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South America: Andes & Amazon – Group A

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South America: Andes & Amazon - Group A

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Hyrdration Party!

Sidney Wright, Participant

I am back writing to all my fans out there. Andes and Amazon group A has just departed Tiquipaya from our 3 week homestay and are laying low in La Paz for the next couple days in order to prepare for our second trek. Hopes are high and once again......Read More

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ISP Photos, expedition planning, and the road...

Julianne, Dragons Admin

Picture of the Week

Dear friends and families, On Monday morning, I had the pleasure of spending some time with the group as they planned their Expedition Phase itinerary and prepared for their departure for La Paz. One of the instructors, Sandy, was at the bus terminal in Cochabamba trying to navigate bus tickets, amongst reports of a road blockade that was obstructing the main road out of the city.  It wasn’t clear if the blockade would be lifted by afternoon, the next day, or beyond, and the group settled in to wait, knowing by now that such delays are a common feature of… Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group A

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Old Ways Won´t Open New Doors

Gabe Nass, Participant

Yak of the Week

There have been many times in my life where I have an experience that I believe will change the way I live, the way I think, or the way I act, but more often than not I immediately regress back into the lifestyle, thought process, and actions I put......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group A

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Saying Goodbye to Tiquipaya

Elisabeth Middleton, Participant

On November 6th we all woke up in our respective homestays, packed up all of our gear, ate breakfast, and said goodbye to our families for the last time. It was a moment I´ll remember forever. After a little more than 3 weeks living here I had......Read More

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Entering the theater

Jeff Wagner, Participant

Yak of the Week

We stood in front of the multicolored building that houses the Teatro Trono project. Instead of opening the front door to lead us inside, our friend Tin Tin (pictured above) opened a metal trap door in the street and beckoned us inside. We crawled......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group A

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Home Away from Home

Dane Brooks, Participant

I wake up early to the sun shining though the window and the sound of my home stay mom hustling her kids to school. Remembering that I am in a whole new country living with people I just met, yet I already felt like they knew me. Walking out into......Read More

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Lightning in Paradise

David, Gabe, Kevin and Jake, Participant

Picture of the Week

What started out as a simple day hike turned into something dramatically different and better. After waking up at 4:45, walking for a half hour to the Dragons program house, and taking a 1:15 minute bus ride up a bumpy and winding road, we started our hike. It was about 8:00 and we were were at 14,000 feet in elevation. The plan was to make it to the summit before 11:30, have lunch, before returning back to our van around 2. We slowly made our way up the mountain range, passing lakes, climbing ridges, and seeing incredibly beautiful scenery. We… Read More

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Amateur Midwifery

Jacob Nordin, Participant

  While enjoying the luxury of a hot shower at my home in Collpapampa, Kevin (basically my homestay brother) hollers at me through the curtain that serves as a door to the bathroom, “Yo! Come help me birth this cow!” I thought to......Read More

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Meeting Oscar Oliviera

Luis-Luca de Haas, Participant

Last week we had the opportunity to meet one of the most well-known and respected persons in Cochabamba: Oscar Olivera. Oscar Olivera was the spokesperson for the Coordinadora and leader as well as defining voice of the protest against water......Read More

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Tiquipaya such an incredible place

The instructors, Instructor

Hello dear Friends and Families, We have been having so much fun in this last week being in Tiquipaya. We arrived on the 14th and have been enjoying all the activities here. This is by far the most relaxed, and paradoxically the busiest part of the......Read More

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South America: Andes & Amazon - Group A

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Hello Bolivia!

The instructors, Instructor

Dear friends and family, We have crossed the border into Bolivia, and are on our way to our long homestays in Cochabamba. We are tired after almost 24 hours in bus rides and immigration offices, and looking forward to some quality time in one place.......Read More

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The Traveler

Kevin Woods, Participant

Leave your belongings, They are not useful here. Open your mind, heart, and backpack To the culture you are immersed in. No western belongings are needed, Only the necessities. The lack of phone service and electricity Help you make that decision.......Read More