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Spanish Classes

Henry, Instructor

This morning I decided to put my reporting skills to the test by interviewing the students during their Spanish classes. Every Friday a group of students, under close supervision of their Spanish teacher, prepare a Bolivian dish to indulge in after......Read More

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La Abuelita Solterosa

Zoe, Participant

Yak of the Week

Today marks the end of my very first week in Guatemala! ¡El tiempo vuela! The adventure began with my flight in to Guatemala City. After a long approach, our plane ended up taking a massive lap around the city, before descending. Just as we began......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Indonesia

Indonesia: Community, Culture, & Conservation

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Thursday, October 24, Langa

Chris, Participant

Yak of the Week

Last night, we arrived at the town of Langa, nestled deep in the forested hills of the beautiful island of Flores. In honor of our arrival here, and in anticipation of all the new experiences our second homestay is bound to bring, I want to reflect......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Guatemala

Guatemala: Spanish Language Intensive (4-week) - Group A

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Connections Through Language

Rachael, Participant

As I was preparing for this trip one of my concerns was being able to communicate with others in Spanish. At first I had viewed this as a barrier. I believed that I wouldn´t be able to understand those around me. Once I was put into these......Read More

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Hola from Tiquipaya!

Jacquelyn Kovarik, Instructor

Hola desde la llaqta! (Hello from the pueblo!) After our beautiful and rewarding trek in Los Frailes outside of Sucre, team Bolivia has settled into a peaceful routine in Tiquipaya! We arrived on Saturday and students were eager to meet their......Read More

WTBD yaks from Mekong

Mekong: The Tibetan Plateau to the Heart of Southeast Asia

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Beyond Language

Solange, Participant

Yak of the Week

I have always loved learning languages. Growing up in a bilingual household and attending international schools, I appreciate that languages can help bring distant communities together and bridge the gap between cultures. I knew that this program......Read More

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Learning Hindi

Marka, Participant

Sitting on the floor, I balance my notebook on my knee. Together, we read a list of nouns and their plurals: larki, larkiya; larka, larke. Girl, girls, boy, boys. Our teacher, Binit ji, taps the whiteboard with his marker, adding percussion to our......Read More

WTBD yaks from Mekong

Mekong: The Tibetan Plateau to the Heart of Southeast Asia

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A Language Lesson

Ariel Fromm, Participant

Three weeks into our stay in Laos, Gai and Som decided it was time to inform us that the Lao word for “I” sounds very similar to the Lao word for “penis”, and we may have all been saying the wrong word this whole time. Ariel....Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group A

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Tiquipaya Days

Tabita Doujad, Participant

Yak of the Week

Our group has been living in Tiquipaya for two weeks and two days now. There have been so many moments that feel priceless, rich with the opportunity to learn. I have been reflecting, lately, on what learning means to me. Real learning at this stage......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Peru

Peru: Sacred Mountains (6-week)

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Letter to my Homestay Family

Becky Nielsen, Participant

Querido Narda, Illariy, y Flavio: Quiero agradecerles por ser tan acogedores conmigo. Sé que mi español no es el mejor, pero cada uno de ustedes hizo un gran esfuerzo para hablar conmigo y ayudarme a adaptar. Gracias por esto. Narda: estoy tan......Read More