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Zack, Instructor

Some 13 years later I still vividly remember my first homestay experience. I remember the anxiety I felt going into it. Will they like me? What if I do something culturally inappropriate without knowing? Language barriers? I also remember when I......Read More


Images from 1st Exped

Anja Clark, Participant

***The Andes Leadership Semester, a collaborative program with the High Mountain Institute*** First Yak!   I love photography and oil paint but wasn’t always able to pause to take photos/draw, so here are some images that wish I was able to......Read More


Ten Inherent Rights of Mountains

Andes Leadership Students, Participant

Yak of the Week

A Mountain’s right to its own ecosystem, and the extension of a Mountain’s rights to all beings and things within its immediate ecosystem. A Mountain’s right to retain their natural structure. Freedom from excessive and destructive human......Read More



Participant, Participant

One of my favorite things about Bhutan particularly that of Thimphu is its phenomenal architecture intricately patterned with natural imagery and geometric shapes. I think it’s wonderful how there’s a strong cohesiveness amongst the various......Read More



Juancho, Instructor

The sun rises and you can already hear people in the distance starting their day, a few dogs barking and that one rooster that is actually a little late at 6 am. As I walk out of my house I stop to admire the surreal view, the volcanoes are still......Read More


First Homestay!

Eeshani, Participant

On Sunday we arrived in the town of Tiquipaya in high spirits, ready to tackle our first and longest homestay. We spent the evening laughing, playing card games, and wondering how our homestay will be. After a night of camping on the farm where our......Read More


Going into our second week in Patan

Instructors, Participant

Namaste The past week has been full of exciting happenings and events! After our short trek we spent the night in an area called Boudhanath. It is near the Boudha Stupa, a religious heritage site surrounded by mostly Sherpa and Tibetan communities.......Read More


Hi from San Miguel!

Biz Fay and Nell Jaquiss, Participant

Hi all! Biz and Nell here! We can’t believe it has already almost been two weeks! It feels like just yesterday we were in the Guatemala City airport having just arrived! After two relaxing days at a beautiful organic farm getting to know one......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group A



Lola Koning, Participant

Hola queridos todos, It is Friday the 21st, so that means that I am exactly 2 weeks in Peru today. Crazy! On one hand it seems like yesterday that I said goodbye to all my friends and family in The Netherlands. But most of the time it feels like......Read More


A Day in Tocaña

Jac Kovarik, Instructor

Yesterday we had the privelige of spending the day in Tocaña, an Afro-Bolivian community in the Yungas. In the morning we went on a short hike to coffee and coca farms. We learned about how difficult it is to produce coffee crops due to plagues and......Read More