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An introduction from your Course Director!

Dear Dragons students (and parents!),

Namaste and julley! While you are likely keeping busy with the end of the school year, I’m guessing that you’re thinking forward to India in quiet moments or daydreams. And you know what—me too! I have spent the last 3.5 years living in India, and even now during a short visit back to the US I’m also dreaming of the Himalayas and the adventures that await us this summer. Uttara, Aditya, and I (your instructor team for the summer!) have already been plotting and planning our itinerary, working through the process of sifting through all our ideas and inspiration. We have SO MUCH that we are excited to share with you that it can be a little bit hard to choose.

We all have our own journeys that have drawn us toward India. For my part, I visited the country for the first time back in 2004. I didn’t know anything at that time, but was drawn in by a desire to explore such a vast and diverse country; I said nonchalantly that I’d be back a hundred times. Now, almost 15 years later, I’ve lost count how many times I’ve come in and out of India’s borders! India is vast and diverse—the perfect place to learn and explore. While we will land in Delhi, we’ll be departing after just hours, witnessing the landscape shift from the sweltering plains and over the foothills until we land at 11,500 feet where our summer adventure will begin. It would take lifetimes to understand India’s vast complexities and nuances, but we’ll get started in what is one of the country’s most unique and beautiful corners, in my opinion anyway.

I led my first Dragons course in West Africa all the way back in 2008, and since that time I’ve worked in the Dragons office as the Program Director for Africa and India courses, in addition to spending more than 1200 days working as an instructor on Dragons courses in Senegal, Rwanda, Madagascar, and India. I have a Master’s degree in International Development & Education, and I thought that I would go into a career in education policy. After leading that first program a decade ago, though, I fell in love with experiential and cross-cultural education as a way to engage deeply in this life, working and learning alongside brave and adventuresome young people the endless lessons this world has to teach us. And I’m thrilled to working with and learning alongside YOU this summer!

Don’t hesitate to be in touch if you have any questions about our journey. Many people will have similar questions, so don’t be shy in posting them here on the Yak board. We’ll also be posting other important information about preparing for the course here, so check back here frequently or subscribe for our course’s Yak updates by email to make sure you don’t miss anything. I’m can’t wait to meet you at the airport in June!

Christy, North India 4-week Course Director