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My Patan Commute

Nicky, Participant

Yak of the Week

Every night, I set my alarm for 7:10 AM, but it never wakes me up. Instead, I am woken up around 6:30 AM by the various sounds of Patan: dogs barking, birds chirping, bells ringing, motorcycles honking, or my homestay brother blowing his nose. Then......Read More

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The Trek

Anna, Participant

Every breath a silent song, Each step a symphony, Leading us closer to the apus, The sanctuary above, Clothed in the nubes, We are hidden from the world, And only our voices Anchor us to this world At night, When our bodies ache, The constellations......Read More

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Archeology in action.

Dacotah, Participant

Yak of the Week

We went to Prambanan temple for our second excursion day in Jogja and I’m so glad i didn’t miss this one. The main temples are so tall and are covered in incredible carvings. Some of them even tell fables and mythes from Hindu mythology.......Read More

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The Art of Silver

Taylor, Participant

Before this trip I never thought that I would be able make my own jewellery. The idea of being able to make something amazing out of nothing never crossed my mind. I am so impressed at everyone in the silver ISP for being able to make such......Read More

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Cerró Castillo Bound!

Elly, Instructor

Hello dear community of the Andes Leadership Semester, We are on the ferry bound for Cerro Castillo where we will be based camped for the next 10 days and climbing! We are rested and very full from our time in Chile Chico. All forward! ps- Manjar is......Read More

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The Time is Flying By!

Instructors, Participant

Dear friends and family, It’s been another exciting week here in Patan! Everyone is continuing with their homestays and Independent Study Projects, along with our weekday group meetings. Some highlights from the past week include a student-led......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group B

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Peach Trees

Emma, Participant

My room in my homestay faces due east, and I’ve stopped using an alarm because the rising sun wakes me up in the morning. The window next to my bed opens onto a small grove of peach trees, and my little brother and I love to reach out and eat......Read More

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Being home!

Henry, Instructor

Yesterday I was filling in our daily log and saw that we are more than 20 days into our program! I can’t tell if time is moving fast or slow but it has been great the past week to be staying at the farm in Tiquipaya. Monday to Friday the......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Himalayan Studies

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A Week’s Reflection

Delaney, Participant

Hi All! We are finishing up or second week in Patan, and since that is halfway through our urban home stay, I thought I’d give a quick update on our time here. We’ve started to fall into the routine of living in Patan and our days are......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Himalayan Studies

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My homestay life

Max, Participant

My homestay life is interesting. My 16 year old brother Luza is an epic beat boxer (and so am I) so we’ve been composing some masterpieces together. My dad Gyani Raj is a stone carver and he’s really talented. He let me try carving......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Indonesia

Indonesia: Community, Culture, & Conservation

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Borobudur

Oliver Johnston, Participant

On Tuesday, the students, Colin, and Bradford woke up around 4 am to travel to Borobudur before most tourists would arrive. Borobudur is a a Buddhist temple that attracts many people, Indonesians and travelers alike. Immediately upon arriving, the......Read More

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PachaMama’s Teachings

Sean Thomas, Participant

Sometimes you need to take a step back and read PachaMama’s signs. This became more and more evident as our first exped in Parque Patagonia continued to unfold. What started as whispers from our surroundings culminated in all our shouting and arm......Read More