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South America: Andes & Amazon – Group A

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I said I wasn’t going to change

Tabita Doujad, Participant

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I began my Dragons journey with all of my future plans in limbo. This was no accident; it was an intentional creation of space for something wildly new to grow. Because I am a person who has craved control over much of her life, who feels most......Read More

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Proud

Ben, Instructor

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Dear friends and family, As we wrap up this three-month journey, we reflect on the successes of each student, celebrating their experiences and considering ways they can continue to grow. Today, we are proud instructors. We are proud of the students......Read More

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The Power of People

Ella, Participant

Months before this journey began, I set expectations for what it would be like. I couldn’t help it. My family and I spent hours talking about being in the wilderness, improving my Spanish, learning about cultures and histories and experiencing......Read More

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Cusco

Sophie Meinen, Participant

Being in Cusco was a confusing experience for me. I’ve never been in a city that I loved so much and yet made me so uncomfortable. On my first day in the city, we were walking through the central plaza and at first glance, it was easily one of......Read More

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Machu Picchu

Mira Bader, Participant

Being in Peru, going to Machu Picchu seems like an easy, natural choice.  Considered one of the new wonders of the world, I had no doubt that we would choose to go there during our student-planned X phase. Turns out, it wasn’t so simple. Back......Read More

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Practicing patience while on trek

Logan Ruch, Participant

Patience, It´s something we all want more of but there´s never enough to go around. It is something that can be taught but it takes a long time and with much practice it can be improved. I am one of those people who has never had much patience for......Read More

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X-Phase

Eliana, Participant

For the last eleven days, our group has traveled from Puerto Maldonado to Cusco, and then hiked for 7 days through the mountains to visit Machu Picchu. The last eleven days have been full of moments to distinguish them but what is most impressive to......Read More

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Transition to transference

Ben, Instructor

Hi friends, We just wanted to send you a message quick update! We had an absolutely beautiful trek through Choquequirao and the Cordillera Vilcabamba. We are very proud of the way the students organized and executed such a challenging, and at times......Read More

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Update from Trek!

Julianne, Dragons Admin

Dear Dragons friends and families, The A&A-A group is on the 6th day of their Choquequirao trek, an ambitious mountain excursion organized 100% by the student group.  Choquequirao is a remote Incan Citadel that was constructed after the Spanish......Read More

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Kegley

ella, Participant

One of the first things that made me smile when we arrived at the Boca Pariumanu community was meeting Kegley. She’s a four year old girl with constantly smiling eyes and a little green parrot who can either be found perched on her shoulder......Read More

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Bolivia’s Many Stories

Mira Bader, Participant

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After the most abrupt transition possible (from the high dry and cold mountains of Bolivia to the hot wet jungle of Peru), we have now been in Peru for over a week. As much fun as it has been, I am going to leave the telling of our stories here to......Read More

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Mango

Tabita Doujad, Participant

The little girl is dancing and on her shoulder the parrot dances too. She’s holding both of my friend’s hands, and all of us smile whenever we look at them. This child is, for me, part of the heart of our Boca community experience. Her......Read More

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amazon at last

sophie, Participant

at this point i think everyone in andes and amazon group a knows how much i love being warm considering i brought 5 jackets with me on this course (and have 0 regrets) and spent our last two weeks in bolivia living in my puffy. so it was surprising......Read More

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A Poem

Emmy, Participant

Hi everybody ! Here is a poem I wrote during our homestays in Tiquipaya. I wrote it as a way to reflect on and process all that I was (and still am) learning : I wonder why I’ve come here to this never ending springtime, To this land where my......Read More