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WTBD Yaks from Senegal

West Africa: Rhythms of Senegal

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Welcome to New York!

Sarah O'Brien, Dragons Admin

The West Africa Semester landed at JFK successfully! We wish them the safest of travels and a happy reunion with loved ones at home! The Dragons Admin Team...Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon

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Welcome to Miami!

Sarah O'Brien, Dragons Admin

The South America Semester landed in Miami International Airport successfully! We wish them the safest of travels and a happy reunion with loved ones at home! The Dragons Admin Team...Read More

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Students depart Nepal

Dave, Shanti and Hemant, Participant

It is with smiles, khatas, tears, apprehension, a little confusion and HEAPS of enthusiasm that our students (except Zuza, who is staying on in Nepal for another day of solo adventure) said their goodbyes to us (their instructors and Zuza) and made......Read More

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Events

Miles, Participant

Yak of the Week

Around the fire one night Luis spoke about what the word “event” means. He’s reached the conclusion that an event is a happening, an intersection of time and space. It can range from the eating of a meal to the span of your entire life to the......Read More

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Students are on their way!

Instructors, Instructor

We have just dropped off the students at the airport for their respective destinations . As we all gave our last hugs and goodbyes it was clear that we all have left this program changed, for the better. We as instructors are deeply grateful to this......Read More

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My Journey Through My Journal

Khi’Aura, Participant

Feb 14th ( Happy birthday mama) Yesterday was pretty fun and today is a new day filled with adventures . We swam in the ocean yesterday and let me tell you it was very salty .Small recap of yesterday we learned some new Wolof/ French words. Then we......Read More

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“How was Africa?”

The students, Participant

Yak of the Week

Greetings to everyone following along on our journey, In these final days of the course, we shift our outlook from new experiences and learning to an integration of what we have learned as we all transition back home. While we start that process......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Himalayan Studies - Group A

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Quotes for people back home

Hayden Rodriguez, Participant

Coen – I have changed a lot but I hope you have not changed one bit! Esther – I’m coming home Mom! Can’t wait to see you and give you a squeeze. Xoxo, E Zuza – See you soon! I am excited to listen to your stories and share......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Himalayan Studies - Group A

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Throwback to Patan’s Breakfasts

Mihai and Coen, Dragons Admin

Yak of the Week

This was our third day into the student-led breakfasts in Patan. Our group was comprised of Mihai, Ellie, Coen and Lily. On this day, we attempted to make a 16-person Spanish Tortilla and this video captured our miraculous tortilla flip. The art of......Read More

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Transference

tsering, Participant

Dear friends and family, Back under the watching gaze of the all seeing eyes of the Boudhanath stupa, today we enter our last day of transference. The last 2 days have been time for review and reflection, transfer and reintegration. Today we......Read More

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Words we do not have

Harry, Participant

Yak of the Week

It’s going to be weird being back home. Three months ago, I never had a word for the act of knocking mangoes out of a tree with a stick, achieving the proper atayya foam, having my leg fall asleep, shooing chickens, cooling down hot coffee, or......Read More

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Composition

Kat, Participant

Both body and fuel composed of dense and aged material. A circular desert, fortified, humans huddle for warmth and light. My thoughts momentarily taken by raging yet soft flames, I find peace. Sitting here, the fire draws me back to the people and......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Himalayan Studies - Group A

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A poem regarding religion

Hayden Rodriguez, Participant

Bloody Foreheads, Wet Feet   Years spent on the concrete, Bibles blank till the back page, chained down, eyes in the clouds, head in the cosmos, unattached to whats within me, cloud watching for a white man, robed in a fairy tail veil,......Read More