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Morocco Instructor Introduction

Hello ya’ll and welcome! Welcome to the very beginning of our journey together. Even though we have not yet met, I am certain that we are already deeply connected. Your choice to willingly leave the life as you know behind and step out of your comforts to reveal the unknown already proves the mature character you hold. I look forward to learning more about each of you through these introductions and living and learning together for the upcoming 3 months this fall in Morocco.

My name is Keshet and I am one of your instructors this fall! I am originally from Queens, New York but now consider home to be all the magical canyons and camp sites of the world that have dotted my life with intense moments of gratitude (and yes, often times fear). Growing up in the suburbs and attending public school felt crippling to me in ways at the time I wasn’t sure how to explain. And so after graduating from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Sustainability I decided to dedicate my life to teaching (and learning) in unconventional settings and wild places. After spending a semester abroad in Latin America as a student, a passion for travel was ignited. For the first time in my life I felt what it was like to live in place that was completely unfamiliar and challenging. I felt the sheer humbling experience of living in a homestay and gaining a family, despite our inability to properly communicate with one another. With my aspiration to discover the world, I simultaneously allowed space to discover myself.

I fell in love with international travel and examining the intricacies of international development and environmental policy. I have continuously sought out opportunities to work  in settings that combine my love for the earth, youth development and cross-cultural connection. This has led me to a variety of roles including organic farming, wilderness therapy, trail maintenance and conservation, environmental education and now finally to the world of Dragons! I am grateful to have had the experience traveling, learning and teaching all over the world and after teaching in Indonesia with Dragons this past spring, I am more than excited to jump into the fall with all of you in Morocco! I hope to discover and learn alongside each one of you. Morocco will also be a new for me in many ways and I look forward to allowing space for growth and wonder back into my everyday.

Throughout my travels I have learned to value silence and waiting. I believe there is value in feeling bored, in moments of stillness. Throughout our time together we will experience a roller coaster of emotions. Highs and lows that are not marked by simple explanations of “good and bad days.” Rather our perspective on the world will ebb and flow naturally as we learn more about local culture, the mountains surrounding us and through the amazing people we will meet. I hope ya’ll are ready to unlearn, to maybe shed even just a bit of light on the infinite questions we have about our surroundings. I ask that we all stay curious and patient in this process, even when we wish for things to just be easy. I would like to say thank you for your courage already to do so.

In the upcoming weeks I hope you all find space and time to prepare for Morocco. This can look different for everyone, and may surface in many small ways before departing. Know that it is honorable to feel absolutely overwhelmed or nervous or excited. And if you have any questions at all please feel free to reach out!

With eternal stoke and gratitude,

Keshet

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