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South America: Andes & Amazon – Group A

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First Impressions of Bolivia

Johnny, Katherine, Leah, Participant

We arrived in Bolivia yesterday at around 6 AM, where we met Ana, Ben, and Jhasmany. All three of them are super cool. The first thing we did when we got here is drink coca tea. Stimulating. Then we drove a few hours west to Samaipata, and we´re......Read More

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All Together!

Ben, Instructor

Hi everyone! We are all together in the Santa Cruz airport getting to know each and going over some Bolivia basics. We’re excited to start our adventure and head by bus to Samaipata! Ben...Read More

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Departure Day Details & Reminders

Carin, Dragons Admin

Dear Dragons Students & Parents, Your journey is right around the corner and we can’t wait to meet you! Below is a reminder about your day-of travel details. Should you need to reach our staff during students’ travel days (both during AND......Read More

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Malaria medication

Emmy Siletto, Participant

Hello! Does anyone have any idea how many days of malaria medication we will need ? My insurance only covers 30. Best, Emmy Response: You can reference this Yak for more information on malaria risk on this program.  We will be in the tropical......Read More

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some thoughts!

Mira Bader, Participant

Hi again! I was just talking to someone who went on the program last year, and he said that the thing his group regretted most was that nobody brought cards or games or anything which made it hard to pass the time on some long bus rides and stuff. I......Read More

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question about voting

Ella, Instructor

If I want to vote while we’re traveling, what address should I use for my absentee ballot?   Response: You can use the following address for your ballot: Name Casilla Postal 319 Cochabamba, Bolivia  ...Read More

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A few departure questions

Tabita, Participant

Hello! I’m wondering about a few things and wanted to bring them up here. 1. Do I absolutely need to bring sunglasses? Could I buy them in-country if I really needed them? 2. How often will we have to carry both our daypack and our trekking pack......Read More

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Hi! + FOI Assignment

Olivia, Participant

1. Hey whats up! My name is Olivia and I’m born and raised in New York City. I just graduated from a public high school in the Chelsea neighborhood and I am taking a gap year before attending Occidental College in Los Angeles, CA next year. I......Read More

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Question Response

Johnny, Participant

The main difference between collective and individual cultures is the way success is perceived. In an individualist culture, success is measured mostly on a personal basis that is ultimately earned by that person themselves. In a collective culture......Read More

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Question

Ella, Participant

Quick question: Do we need to pack detergent to wash our clothes? Response:  Laundry detergent is readily available in-country, so there is no need to bring it with you.  Thanks!...Read More

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Hello Everybody

Johnny Henderson, Participant

Hey everybody, My name is Johnny Henderson and I am from Chicago. I’m 19 years old, and currently am taking a gap year from Princeton. I wanted to take a gap year for a while, but also wanted to get started with college, but once I got there I......Read More

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Hey and Pre-course

Rory Fleming, Participant

Hello everyone, My name is Rory, I’m 18, from Bedford, New York, and taking a gap year before heading off to Yale University in New Haven next year. I applied to this program principally because of its focus on hiking and getting in touch with......Read More

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Hi again!

Emmy, Participant

Hi everyone! I got too excited and posted a short intro back in July but heres a second, more thorough, one! I am Emmy from Carmel Valley California. I go to school at Quest University in Squamish British Columbia Canada (Where I will be returning......Read More

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Hello!

Eliana Ornelas, Participant

Hi everyone! My name is Eliana Ornelas and I am from Reno, Nevada. I’m seventeen and I graduated from high school this past June. I am taking a gap year before going to Dartmouth College next fall. So far my summer has been pretty relaxed......Read More

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Response to Sophie’s question

Ben, Instructor

Hi everyone, Sophie asked the other day what kind of Tupperware to bring on course. It can be nice to have one with a secure lid. I have seen many people use a two-cup screw on/off made by Nalgene. However, anything with a good seal should work that......Read More