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South America: Andes & Amazon – Group B

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Estamos en Urubamba :)

Annika, Leo, Gabrielle, Participant

Howdy! We are currently writing from an internet cafe in Urubamba, about 1.5 hours from Cusco. We just ate lomo saltado, arroz con pollo, y lentejas con pescado in the local market, and we are now running around doing a scavenger hunt. We have been......Read More

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Hola from Urubamba

Lucas, Reeve, and Madeleine, Participant

Hey guys, This is Lucas, Reeve, and Madeleine reporting live from a random internet cafe in Urubamba. We are half way through our scavenger hunt around town, and we are probably gonna lose based on the fact that we wasted 2 hours trying to find this......Read More

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Scavenger Hunt: Urubamba

Jackson, Lia, Piper, Participant

We are writing from our first internet cafe in Urubamba! We are on a scavenger hunt to explore the city and use our spanish (or pipers lack of spanish) So far we have bought fruit in the market, found the most expensive hotel, taken photos next to......Read More

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Scrunchies, TP, and Chicken Carci

Evan, Izzy, Isabelle, Owen (E, I, y I, O), Participant

¡Hola from Urubama!, Evan, Izzy, Owen, and Isabelle here! Today we’ve been to the market, and bought scrunchies for our lovely instructors (who made us buy them gifts). We also bought some emergency TP (usually in the US we call it #2, here......Read More

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Group B is at the gate!

Carin, Dragons Admin

Group B is finally all together at their gate, ready to board their flight to Bogota. Safe travels students! Family & Friends, look out for another update from the instructor team once the students have arrived safely in Cuzco tomorrow morning!......Read More

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What’s up

Lucas, Participant

Intro Hey guys. Probably the last one. I’m Lucas and I’m from New York City. I’m really excited to be taking a gap year before I go to college next fall. I’m just gonna keep this short since I’m gonna see you guys in like a day......Read More

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pre-course assignment

Piper Ackermann, Participant

Reading Eduado Galeano’s, Open Veins of Latin America provided me with a more detailed history of the rule over Latin America and the brutalities that the locals faced as a result of Spain’s desires. Immediately from the title of this piece I......Read More

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Pre-Course Assignment

Isabelle Wydler, Participant

Eduardo Galeano’s Open Veins of Latin America details the immense violence, racism, and exploitation of the Latin American people and land.  The song “Latinoamerica” by Calle 13 seems to be a response to the history of violence and......Read More

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Intro:D

Lia Salvatierra, Participant

helloo! My name is Lia (I am the last to the party oops), and I am almost 18 and from Palo Alto, CA! My summer has been filled by mini California road trips with my friends and family, working at a Greek restaurant and kids summer camp, and a trip......Read More

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pre-course assignment

Reeve, Participant

I found the music video and the excerpt to be interesting because they each shed a different light on the same issue: colonization and capitalism taking advantage of the people and resources of Latin America. The excerpt provided an in-depth account......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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YO!

Jackson Mangum, Participant

Hey everyone! I’m Jackson from Boulder Colorado, home to the beautiful Rocky Mountains. I am 18 years old and I just graduated high school. I decided to take a gap year and join this program because the thought of jumping right back into......Read More

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up dog

Leo Dong, Participant

hey y’all! I’m leo from houston, TX. I’m joining this course as part of my gap year before starting college at UCLA. Currently, I’m working at a juice store (the kind that sells $9 bottles of cold press to suburban moms), and......Read More

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Hey!!

Madeleine Loh, Participant

Hey! I’m Madeleine, I’m 18 years old and I’m from Toronto, Canada. I just graduated high school and I’m so excited to finally meet everyone! This trip will be an exciting new start to my gap year before I start at McGill University in......Read More