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Photo by Ryan Kost, Andes & Amazon Semester.

A Great First Week

Hello all,

This is a message to express my gratitude to you all for your support and patience while we’ve been traveling during this first week of our program. We’ve had an amazing time and it’s hard to believe that a week has already gone by. At the same time, I think we all feel that the time we’ve spent together has brought us closer together then months of ‘normal’ time.

This first week has been really full. We spent several days at an eco-lodge overlooking the the valley of the moon where we engaged in orientation activities and spent time getting to know one another. After that we spent a day in La Paz where we took part in traditional Aymara ceremony as well as riding the famous telefericos, visiting the markets and eating lots of delicious local food. From there we went to our community stay in Santiago de Okola on the shores of Lake Titicaca. It was in Okola that we really began to engage with the content of the course. We spent time with local families, learning about traditions, language, agriculture and a new way of looking a the world.

The students engaged fully with the experience and I couldn’t be more impressed with them as young adults and learners. They are a thoughtful, kind and self-aware group and our time together in Okola was a real pleasure.

Last night we boarded the bus for Cochabamba and we arrived here at about 6:30 am this morning. After breakfast and a shower students were off to their first night in homestays. Tomorrow we will gather for Spanish class and activities and I can’t wait to hear how their first night went. I’m sure you can’t either so we’ll be sure to post some yaks soon. Until then please enjoy these photos from our first week together.