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South America: Andes & Amazon – Group A

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Introduction

Sloan, Participant

Hey y’all! My name is Sloan and ever since my freshman year of high school I knew I wanted to take a break before before starting college. Until recently I thought that “gap year” meant galavanting around Europe on a Eurail pass.......Read More

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South America: Andes & Amazon - Group A

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Answers to Sarah´s questions

Jhasmany Saavedra, Instructor

Hi Sarah, Thanks so much for your questions regarding packing.  So to be more specific on dressing appropriately for women, I would say that tank tops may be fine in some contexts (such as in urban areas) as long as they aren’t too revealing......Read More

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Hola Amigos!

Kevin Woods, Participant

Hi everyone, I’m Kevin and I’m a surfer. The way I’ve been preparing myself for this trip is by surfing in the harshest conditions possible, getting prepared to be out of my comfort zone for three months. Other than my passion for......Read More

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¡¡Hola!!

Sarah Judd, Participant

Hello all! So happy that we are doing introductions, I can’t wait to meet you all in just under 3 weeks!!! So who am I? I’m a girl raised on the ocean, who loves all things water (including rain). I’m a student entering my junior year of......Read More

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Participant

Claire McNulty, Participant

Hi, everyone! My name is Claire McNulty. I am passionate about learning, music, words, and drinking coffee. I aim to spend as much time outside as possible, and spent this past summer working at a camp for youth from under-resourced, urban......Read More

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Intro

Jacob Nordin, Participant

Hi everyone! I’m a glassblower and a businessman. The only Spanish I know is the 40 verbs my friend wrote up for me on some flashcards, I’ve got 30 down. I’m really eager to take on the challenge of learning to speak as best as......Read More

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Presenting our Tentative Itinerary!!

Your Instructors, Instructor

Hello dear students, Over the past weeks, we have been working together to craft a course itinerary that is dynamic, immersive, and inspiring.  We will be visiting so many places that are going to enrich our understanding of our world and provide......Read More

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Let’s Dive In! Pre-Course Assignments

Jeff, Jhasmany, & Sandy, Instructor

Queridos Dragones, This is one the last big Yaks that we instructors are going to post before the course. Thanks for reading this and all the other ones! Now it’s your turn. With 3 weeks until we meet up in Cusco, we have a collection of small......Read More

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Travel & Technology: Our Guidelines &...

Jeff, Jhasmany, & Sandy, Instructor

Dear friends, Let’s talk about electronics. This brief note is to remind you that you won’t need any electronics on this course. If you would like to bring something, please follow these guidelines: WHAT? Not permitted: Cell phones, computers,......Read More

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South America: Andes & Amazon - Group A

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Lots of Additional Notes on Packing

Jeff, Sandy, & Jhasmany, Instructor

Saludos Dragons students! Welcome to the great adventurous pre-adventure mission of packing! As seasoned veterans of South American travel (and really, travel in general), we’ve all been in your shoes. This is a supplement to the extensive......Read More

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Hola queridos Dragones

Jhasmany Saavedra, Instructor

Hola queridos Dragones. It is a pleasure to welcome you to this Andes and Amazon Fall Semester. My name is Jhasmany Saavedra and I will be traveling with you this semester as one of your instructors. I am Bolivian and I am really proud to have been......Read More

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HELLO DEAR DRAGONS!

Sandy Salazar Pinto, Instructor

Hello! I am very happy to meet you soon and experience with you a beautiful adventure together to enjoy the process of learning. I am Sandy, I was born in one of the Amazonian areas of Bolivia, in the city of Caranavi, in the Los Yungas region......Read More

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Information about Rabies Risk and Inoculation

Julianne, Dragons Admin

Dear Andes & Amazon Students and Parents: We would like to call your attention to the rabies pre-exposure inoculation. Please reference page 37 of the Andes & Amazon Course Preparation Manual for the following response: Q: Should we get......Read More