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A young arriero leads a mule across fresh snow in the Peruvian Andes. Photo by Benjamin Swift (2016 Fall Semester Photo Contest Finalist), South America Semester.

The Group is Doing Great in the Bolivian Amazon!

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Dear Friends and Family,

The group is doing well in the small community of Asunción de Quiquibey in the Bolivian Amazon. After completing their trek in on Illampu in the Andes Mountains, the group dropped into the cloud forest region and began a 3 day boat ride. They floated down the Río Beni, which is a major tributary of the Amazon River and camped on shores lined with dense jungle. Their boat ride ended at this small community where students are staying with families and playing daily games of soccer with the whole community on the central field. They are experiencing daily village life in the Amazon and learning about such things as weaving, rice making, and traditional hunting techniques. They also spent a day helping in fields and learning about their individual family’s livelihoods in this self sustaining community. In the heat of the day they are able to cool off by taking a dip in the river.

Stay tuned as the group will be posting photos and stories of their time in the Amazon in a few days. Here are some photos of one of my previous courses that will give you an idea of where they are.

Best regards,
Dave Haffeman, Program Director