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Grounded Movement

Maysie Ballantine, Participant

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Sitting on the mossy earth with my back supported by an enormous grey rock, I am peacefully still. The wind billows and swirls all around me, but in this sheltered space I am finally warm. I inhale deeply and breathe in the powerful landscape that......Read More

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FACES OF MOROCCO

Alex Ding, Participant

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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

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Sorting Herbs

Lillian Saul, Participant

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I hear Maxi in the background of my dreams every morning. She wakes before sunrise, tending to her little colony of animals, cows, chickens, roosters, ducks, guinea pigs, all the while wearing her plethora of brightly colored skirts, layered one on......Read More

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kawsay pacha

Anne Vetter, Participant

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Long walks occupy that strange in-between space in the mind; you can think in a way that is not thinking or dreaming or analyzing. It is just another part of the slow pattern of walking. You step forward, your mind moves somewhere soft, you step......Read More

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THE WORDS OF TÉMENTO SAMBA

Claire Lindsay, Participant

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I have found many languages in Témento Samba. My Pulaar is a struggle and my family speaks about as much French as I do so common words are negligible. But leaving I feel that I understand the life and heart of my village. I have found a language......Read More

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How Long It’s Been; How far I’ve come

David Fuchs, Participant

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Three months ago, I arrived to Bolivia and wrote this letter to myself: I sit here perched above a high, Andean canyon. My weight, borne by the Pachamama and my emotions supported by the collective strength of the group. Yet, that’s not quite honest; my inner peace, excitement, and focus still come from within. Although, I’m sure I will come to depend on them in the days ahead. This moment’s task asks me to write a letter to myself, addressing my hopes and fears for what lays ahead during the three to come. I have many goals. The first two… Read More

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NOTES AND LESSONS FROM TRANSFERENCE

Angelica Calabrese, Instructor

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This morning, back in Dakar, we gathered on the rooftop of our guesthouse – the same one that we stayed in on our very first night in-country, three long months ago – and we expressed our wishes for what we hope to take home with us as we leave......Read More

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Thoughts on our first day

Aaron Slosberg, Instructor

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Buenos dias a todos! By now (with the exception of Paco) everyone should be waking up in their own bed. And “by now” I clearly mean in a good 3-4 hours since it’s currently 6am in Colorado:) I hope your initial reunions with family and friends......Read More

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WHY I DECIDED TO LEARN MALAGASY IN THE LAST WEEK

Besart Copa, Participant

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There is an Albanian phrase my dad used to say when I was young: “Every new language you learn is a new face you have”. He was quoting an ambassador he knew in Albania who presumably spoke more than eight languages. However, as I started......Read More

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A step into the mind of a young traveller

Philip Beardsley, Participant

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Dalai Lama, when asked what surprised him most about humanity, he said:“Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money.  Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health.  And then he is so anxious about the future that he does......Read More

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Idul Adha in Jogja

Larkin Barron, Participant

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I wrote parts of this after Idul Adha on the 5th of October. Now we are in Buntau, Toraja, on Sulawesi. Didn’t want to get anyone confused 🙂 I’ll write about our current experience this coming weekend. Last night the celebration for Idul Adha......Read More

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Flip Flop Tan Line

Owen Yager, Participant

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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 REAL MADAGASCAR

Micah LeMasters, Instructor

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A student asked me the other morning what I thought ‘the real Madagascar was’ and I was surprised to find myself blankly staring at a crumbling brick wall, unable to answer. I started to talk about the national parks and the places where you can......Read More

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Not Always But Sometimes

Yasmeen Haider, Participant

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Not Always But Sometimes: Views from a Non White American Abroad Not always but sometimes I see myself as different from the rest of our group. It’s hard not to; in our herd of white, I am a speck of coffee brown. Onlookers furrow their eyebrows......Read More

Pre-2017 Selected Yaks

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Remembering Nacion Q’eros

Cindy Liu, Participant

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Yachay(Quechua): to learn, to know and to remember. I remember the first time I heard the sound of Fabien, our local guide, playing his flute, and the image that immediately came to my mind of a lonely herder in the mountains. I remember my homestay......Read More

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The Economics of it All

Yasmeen Haider, Participant

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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