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Gracias!

Luis and Itzá, Instructor

Hello families, it’s been a true pleasure to spend the last weeks with the HIES group here in Bolivia. We’re happy to say that the group has made it through security and are en route to the US. For us as instructors is very gratifying to......Read More

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Looking back on the past two weeks

Erik Vincent , Instructor

Dear families, The past two weeks in Bolivia have been some of the most meaningful in my time at HIES. The chance to take our students out of the classroom and expose them to a different culture is a privilege that I’m very grateful for. In my......Read More

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Friday in Tiquipaya – water wars and...

Sully and Teacher Chris, Participant

Last Friday was a packed day. After breakfast with our homestay families we walked to the Dragons program house. A guest speaker came, Oscar Olivera, who played a pivotal role in the Cochabamba Water Wars in 2000. We had researched the Water Wars......Read More

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Rachel’s & Logan’s Yaks

Rachel, Participant

Hey family! This is Rachel. Feels like forever since I’ve last communicated with y’all! I feel like I have already grown a lot spiritually, mentally, hopefully not too much physically… lol. I learned that here in Bolivia, almost every meal......Read More

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Tiquipaya and Cochabamba

Whitney Meadows, Participant

Hola Yak families! Caroline here. Today we explored the largest indoor market of all the Americas in Cochabamba with the help of our lovely Spanish teachers. My group was the least-experienced in the Spanish language, so we enjoyed learning the......Read More

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A few kudos

Mr. Vincent and Mr. Yarsawich, Instructor

Dear students, As we pass the midpoint of our course, Mr. Yarsawich and I want to offer a few personal notes (kudos) to each of you. We’ve enjoyed spending the last week with you and look forward to these last days in Tiquipaya and our time ahead......Read More

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Greetings from Tiquipaya!

Yolanda, Instructor

Hi After a 7-hour, over-night bus ride, yesterday, we arrived to Tiquipaya tired, hungry and nervous about our home-stays. What would our families be like? Will we like the food? Do they have children? Animals? Are their bathrooms indoors or......Read More

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Snapshots: Life in Tiquipaya

Whitney, Participant

We began our learning in Tiquipaya yesterday with Spanish lessons. We put that into real practice today exploring the largest indoor market in the Americas in Cochabamba. Students are spending the afternoon exploring weaving, cooking, or music. (The......Read More

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Trekking in Bolivia

Mary Evelyn, Dragons Admin

So turns out that Bolivian off brand Oreos aren’t all that good. They really do taste like chalk. This is Mary Evelyn by the way. So far this trip has been super great aside from some sickness/nausea on the first day. I have loved getting to......Read More

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Maggie’s Yak

Maggie, Participant

Hola Families! Wow oh wow what a crazy first part of our time in Bolivia it has been! Our 2 day trek was much more difficult than we thought it would be, or at least me, but we made it and I couldn’t be more proud of myself and the group. Some of......Read More

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Arin’s Yak

Arin, Participant

We’ve all made it safely to the seventh day of our trip! Our trek for the past two days has pushed us further than we could ever have imagined and brought us closer as a group. From stone staircases that seem to last forever to clinging on the......Read More

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Hi families!

Erik Vincent, Instructor

Stealing a few moments to pen a short update: We just boarded the night bus to Cochabamba after arriving back in Sucre following our trek. The past 2.5 days saw our students cover 20K through some of the most beautiful country many have ever seen.......Read More

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The last day of the trek

LizW, Dragons Admin

Today, the group will hike from Potola back to Sucre, followed by a bus ride to Cochabamba. We are excited to hear updates from their trek!...Read More

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Trek, Day 1

Robert and Reagan, Participant

Today we left our hostel in Sucre and took a bus to a nearby crater. We disembarked and then proceeded to hike up a nearby mountain, where we had the opportunity to. Kew ancient cave paintings in two separate caves. We stopped to eat lunch in one of......Read More