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

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¡Hola queridos estudiantes!

Hello dear students!

Aqui comienza el español en sus vidas diarias, vayan preparandose!

Here is were Spanish starts to be part of your daily life! Prepare yourselves!

Sooner than later you will listen to this beautiful language everywhere around you, but this won’t be the only language you will be hearing.  In the regions we will be spending our time together we will also experience listening to some of the many native tongues of South America including Quechua, Aymara and traditional languages from the Amazon.

As you can see, you are about to open your life to an incredible world of syncretism and diversity!  You will find many people who preserve their languages and cultures from the time before Spanish colonization, which you will witness with homestay families, in rural mountain communities, in the middle of downtown La Paz, and inside the city’s technological Teleferico stations(gondolas that serve as public transport)!

In the communities of the Andean mountains you will not only listen to the many cadences of native languages, but also be able to learn from their culture and ask them: how it is possible to preserve so many rich traditions in this changing, globalized world?

I am so glad to be part of the team that will be with you, side by side, as we visit these people and places and learn from them!

My name is Itzá Martinez de Eulate Lanza, and I am from Managua, Nicaragua, a small (but the biggest) country from Central America. I graduated with a degree in Environmental Engineering, and I love to work with coffee producers and in forest conservation. So those are topics we can talk together about! This is my second semester as a Dragons Instructor in South America, and I spent time prior to that working with producers and communities in the Peruvian Andes.

I am excited to get to know all of you very soon, and start this incredible adventure!

Get all your senses ready for the experience before you. It will be full of new and different landscapes, cultures, languages, and ways of seeing the world and knowing yourself.

 

Saludos y abrazos,

Itzá