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First assignment: Introduce yourselves and your connections!

Hola estudiantes,

The course is only two weeks away! We hope that you have been keeping up with all of the info posted to the Yak board and able to connect with one of us on the phone. If you haven’t, please make sure that you do. There are many logistics that need to come together to allow us to have the deep, immersive experience that we seek.

With most of those practical details settled, we can focus on bigger questions. Sometimes people and lands can seem so distant from us in some ways, yet be very close to us in other ways. The Dragons experience intends to push you to question this paradox in a way that you may not have questioned it before. We want all of us to be the best global citizens that we can be.

This challenge underlies our first assignment for you all. Please read through the following questions and include your reflections as part of your introductions on the Yak board:

1) How are you connected to Peru from your home? Take some time to look around you with this inquiry in mind. Maybe you know someone from Peru. Maybe there is a Peruvian restaurant in your neighborhood. Maybe you have some Peruvian artwork in your house, a food that was imported or a good that was MADE IN PERU. Share your observations with us!

*FYI a good moment to connect with Peru could be this Saturday, June 16th at 11 am Peruvian time when the men’s national soccer team is opens their World Cup final against Denmark. As you may already know, Rusia 2018 is very popular in Latin America. And Peruvians are very much part of that excitement, especially after waiting 36 years to compete at this tournament again! So if you have time, check it out and root for the blanquiroja 😉

Once you have discovered this connection, we ask that you consider:

2) How did this element of Peruvian culture make its way to you? What did the journey look like, and what are your impressions or interpretations? Learn as much as you can about your home’s connection to the people and lands that will host us as guests for the summer, and most importantly teach us!

Given that Peru will be our home for 6 weeks, this fact inspires our third big question:

3) How do you feel connected to your home? Tell us a little bit about how you define your home and what makes you feel at home. Maybe you will share about the bed you are used to sleeping in, any place you can relax and feel safe, the taste of a certain food, or the hug of a loved one. Maybe you will define your home as planet earth! Why? Again, teach us.

And one more thing: include a photo to go along with your stories!

¡Ya falta poquito, queridxs!

Most sincerely,

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