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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

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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 Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group B

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Potosí

Andrew, Participant

Our Journey continues in Bolivia as we arrived in Potosi, a historical landmark in the development of South America. We landed on Dia de Potosi and found ourselves immersed in parades and music around the central plaza. Founded on April 1st, 1545,......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group A

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David´s Farm

Abigail, Participant

This morning we started our day by walking through a field of margaritas (a type of white flower) as the sun poured over our shoulders and shone through the trees. The sixteen of us and our four Spanish teachers walked along a thin dirt path around......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group C

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The Mountain that Eats Men

Zack Siddall, Instructor

Yak of the Week

  In 1544 the Spanish invaders discovered the mighty Cerro Rico mountain of Potosi. Arguably the largest silver mine in history it’s said that the silver extracted from Cerro Rico could build a road of pure silver from Potosi all the way to......Read More

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Tashi, the Tar Doctor

Marka & Darci, Dragons Admin

Yak of the Week

We sat in the back of Tar Village’s small gompa, watching our amalay, Tashi, bend to the floor in prayer. She came and sat down, laughing and taking selfies with the two of us and Tsewang, who was the amalay of Isabel and Caroline. Tashi and......Read More

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Women in Morocco

Abril and Emma, Participant

Today after we walked through the scorching hot streets of Goulmima, we waited at a taxi stand and were pleasantly surprised when we reached our destination. We arrived at a small building that was a women’s center located in the heart of......Read More

WTBD Yaks from India

North India: Roof of the World (4-week)

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SECMOL

Penelope Thorntorn, Participant

Currently at SECMOL (Students Educational Cultural Movement Of Ladakh), a beautiful environmentally sustainable campus filled with incredibly inspiring students. We have a tightly packed schedule that consists of: Breakfast, Work Hour, Dragons......Read More

WTBD Yaks from India

North India: Roof of the World (4-week)

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Dear Bomb Guard

Sophia Li, Participant

Dear Bomb Guard, You have opened my eyes to the landfills that are slowly becoming the world we inhabit. You show us that, although waste may be invisible to some, it is always there, infecting our water and plaguing our land. Seeing you has made me......Read More

WTBD Yaks from India

North India: Roof of the World (4-week)

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Dear Flushable Toilets

Elliott Bloom, Participant

Dear Flushable Toilets, Why? You suck for people and the environment. You are so pointless. Reasons Why Flushable Toilets Suck: 1. You sit, not squat. Sitting on the toilet is not preferable for the easy flow of “solid waste.” Also, this......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Cambodia

Cambodia: Peace-Building & Conservation

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Remembering the Khmer Rouge

Sally, Participant

Yak of the Week

One of the core reasons I decided to apply to this program is Cambodia’s rich history. I was extremely interested in learning about the genocide and the nation’s recovery from it because much of this isn’t mentioned in US textbooks and......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Himalayan Studies – Group B

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Development! It’s even more wild than I...

Liza (Lyza), Participant

Okay people, let’s talk about confusion. That kind of all-consuming, mind-numbing, makes-you-want-to-scream confusion that comes from having a WHOLE LOT of emotions that you can’t quite identify and can’t quite process because you can’t......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Himalayan Studies – Group B

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Defining Development

Francesca Verdugo, Participant

What defines you as a person? Is one’s hair, eye, nose, face, voice, style, mannerisms, networking, habits, words, consistency and countless things that define us.   We are continuously developing ourselves.  Time changes......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Himalayan Studies – Group B

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development! it’s wild!

Liza (Lyza), Participant

Yak of the Week

It was brought to my attention recently that I say the word “wild” a whole lot. “How is your homestay, Lyza?”  “It’s truly wild.” “How is your ISP going, Lyza?  “Oh let me tell you, it is......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Myanmar

Myanmar: Buddhist Traditions & Transformation

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Group Update on the Rohingya Situation.

Lexi Kanter, Participant

Yak of the Week

*This yak is a compilation of writings and research done by the entire student group* Before we all left for this program, Myanmar was at the forefront of global news due to the conflict occurring in the Rakhine State. Prior to departure a lot us......Read More

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COPE

Nate and Ethan, Participant

Yak of the Week

A little less than a month ago in Vientiane, our group of travelers visited a local NGO called COPE. COPE educates both locals and foreigners about the “Secret War,” a Vietnam War campaign by the US military to incapacitate Viet Minh and......Read More