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Living Between The Cracks

Laura Hoffmann, Participant

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Up until two years ago, I had grown up in Asia living in Singapore and Japan. My entire life I was surrounded by different cultures and religions, eating some of Asia’s finest foods, and being exposed to the wealthiest and poorest parts of the......Read More

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Nepal Inspirations

Yut, Participant

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A wonderful morning breeze on the rooftop of our beautiful Shechen guesthouse where we do our morning reflection as a group and this is why we all fall in love with Nepal! We are so inspired by this beautiful place! Jacqui, ” The prayer flags,......Read More

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San Juan and Puffy Jackets?!

Ella, Participant

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I’ve made it four weeks and two days successfully avoiding writing a yak, but I cannot be blamed. Just think, yaks are how most people back home are keeping up with this trip. This is a form of looking back on a trip after it has finished. And......Read More

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Runakuna and mountains

Hayden McJunkin, Participant

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The Quechua people of the mountains are deeply sewn into their environment to create a way of life that is very different from our own. The people (Runakuna), the watchers, and places (Tirakuna) weave a band of fabric through collaboration. As an......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Guatemala

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

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Thank you from Guate!

Raquel, Instructor

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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

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Reflecciones desde el Valle Sagrado

Paola Flores, Instructor

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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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Don’t Deny the Magic

Brooke, Participant

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Dear me when I get home, Firstly, you must always remember the moments that took your breath away. The green valleys stretching far beyond the eye can see. The sun setting on the village of Domkhar as you said farewell to its residents, your family.......Read More

WTBD Yaks from China

China: Mandarin Language Intensive (4-week) - Group A

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Meeting Matt

Nathan Leibowitz, Participant

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Yesterday afternoon we had the chance to meet Matt, an American from Washington state spending two years in Bangdong as part of the ICWA (institute of current world affairs) program. Meeting Matt was perhaps the most anticipated event of the......Read More

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My Homestay

Jack, Participant

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I started out my homestay by being greeted by an old lady who spoke no English. I would later know her as angay, which is the Dzongkhan word for grandma. Now that the week is complete, I can confidently say that in my opinion, I had by far the best......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Madagascar

Madagascar: Island of Diversity

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Family

Lula, Participant

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Before we began our assail on the bruised sandstone of the mountains of Isalo, we all stood in what looked and felt like a prayer circle. “These are our guides,” our instructor, Sidonie, told us as she gestured to the group of men that......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Senegal

Senegal: In the Shade of the Baobab Tree

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Color goes with la couleur va avec kulor bi

Penelope, Participant

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“Color goes with la couleur va avec kulor bi”   My mom always used to say “Color goes with color” But in my beige American mind I never understood At 16 a dragon swept me away To a land of brilliant color Of pale orange sand and bright......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Senegal

Senegal: In the Shade of the Baobab Tree

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The communal bowl

Taz, Participant

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Eating out of a communal bowl, sharing tea cups, these are both little things that distinguish Senegalese culture from what I’ve grown up with. Growing up in Peru and New York, my eating habits have remained consistent: everyone gets a personal......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Bolivia

Bolivia: Spirit of the Andes

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The Struggle

Megan Murphy, Participant

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Before I came to Bolivia, I was determined to put my experience in a historical and political context that I could cleanly understand. One of my teachers from school had seen me at his open summer classes and, upon learning I was going to Bolivia,......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Bolivia

Bolivia: Spirit of the Andes

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ISP Experience

Sophie, Participant

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My favorite part of our 10 day Tiquipaya homestay were the 4 afternoons I spent working on my Independent Study Project, graffiti. It transformed my mindset. It may sound a little depressing, but my art is one of the few things I pride myself in and......Read More