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South America: Andes & Amazon – Group C

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To the Uyuni Salt Flats

The instructors, Instructor

Hello family and friends, The first challenge of our mini expedition phase has gone very well. The students got us from our hostal in Potosí to our hostal in Uyuni safe and sound and then arranged for our three day expedition into the Salar de......Read More

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South America: Andes & Amazon - Group C

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Diplomatic Endeavors in La Paz

Molly, Ned, and Louis, Participant

Diplomacy Team Last Saturday when we were in La Paz, we were tasked with the the job of finding the American Embassy. After leaving Compa, we walked to the teleférico and got on the yellow line. When we got off, we walked in the wrong direction,......Read More

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36 Hours

Molly Gardner and pictures by Rebecca Durgy/host sisters, Participant

Walking “home” through El Alto for the first time was full of nerves and curiosity, but we had our six year old host sister, Luciana, holding our hands the whole way. For our first homestay, Rebecca and I were assigned to an incredible......Read More

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La Paz Scavener Hunt

Hugh and Rebecca, Participant

Scavenger hunt in La Paz! Rebecca, Ella and I were grouped together and set off from Compa around 9am.  We found the telepherico with relative ease and rode it down to Soracachi, about a twenty minute walk from where we were supposed to meet Brian......Read More

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¡Saludos desde Potosí!

Rebecca Durgy, Participant

¡Hola familia, amigos y compañeros dragones! This is Rebecca checking in from Potosí! As my fellow group members are out experiencing different types of work that teens in potosi have, I am restricted to my hostel room which I usually share with......Read More

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We thought we were done with highschool...

Molly Gardner and Rebecca Durgy, Participant

Well we sort of were, until our host family invited us to a party to celebrate one of Daniels co-workers daughters 15th birthday. In Latin American culture, the Quinciñiera is typically a big coming of age party with dancing and food. Therefore,......Read More

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Beginning anew

Itzá, Instructor

Hello again, this is Itzá. Now I write to you from Potosí, Bolivia. After an incredible week in El Alto, were the students lived with homestay families very close to Trono Theater, we arrived to the beautiful city of Potosí. Between Potosi and El......Read More

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A day in la paz, contrasts

Franca Beckmann, Participant

Written a few days ago but didn’t post due to technical difficulties: Exploring the city we stopped today in a cafe in the city center of La Paz. It was unlike the city around it, inside no spanish was spoken and cheeseburgers and BLTs were......Read More

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A Vocabulary Lesson!

Zoe Goldstein, Participant

Hello from El Alto! At this point, I’m guessing many of you have begun to hear of our adventures directly from your students because of our newfound ability to use Internet cafes (!), so rather than summarize what we’ve been doing,......Read More

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Cordillera Real Day by Day

Hugh, Participant

Hola Yak Board! We are back from an amazing trek in the Cordillera Real and have just moved into our homestays in El Alto.  I’ll give you a bit of a blow by blow of our five days of trekking. Day One: Left Sorata on foot.  Picked up some......Read More

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Impressions of our 5 day trek

Franca Beckmann, Participant

When I sit down now and close my eyes I see the wild, beautiful andean landscape in front of me, feel the wind blowing through my hair and the sun warming me up while walking through one of the most individual, impressive landscapes I have ever been......Read More