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Sunrise Swim

Annie, Participant

Picture of the Week

Salamat pagi! This morning we left the program house at 4:30 AM to watch the sunrise out on the ocean. We took a motor boat out to the open sea and watched the sky turn a variety of beautiful pastel colors: lavender, blue and pink. Coupled with the sunrise, we also witnessed a partial lunar eclipse. The moon phase was technically a full moon, but this morning it appeared as if it was a waxing crescent. After the moon disappeared because the sun rose, we all jumped into the ocean with our life vests. It was a memorable way to… Read More

WTBD Yaks from Cambodia

Cambodia: Peace-Building & Conservation

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Changed

Kylie Blitzer, Participant

Yak of the Week

Changed. This is a word that I never thought would describe me after only 4 short weeks in Cambodia. How could one month have such a powerful impact on my life, to the point where I feel that I am different to how I was when I first stepped on the......Read More

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Luck

Katherine Marcus, Participant

Yak of the Week

When we first arrived to Miami airport a month ago, we did a few ice breaker games; two truths and a lie, favorite ice cream, three fun facts, etc. The first fun fact I wrote was that I was born on St. Patrick’s Day. And then I said, I guess that......Read More

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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