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2022 Spring Gap

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Intro

Ellie, Participant

Hi, I’m Ellie! I live in North Carolina, and I just graduated from high school last week. Since I had the opportunity to graduate a semester early, I wanted to go abroad before college. I think the spiritual aspects drew me to this program the......Read More

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Packing Updates & Clarifications

The Instructors, Participant

Hi Spring Senegal Dragons! Right now, our instructor team has been getting ready for your impending arrival in Senegal. As we are packing our own bags, we also compiled a list of packing notes. General Guidelines: Read through your Course......Read More

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Independent Study Projects (ISPs)

The Instructors, Participant

Na nga def, students? Our travels are right around the corner. We hope that your packing is going smoothly, that you’ve been following the Yak Board, and that you are getting psyched to explore the beauty of Senegal! If you haven’t already,......Read More

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Homestay Family Gifts

The Instructors, Participant

Greetings Senegal Students, We’ve been getting some questions about homestay gifts for the families that you’ll be staying with during our trip, so we thought we’d give some guidance here in this Yak. Here’s some details:. We’ll be staying......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Senegal

West Africa: Rhythms of Senegal

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technology and mosquito nets on course

Espoir, Participant

Greetings Senegal Students, We are really looking forward to meeting you in person next month for our great adventures together! Although we know that you have been sent a full packing list, we wanted to use this post as a way to give you some......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon

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Answer to Slates’ questions!!!

Alan, Instructor

Hello Slate, Thank you for asking these questions. Other students might have similar questions. In the last month of the program, we will be hiking the Salkantay Mountain in Peru. We start the trek at 9500 feet. Then, on the third day of the trek,......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon

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Question(s)- do not publish yet.

Slate, Participant

Hi, I have a couple of questions for Kate, Erick, and Alan about the trip. What is the highest elevation that we reach? How long into trips like these does it take for students to adjust to the altitude? How big does our main backpack need to be?......Read More

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Hi!

Madeleine, Participant

Hi everyone! I’m Madeleine. I’m from Sausalito, California, which is just north of San Francisco. I am a sophomore at Bates College, and I am taking this spring semester off! I went on a Dragons program in high school, and the......Read More

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Hello everyone!

Sebastian, Participant

I am Sebastian, and I currently live in Las Vegas, Nevada. I chose this program because I have never been to Nepal before, and it seems that past participants have enjoyed this program. In my free time, I enjoy listening to music. Also, I......Read More

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Intro

Dylan, Participant

Hi there, I’m Dylan. I’m from the Bay Area, California. I graduated from high school in 2021 and decided to take a gap year pretty last minute. I was hoping to get outside the USA and the bubble I’ve lived in for so long. However,......Read More

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Hey All

Carter, Participant

Hi all! My name is Carter Curry, and I will be joining you all on our journey to Nepal this coming Spring. I am from Harvard, Massachusetts, and am currently on a gap year, graduating from Bromfield High last summer. In the future, I will be......Read More

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Greetings From Matthew!

Matthew, Participant

Hey everyone! My name is Matthew (he/him) and I’m from McLean, Virginia, which is just outside of Washington, D.C. I’m on a gap year before starting my freshman year at Harvard University in the fall. On most days, you can find me either with my......Read More

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Introduction

Mihai, Participant

Hi all! My name is Mihai (pronounced – Me Hi – no pun intended). I am from all over the place, a true euromutt. Born in Romania, raised in France (Oui, je parle français!), and moved to Belgium recently, on my own, to attend university......Read More

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Hello there!

Selah Blue, Participant

Hey, I’m Selah Blue. I’m from the Bay Area, California. I went to boarding school in Massachusetts and graduated in 2021. In my free time, I like to read, make and listen to music, and make clothes. My parents introduced me to Vajrayana......Read More

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Introduction

Leela, Participant

Hi everyone, I’m Leela. I live outside of Boston, MA. I was initially drawn to the Nepal course because of my love for the outdoors. Over the summer, I spend a lot of time hiking, backpacking, and rock climbing in WY, and I have always wanted to......Read More

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Hi!!

Miles, Participant

Hello! I’m Miles and I am from Colorado. I graduated from high school last year and have always planned on taking a gap year to be able to explore and grow before college (University of Vermont). This summer and fall I lived in a pop-up......Read More