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Events

Miles, Participant

Yak of the Week

Around the fire one night Luis spoke about what the word “event” means. He’s reached the conclusion that an event is a happening, an intersection of time and space. It can range from the eating of a meal to the span of your entire life to the......Read More

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“How was Africa?”

The students, Participant

Yak of the Week

Greetings to everyone following along on our journey, In these final days of the course, we shift our outlook from new experiences and learning to an integration of what we have learned as we all transition back home. While we start that process......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Himalayan Studies - Group A

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Throwback to Patan’s Breakfasts

Mihai and Coen, Dragons Admin

Yak of the Week

This was our third day into the student-led breakfasts in Patan. Our group was comprised of Mihai, Ellie, Coen and Lily. On this day, we attempted to make a 16-person Spanish Tortilla and this video captured our miraculous tortilla flip. The art of......Read More

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Words we do not have

Harry, Participant

Yak of the Week

It’s going to be weird being back home. Three months ago, I never had a word for the act of knocking mangoes out of a tree with a stick, achieving the proper atayya foam, having my leg fall asleep, shooing chickens, cooling down hot coffee, or......Read More

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Humbling

Slate, Participant

Yak of the Week

The mountains have a special talent for reminding you how small you are, and not in a demeaning way but in a humbling way. Mountains are good at humbling you. Living in a city has created separation between me and nature and until coming on this......Read More

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Definitely Go Chasing Waterfalls

Justin, Participant

Yak of the Week

A throwback Yak from our time in the Amazon: The day started like how you expect when living in the RAINforest with Miles, Braiden, and my stuff and tent soaked from the rain. After getting ready for the day and gobbling down another great......Read More

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Life in Gundu

Instructors, Instructor

Picture of the Week

Namaste dear friends and families, The group has been in Gundufor 9 full days, as of now! Students have been helping out in building firepit and root cellar, cleaning the cow shed, cob mixing, pruning the plants, weeding, painting on chicken coop, harvesting potatoes, garlic and ginger, taking cooking classes from experienced chef and students baking the bread and making pizzas for dinner on the farm where all the ingredients comes from the garden however we are also having discussion over tea time about – Where our food comes from, What does it take to grow a plant or crops,… Read More

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Don’t get lost

Harry, Participant

Yak of the Week

I said the Thies market deserved its own Yak, so here it is. It’s as close to sensory overload as I’ve gotten, I think. Hands, elbows, shoulders, and buckets full of vegetables push up on all sides of me, their owners seemingly not caring that......Read More

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The Land Before Time (1988)

Spencer, Participant

Yak of the Week

Words spoken in lockstep conversation while climbing upwards endlessly into the sky tend to be of the surprisingly deep sort. Where, I wonder of my own brain, is your endless grace, your Old Man River, your million and one bug bites? Careful, I warn......Read More

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Choquequirao (aka Choquequirwow!)

Instructors, Instructor

Picture of the Week

Hello friends, family, and fellow Peru enthusiasts, I write you now from Urubamba, where the whole crew has settled into homestays as a part of their x-phase plan.  After many weeks of adventure and almost constant movement, we have all been enjoying this new speed, relishing in a routine and the comfort of becoming familiar with a space. It is because of all this adventure and movement that we are a bit behind on sharing stories from our experiences, so I want to tell you all a bit about the trek we just completed. I must admit, after an experience… Read More

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Motherland

Khi’Aura, Participant

Yak of the Week

I fall more in love with us woman , more and more as I’m in Senegal! Since I’ve been here i can see why we call it the motherland. 7:00 am. The sun is shining in my room, the roosters are doing their hourly call as I’m slowly waking up,......Read More

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Tangana

Harry, Participant

Yak of the Week

The streamers never fail to catch my eye. Red, green, yellow, blue, white, they flutter in the wind, sometimes letting out whiffs of fried eggs or cafe touba into the crowded streets they spill out onto. Painted on the metal doors that flank either......Read More

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Vulnerability Buy-In

Tom, Participant

Yak of the Week

Not a big emotions guy ya know. Don’t like conveyin em. Don’t like talking about em. And that has been pretty satisfactory for me. There are times where I might make a friend and it might go past the surface level, and when that happens, I’m......Read More

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The Grace of a Mother

Esther Daugs, Participant

Yak of the Week

The terraces of lush green plants contrast the blue sky, as the village sits on a hillside. Women care for their children, along with the earth that feeds them. Amma wakes up as the roosters outside interrupt her deep sleep. She shifts to her right,......Read More

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Leaving Village Homestay with sweet memories

Dave, Shanti and Hemant, Participant

Picture of the Week

This morning, all our students arrived with their respective homestay families accompanied mostly by children and mothers! They all were wearing garlands and tika on their forehead and faces! These 9 days in Chokati Village homestay has been such a lovely experience for our students and for us Instructors too! They welcomed our students to their home with open heart and we are so grateful for their hospitality and love they have showered on our group!   “The Hardest goodbyes are the sweetest memories.” – Esther