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Photo by Tom Pablo, South America Semester.

Greetings from Cusco

In these final hours as you’re packing travel size bottles of shampoo and giving loved ones 3 months worth of hugs know that the four of us are excitedly awaiting your arrival here in Cusco. Plus beyond just us four lies a community of educators, artists, language teachers, homestay families, trekking guides, activists, musicians, and so many more that are so excited to meet you and share their knowledge with you. (In photo: Siwar Kenti, our dear friend, fellow educator and guide for our time in Nacion Q’eros along with his son Miguelinto.)

When you meet one another in the Miami airport take a moment to acknowledge the physical and spiritual journey each member of this group has had to lead them here. What had to happen for them to be standing here in Miami with you, ready to embark on this once in a life time adventure. Nothing short of a miracle. A fellow Andes & Amazon instructor named Doug is famous for saying, “We’ve all been brought here together for a reason and I’m so excited to find out what that reason is.”

To choose to break from the norm and do a program like Dragons shows immense courage. In these final days leading up to your departure you may be nervous. Questions, doubts and fears may race across your mind. You’re not alone. We still get butterflies in our stomachs before big adventures. At the airport and during your flight (and for the entirety of the course!) support one another. Look out for each other, help each other with bags, create a culture of inclusivity for all.

Buen viaje amigos y amigas. Nos vemos pronto!

-Los Instructores y Siwar/Miguelinto

“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” Nelson Mandela