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WTBD yaks from Mekong

Mekong: The Tibetan Plateau to the Heart of Southeast Asia

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This I Believe

Eleanor, Participant

This I believe: thrusting myself into the darkness and trusting my feet to find solid ground. The narrow view of home behind, the unknown ahead, and me — questioning, grasping for answers that I cannot reach, about the world, about myself. At the......Read More

WTBD yaks from Mekong

Mekong: The Tibetan Plateau to the Heart of Southeast Asia

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Pushing On

Ben, Participant

Here we were, sitting on some rocks in the small cave near Vang Vieng, and a thought occurred to me – how did I get here? How did I go from my nice cushy life in Suburban America to being in a small pool of water in rural Central Laos? Let’s......Read More

WTBD yaks from Mekong

Mekong: The Tibetan Plateau to the Heart of Southeast Asia

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Sand Kingdom

Eleanor, Participant

Night fell swiftly over the shores of the Mekong. The group had recently landed on a secluded area in Pakbang, Laos, and after a long day of lounging on the boat — reading, sipping hot chocolate, or (in Mikey’s case) hammocking — along......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Madagascar

Madagascar: Island of Diversity

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The Halfway Point

Orestes (edited by Becky), Participant

It began with a pus-pus ride, as many trips in Madagascar do. No, it started earlier when Micah gave us a group dinner stipend for our last night in Antsirabe before Morondava. Or maybe it was the wish for something familiar, a small piece of home,......Read More

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Transitions

Nina, Participant

Written on: July 25, 2019 It is currently 12:45 am. I am sitting on the bus, and we just began our journey to the place we are staying for the night in Beijing. None of us know where we are going. This morning, more like yesterday morning, we said......Read More

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Photos from the Kirirom #1

Jessica Armstrong, Dragons Admin

The team have been remote but were able to send me a flurry of photos from their time in Kiriom. They are currently doing a community stay and have been busy hiking/exploring the nature around. It’s wet season over here and so the waterfalls......Read More

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The Journey Continues: Kirirom

Instructor Team, Instructor

Last night, our final night in homestays on the island of Koh Ksach Tonlea, all the students and their families gathered together for a community dinner to share words of gratitude, warm goodbyes, and even a dance party. Today, we packed our bags......Read More

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In Sickness and in Health

Lucy Maremont and Bella Worrell, Participant

Hello, Lucy and Bella here. We thought it would be valuable to share our wonderful experiences in the bustling city of Phnom Penh. Or more specifically, the Starwood Inn bathrooms. As we lay on the wonderfully refreshingly cold bathroom floor we......Read More

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‘Two cheers for local culture’

Charles Ji, Participant

Yak of the Week

(To Li Li) Dear Outside World, We the Dragons, on the last night at Bagan, came to write to you about our exciting adventure. This one-week experience is understood by many of us as unparalleled. Magnificent pagodas as the epitome of the 11th......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Morocco

Morocco: Crossroads of Mountains & Culture

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Assumptions

Julia W, Participant

During orientation in Moulay Idriss, our group talked about what it meant to be a tourist versus a traveler. A tourist, to us, is someone who stays in western hotels, doesn’t try to speak the native language, wears disrespectful clothing, and......Read More