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WTBD Yaks from Guatemala

Guatemala: Spanish Language Intensive - Group B

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On Languages

Maya, Participant

Most travelers, when they plan a visit to another country, immediately want to determine the language spoken there. I admit that when I thought about going to Guatemala, I figured that if I could communicate more or less in Spanish, I could travel......Read More

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Sharing stories

Isabel Hogshire, Participant

Yak of the Week

When we first began our journey in Guatemala a week ago, I wrote a letter to my future self.  In a room illuminated by a single candle, surrounded by partial strangers, I wrote,”this month in Guatemala was the best experience of my life......Read More

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No hay pena

Lindsey O’neill, Participant

Yak of the Week

No hay pena. El dicho arriba literalmente significa ¨there is no shame.¨ Sin embargo, desde que llegamos aqui en Pachaj he encontrado que esa frase significa mucho mas que eses cuatro palabras expresan. Ayer cuando Isabel y yo conocimos a nuestra......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Himalayan Studies – Group B

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Swartha

Julian Masciocchi, Participant

Yak of the Week

Hello ladies, gentlemen, and those of unspecified gender. I’ve put off posting another Yak for a long time. Not because I dread writing them, and certainly not because I don’t have anything to write. It’s simply due to the fact that every time......Read More

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Tiquipaya Homestays

Instructor Team, Instructor

Greetings from Tiquipaya! We’re settling into our 3 week individual homestays here in the beautiful, rural community of Tiquipaya, Bolivia. Monday through Friday the students will be doing small group Spanish lessons in the mornings and in the......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Bolivia

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group C

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Clases de Español

Jackson Gould, Participant

Hola families and those who read Yaks, As I’m sure you have been reading, we have been in our Urubamba homestays for a few days now and we are loving it! The town is very mellow and the surrounding mountains are breathtaking and ruins of Incan......Read More

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Why We Learn Language

Jeff Wagner, Instructor

Yak of the Week

I sat across the table from our host, Mario, as he explained why he returned to the tiny mountain village of Paru Paru from the modern metropolis of Lima. His story of adventure, of travels from the high Andes to the Pacific coast and the Amazon......Read More

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Lizzie Heffern, Participant

Yak of the Week

I’ve spent much of the past ten days processing my month in Senegal; trying to make sense of how I ended up in such a beautiful country, in the arms of the most welcoming hosts, and with the greatest group of co-travelers. I’ve been reflecting......Read More

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Sorting Herbs

Lillian Saul, Participant

Yak of the Week

I hear Maxi in the background of my dreams every morning. She wakes before sunrise, tending to her little colony of animals, cows, chickens, roosters, ducks, guinea pigs, all the while wearing her plethora of brightly colored skirts, layered one on......Read More

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How Long It’s Been; How far I’ve come

David Fuchs, Participant

Yak of the Week

Three months ago, I arrived to Bolivia and wrote this letter to myself: I sit here perched above a high, Andean canyon. My weight, borne by the Pachamama and my emotions supported by the collective strength of the group. Yet, that’s not quite honest; my inner peace, excitement, and focus still come from within. Although, I’m sure I will come to depend on them in the days ahead. This moment’s task asks me to write a letter to myself, addressing my hopes and fears for what lays ahead during the three to come. I have many goals. The first two… Read More

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WHY I DECIDED TO LEARN MALAGASY IN THE LAST WEEK

Besart Copa, Participant

Yak of the Week

There is an Albanian phrase my dad used to say when I was young: “Every new language you learn is a new face you have”. He was quoting an ambassador he knew in Albania who presumably spoke more than eight languages. However, as I started......Read More

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Idul Adha in Jogja

Larkin Barron, Participant

Yak of the Week

I wrote parts of this after Idul Adha on the 5th of October. Now we are in Buntau, Toraja, on Sulawesi. Didn’t want to get anyone confused 🙂 I’ll write about our current experience this coming weekend. Last night the celebration for Idul Adha......Read More