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Two Dragons welcome the sunrise with an improvised dance atop the Andes. Photo by Ryan Gasper.

Amazon adventures!

We are currently in Cusco after one week of learning and exploring in the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest. During our time there, we stayed all together on a platform in the jungle. We learned from Fauna Forever, an environmental organization working in biological research and conservation, about the characteristics of this specific part of the rainforest.  We enjoyed hours of walking in the forest getting to see the flora and fauna, while we learned from Chris and Juan Carlos, our local guides.

We also had other really fun and meaningful activities. We learned how to shoot with bows and arrows, which is the traditional hunting way of the community. We went to harvest fruit and cassava, planted cacao trees and played volleyball with the community in the afternoons. BOCA Pairumanu is the community where we spent this week and the people there were very kind to us and supported so much in our learning process. The last night we had a pork barbecue and shared with the community. The children played with our students for hours and presented their traditional dances.

We also put a lot of emphasis on thinking deeply what it means to be a global citizen. We analyzed the impact that we are having on the rain forest and more specifically the Amazon. Our experience was very positive and we are very thankful to all the people that taught us so much during this past week!