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Crossing the river before summiting 17,500 Pico Austria. Photo by Ella Williams (2016 Fall Semester Photo Contest, 2nd Place), South America Semester.

¡Hola Dragones!

¡Hola Dragones!

I am thrilled to be part of the journey you are about to begin.  My name is Itzá Martinez de Eulate Lanza. Alongside Raquel and Brian, I am going to be your instructor during the upcoming Andes and Amazon Fall Semester.

I am an Environmental Engineer and a Biointensive Growing Method Instructor. I was born in Managua, Nicaragua. Back in my country I have worked within environmental issues. My passions are related to forest conservation, water and sanitation access, and food security. These are topics that I would love to discuss with you!

I have traveled and lived in different places inside my country, in Central America, and most recently through the Andes and the Amazon of Ecuador and Perú.  And I tell you, both parts: the high and cold mountains and the infinite and winding rivers of the Amazon, have stolen my heart and captured my attention. They are so close (in distance) but so far apart one from each other in so many different ways that you won’t even finish realizing until you get back home and process what this all has been. Experiencing this kind of contrast is a once in a lifetime opportunity, therefore my team and I (and all Dragons involved) are working very hard to make this an incredible educational experience for you.

I am telling you weeks in advance, so that you may all have your senses ready to absorb as much as you can from all the different cultures you are about to experience. In a few weeks, we will all meet at La Paz airport as one person and by the end of the semester, we are all going to be different people.

Use the next weeks to prepare yourself as you feel best suits you, and don’t hesitate to ask whatever you may want to know or feel like asking,

Estamos a la orden,

¡Hasta pronto!