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WTBD Yaks from Guatemala

Guatemala: Spanish Language Intensive - Group B

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Week in San Juan La Laguna

eleanor barzun, Participant

The first week in San Juan La Laguna has been amazing! Everyone here is so welcoming and incredibly kind! My host Mom and her family have been so accommodating, and it has been such a privilege learning about her life and beliefs! During the......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Guatemala

Guatemala: Spanish Language Intensive - Group B

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San Juan La Laguna!

Julia Sikowitz Lee, Participant

We’ve had an amazing week here in San Juan La Laguna learning Spanish at Eco School, getting to know our host families, and being mentored by local artisans in their crafts. I worked with Sacaeo, owner of a local cafe and expert on all things......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Guatemala

Guatemala: Spanish Language Intensive - Group B

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Week One

Anna, Participant

San Juan La Laguna has been amazing. The people are welcoming and the views of the mountains and of the lake are beautiful. For my ISP I have been working at a natural medicine store. We made shampoo from aloe vera and rosemary. We also made a salve......Read More

WTBD Yaks from India

India: Himalayas to the Ganges River

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The road paved with patience

Jessica Cruz, Participant

The weeks spent in Varanasi have been a roller coaster start to finish. But as our journey through the city comes to its ending, I look around me and watch all the new beginnings take their lead, including my own. But even though I am leaving such a......Read More

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Tiquipaya ISPs

Zack, Instructor

The transition into adulthood comes with a lot more responsibility, obligations and work. It also however brings a lot of freedoms. One of those freedoms is the ownership of your own education. What I mean by that is that possibly for the first time......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Himalayan Studies - Group A

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Ayurveda- The Science of Life!

Jacqueline Bengtson, Participant

Om Shanti Shanti Shanti, Om Peace Peace Peace! While nestled in the ancient artisan city of Patan, I have been fortunate to immerse myself in an aspect of the culture so deeply rooted in Nepal’s lifestyle and history. For the past two weeks my......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Bolivia

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group B

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A day with Doña Fanny, one tasty ISP!

Bow Rudolph, Participant

There wouldn’t be enough space to write about all the amazing places and people I have had the privilege to experience and meet, but one common favorite out of my whole group and personally one of my favorite experiences has been our time in......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Guatemala & Nicaragua

Guatemala & Nicaragua: Spanish Language & Grassroots Activism

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Music, Mastery, and Mayan resistance to an...

Joel Appel-Kraut, Participant

Yak of the Week

On our first night in San Juan la Laguna, our Mayan spiritual guide, Javier, told us to close our eyes as we sat around a fire and began a traditional ceremony. The sound that broke the silence and the crackling of the fire was something like a......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Himalayan Studies - Group B

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Music, the universal language

Alessandro Cohen, Participant

When I first came to Nepal I didn’t think that I would have such an amazing connection to music. The moment that I heard that there were any musical options for ISPs, I was ecstatic. Benjamin and I picked tabla, which are two closed drums that......Read More

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Connected

Haven Johnson, Participant

Have you ever thought about clay? It all starts out as one giant mass. Then as a potter, you divide it. Making new pieces from each segment. They become different objects that are connected by their past. Eventually, they may live in different......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Himalayan Studies - Group A

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Comfort and Wonder

Eva Ury, Participant

Heat. Hit. Heat. Hit. Heat. Bind. Heat. Brush. Bracelet making is more time consuming than I’d expected. My mentor also promises it’ll take around half the time it usually does. I live a 40 minute walk from my mentors home in Kopan, and......Read More

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The Way of the Yog(a)

Laura Berry, Participant

It was difficult choosing an independent study project (ISP). There were so many things that I wanted to learn; Nepali cooking, sewing, traditional folk music, pottery… The list goes on and on. However, in the end, I chose yoga. In the back of my......Read More