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A Jogja Tradition

Colin, Instructor, Instructor

Yak of the Week

On Tuesday, March 3rd, most of our group decides to explore one of the most powerful places in Jogjakarta: the Sultan’s southern square. The square is the final point in an ellipses punctuating the flow of power between the volcanically active......Read More

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Tays’s Yak

Taylor, Participant

Here are more photos from the amazing farewell party last night!! Picture 1: Yas and her family Picture 2: Abby and her family Picture 3: Me and my family (minus my crazy twin siblings) Picture 4: Me trying my best to get Barnet to smile for a......Read More

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Until we meet again :)

Katherine, Participant

Last night we had a farewell party with  all of our host families, language teachers and our ISP mentors. We decorated the program house and all of the families helped bring in food pot-luck style. Although sad to be saying goodbye, the night was......Read More

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Letter from Kat’s host mom

Ibu Suparmi (Kat's host mom), Participant

Yak of the Week

The following has been translated by the Instructor Team on behalf of Kat’s host mom, Ibu Suparmi   Let me introduce myself, my name is Suparmi, I am 55 years old. My husband is Agus Hartono, he is 56 years old. I have two children,......Read More

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The last Home-stay

Vasco, Participant

Today marks our final last night with our homestay families, which is sad. When we first met our home-stay parents it was exciting and awkward. After a week everyone started to feel at home with their homestay families. My family showed me the......Read More

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Dinnah

Woodsie, Participant

The other night I was sitting at dinner with my home stay family and couldn’t help but think about the unbelievable opportunity and experience I was witnessing. Who gets the chance to move in with a family in Indonesia and they treat you like......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group A

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Getting Settled in Urubambas

Phoebe, Participant

¡Hola familias! We are almost halfway through our homestay in Urubamba, and are getting settled into a new routine. On a typical day, we eat three meals with our host families, have Spanish class in the mornings or afternoons, and either have a......Read More

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The Tides of Sampela

Hannah Sachs, Instructor

Yak of the Week

It has been one week since we left our homestay in Sampela, the remote village suspended on dried coral reef and stilts over the ocean off the coast of the Wakatobi island chain. Like our students, this was my first time visiting this community.......Read More

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Sampela Poetry

Shane, Savanna, Eeshani, and Harrison, Participant

Yak of the Week

The group has had an amazing time in Sampela and after reflecting on such a wonderful cultural and personal experience, we are getting ready to say goodbye to a place so unlike our American home. A place where we learned to spearfish, spent a lot of......Read More

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What Koshi Homestay Looks Like

Shruti (Eugenia), Participant

Yak of the Week

Entering a rural village with limited knowledge of the language or culture is a terrifying feat. While my first 24 hours—spent hiding out in my room, silently staring out into the field of marigolds, and failing to maintain any conversation that......Read More

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Lice of the Party

Nellie, Olivia, and Lae, Participant

As Dragons students we often do things a little differently than most, whether that means taking a two-hour tuk tuk instead of an air-conditioned van or simply bringing home a souvenir with a little more life to it than a snow globe or a t-shirt.......Read More