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A young arriero leads a mule across fresh snow in the Peruvian Andes. Photo by Benjamin Swift (2016 Fall Semester Photo Contest Finalist), South America Semester.


Hello Everyone,

My name is Judah and I use he, him, his pronouns.  I was born and raised on the rural, rugged coast of Northern California.  I am taking a gap year before attending Yale University next fall as a member of the Class of 2024.  I recently returned from working at a summer camp in Yosemite for ten weeks as a camp counselor, which was a truly transformative experience.

My interests and passions include politics, current events, activism, social and environmental justice, literature, history, art, reading, soccer, and music.  I also love spending time outdoors, especially hiking, backpacking, trail running, and swimming in natural bodies of water.  I have not yet declared a major for college, but I am considering something in the humanities or social sciences.

I am extremely excited for this program, especially for the trekking and travel components.  I am looking forward to learning skills that will help me move through other countries and interact with other cultures and peoples in a conscientious and sustainable manner.  Although I took Spanish for three years in High School, my skills in the language are very rusty and I’m also excited about the opportunity to practice and improve in a real world setting.

I can’t wait to meet you all in person and begin our travels!

See you soon,