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Final Thoughts From Our Group

Student Group, Participant

Yak of the Week

From our students, to those who they love dearly: some thoughts on departing from our space here in Bolivia and re-integrating into an environment that may now seem foreign. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ In South America, I… In South......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Himalayan Studies - Group B

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When Home Seems Foreign

Austin Schmidt, Participant

Yak of the Week

On September 14, I said goodbye to home and got on a plane bound for Nepal. I was extremely nervous but so excited to kick off the adventure of a lifetime. I didn’t really know what to expect or what I would encounter in Nepal. What would my......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Himalayan Studies - Group B

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To Whom This May Concern,

students of him b, Participant

To whom this may concern, This letter is of utmost sincerity and should be read literally with all the appreciation that is inscribed in our words. We are concerned students who feel it is only right to prepare instructors for their future as they......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Himalayan Studies - Group C

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Transference Yak!

Team C, Participant

Namaste to all the friends and families!! During our transference in Pokhara, we talked about going home – what it means, what to expect, how to make sense of this semester in Nepal. We want to send a Thank You to all families and friends for your......Read More

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Moving Through Transference

Instructor Team, Instructor

After a very successful Expedition Phase at the ashram, we have now moved to our final location in Nepal, Bouddha, where we are staying just a few minutes’ walk from the majestic Bouddhanath Stupa, towering over Buddhist monasteries, crowded......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Himalayan Studies - Group B

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Beginning to share

Reilly Dwight, Participant

Yak of the Week

Dear family, As these three months here in Nepal come to a bittersweet conclusion and I look forward to coming home, I’m thinking about how I can share my experience with you. And I don’t know where to begin. I can show you what it......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Himalayan Studies - Group B

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A Hard Goodbye

Whitney Merriman, Participant

Writing this makes me sad because in only a few days I’ll be leaving Nepal and separating from a group of people I now consider family. Everyone in our group has helped me grow and change my perspective on certain aspects of life. I’m......Read More

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The Things You Don’t Do

Noah Daniel, Participant

Yak of the Week

For my friends and family, the general sentiment around taking a gap year in Bolivia is a combination of disbelief and excitement. To them, it seems, the central components are the crazy things I’ll do: summiting mountains, becoming fluent in......Read More

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Intangible Dragon Elixir

Mark, Participant

Yak of the Week

I’m so appreciative of my fellow Dragons on this trip! As years pass, I’m generally more aware of the fascinating & unique fruit of which each human being seems to consist once they are peeled to whats deeper and beneath. It’s......Read More

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THINGS I WON’T EVER FORGET

Anna Maguire, Participant

Yak of the Week

I will never forget the beautiful sunset I watched every night as I ate my tempeh, tofu and rice for dinner. I will never forget looking into my Ibu’s (mother’s) eyes as tears stream down her cheeks with her hand on her heart, explaining to me......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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A Strange New Normal

Kenna Kuhn, Participant

Yak of the Week

A few mornings ago, as Duncan and I crowded around the outlet to read our parents Field Notes on the program house iPad (hi mom and dad!), we found ourselves distracted by Photos of the Week and Field Notes from other students on other courses in......Read More

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As I leave Nepal, I want you to know…

Instructor Team, Participant

Yak of the Week

NAMASTE FRIENDS AND FAMILIES!! During our transference in Bhaktapur, we talked about going home – what it means, what to expect, how to make sense of this semester in Nepal. We want to thank you to all families and friends for your support in......Read More

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INTROSPECTION

Emma Bailey, Participant

Yak of the Week

In the past three weeks, I have been flipped in every direction I can imagine. I have pushed my body up the roaring Andes and through the scorching avenues of the Amazon. I’ve created individual relationships with ten students who have taught me......Read More

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HOW WAS MADAGASCAR?

Madagascar Students, Participant

Yak of the Week

As we prepare for the journey home, leaving this place that we all have come to love deeply, Micah, Sidonie, and Christy challenged students to start thinking about how they plan to share this experience with folks back at home. Students each gave......Read More

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FACES OF MOROCCO

Alex Ding, Participant

Yak of the Week

Essaouira is a Morocco unlike any Morocco I’ve yet seen. The cozy beach town differs in almost every way from the sprawling alleyways of Sale and Rabat, the impossibly high rock faces of the High Atlas, and the endless sand, sand, sand of rural......Read More