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Tiempo en Ak’tenamit

Brandon, Participant

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Hello there, Don´t know where to start, it has been about three days since when we departed from Ak´Tenamit to our midcourse and now we are at Qachuu Aloom at the department of Bajo Verapaz. I´ll do my best to explain my time in Ak´Tenamit. In......Read More

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A Note to the Parents

Jane Park, Participant

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Monday, July 8th, I stand in the backyard with uncooked rice in my hand. The morning fog still hangs heavy over the valley, concealing the steep drop down to the fields behind the house. The baby of the family, Tsou-Tsou, stands next to me, shaking......Read More

WTBD Yaks from China

China: The Silk Road

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Village Homestay Reflection

Melanie Leider, Participant

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My alarm sounds at 7:30 AM. I turn to Laura and shake her awake in our cozy, pink canopy bed. Together we mosey our way outside to brush our teeth and wash our faces by the tap where we can hear our yak grunting from inside the shed. After chowing......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Cambodia

Cambodia: Peace-Building & Conservation

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The beauty of what we don’t know

AnnaRose Craig, Participant

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People are generally quiet here. Except Ma, she’s rather loud. I don’t talk much because my family speaks Khmer and very little English. It’s quite wonderful because it gives me a chance to listen rather than speak. During the day, I hear the......Read More

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From Ladakh, with gratitude

N. India, Instructor

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We have spent the last two weeks forming a “little” family of thirteen on this trip. We imagine if we sat down to list all the people who have been part of our journey so far, the number would be far greater. Perhaps we will do that one day......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Cambodia

Cambodia: Peace-Building & Conservation

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The Genocide Museum

Ruby Murray and Rachel Schreiber, Participant

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A few days ago, we visited the Genocide Museum in the heart of Phnom Penh. The museum is housed within a former Khmer Rouge “Security Center,” S-21. As we entered into the museum, shaded by large trees that did nothing to betray the horrors that......Read More

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Our stay at Swe Nadi monastery

Oscar Rigo, Participant

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Dear family and loved ones, Through July 11 to the 14, we stayed at the Shwe Nadi, where we experienced our first learning service. During our stay, the team was given the choice to part take in three activities, planting bamboo trees, adobe brick......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Bolivia

Bolivia: Spirit of the Andes

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Homestay Family

Grace Levey, Participant

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Hi! I am reporting live from Cochabamba, where I was able to spend my day exploring the big city.  But this post is not about Cochabamba.  Rather it is about a place called Tiquipaya and the wonderful people I have waiting for me there – my......Read More

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‘Two cheers for local culture’

Charles Ji, Participant

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(To Li Li) Dear Outside World, We the Dragons, on the last night at Bagan, came to write to you about our exciting adventure. This one-week experience is understood by many of us as unparalleled. Magnificent pagodas as the epitome of the 11th......Read More

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The hills of Betafo

Micah, Instructor

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The Hills of Betafo Imerina: The ancestral lands of the Merina people that is situated in the high plateau of central Madagascar Betafo: The name of a small town near Antsirabe whose name means ‘place of many roofs’ Vakinakaratra: The region......Read More

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Why travel to Myanmar?

Hannah Sachs (Instructor), Instructor

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Today’s classroom: The ancient, marvelous pagodas of Old Bagan. I consider it a rare and treasured opportunity to work as an instructor this summer and am humbled you are trusting me with your loved ones on this adventure. It’s the path less......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Senegal

Senegal: In the Shade of the Baobab Tree

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Reflections on Dene

Griot Team 1: Arli, Elizabeth and Lucie, Participant

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Arli’s Reflections: As I sat here writing the yak, I couldn’t help but feel the urge to dance around to the beat of the dreams and go back to the night before we left Dene. The sense of acceptance and sharing of culture from one person to......Read More