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SILVER LINING

Eliza, Participant

Yak of the Week

Hello all! If you have been keeping up with the Yak board, I’m sure some of you will recognize my name and remember my aforementioned foot injury. An awkward landing on my right foot after coming down some stairs led me to the Azrou clinic, where......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Morocco

Morocco: Ancient Cities to the Atlas Mountains

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My Azrou Family

Bautista, Participant

I never expected to have family in Morocco until I met Fatima, Hicham, and Samira. Fatima, my host mother is an incredibly selfless and cheery woman who loves laughing and making others feel warm inside. I began to forget what hunger felt like......Read More

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Various snippets of Jogja

Harrison Rice, Participant

A few weekends ago I had the opportunity to immerse myself in some of the animal culture of Jogja; I went to the animal market and the Jogja zoo. The zoo was the less emotionally draining of the two. The coolest part was after watching an animal......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Indonesia

Indonesia: Community, Culture, & Conservation

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First Impressions

Baby Dragons, Participant

Homestay in Jogya Today we began our homestay, and we thought it would be a fun activity to share with you our first impressions and first experiences with our families: Harrison: I started my homestay with a horse driven carriage through the the......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Indonesia

Indonesia: Community, Culture, & Conservation

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My Walk Home

Shane, Participant

Feeling confident enough in my ability to get home by myself, I told my instructors that there was no need for my homestay family to come get me – something that was only going to happen on our first full day in our home stays. As I began......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Madagascar

Madagascar: Island of Diversity

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The Privilege of Worldview

Hope Lane, Participant

The first day of my Ambatomanga homestay was hard. Not because of the feral dogs and chickens roaming around our yard but because of a realization so simple and yet so jarring in its conception. The realization that many Malagasy people never have......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Madagascar

Madagascar: Island of Diversity

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Main Street Morondava

Colin (I-Team), Participant

After a chorus of “velome” and “mazotoe”, each student wandering off with their new family, we leave our last student Nica at her family restaurant which hosted our homestay family introduction party here in Morondava. For a......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Myanmar

Myanmar: Visions of Democracy

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A Baby’s Smile

Emma Freund, Participant

I was so nervous going into this homestay. I knew nothing. But it’s amazing how a baby’s smile could speak 1000 words to calm my nerves… I have been awake and active in this household (sweeping, cutting garlic, helping out with......Read More

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Homestay Reflections

Hannah Sachs, Instructor

Sinleh Homestay Reflections… I write to you on a winding bus ride somewhere between Kalaw and Nyaung Shwe. We are passing countless terraced rice paddies, water buffalo, and garlic farmers going about their daily routines. The past four......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Bolivia

Bolivia: Spirit of the Andes

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Reflection On Tiquipaya Homestay

Penelope, Participant

My family had warmed up to me immensely from the first time I arrived to our last days together. I was always overwhelmed with joy when I would walk into the kitchen and be greeted with a Piñalosa (my nickname). At first Jesse (my homestay sister)......Read More

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Photos from the Homestay #1

Jessica Armstrong, Dragons Admin

The team are wrapping up their time in Sinlea tomorrow (Friday). They have had very limited cell service but they were able to send me some pictures today. As you can see: Hannah celebrated her birthday, the team have been helping with the garlic......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Madagascar

Madagascar: Island of Diversity

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Community

Becky Nielsen, Participant

Life in Ambatomanga Coming from a large suburb of Chicago, I don’t often experience life in a small towns, much less life in a small Malagasy villages. For the last week, I got to live with a local family in Ambatomanga, and the sense of community......Read More