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Saludos from your Instructor

Hola a todxs,

Bienvenidos a Dragones! Que onda?

Today I am writing you all from a farm in Salento, in coffee country Colombia. I recently finished a semester Dragons program in Bolivia and Peru and I am taking some needed downtime (still on the move though!) to recharge. I am happy to report that my strategy is working and I’m already full of anticipation for the summer.

In the last couple of years, transition has become common for me. After graduating university, I was accepted for a Princeton in Latin-America fellowship in Guatemala. I worked a year as development coordinator for a local non-profit in Santiago Atitlán that supports the rights of people with disabilities. Guatemala moved me and after leaving, I promised to return as soon as possible. I was struck by the diversity, beauty and general warmth of the people and its landscapes. How exciting to be making my first trip back with you all!

Last summer I worked as a trip leader for the Experiment in Argentina before quickly packing up again to join my brother as an English teacher in Vietnam. Then in the spring, it was back to Latin-America to begin my Dragon’s journey in Bolivia.

Throughout these changes, I have been challenged to value each experience in the present moment. When one chapter ends and another suddenly begins, it can be difficult to leave the past behind and focus yourself entirely on the now.

In only 1.5 months time, the “now” will be Itza, Teto and I meeting all of you guys in Miami! Together we will climb volcanoes, explore ancient Maya ruins, immerse ourselves in the Spanish language, and hear firsthand the stories, passions, and challenges of the Guatemalan people. This is all intensely exciting and perhaps a bit overwhelming. Just how I like it.

As we think ahead to summer, I implore each one of us to be mindful in our preparation.

Here are some questions I’ve been asking myself lately:

What do you need to do over the next month so that you feel ready to give your whole self on program?

What are your personal goals for this summer?

What are you passionate about? How are you going to apply your passions to this experience?

Okay basta ya.

Be well, pack light, and come in with an open mind and heart. I am beyond excited to meet all of you. (yes I’m a bit cheesy at times)

If you have any questions, thoughts, ideas or concerns whatsoever, don’t hesitate to send me a note. Your instructor team will be here to support you from start to finish.

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Hasta pronto viajeros.

Abrazos,

Jesse