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Princeton Novogratz Bridge Year China 2019-20

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Homestay Reflections – Bangdong

BYP China Students, Participant

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After leaving Bangdong village and transitioning into urban life in Kunming, Bridge Year China participants reflected on their two-week rural homestay experience through writing prompts. We shared these reflections gallery-style upon arrival in......Read More

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Who’s Cooking Dinner?

Sage Mountain, Participant

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On Wednesday night this last week, I tagged along with my homestay brother to the Patan Durbar square to meet some friends and celebrate the Dashain times, for many a religious holiday steeped in tradition and meaning, for my homestay brother who......Read More

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SKETCHES OF MOROCCO

Michelle, Participant

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Sketches from weeks 1 & 2 By: Michelle Unable to find the charger for my camera the night before departure for Morocco, it was decided that I should just leave the trusty device at home. I owe many thanks to this mishap because I’ve since......Read More

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To my students….

Tsering, Instructor

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I bow my head. to your spirit of learning to the burning light of adventure to the humble beginnings of new friendships to the starry eyes of newness. to those moments of sheer joy to the discomfort of uncertainty to those magical bursts in your......Read More

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18601km: A Home away from Home

Yong Quan, Participant

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I stood in the freezing cold, as the grass rustled tentatively beneath my feet.  It’s 11pm, and I peered up into the night sky, expecting darkness. Instead, I was greeted by the stars, glistening in their brilliance and filling up the atmosphere.......Read More

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Walking on Sacred Ground

Kaela Frank, Instructor

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A trek can be so much more than walking from point A to point B looking at beautiful sights along the way. Our group spent the last three days intentionally and humbly walking on sacred ground, forging a deeper connection with the spirit of the......Read More

Tufts Civic Semester Peru

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Arcturus and Jupiter

Yujie "Claire" Ji, Participant

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I have always had a fascination for stars. My dad, the very person who brought me into the early business of watching stars, owns a small telescope that he uses weekly till this day. Living in a compound full of apartments and not many gardens, my......Read More

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TEMPLES

JESUS ARROYO, Participant

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It’s 7:56 A.M. and breakfast starts at 8:00 A.M. Us guys hardly ever wake up on time, but the sudden knock and good-mornings on our doors are usually enough to get us going. As I rush to get dressed for the day I give a short moment to......Read More

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Yak from a homestay family: Like a Dream

Ibu Nana (past and current homestay mom), Participant

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LIKE A DREAM When we agree to join Bridge year, we never thought before, an American boy in our house. One house with us, one dining table, one living room with us. When we woke up in the morning that face was really with us. This is like a dream.......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Madagascar

Madagascar: Island of Diversity

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Our Own Milky Way

Jane Park, Participant

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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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These are Legendary Times

Andrew Huo, Participant

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There will always be a point in your life when you will feel lost, when you look in the mirror and you don’t recognize who you’ve become and you’re starting to lose grip on what you’re meant to do. This feeling, for me, accumulated over the......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Madagascar

Madagascar: Island of Diversity

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My Poem to Madagascar

Nicoletta Lecrichia, Participant

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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