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South America: Andes & Amazon – Group A

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Hey everyone

Nico, Participant

Hi guys! Looking forward to meeting you all in a little bit! I’m from Syracuse, New York and have done a decent amount of travel but haven’t ventured to South America yet. I speak French but very little Spanish, so I’m excited......Read More


What’s up everyone

Sam Thomson, Participant

Hi everybody, my name is Samuel and I’m from Berkeley, California. I’ve lived here my whole life with my mom and dad, older brother and younger sister. I love exploring this state, and fishing in the Sierra Nevada or Trinity Alps region......Read More



Lucy, Participant

Hi! I’m Lucy and I’m from Washington, DC. I love DC and being close to so much history has taught me a lot and definitely shaped my career interests, but I’m also excited to leave such a high pressure area and live more presently. I love......Read More



Bryn, Participant

Hi guys, My name is Bryn and I’m from Virginia Beach VA. I’m sorry for the late post. I’m really excited to join this trip with y’all. For a while, I’ve wanted to take a gap year but never knew what to do during it and......Read More


Hi everyone!!

Sofie Lasko, Participant

Hi! My name is Sofie Lasko and I’m from the Chicago area. The best part of where I live is being only a mile away from Lake Michigan. It makes for lots of good hammock time in parks next to the beach and dog walks along the shore. This is not......Read More



Henry Popp, Participant

Hi everyone I’m very excited for our journey! My name is Henry Popp and I’m from the Californian Central Coast. I’ve lived here in San Luis Obispo for the past 9 years after moving here from Santa Fe, New Mexico. I just returned home after......Read More



Sierra Goodfriend, Participant

Hey group A! My name is Sierra Goodfriend, and I can’t wait to meet all of you in less than two weeks. I’m from the San Francisco Bay Area, and I live just outside of San Francisco, which is my favorite city in the world (so far). At......Read More


Pre-Course Assignment

Randall, Participant

Hola Dragones. We know that you all have been putting a lot of work into packing and preparing for our journey, and we have created an assignment for you to help you prepare for our upcoming adventure. We have divided the student group into four......Read More

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South America: Andes & Amazon - Group A


Technology Policy

Keshet, Randall and Paola, Instructor

Hola estudiantes! We are so excited to begin our adventure with all of you. One of the things we want to offer you is a fully present and meaningful experience. For this time, we’re going to unplug to plug in; the world will be our entertainment,......Read More


Presenting our tentative itinerary!

Keshet, Paola, and Randall, Instructor

Hola dragones ¿còmo estàn? We’re excited to present our tentative itinerary for this fall! Even as we write this, the instructor team is still chatting about the benefit of option A over option B, checking hotel availability, monitoring the......Read More


Hello Friends!

Danielle, Participant

Hi Everyone 🙂 I hope you are all having a good day! I’m Danielle and I guess we’ll be hanging out for the next few months.  I live in Massachusetts but probably spend more time in Connecticut, which is only five minutes down the......Read More



Maddy Cooper, Participant

Hi all! I am so excited to meet all of you so soon! My name is Maddy Cooper and I’m from Vail, Colorado. I grew up in the mountains, so I spend a lot of my time skiing, hiking, camping, or something of the sort. In high school I played soccer......Read More

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Carin, Dragons Admin

Dear Students & Families, As you prepare for the upcoming departure, don’t forget about your pre-course webinar recording! While many of you joined us for the live discussion and Q&A, we also recorded the conversation and presentation so......Read More



Paola, Instructor

Hola estudiantes y familias! What a thrill to know that there is less than a month left to meet and start sharing this wonderful time together. I am Paola and I will be one of the instructors with Keshet and Randall. You have to know that we are......Read More


Warm Welcome

Keshet Miller, Instructor

Hello everyone! Welcome to the yak board – a space where we will be posting our questions, reflections, photos, etc. for the next few months. Even though we have not yet met, I am certain that we are all already deeply connected. Your choice to......Read More