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Tawa Tawas All The Way!!

Marco and Robert, Participant

Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday the Cooking Squad TM (M.E, Maisie, Robert, Isaac, and Marco) travel to Valentina’s house by trufi to cook with our cooking ISP instructor Gabby. It’s so fun to talk on our way there about whatever is......Read More

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Ucup and the Screaming Goat

Nell & Abby, Participant

Picture of the Week

The wood block art studio is a creative space on all its own. As you walk up a set of stone steps, the smell of mosquito incense and a faint hint of cigarette smoke greets you at the front door. If you turn back and look down the stairs, Ucup’s home village dots across a sprawling green space. The sounds of chickens, a screaming goat that sounds scarily human, and the shouts of children playing take up the audible space around us. Ucup, the instructor we worked with for the three weeks we spent in Jogja, stands up with an… Read More

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The Art of Silver

Taylor, Participant

Before this trip I never thought that I would be able make my own jewellery. The idea of being able to make something amazing out of nothing never crossed my mind. I am so impressed at everyone in the silver ISP for being able to make such......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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Mason, Participant

Just a few weeks ago I met my tailoring instructor, a lady named Roma, at the Dragons program house in Patan. Accompanied by her son, who served as a translator for our introduction, Roma led me to her clothing shop, a humble workplace filled with......Read More

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San Juan and Puffy Jackets?!

Ella, Participant

Yak of the Week

I’ve made it four weeks and two days successfully avoiding writing a yak, but I cannot be blamed. Just think, yaks are how most people back home are keeping up with this trip. This is a form of looking back on a trip after it has finished. And......Read More

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Café La Voz

Emily Patterson, Participant

For most of us, me included, drinking coffee is an everyday occurrence. While we don’t exactly think about the act, it’s how we start our day and we need it to function. But do we stop and think about where it comes from? Nelly and I got the......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Bolivia

Bolivia: Spirit of the Andes

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The Struggle

Megan Murphy, Participant

Yak of the Week

Before I came to Bolivia, I was determined to put my experience in a historical and political context that I could cleanly understand. One of my teachers from school had seen me at his open summer classes and, upon learning I was going to Bolivia,......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Bolivia

Bolivia: Spirit of the Andes

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ISP Experience

Sophie, Participant

Yak of the Week

My favorite part of our 10 day Tiquipaya homestay were the 4 afternoons I spent working on my Independent Study Project, graffiti. It transformed my mindset. It may sound a little depressing, but my art is one of the few things I pride myself in and......Read More

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ISP – Weaving

Grace Levey, Participant

Hi again!  I am now in El Alto with my second home stay family, who is also amazing.  But in this post I want to focus on my independent study project that I completed while staying with my first family in Tiquipaya.  There were many options to......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Bolivia

Bolivia: Spirit of the Andes

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Plantas Medicinales y Ceramicas

Anna, Participant

Hello freinds and family, I am currently writing from an internet cafe in El Alto. We are certainly feeling the altitude and I´m having some nostalgia for brisk New England winters as its a bit chilly over here. We recently finished our Individual......Read More

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ISP

Felipe Auriemo, Participant

1518, the spaniards invaded and took over Guatemala. Took over the country that once belonged to the Maya people, disregarding their own achievements and forcing their beliefs and culture into their lives. We only talk about history from that point......Read More

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Que Mundo Maravilloso

Lila Singh, Participant

Yak of the Week

“The colors of the rainbow / So pretty in the sky / Are also on the faces / Of people going by” -Louis Armstrong For the past three weeks, I’ve had the privilege of painting in Cochabamba with Mario Rolando Vargas Cuellar. Mario, amongst other......Read More

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Música

Andrew, Participant

As my days come to an end in Urubamba, I must reflect upon my excursion into the Andean musical world. Music, as a medium of communication has one natural advantage over others: it is a language that every person could comprehend since their day of......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group B

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Cooking Day 3

Daniela, Participant

Hello again- Today we went to the market and made two sauces both of which are served over boiled and sliced potatoes of your choice. Both sauces can also be garnished with a hard boiled egg Papa a la Huancaina Serves 5 1/2 Onion 5 Aji Amarillos (If......Read More