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WTBD Yaks from Senegal

West Africa: Rhythms of Senegal

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Dear Ethan…

Ethan Kniss, Participant

Yak of the Week

Dear Ethan,      I’m sitting here at Sobo Bade, in Toubab Dialaw, getting ready to say my goodbye’s to these people and this place in less than 24 hours time. My time here has been incredible, and even though it’s been hard, I would do it......Read More

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Learning How to Walk (Again)

Inbal, Participant

Yak of the Week

When I was one year and one month old, I learned how to walk. I imagine it took some natural instinct, good observation of the already walking larger humans around me, overcoming obstacles like that tricky corner of the kitchen counter, and of......Read More

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Tiquipaya to Samaipata

Serafina, Participant

Yak of the Week

As our days in Tiquipaya grow few, the realization that our time in Bolivia and South America won’t last forever is beginning to truly sink in. With that comes a wild ocean of emotions: excitement to see my family and friends back home,......Read More

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Chiracauhua: considering the desert and sky...

Bradford, Instructor

Yak of the Week

For the last five weeks, we have been in and around one of the most biodiverse areas on the continent, and even the planet. If you were to look up Rodeo, NM, or the San Bernardino Valley, or the Chiracauhua mountains, or even if you were to drive......Read More

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Thanksgiving Gratitude from Temento Samba

Aaron, Dragons Admin

Yak of the Week

On this Thanksgiving day, I’d like to share my deepest gratitude to the community of Temento Samba, the students of the Fall 2021 Senegal Semester, and their wonderful instructors, all of whom welcomed me with open arms during my recent visit to Senegal. I spent 5 days with the group during the end of their homestay in Temento Samba. Right from the start, I was in learner’s mode as students taught me about the local Pular greetings, customs, food, and inner workings of village life. It was so fun to be in the role of student and to have Jackson,… Read More

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In This Moment

Anna, Participant

Yak of the Week

In this moment, looking at the stars, smelling the minty-ness of the bush, and itching from the mosquito bites covering my arms and legs, all I can feel is gratitude. I’m grateful for my pop-up bug tent that sets up in two seconds and keeps the......Read More

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Let Love In

Hayden, Participant

Yak of the Week

To the left and right, the tall bush was blanket in golden honey-coloured sun, for the orange ball of light in the sky was softly laying on all it touched; cicadas buzzed, crickets chirped, and the sound of children’s laughter and joy rang from......Read More

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Native Seeds

Jochen, Instructor

Yak of the Week

We are now [I started writing this a week ago; we’re actually in Lanquín now] in a town called Rabinal in the department of Baja Verapaz, where we stay at and work with an organization called Qachuu Aloom, which is Maya Achi and means “Mother......Read More

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Home

Kashius, Participant

Yak of the Week

The concept of home is something that I’ve always had a loose understanding of. What is it, a place, a people, a feeling? I’ll argue that it is a sense of comfort and safety brought about by Familiarity. Familiarity with a place, a people, a......Read More

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Teatro Trono

Rory, Participant

Yak of the Week

For a city born out of the ashes of government exploitation, that grew up during an era of great turmoil and cruelty, the joy, innovation, and resiliency that it breathes is a testament to the power of the people within. We spent the past few days......Read More

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Canyon Creek Hike

Ben Chisam, Participant

Yak of the Week

On November 5th, we got up early, ate some breakfast, and drove to Arizona. The air was cool and crisp, and as our cars climbed into the mountains, it began to feel like fall again. Since coming further south, we’ve gotten accustomed to the......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Senegal

West Africa: Rhythms of Senegal

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Comfort, and lack thereof

Willow, Participant

Yak of the Week

So many new souls to find wisdom within Each one so drastically different, and yet there is unspoken harmony that has begun to sing Thank god for the ocean, on the other side lies my home, my comfort, and here I am in Senegal I breathe in the waves,......Read More

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Back from Big Bend

Angelia & Isaac, Participant

Yak of the Week

Hi friends! We are back! Last week, our civic semester cohort spent three nights camping at Big Bend Ranch State Park in Southern Texas. During the camping trip, we went on a 5-hour hike to improve our endurance and catch the gorgeous canyon view......Read More

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Dreams, Soaked in Pink

Empress Jones, Participant

Yak of the Week

If you lay on your back, And throw your hands to the sky, Between every finger is a star you can find!   If you close your eyes, Just for a second, You’ll find a place for your dreams to fly!   And when you choose, To open your eyes,......Read More

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Making The Days Count

Asmita, Participant

Yak of the Week

5*16=80 8*10=80 4*20=80 Now 40*2=80 && 80/2=40 In short, we one half, 1/2, 50% through the trip. South America. Bolivia, Pachamama. In so little yet so much time you have stolen my heart. So many emotions, long, action-packed days, longer......Read More

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James’ homestay family

James, Participant

Yak of the Week

Written in 10/24 Dear Mom, Dad, and Will, The past two weeks have been magical, to say the least. I am writing to you from Tiquipaya (the land of flowers), a quaint yet lively rural outskirt of the larger Cochabamba (the valley between the......Read More