor

Yak of the Week

As our summer in Ladakh comes to an end, we have returned to where it all began in Phyang, a beautiful village outside Leh. As students begin thinking about where it all truly began, at home, with you, we want them to be able to speak about their......Read More

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On This Course I Learned….

Student Group, Participant

Yak of the Week

On this course I learned….. About resourcefulness, community, and exploration. In Sittong we spent an entire morning preparing lunch. We pounded rice, cut all the vegetables, grinded the spices, and killed a chicken. While many of my friends......Read More

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On This Course I Witnessed…

Student Group, Participant

Yak of the Week

On this course I witnessed….. How interconnected human beings can be. In both of the homestays, everyone in their community relied on one another. It was eye opening to see that everyone knew each other and that they enjoyed one another. More......Read More

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Festival de Santa Maria

Rose Fitzgerald, Participant

Yak of the Week

When I return to my homestay, I am surprised to find the kitchen packed with people. Women are lighting candles and stirring an enormous pot, a man with a mullet uncovers an electric piano, my Host Mother waves me inside and ushers me towards a......Read More

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Mindfulness

Arwyn Drew, Participant

Yak of the Week

To be able to sit with oneself with no thoughts of then or now, to simply exist. To close your eyes and be content with darkness. To be patient, to be silent, to be mindful. I hear that word a lot… “mindful.” To be aware of self and mind......Read More

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Machu Picchu Panoramas

Anna Wolf, Instructor

Picture of the Week

Some choose not to visit the world heritage site of Machu Picchu because of the tourist vs. traveler dilemma. With 5,000 sightseers per day and an annual revenue of USD $35.9 million, it is challenging to find “authentic” educational experiences amidst the touristic elements. For social and environmental reasons, our group decided to take the road less traveled by avoiding the trains/buses and instead walking with all our gear from Hidroelectrica to Aguas Calientes, camping outside the sanctuary in a park, and then hiking up to the ruins (totalling 48km roundtrip on foot)! Despite burning calves, reaching the heights of… Read More

WTBD Yaks from Peru

Peru: Sacred Mountains (6-week)

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The Line Between Heaven and Earth

Asher Freund, Participant

Yak of the Week

Happy Thursday! I don’t have much time to write this yak because i am meeting my host family for lunch in 20 minutes. So i will briefly recount some moments and share a few thoughts: During our 5 day trek around Apu Ausangate, I witnessed the most......Read More

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No Rodeos In This San Antonio

Roadney Louis, Participant

Picture of the Week

Hello to all! Staying here in San Antonio over the past few days, it really opens your eyes to the vast number of wonderful places there are around the world that many may not have the opportunityto see in their lifetime. From the view of the volcanoes from the coast of Lake Atitlan, to the sunsets blended with hues of pink, blue, orange, and yellow, this town has been such a sight to be in thus far. During our stay, we’ve begun our homestays in pairs, allowing us to find more independence within ourselves, as well as intensifying our use… Read More