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Welcome to your Friends Seminary South India Yak Board!

A practiced hand paints a thanka. Photo by Cara Starnbach, North India Program.

Friends Seminary Students and Families,

Welcome you to your Friends Seminary and Where There Be Dragons Yak Board for our collaborative “Layers of Identity in South India” program.

In approximately six weeks, you’ll bid farewell to home, and trade the familiar lights of New York City for the smells and sights of India. Beyond the change of geography and landscape, your time in India is sure to shaken and awaken you as you dive into new foods, new languages, cultures, and ways of living, complex histories, topics of development, religion, and immerse in the perfect chaos of the subcontinent. Along the way you’ll learn about the ecological diversity of the Indian tropics and the incredible coastline of this fascinating country. You’ll listen to stories from scholars, artisans, and local youth. You’ll eat new things, laugh with new friends, contemplate your own unique lifestyle and worldview as you dive into contemporary Indian identities, and struggle to make sense of this BIG experience in your own wonderful way.

To support your group’s collective experience, this Yak board will be a powerful forum that weaves together an exquisite narrative of the journey you’ll be on with your Friends Seminary-Dragons community. This narrative will extend from the pre-course days, well into the field, and even after. And so we invite you to try your keyboards at the published word, and begin to share about your own goals, experience, and hopes for this grand adventure.

We are thrilled to be a part of your experience in India. To make it real, the first thing we are excited to hear from you is an introduction. You may be well-acquainted with the folks on your course, but you may not know their expectations, excitement, goals, curiosities, and fears as you all embark on an epic journey to India. Bram and Leitzel will soon prompt you with a light assignment to introduce yourselves. This forum will provide the space and support to share these things. And, you’ll be amazed looking back at the end of the course and witness the ways you’ve grown and changed in just a matter of days abroad!

Parents, we realize that this Yak Board will be extremely important for you to remain abreast of your student’s travels, and to see images and words from their journey. We’re excited to have you follow along. While we do encourage your participation on postings that are relevant and valuable to the entire Friends Seminary group, we do not publish postings that serve as personal communications.

We are overjoyed to follow along with your adventure.

The Dragons Administration Team