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Highlights 9/21

Sarah, Lila & Kashius, Participant

Yak of the Week

Hi friends and family! It’s Sarah, Lila and Kashius. We are going to tell you about the highlights of our trips thus far. We played soccer at Casita Huaran with a group of Peruvian kids, ranging from 8 years old to 22 years old. Unfortunately,......Read More

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Dos Cielos!!!

Grace, Participant

Yak of the Week

Looking out at the idyllic town of Samaipata, I don’t know if I’ve ever seen anything more peaceful in my life. Hostel Serena, where we’re staying, sits on a hill that gives you a perfect view of the valley where the town lies. El......Read More

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On La Coa and Being a Traveler

Anna Perez, Participant

Yak of the Week

In the hostal where we have begun our orientation and set the tone for our program, there is a fire pit that overlooks the beautiful town of Samaipata. This is where I believe the most special moment yet has occurred. On our second night, after......Read More

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Photo Yak!

Lxs instructores, Participant

Picture of the Week

  Here are some pictures of our day walk to the waterfalls in Cuevas. It was so fun! Images will speak more than words this time. Enjoy!

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Saludos desde Samaipata!

I-team, Instructor

Yak of the Week

Hola familia y amigxs!   We want to share with you how happy we’re! We started with our orientation days here in Samaipata, where today the sun was shining as much as our hearts <3   There’s a beautiful feeling of excitement......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Senegal

West Africa: Rhythms of Senegal

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Instructor Introduction from Espoir

Espoir DelMain, Instructor

Yak of the Week

Jaraama (or hello in Pulaar) to all you wonderful Senegal semester students (and anyone else reading this board)! I wanted to introduce myself, I’m Espoir (she/her/hers), and one of your instructors for this semester and am absolutely thrilled......Read More

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Itinerary Overview for the Semester

Instructor Team, Instructor

Yak of the Week

Greetings! As you read this, I hope you are each feeling excited about the journey we will undertake together for over 90 days this Fall. Our time together will hold both perspectives that come from travel as well as an ability to connect to place......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Bolivia

Bolivia: Spirit of the Andes

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Wrapping Up in Bolivia!

Adella, Participant

Yak of the Week

What a stunning trip this has been. Hard to believe we have already made it to the end of the adventure. I came into this trip with the intention of pushing my limits, leaning into uncomfortablility, forming new connections, and improving my......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Bolivia

Bolivia: Spirit of the Andes

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Yak

Isabelle, Participant

Yak of the Week

Pueblo de creadores has made me feel more connected to the earth than I ever have been before. I learned about grief and the strength of healing with a collective people dedicated to bettering themselves, the earth, and those lucky enough to cross......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Senegal

Senegal: In the Shade of the Baobab Tree

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Learning Service

Maddy Rehor, Participant

Yak of the Week

When I first told people I was traveling to Senegal, the first question I was often asked was :“What are you going to do there?” This, for me, was a difficult question to answer. I often settled on the vague answer of “I’m visiting Senegal......Read More

Colorado River Basin: Sustainable Relationships with Land and Water in the Western USA

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An obese goat named Fritz

Sophia, Participant

Yak of the Week

Hey guys, its Sophia. These past few weeks have been busy in the best way, so I apologize if this Yak is a little bit all over the place. I’m not sure what other people have been writing about, but I just wanted to share some of my favorite......Read More

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Nuestro tiempo en la llajta (Tiquipaya)

Equipo Bolivia, Instructor

Yak of the Week

Hola querida familia de dragones! Vamos a contarles sobre nuestra experiencia en la hermosa Llajta, Tiquipaya… Familias! Fue un día lleno de emociones. Las dragonas estaban listas para encontrarse con las que serán sus familias por unos......Read More