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South America: Andes & Amazon – Group A

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A Note on Time

Leah G, Participant

Our group is one and a half weeks into our month-long homestay in Cochabamba Bolivia. For most of us, this is the most challenging part of the semester. We are learning how to better communicate in spanish. We are learning to embrace the frustrating......Read More

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Post-Laundry Journaling

Tabita Doujad, Participant

A few mornings ago, I noticed two things: the sun was bright and strong, and I needed a clean t shirt. The following is a journal entry I wrote after I did my laundry that day, and I thought it might be nice to share my thoughts. I spent an hour......Read More

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Beautiful Cochabamba

Ben, Instructor

Hi everyone! We are finally here in beautiful Tiquipaya and are ready to settle down for the month of October! The students spent their Sunday moving in with their host families, helping out in the corn fields, and accompanying their host parents to......Read More

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our first trek

sophie meinen, Participant

At the start of the trek, I was honestly very worried because unlike the majority of the group, until 5 days ago I had never been trekking. I´d gone hiking over the summer with my family but it´d only been short day trips with small packs, not......Read More

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Post trek thoughts

Ella, Participant

¡Hola a todos! Group A has just completed our first trek, and while our feet are sore and our appetites are bigger than ever, our hearts are full. Last night in Sucre, we met as a group for a debrief of the trek. There’s a lot on my mind......Read More

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A Poem I wrote

Emmy Siletto, Participant

I hate to think about the walls I´ve built within my mind To hide away the love, the joy, the tears I cannot find But purple earth caked to the sides of botas far too new And waking up at four to dusty clothes and morning dew The taste of coca rich......Read More

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Back from trek

The instructors, Instructor

After four days of trek we are back on internet land. For four days we hiked the mountains near Sucre through beautiful valleys and mountain passes in the Frailes Mountain range. The landscape here is incredible. As instructors we were really......Read More

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Walking in los Frailes

Ben, Instructor

Howdy everyone, As I write, the students are in the courtyard of our hostel, dividing four days of food for 15 people into 15 equal piles. Today is trek prep day! After splitting into groups this morning, we all fled into Sucre’s market to buy......Read More

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SUCRE!

Rory Fleming, Participant

Good morning from 9,219ft above sea level! Following a surprisingly easy 8 hour bus ride from Samaipata, we are out on the streets of Sucre acclimating and attempting to absorb the unique city in the 3 short days we have here while reflecting upon......Read More

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Five beautiful days

Tabita Doujad, Participant

Yak of the Week

To begin to write this Yak is slightly difficult, porque so much has happened in our last 5 days in Bolivia that is new, deeply transformative and certainly worth writing about. I suppose I will begin with some small details. Our bus ride to......Read More

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the end of orientation

Mira, Participant

After four long days, we have officially finished the orientation phase of our trip. Orientation happened in Samaipata, a beautiful city surrounded by mountains. Although we spent most of our days learning about each other and the trip, we also got......Read More

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i was just on a bus

Logan Ruch, Participant

hey yall, I was just on a bus. The bus was an overnight bus from Samaipata to Sucre. The bus was an overnight bus. I slept a lot on the bus. The bus was comfy. The bus was double decker. The bus is my friend… We arrived in Sucre around 6:30......Read More

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First Transition

Ben, Instructor

Hi everyone, We had a wonderful orientation in Samaipata ! Yesterday we went for a beautiful hike, and the students had time to explore the town during a scavenger hunt. Last night, we boarded an overnight bus for a ten hour ride to the old Capital......Read More

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Scavenger Hunt

Eliana, Emmy, Olivia, Participant

Hola todos! We are participating in a scavenger hunt in the quaint town of Siampata. So far the trip has been a lot of fun and super busy. Bolivia is beautiful and I´ve enjoyed getting to know the group. The foods is delicious and we are staying at......Read More

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Buenas from Samaipata

Rory, Sophie, Ella, Participant

Hello all! Currently mid scavenger hunt in an internet cafe full of young fortniters. After a hearty lunch of corn soup and steak/chicken milanese, we find ourselves totally at peace in Samaipata. We´re staying in a quaint hostel right outside the......Read More

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We really out here!

Mira, Logan, Tabita, Participant

It´s crazy to think that we only arrived yesterday morning [yak was submitted on Monday]. We arrived around 5am, very tired, but with open hearts. Our first introduction to Bolivia consisted of a three hour bus ride through a mountain pass near the......Read More