Namaste Dragons summer students and parents,
I’d like to start by expressing my inspiration and gratitude: I’m inspired by your courage to leap into the wild journey that awaits you just around the bend, and grateful to the unique set of circumstances that is bringing each of you to Dragons and to India. I hope that wherever you are now, you are peering into the months ahead with excitement and curiosity. While you are each drawn to this program for different reasons, your summer program has the potential to profoundly challenge and inspire each of you in ways yet unimaginable. In my role as the Program Director, I’ll work from the sidelines with your instructor team to set the foundation for a safe, fulfilling, and fun month of hands-on learning and exploration.
I can certainly understand your draw to the subcontinent. I made my first voyage to India in 2004, enticed by the idea of a place so utterly colorful, foreign and unknown. I was charmed by the hospitality and wisdom of the people and awed by the opportunities to be challenged deeply and to learn profoundly every day, and I said I’d return to India a hundred times. I have since explored many corners of the subcontinent, having spent over 5 years between India, Nepal, and Bangladesh. For the last two years, I have worked as an instructor on the North India course, so I can attest to the particular magic of the Ladakhi Himalayas. You’re in for a treat!
The instructors who will be guiding your journey are a special and talented group with years of experience working with young people, and I am humbled by the opportunity to facilitate your program alongside this talented team. In the coming weeks, your instructors will introduce themselves here on the Yak board, will encourage you to introduce yourselves, and will post more important information about your upcoming trip. You can look forward to a sample itinerary here in early June. Stay tuned for more soon! Again, welcome to Dragons and to the North India program. I’m so looking forward to supporting you on your journey!
Christy, South Asia Program Director