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

Your Pre-Course Tasks and Assignments


This is one the last big Yaks that we instructors are going to post before the course. Thanks for reading this and all the other ones! Now it’s your turn.

With just a weeks until we meet up in South America, we have a collection of small assignments for you. We invite you to engage in the themes we’re going to be learning about so that we’re all on the same page and super excited when the course begins. Please make time for all of this. It’s a bummer if people arrive in Latin America without having put some thought into some of the themes that will inform our learning over the course of the semester – it’s letting down your peers to not have the context to begin the course on the same level.

Assignment #1: Post an introduction Yak!

We want to know who you are. Please post a short introduction Yak of yourself answering the following questions:

  1. Introductions tend to go the same every time, like this: “My name is Evo Morales and I’m from La Paz, Bolivia. I went to school at Agrarian Humanistic Technical Institute of Orinoca. I’ve never been to Peru before but I’ve been to Costa Rica, where people also speak Spanish…” How boring! So, without telling us where you are from, where you go to school, your major life achievements, or where you have traveled, please tell us briefly: who are you?
  2. What are the things you are most eager to experience and to learn about on this course?
  3. What role does this course play in your life?
  4. Make sure to post a picture of yourself with the Yak.

Assignment #2: Talk with one of your instructors!

One of us will be getting in touch with you to arrange a phone call soon. We know you’ve been talking with people at Dragons a lot, but now you can talk with the people you’re actually going to be traveling with. We like to hear your voices, give you a chance to ask questions, and get to know each other a little. Please check your email so we can schedule a call.

Assignment #3: Watch These Videos!

Assignment #4: Read These Articles!

Assignment #5: Brush up on your Spanish!

Five minutes a day. Every day. A big part of learning language is about the span of time in which you’re listening and speaking in that language, not how many hours you can cram. Activate those neural pathways and get your brain ready for immersion! 100% of Dragons students wish they had practiced Spanish more before coming to Latin America. If you don’t know where to start, we recommend the app Duolingo, which you can download for free.


Un abrazo fuerte,

Los instructores: Parker, Itzá, Ana, & Jeff

P.S. Stay tuned for a tentative itinerary Yak as we work out logistical details in the next few weeks.