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¡A presentarse por favor!

Queridos Dragones,

We hope you are doing well and getting excited for our journey in South America!

After our (Instructors) personal introduction Yaks now it’s your turn! We want to start getting to know you better and we also have a collection of small assignments for you that will help with introducing you to our time in the Peruvian and Bolivian Andes and Amazon. Before we meet in Cusco in a few weeks, we invite you to engage in the following tasks so the you and your groupmates will all be on the same page!

Assignment #1: Post an introduction Yak!

We want to know who you are. Please post a short introduction Yak of yourself within the next 7 days 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…” 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 very 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: Get to know the communities we will be visiting!

In order to start getting to know the communities we want to ask you to research a bit about them, you can share valuable information for everyone to know, some fun facts or something that calls your attention about the community or city we will visit. You’ll have a chance to share during our orientation when we present the itinerary in more detail. We have already assigned you a community – see the list below.

  1. El Valle Sagrado, Cusco, Perú (Zora y Gillian)
  2. Nacion Q’eros, Perú (Grace y Natasha)
  3. Puerto Maldonado, Perú (Clemente y Livana)
  4. La Paz y El Alto, Bolivia (Alison y Claire)
  5. Tiquipaya y Cochabamba, Bolivia (Sam y Maggie)
  6. La Cordillera Real, Bolivia (this is a mountain range just fyi) (Amado, Noelle y Zoe)

Assignment #4: Brush up on your Spanish!

Five minutes a day of thinking, writing, speaking, or listening to Spanish goes a long way to warm up the parts of the brain that like to adapt to new grammatical structures, sounds, and words. Maybe just listen to the same Spanish song every day with a sheet of lyrics and start to sing along. Even if you have never spoken a word of Spanish, hearing and saying those sounds will help get the ball rolling. Activate those neural pathways!

Un abrazo fuerte,

Los instructores: Elly, Raquel y Randall