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WTBD Yaks from Indonesia

Indonesia: Community, Culture, and Conservation

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Arrived safely to Sampela

Keshet Miller, Instructor

We have arrived safely to Sampela after traveling by taxi, plane, and boats to get here. After all of the anticipation of Sampela, the group is happy to finally be settling into their homestays above the ocean. We arrived to the boardwalk, greeted......Read More

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A Langa Farewell

Anna M., Participant

It’s 10:00 am on a beautiful and cloudy morning in the mountain village of Langa. My Mama with my day pack on her shoulder and I carrying my bright blue pack and bag of malkist crakers (from my family’s kiosk for the car ride), join the......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Indonesia

Indonesia: Community, Culture, and Conservation

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Connecting

Dashiel Bove, Participant

We left Langa today. People said their goodbyes, hugs exchanged, smiles and tears. I gave a bow to my Ibu Erna who, too sick to leave the house, sat on the porch and watched us. I walked a lot in Langa. I wandered along the little concrete paths......Read More

WTBD yaks from Mekong

Mekong: The Tibetan Plateau to the Heart of Southeast Asia

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The Rooster

Tomas, Participant

Cuck-a-doodle doo squawks the rooster in the early morning announcing its presence to the world along with that of the rising sun. It proceeds by checking its surroundings in quick sudden rotations of the neck. Once ensuring no threats lie hidden in......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Indonesia

Indonesia: Community, Culture, and Conservation

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First Morning In Langa

Nicole Jehl, Participant

Here’s a journal entry from Saturday March 16th, our first morning in Langa: At 5:40am my watch alarm sounded, but my bladder had already been begging me to leave the sanctum of a warm blanket and mosquito net for the better part of the past hour.......Read More

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Mis niños

Michela, Participant

I’ve never experienced the joys of having a large family before.  My own family at home is quite small, consisting of just my parents and my sister and I.  However, when I came to my family here in Bolivia, I was surprised to find that my......Read More

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Tiquipaya in the rearview mirror

Morgan, Participant

It feels like just a few days ago that we arrived here in Tiquipaya and met our host families, both excited and nervous for this next phase of our adventure. At least it feels like that until I think about how comfortable I’ve become here, how......Read More

WTBD yaks from Mekong

Mekong: The Tibetan Plateau to the Heart of Southeast Asia

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The Past & The Present

Noah, Participant

I look out the window of my homestay house to see a dog lazily lying on an ox cart asleep. The sun is starting to set so he has perfectly positioned himself be to within a light beam created by a tree, warming himself with the rays. The sound of......Read More

WTBD yaks from Mekong

Mekong: The Tibetan Plateau to the Heart of Southeast Asia

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Sometimes I Wake Up

Maia, Participant

Yak of the Week

Sometimes, I wake up and I’m on an island in the Mekong River. The night before, I saw a shooting star for the first time, And fell in love with a glittering Thai sky. Sometimes, I wake up and I’m lying under a mosquito net, A film of......Read More

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House to Home

Lyla Stettenheim, Participant

All families have their own rhythm of life. And when we first arrived at Tiqipaya, tired from Toro Toro and still somewhat foreign to Bolivia, trying to join another family´s rhythm seemed overwhelming. With limited Spanish and only three weeks of......Read More

WTBD yaks from Mekong

Mekong: The Tibetan Plateau to the Heart of Southeast Asia

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Privilege

Asa, Participant

In many ways, life in both our Cambodian and Lao homestays has seemed like a paradise. Everyday day after lunch we take naps with our homestay families. We spend our evenings swimming by the beach , or playing volleyball with the community.......Read More