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Living History Newari Artisan Style

Caroline, Participant

A highlight of our homestay time is the opportunity to live and study with a Newari master artisan. Punya-ji comes from a long line of metalworkers and jewelry makers his workshop and business provide a rhythm of family life, with his wife Reena......Read More

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One Generation

Mark, Participant

Yak of the Week

My host “older brother” was born in this house (pictured) like his father was. He played marbles on the ground, joined his father to make offerings to the Buddha statue behind him, and ran around with his friends to temples everywhere in......Read More

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Lizzie Heffern, Participant

Yak of the Week

I’ve spent much of the past ten days processing my month in Senegal; trying to make sense of how I ended up in such a beautiful country, in the arms of the most welcoming hosts, and with the greatest group of co-travelers. I’ve been reflecting......Read More

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Rhythm

Melissa Wishner, Participant

Yak of the Week

My home-stay sister’s name is Ritu.  She is 30 years old and lives in the same house she has grown up in her whole life.  Ritu has three brothers, but they are either married or at school, and have all moved out of the village.  Ritu takes on......Read More

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Time in Chokati

Tori W, Participant

Yak of the Week

Having never spent time in a rural community before, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect last week as our course moved to the quiet mountain village of Chokati. I assumed it would be very different from the busy , dusty city, but I never would have......Read More

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Reflections

James Finn, Participant

Yak of the Week

     For any U.S. resident as inexperienced with international travel as myself, the thought of traveling to a foreign country such as Nicaragua evokes a diverse range of emotions: excitement, fear, eagerness, and not a bit of trepidation at the......Read More

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San Juan la Laguna

Hailey Olcott, Participant

Yak of the Week

I have now been living in Guatemala for a week, and it has been a week full of surprises, challenging moments, and beauty. I remember standing with the other students in front of a group of women who would be our mothers for the next five days, and......Read More

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Sorting Herbs

Lillian Saul, Participant

Yak of the Week

I hear Maxi in the background of my dreams every morning. She wakes before sunrise, tending to her little colony of animals, cows, chickens, roosters, ducks, guinea pigs, all the while wearing her plethora of brightly colored skirts, layered one on......Read More

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THE WORDS OF TÉMENTO SAMBA

Claire Lindsay, Participant

Yak of the Week

I have found many languages in Témento Samba. My Pulaar is a struggle and my family speaks about as much French as I do so common words are negligible. But leaving I feel that I understand the life and heart of my village. I have found a language......Read More

Pre-2017 Selected Yaks

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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

Pre-2017 Selected Yaks

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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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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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In The City of Life

Stephen Chao, Dragons Admin

Yak of the Week

Death came at 4:30 on a dark Monday morning. I had been lying in my host parents’ room, waiting for them to return from the hospital. My host nieces, Pari and Khushi, were peacefully sleeping in the room next door. We had returned from the......Read More