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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.

Students on their way to Lima

We just sent our 12 Dragoncitos through security at the Cusco airport. This afternoon they’ll take a short 1 hour flight to Lima where they will be exploring Peru’s capital together for a week independent of Dragons.

To our dear students- Thank you for all the energy that you brought this semester. As you transition to life back home or onto your next adventure we hope you take what you learned here with you. Remember the spiritual teachings of Siwar and Miguelinti. Remember the history of Basilio. Remember the passion of Doña Luz. Remember the hospitality of your homestay families. Remember the talent of your ISP mentors. Remember the Saya and all that it stands for. Remember the knowledge of Chris and his team of researchers. Remember the leadership of Crispín and Percy. And remember that access to education is the greatest privilege you possess so truly own it.

It was an honor and a privilege to travel with you all these past 3 months. We wish you all the best. We hope you have an educational and rewarding adventure in Lima and a safe journey back home.

-Dave, Paola and Zack

*with this yak we officially close out the program. Students and instructors will not officially post on the yak board during their independent travel in Lima.

To family and friends of our Dragoncitos- These past 3 months have been an adventure for you as well. Limited communication with your son/daughter/friend has surely been challenging. Thank you for trusting in us and in Dragons to create this life changing experience for them. When they return home shower them with love and hugs, cook them there favorite meal but more importantly help them process this experience. The past three days we’ve been helping them process going home in something we call Transference. While what we taught them hopefully will help with the transition home, the true challenge will come when they get home. Ask them questions that go beyond the superficial. Have patience with them as they continue to process this experience. Give them space if they need it. Accept the reality that these 3 months have changed them, perhaps in a way you will never truly be able to understand. Gracias!