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Colorado River Basin Semester

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Changes in the Backcountry

Audrey Smallman, Participant

Yak of the Week

In the months leading up to this trip, I spent a lot of time aimlessly wondering what it would be like. I tried to imagine myself in the mountains while I sat in my bedroom, never having spent so much time outside before. Overthinking isn’t......Read More

Colorado River Basin Semester

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My Apachetas

Bailey Walker, Participant

Yak of the Week

In order to cross the Continental Divide and officially enter the Colorado River Basin, we went over Boulder-Grand pass within Rocky Mountain National Park. Moving slowly through this space that provides water for so many, including myself in......Read More

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And they’re off!

Aaron, Dragons Admin

Yak of the Week

And like that, the group is off for the start of the Rio Grande Semester! It was a smooth travel day to Denver/Boulder, which allowed the group to load up their 2 vehicles on time and head to the mountains at 3:30pm MST for their group orientation.......Read More

Colorado River Basin Semester

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Reflecting on My Relationships with the Land

Samantha Bateman, Participant

Yak of the Week

This week, while listening to our knowledgeable guest speakers, engaging in discussions with my peers and leaders, and reflecting on those words while hiking through the mountains that frame the edge of Boulder, I’ve been thinking about my......Read More

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Snow day and new backpacking departure

Instructor team, Instructor

Yak of the Week

With the snow falling, and temps dropping we huddled indoors today for the first time since becoming a pod. It is hard to believe that just yesterday we were hiking in 90 degree temps – and suddenly winter has arrived! Today was filled with......Read More

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Voting While on Course

David Haffeman, Dragons Admin

Yak of the Week

Dear Students and Families,  Many of you are probably asking if it’s possible to vote in this year’s election cycle, and if so, how to go about doing so while on-course. In many areas of the world where we work voter enfranchisement is a right......Read More

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Hello from Maddie!

Maddie Melton, Instructor

Yak of the Week

Hi everyone! My name is Maddie Melton and I am so honored and excited to share in this Dragons adventure with you this semester as one of your instructors! I grew up near Washington D.C., but “home” has been a fluid and evolving state for many......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group A

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Reflecting on Q’eros

Joe & Lola, Participant

Yak of the Week

Q’EROS Our six days in Q’eros Sometime between the late fourteenth century and into the fifth century a small population of former Incan messengers disappeared into the Andes of Southern Peru. Forgotten by the Incas and too secluded for the......Read More

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9 Delights of Jogja

Allie Matthias, Participant

Yak of the Week

Something I never could have anticipated for this year is the amount of small daily surprises I encounter here in Jogja. These surprises—little moments of joy—come upon me at any time in the day. They break up the routine and remind me that my......Read More

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Ucup and the Screaming Goat

Nell & Abby, Participant

Picture of the Week

The wood block art studio is a creative space on all its own. As you walk up a set of stone steps, the smell of mosquito incense and a faint hint of cigarette smoke greets you at the front door. If you turn back and look down the stairs, Ucup’s home village dots across a sprawling green space. The sounds of chickens, a screaming goat that sounds scarily human, and the shouts of children playing take up the audible space around us. Ucup, the instructor we worked with for the three weeks we spent in Jogja, stands up with an… Read More

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A Jogja Tradition

Colin, Instructor, Instructor

Yak of the Week

On Tuesday, March 3rd, most of our group decides to explore one of the most powerful places in Jogjakarta: the Sultan’s southern square. The square is the final point in an ellipses punctuating the flow of power between the volcanically active......Read More

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Letter from Kat’s host mom

Ibu Suparmi (Kat's host mom), Participant

Yak of the Week

The following has been translated by the Instructor Team on behalf of Kat’s host mom, Ibu Suparmi   Let me introduce myself, my name is Suparmi, I am 55 years old. My husband is Agus Hartono, he is 56 years old. I have two children,......Read More

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Sunday Lunch

Zoe, Participant

Yak of the Week

If you had happened to be walking down 4th avenue in San Miguel Escobar last Saturday around noon, you would have seen me and my Spanish teacher Blanca carrying a massive, scalding frying pan in a Guatemalan swaddling cloth woven for newborn babies.......Read More