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Study Abroad South America: The Spirit of the Andes

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My Chocolate Lady

Naomi, Participant

When I first came to Urubamba, I was on a mission to find one thing: Chocolate. I have allergies to gluten and dairy, so finding sweets that I can eat is usually a struggle for me. One challenge for me here is not being able to eat sweets and......Read More

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Home in Urubamba

Kendall, Participant

As our final week is creeping upon us its beginning to sink in how much I’m going to miss my homestay family here in Urubamba. Last Wednesday was absolutely beautiful, the sun was shinning and everything felt good. My 8 year old sister Danielle......Read More

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Pisac Ruins

Chandra Moore, Participant

This is a pic of our group before we dispersed on our own to explore the magical ruins atop the large and beautiful mountain overlooking Pisac. Our instructor Sarah brought us there to make observations about the landscapes, and let us roam free for......Read More

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A Birthday To Remember

Alexandra Tigger Nesbett, Participant

A Birthday away from home can often activate homesickness, as it did for myself. All I wanted was the comfort of my family and friends around me. I wanted to be eating my Mothers chocolate cake in my house, with my dogs at my feet. Not only that,......Read More

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Study Abroad South America: The Spirit of the Andes

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Update on Peru

Cara, Dragons Admin

Dear Friends and Families, We are writing to give you an update related to Peru. As you may be aware, yesterday Peru’s President Martin Vizcarra carried out a controversial dissolution of Congress. In response there have been gatherings in Lima,......Read More

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Update from Urubamba

Kaela Frank, Instructor

Dear friends and families, This weekend marked the halfway point of our time in Urubamba. Students are settling in to the rhythms of daily life with their host families. During the week, in the mornings students have two and half hours of Spanish......Read More

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16,600 ft of Spirit

Kendall, Participant

For the past 2 weeks of being in S. America I’ve been contemplating the name of this program, Spirt of The Andes. From the get-go in Ollantaytambo it was clear ritual was extremely important. I experienced ritual in Paru Paru with Coca by offering......Read More

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Homestays in Urubamba

Kaela Frank, Instructor

Dear friends and family, We made it to Urubamba!! We are thrilled to be able to settle in for the next five weeks. On Friday students started Spanish classes and their Regional Seminar with Sara Diamond. They discussed definitions of identity,......Read More

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Walking on Sacred Ground

Kaela Frank, Instructor

Yak of the Week

A trek can be so much more than walking from point A to point B looking at beautiful sights along the way. Our group spent the last three days intentionally and humbly walking on sacred ground, forging a deeper connection with the spirit of the......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

Study Abroad South America: The Spirit of the Andes

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Off Trekking, Out of Touch

Luis Alvarado, Instructor

Hola a todos, This is a quick note to let you all know that the group is heading out trekking to the sacred mountain of Ausangate and we’ll be out of touch until the 11th of September. We’re really looking forward to our time in the......Read More

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Comfort in Discomfort

Tigger Nesbett, Participant

“Finding the comfort in the discomfort” This quote has resonated with me the most as I have started this wild journey. I have been thrown into a group of students where 5 of 7 come from the same university that I am not a part of. Have had no......Read More