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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

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Gratitude.

Micah LeMasters, Participant

Thank you Colin for your relentlessly positive attitude and how you chase wonder through the days. Thank you for smiling when you don’t understand Malagasy and thank you for carrying the med bag and all the responsibilities that go with that.......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Madagascar

Madagascar: Island of Diversity

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My Poem to Madagascar

Nicoletta Lecrichia, Participant

Yak of the Week

I love you Madagascar I love your people Your nature And even your bugs Sometimes…   But most of all, I love how you’ve changed me How you’ve made me think How you’ve made me grow And how you’ve made me love both myself, others And......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

WTBD Yaks from Guatemala

Guatemala: Spanish Language Intensive (4-week) - Group A

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Thank you from Guate!

Raquel, Instructor

Yak of the Week

Our time in Guatemala comes to an end and the comforts of home feel closer than ever.  During our time in the Sierras in California for Instructor orientation we did a small simulation for what it may feel like for students coming on a Dragons......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Bolivia

Bolivia: Spirit of the Andes

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Boot Soles

Megan Murphy, Participant

I bequeath myself to the dirt to grow from the grass I love, If you want for me again look for me under your boot-soles. You will hardly know who I am or what I mean, but I shall be good health to you nevertheless, and filter your fibre and blood.......Read More

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Reflecciones desde el Valle Sagrado

Paola Flores, Instructor

Yak of the Week

Saludos desde Ollantaytambo We are on the last days of our course, we call transference at this couple of days were we are preparing ourselves to go home, we are reflecting on our journey together and off course we are enjoying our last moments as a......Read More

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Thank You

Bella Worrell, Participant

As we closed out our Cambodia Summer Program 2019 last night, we sat in silence reflecting over our time here in this beautiful place. We shared our wonders and what is going to stick with us when we continue on with our journey wherever that may......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Cambodia

Cambodia: Peace-Building & Conservation

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Dear Past Lucy

Lucy Maremont, Participant

Dear Past Lucy, I know right now you are a little scared, although you won’t admit it. You don’t know what to expect and THAT’S OKAY! You will learn that there is magic in the unknown, something that is hard for you to understand. Over the......Read More

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Such A Sampela Moment

Anna M., Participant

Yak of the Week

“Sampai nanti Ibu!” I call as I tiptoe across my porch and down the precarious and wobbly steps of our stilted home. I set out towards rumah Andar (our program house in Sampela) tiptoeing, eyes glued to the boardwalk, trying to remember......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Indonesia

Indonesia: Community, Culture, and Conservation

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Sending Gratitude

Keshet Miller, Instructor

Dear friends and families, What a journey it has been. Over the last three months we have seen each one of our students transform and grow in a thousand different ways. As a group, we have learned how to travel together, to respect each other and......Read More