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WTBD Yaks from Indonesia

Indonesia: Community, Culture, & Conservation

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Welcome to the Jungle

Mara Kauffman-Puchall, Participant

Yak of the Week

I’ve put together some pieces from my journal about our time in and around the Katambe Jungle on Sumatra, and our first experiences with Indonesia. This yak is like 3 weeks late, sorry. I’m here, and it’s stunning. We took an 8......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Himalayan Studies - Group B

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Developed vs. Developing

Natalie Pierce, Participant

Today we had a discussion on what defined a developed nation vs. a developing nation. This time last year I was having the same discussion in economics class, sitting behind a desk. An important point that my econ teacher made focused on laundry......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Guatemala & Nicaragua

Guatemala & Nicaragua: Spanish Language & Grassroots Activism

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To the Sandinistas

Joel, Participant

Yak of the Week

I’ve been thinking a lot about revolution. As we trek the Nicaraguan highlands from cooperative to cooperative, it’s tough to imagine that only three decades ago, 800 heavily-armed, Reagan-backed, Contra mercenaries marched on the 40......Read More

Madagascar & Senegal: Africa Semester

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The Sheer Power

Adam Blachly, Participant

I come from a very green state. The green mountain state to be exact. I often walk through the farm fields behind my house and stand at the highest point where there’s a view of the mountains and hills to the north. I look out and see trees. Maybe......Read More

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Train of Thoughts

Garner McAshan, Dragons Admin

Yak of the Week

Simplicity: I find simplicity profound. Effective. Necessary. Asian cultures adore the concept of simplicity. It is second nature to them. American culture is way too complex. Too stressful. There is no need. It is not necessary or effective. In......Read More

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Tradition and Modernity

Michael, Participant

Yak of the Week

It is said that culture never dies. It only evolves; molds to whatever patterns life weaves. It is constantly being reshaped, re-spun, and recreated. Culture is as plastic as the people who compose it. It can be a thriving garden of heritage in the......Read More

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Time in Chokati

Tori W, Participant

Yak of the Week

Having never spent time in a rural community before, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect last week as our course moved to the quiet mountain village of Chokati. I assumed it would be very different from the busy , dusty city, but I never would have......Read More

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Reflections

James Finn, Participant

Yak of the Week

     For any U.S. resident as inexperienced with international travel as myself, the thought of traveling to a foreign country such as Nicaragua evokes a diverse range of emotions: excitement, fear, eagerness, and not a bit of trepidation at the......Read More

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Flip Flop Tan Line

Owen Yager, Participant

Yak of the Week

Totombo and I sat side by side that first night, left legs curled in at the knee, feet resting against our right thighs, right legs outstretched until they poked over the edge of the porch and dangled over the ocean. A shifting swirl of stars and......Read More

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The Economics of it All

Yasmeen Haider, Participant

Yak of the Week

In economics, scarcity is vital to the soul of the subject. Scarcity leaves consumers hungry for more, creating the demand that keeps the market alive. That is precisely what this trip has done. Three months are but an inhale and exhale in the......Read More

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How I Have Changed

Rebecca Strull, Participant

Yak of the Week

I now see myself as part of the bigger picture. Before these six weeks of travel and exploration, I knew that there was a world out there, but did not really understand what that meant. Now, I am part of a world of seven billion, all of different......Read More