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Two Dragons welcome the sunrise with an improvised dance atop the Andes. Photo by Ryan Gasper.

South America: Andes & Amazon – Group A

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Brooke Anderson, Participant

My name is Brooke, and I can’t wait to meet all of you next month! I have really enjoyed reading all of your bios – you all are so cool & you’re making me more excited for the semester!! I know we are not supposed to say where we are from,......Read More


Nice To Meet You!

Joe LaRocca, Participant

Hey, everyone! My name’s Joe LaRocca, and I’m from Concord, Massachusetts, about 25 miles west of Boston. I’m currently taking a gap year between high school and college and will be going to Williams College this fall. I’m......Read More


Hello My Name Is

Devan Udall, Participant

Hi everyone! I’m not much for writing about myself, but this occasion merits a proper introduction. Let’s see… I like to think about things. Sometimes I’ll just sit and think for hours when there’s nothing else to do, but somehow there’s......Read More



Tone Yao Lee, Participant

Hey guys! I’m Tone Yao Lee. I just graduated Gunn High School in Palo Alto last spring and am currently taking a gap year. I will be attending Santa Clara University in the fall. One of my friends from high school is also participating in the......Read More



Hannah Beach, Participant

Hi all, My name is Hannah Beach. I am also not your typical gap year student. I was planning to graduate from Middlebury College in May 2018, but I decided last minute to graduate early because I had enough credits and I thought I should do......Read More


Oh hi there!

Kendall Van Horne, Participant

Wow! I can’t believe we are just 3 weeks away from this adventure, I feel like it has been approaching so slowly and yet so quickly at the same time! I’m glad we are posting these because I can’t wait to meet all of you in Miami! My name is......Read More


Nice to Meet Ya!

Olivia Klugman, Participant

I hope you’re all as simultaneously nervous and excited as I am as February 7th approaches. I know that the bonds we make with each other will be at the heart of this program, so I thought I’d be the first to post an introduction and hopefully......Read More


Our Technology Policy

Instructors, Instructor

Dearest Dragoncitos, Let’s talk about electronics. This brief note is to remind you that you won’t need any electronics on this course. If you would like to bring something, please follow these guidelines: WHAT? Not permitted: Cell phones,......Read More


Additional Packing Notes

Los Instructores, Instructor

Hola Dragoncitos. We write today to give you some tips to help you pack for our Andes & Amazon trip.  We know that packing for an adventure like this is daunting, but don’t worry too much.  Just breathe and relax, after all it is just......Read More



Itzá Martínez de Eulate Lanza, Instructor

¡Hola queridos estudiantes! Hello dear students! Aqui comienza el español en sus vidas diarias, vayan preparandose! Here is were Spanish starts to be part of your daily life! Prepare yourselves! Sooner than later you will listen to this beautiful......Read More


Hola Amigos!

Parker, Participant

Hello fellow travelers, Very soon we will be journeying together in a country and culture probably very different from that which you have known.  We don’t know each other yet, but by the end of our trip, we will have shared so much– the thick......Read More