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Final Yak

Anna G., Instructor

Dear all, I am sitting here along the Preaek Tuak Chuu with my book and tea, having a moment to myself, but not feeling so alone because my mind is on you. I know you would believe me when I tell you that I already wrote a different version of this......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Indonesia

Indonesia: Community, Culture, & Conservation

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Thursday, December 5, Jakarta

Chris, Participant

Yak of the Week

Thursday, December 5, Jakarta “Because here’s something else that’s weird but true: in the day-to-day trenches of adult life, there is actually no such thing as atheism. There is no such thing as not worshipping. Everybody worships. The only......Read More

WTBD yaks from Mekong

Mekong: The Tibetan Plateau to the Heart of Southeast Asia

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Many, many thanks

Olivia, Participant

Yak of the Week

As our course comes to an end, we had a chance to look back and reflect on these past few months. Having seen, experienced, and felt so much, it is hard to put our time following the Mekong into words. No matter how many times we cursed the......Read More

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Early Transference

Eliza, Participant

Yak of the Week

As most probably know or figured out, my Dragons journey ended a little bit earlier than everyone else’s. Due to some medical complications, I returned to Nashville (yeehaw) at the beginning of November. Leaving Morocco was the last thing I wanted......Read More

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The Tides of Sampela

Hannah Sachs, Instructor

Yak of the Week

It has been one week since we left our homestay in Sampela, the remote village suspended on dried coral reef and stilts over the ocean off the coast of the Wakatobi island chain. Like our students, this was my first time visiting this community.......Read More

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Cheers to this normal

Sally, Participant

As we enter into a countdown of numbers that seem unfathomably small–6 days left, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1–the closeness of life after the course feels both so close I can feel it and at the same time, more unimaginable than when the countdown was......Read More

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Thank you

Lauren, Participant

Yak of the Week

When I was in sixth grade, I was picked to give a commencement speech at my graduation. I remember the excitement, the nerves, but most of all, the challenge of what to write about. How could I aptly summarize seven years of school? All the jokes,......Read More

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Transference

Colin (ITeam), Instructor

We started out in Dieng, in the chilly, misty, geologically active highlands. Amid steam vents, ancient temples, and terraced potato fields, we got oriented to each other and to Indonesia. Now, ten flights, a dozen islands, 100 mangoes, 750 es......Read More

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Okay I promise, just one last yak

Nica!!, Participant

From a birds eye view all the trees look like pieces of broccoli And the lakes look like puddles And the buildings, well they don’t even look like building Couldn’t even compare to a dolls house So I imagine how minuscular I appear in this world......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Madagascar

Madagascar: Island of Diversity

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Our Own Milky Way

Jane Park, Participant

Yak of the Week

As I sit on the plane with Today’s Hits pulsing in my ears, the distance between myself and my home for the past six weeks seems to grow exponentially. The stories I collected in Ambatomanga seem as long ago as my childhood and the rocks I turned......Read More

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Thank you, Madagascar.

Madagascar Summer Students, Participant

We have spent much of the last few days sharing our gratitude with each other and for this amazing country and culture that has hosted us over the last six weeks. The following is a collectively written poem by the students of the 2019 Summer......Read More