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Definitions of Progress

Sarah Judd, Participant

If you look up the definition of progress in the dictionary, Merriam-Webster will tell you it means “forward or onward movement toward a destination”. Most people in the West would use an even stronger definition when talking about individual or......Read More

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Final Thoughts From Our Group, Part I

Instructors, Participant

Yak of the Week

Dear friends and family, As we began our transference, we had a heartfelt ceremony commemorating the things we have learned and the people we want to become. In the second part, students read aloud what they had written, and we as instructors asked......Read More

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The End

Gabe Nass, Participant

As is often the case, the Beatles provide a wonderful summary of the current time in our course. “Oh yeah, all right Are you gonna be in my dreams tonight? **Ringo drum solo** **Paul, George, and John guitar solos** And in the end the love you......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

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Return Flight Information & Travel Day...

Carin, Dragons Admin

Dear Fall 2017 Andes and Amazon Group A Semester Families, It is hard to believe that 3 months have passed since your student embarked on this incredible adventure! It won’t be long until students will be boarding their planes back home. We are......Read More

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Itinerary Update From Uyuni

Jeff Wagner, Instructor

Dear friends and family, After three big days in Potosí, we have arrived in Uyuni! We’ll be out of touch for the next 3 days on the salt flats, but watch for Yaks on the mines of Potosí and Uyuni on Monday! Nov 24-26: Exploring the Salar de......Read More

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Rugged Travel

David, Participant

Our overnight bus from La Paz to Potosi was the thirteenth bus ride over four hours on this trip and the eighth of at least nine hours. That is a lot of time on buses. By taking this form of rugged transportation, it gives you a lot of perspective......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

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We Survived Trek!

Sloan Burch, Participant

Ten Things That Made Surviving Trek Possible: Bringing two poop shovels Having two nights of mac and cheese Jeff making splints to support our knees Washing our feet to get rid of foot fungus Dancing up passes that were humungus Our guide, Percy,......Read More

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Look up into the stars

Luis-Luca de Haas, Participant

Coming into camp after 8h of walking can be tough: your feet hurt, you are hungry, you are tired. you feel the marks of your heavy backpack on your shoulders. you cure your blisters, you cure your bug bites. you sweat from walking under your layers.......Read More

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Society

Jacob Nordin, Participant

I’m happy to be a part of a group traveling for this amount of time, where the majority of students are willing and actually have a drive to start and/or partake in difficult and intellectual conversations. At this point in my life I´ve taken......Read More

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First words

Carolyn Cheng, Participant

Yak of the Week

On the mid-morning of our fourth day of trek, Sandy posed a challenge to us: speak only Spanish for the rest of the day. We were paused right at the transition from the high, dry alpine landscape and the florid, humid, buggy Yungas, and as we stood......Read More

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En Los Yungas & Moving Forward

Jeff Wagner, Instructor

Dear friends and family of Andes & Amazon group A, We have arrived! After a week, we have descended from a high, snowy pass at 16,500 feet above sea level into the cloud forests and banana trees of Los Yungas at around 4,500 feet in elevation.......Read More