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Crossing the river before summiting 17,500 Pico Austria. Photo by Ella Williams (2016 Fall Semester Photo Contest, 2nd Place), South America Semester.

Instructor Introduction

I hope everyone is doing well and super psyched for the adventure waiting for you just around the corner! My name is Dave and I’ll be one of your instructors this spring on your Andes and Amazon semester program along with Zack and Paola.

I’ve been working with Dragons since 2017 and have lead courses in Nepal and India. I’ve spent time travelling in Latin America, mainly visiting permaculture centres and organic/sustainable agriculture farms in the region. I’m really looking forward to exploring more of Bolivia and Peru with you all and exploring what it means to be in this world right now.

Before Dragons, I’ve spent time managing forests, working in ecology, instructing rock climbing, guiding treks and hikes and exploring concepts of sustainable living and agriculture/food production. Now, outside of my time with Dragons, I am setting up my own permaculture learning centre with my wife in Nepal. We have also begun the exciting adventure of starting our own company promoting traditional Nepali handicrafts and cottage industries through our own product designs. (If you’re interested to check it out, its called Khali Khutta). In between all of this, I am an avid rock climber and nature lover, spending most of my life outdoors; at the crag or in the forests, mountains and agricultural terraces of the world.

I’m just finishing up a couple of month visit to the UK where I am originally from before returning briefly to Nepal where I spend most of my time.  Then I’ll be heading to Bolivia to start setting everything in place for your arrival in February.

A huge congratulations on making the decision to spend your spring on a Dragons course – it’s going to be unforgettable. I expect you’ll be excited, apprehensive and maybe even a little scared of what you’re getting yourself into. That’s cool and totally normal. The comfort zones we build up around ourselves are just that – comfortable. Getting out of them is uncomfortable but so rewarding and potentially life changing. So embrace the adventure and look forward to some unexpected learnings and unpredictable experiences.

I want to reiterate Zack in saying please do share any questions, queries or concerns here on the Yak board and we will answer them as best we can.

I’m really looking forward to connecting with some of you on the phone in January and so excited to be meeting you all in a few short weeks in Bolivia! Oh, and to reading your introductions here on our Yak board!

Hasta luego!