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Mumbai – The beginning

Sijbren, Participant

This morning we visited the Keneseth Eliyahoo synagogue, one of the oldest Synagogues in Mumbai, dating back to the early 20th century. Then we visited the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, formerly known as the Prince of Wales museum,......Read More



Jesus Arroyo, Participant

And it’s the boy playing frisbee with his old man next to me, And his old man playing too.   It’s the smell of the sweet loaves at night.   The skyrises and skyscrapers bring partial protection.   And it’s the family......Read More

WTBD Yaks from India

Princeton Novogratz Bridge Year India 2019-20


Winter Excursion: Mumbai X Goa

Sijbren, Participant

For our winter excursion, we’ll be traveling to Southern India for the first time to explore Mumbai and Goa. We arrive in Mumbai on December 17 by train. Mumbai is India’s largest and most metropolitan city. We start with a walking tour of the......Read More


dieng days

Jacqueline Lydon, Participant

Now that our group has settled into life in Jogja, we’ve began to explore the city and surrounding area a bit more. Last weekend, our group took a 3-day trip to Dieng Plateau. Each week, two students research and present about some facet of......Read More



Allie Matthias, Participant

As I sit with my homestay parents and eat my dinner of bakmi goreng (fried noodles), the Call to Prayer echoes throughout the kitchen. I stop what I was saying to them, and we exchange the same familiar smile that we give each other every night,......Read More


W̶i̶n̶t̶e̶r̶ Wonderland

Fernando Aviles, Participant

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens; Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens; Brown paper packages tied up with strings; These are a few of Julie Andrews’ favorite things. With Christmas fast approaching, I am making sure to get in......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Senegal

Princeton Novogratz Bridge Year Senegal 2019-20


Welcome to My Service Site

Lu, Participant

As part of the Bridge Year program, each student is assigned to a particular service site with a local NGO or grassroots association. I’m happy to have been paired with Naam Joodo, a school gardens project currently based at the International......Read More


Public Transportation and Me

Svetlana Johnson, Participant

I feel absolutely no shame admitting that one of my reasons for going on Bridge Year, was to get an up-close look at functional public transportation. To anybody who knows me, it is no secret that I love the idea of public transportation. Growing up......Read More


Snow globes in Puzhehei

Lauren Aung, Participant

After lunch, our group consistently falls into an afternoon lull. Lethargy follows our full bellies like an over attatched puppy, and last Sunday, in Puzhehei, was no different. Reflecting the pace of the off-season tourist town we were spending the......Read More


Ndank, ndank

Emma Mohrmann, Participant

I wait. I wait some more. An hour later I am still waiting for my bus. Another 20 minutes go by. I watch the taxis drive by, occasionally honking, and the bikes weave through the traffic. It’s not that bad today though. I see taxis being worked on......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Bolivia

Princeton Novogratz Bridge Year Bolivia 2019-20


Day Hike near Parque de la Papa

Jenny, Dragons Admin

Hello friends and family of Bridge Year! We’ve heard from staff in Peru – the group is enjoying a wonderful day hike near Parque de la Papa. Students will enjoy their last night with their homestay families after a wonderful stay.......Read More



Jesus Arroyo, Participant

Near my house, there’s a lonely railroad. Word on the street is, a train passed through it a couple of years ago. No one saw it coming, but those who did moved out of its way. Legend has it ran for a couple of months. It chooed its choos and......Read More