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A tidbit about myself…

Laureen Akram, Participant

Hi!  I’m Laureen Akram from Los Angeles, CA and I’m taking a gap year before heading to the University of Chicago. I spent the summer in Paris visiting my family and later as a counselor and dance teacher at a summer camp in Ojai, CA. After......Read More

WTBD Yaks from China

China: South of the Clouds

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Your First Assignment

Joseph Vincent, Participant

Dear China Students, In the next few days before our course begins, we would like to ask you to complete one small task to help us instructors learn a little more about you. We’re asking that each student write an informal letter to your......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Indonesia

Indonesia: Community, Culture, & Conservation

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A last minute purchase

Instructors, Participant

The instructors were chatting about the impact that we have on Sampela (home of the Bajau community where we will be staying) and we would like to request that a few of you purchase sunscreen that is not toxic to corals (traditional sunscreen is......Read More

WTBD Yaks from India

India: Himalayas to the Ganges River

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Parent of Matthew Solomon

Heidi Steinberg, Participant

Hi Everyone. I have some questions re: the pack list: What are the participants going to sleep in? Also, what is the duct tape for (ours is very wide and wondering if we should cut it)? Please refresh my memory on whether a steripen or lifestraw......Read More

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Hey guys

Rachel Nahirny, Participant

Hey I’m also a Rachel but I don’t mind going by Rach or other nicknames to avoid confusion with the other Rachel. I’m from Boston and I’m going to Middlebury as a February start this year. I spent my junior fall of high......Read More

WTBD Yaks from India

India: Himalayas to the Ganges River

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EDIT TO ARRIVAL YAK

Uttara, Participant

Hi everyone! An important edit to our arrival yak: In the information about which line to stand in at immigration, that sentence should read: “Proceed to the regular immigration line for holders of non-INDIAN passports.” Sorry for that confusion!...Read More

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Introduction Avery

Avery Erickson, Participant

Hi everyone! My name is Avery, and I’ve lived in Fort Wayne, Indiana for almost my entire life, and I can’t wait to get out. I just turned 19, and I am attending the University of Minnesota next year in the fall. This spring I’m......Read More

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Intro

Reilly, Participant

Hey everyone! My name is Reilly Strong, I’m from Charlottesville, VA  and I went to UNC Asheville for my freshman year of college last year( EnviroSci major i think) hoping for an adventure and then decided I should’ve taken a gap year......Read More

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Greetings from Urubamba, Peru

Instructor Team, Instructor

Your instructor team of Ana, Doug and Zack, along with the instructors from Groups A & C and the Central America semester have all gathered in beautiful Urubamba Peru for our Latin America staff training. This is a time for us to fine tune the......Read More

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Info about arrival in Bolivia

Raquel Wigginton, Instructor

¡Hola queridos estudiantes! We are so excited to see you in less than one week´s time! So we hope you are getting everything ready! Here is information for you to be sure of what is going to happen after you leave the U.S. At the Miami airport you......Read More

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¡Hola!

Liza, Participant

Hi everyone! My name is Liza and I’m from Pleasantville, NY. I’m so stoked for our adventure to Bolivia and Peru! Every day I get more excited as I slowly gather my things and my thoughts. It’s blowing my mind how soon we leave! I......Read More

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And so it begins…

Olivia, Participant

Hello Everyone! Elly, I’m very glad you were bold and paved us a little path. My name is Olivia Pruett and I’m from a small college town in Western Massachusetts. I’m going to be a “feb” at Middlebury College come this......Read More

WTBD Yaks from China

China: South of the Clouds

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Tentative Itinerary

Joseph Vincent, Participant

PRESENTING YOUR TENTATIVE ITINERARY! As we eagerly await your introductions here on the Yak board, we wanted to present you and your families with a tentative itinerary for your semester in China! Note—this itinerary will change. The intended......Read More

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Introduction

Sarah Adent, Participant

Hello! My name is Sarah Adent :). I graduated from Fossil Ridge High School this past school year, and am looking forward toattending UNC (University of Northern Colorado) next fall. I am the oldest of 5 kids, and have 4 little brothers. I am an......Read More