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South America: Andes & Amazon – Group C

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Update from Nación Q’eros

Julianne, Dragons Admin

We have been receiving regular updates from the team, and they are enjoying their time in the remote Q’eros territory in the Peruvian highlands.  The group has been hiking from one remote village to the next during the day, and staying in......Read More

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Urubamba Halloween

Franca Beckmann, Participant

On the evening of the 31st October the streets of Urubamba were crowded and the restaurants filled, and on one rooftop there was a group of gringos dressed up and eating sweets (and a lot of guacamole) – enjoy the pictures !...Read More

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To Nación Q’eros!

Brian Reilly, Instructor

Hello friends and family! Ok, in the past few days we have been flying around the Andes! Wes and Zoe spent all of Friday in the countryside at a greenhouse construction project (with a stop at some hot springs on the way back!), seven of us got up......Read More

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Greenhouses

Wes Fagan, Participant

Yesterday, Itza, Zoe, and I had the pleasure of driving 3 hours into the mountains and helping Julio build and complete greenhouses. It was amazing seeing a small community of builders and farmers come together and build these greenhouses just to......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Bolivia

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group C

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Hot Potato? Try Frozen Tomato!

Liza Scher, Participant

Today, I found myself in the  kitchen of the instructos´  hostel, Jackson to my left and Zoe to my right, standing just in front of the window. Both had huge smiles spread across their faces, mouths that hung open in anticipaton, and eyes that......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Bolivia

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group C

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Textiles

Rebecca Durgy, Participant

¡Hola amigos y familia! This week marked the beginning of our ISP projects. I had a difficult time choosing between sustainable agriculture and textiles but I´m very happy with my decision to go with textiles. Chinchero is considered the center of......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Bolivia

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group C

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The Magic Washing Machine

Zoe Goldstein, Participant

How often do you think about doing laundry? Do you plan washing your clothes around the weather, or the time of day, or what you have on your schedule for the next five hours? How much of your time do you designate for doing laundry? Five minutes?......Read More

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Familia Grandez Zambrano

Franca Beckmann, Participant

At the corner of the town Urubamba ,on the long “Calle Yupanqui” ,there is a house where in the evenings the kitchen glows up and the smell of fresh zapallosoup changes the spirit of the neighborhood around it. From time to time a member......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Bolivia

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group C

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Our Peruvian Halloween

Ella Silverstein, Participant

Hola family and friends! I hope everyone had a spectacularly spooky, sweet Halloween and a nice transition into November. This Halloween was my first Halloween in a different country but it didn’t feel too different from home. In the days leading......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Bolivia

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group C

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Family Sunday in Urubamba

Ned Flanagan, Participant

The thought of having to spend the whole day speaking strictly spanish and doing whatever my host family decided definitely made me a little nervous.  Frankly, I imagined that I would end up spending most of the day cloistered in my room or doing......Read More

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A corny Halloween message

Louis Poirot, Participant

Hello to everybody back home! As we’re sure that the streets tonight will be filled with Trick-or-Treaters, our group is preparing for a great Halloween night of our own. Following an afternoon of diverse activities (including but not limited......Read More

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Macchu Picchu: Expedition Phase

Hugh Brown, Participant

Last weekend our group was lucky enough to explore one of the wonders of the world, Macchu Picchu.  For three years I have been dreaming of discovering one of coolest places on Earth, and what an experience it was. Planning started the week before......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Bolivia

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group C

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The Market

Molly Gardner, Participant

I woke up on Wednesday just like any other morning, but I could not have been more wrong.  After a lovely breakfast of bread, jam, and a strawberry milkshake, my host mom, Dulia, started frantically collecting all the bags she had and a little......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Bolivia

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group C

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The Beginner’s mindset

Louis Poirot, Participant

As we quickly become accustomed to our current life in Urubamba, Peru, I can’t help thinking about what it means to have a beginner’s mindset in a familiar place. As you may already know, I came to Urubamba 2 years ago with Visions, a......Read More