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South America: Andes & Amazon – Group B

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Lima tan linda.

Ben, Participant

Hi everyone, We are happy to let you all know that we are diving into our time in Lima, Peru. Today we took public transport from our hostel to the center of the city to visit museums and eat ceviche. We are currently en route to the beach to watch......Read More

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So we happen to be in Chile…!

Izzy, Leo, Owen, and Sandy, Participant

At about 130 am on Wednesday morning we were awoken by Sandy and Jac with great news; we were Peru-bound! Everyone packed up their rooms and we headed downstairs to drive to the airport. At this point Leo, Owen and I were greeted with a fun......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group B

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Arrival in Lima

Julianne, Dragons Admin

Dear friends and families, We wanted to confirm that instructors Ben and Jacquelyn arrived to Lima safely early this morning with ten students (Jackson,  Piper, Lia, Lucas, Reeve, Madeline, Isabelle W, Gabrielle, Evan, and Annika).  They are......Read More

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All is Well in Tocaña!

Dave Haffeman, Program Director , Dragons Admin

Dear Friends and Family, The group is well and enjoying their time in Tocaña, Bolivia. This is a rural agricultural community and students are learning how to plant and harvest coca, an incredibly significant harvest for Bolivians. They have had......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group B

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Onward!

Dave Haffeman, Participant

Hello friends and family! The group just spent an amazing weekend in La Paz after finishing up their homestay in Tiquipaya. While the group was waiting for the right moment to make the trip, instructors were so impressed by the students’ ability......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group B

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sunset reflections

Isabelle, Participant

Walking home after a charla last week, I saw the most incredible sunset. I started to notice it walking out of the Granja Polen— a few multi-colored clouds that looked like they had been pulled straight from a water color painting. As my small......Read More

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Baile en Tiquipaya

David Haffeman, Dragons Admin

Hello Friends and Family, I want to share a few photos with all of you of a neighborhood festival the students attended yesterday. The instructors sent me these photos of the students getting ready to participate in traditional dances and music with......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group B

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The people gotta dance!

Annika, Participant

it’s wednesday evening, and i walk with Jackson, Owen, and their host family through the streets of tiquipaya, passing the remnants of the blockades that covered the city all day. We walk by plastic chairs turned on their sides, laced with wire,......Read More

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Broccoli Breakthroughs

Reeve, Participant

I have never been a fan of broccoli. I kind of think it’s the worst. But after three weeks of eating the one vegetarian option of eggs and rice for nearly every meal, the sight of something green on my plate was nothing short of a miracle. I......Read More

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Afroboliviana

Gabrielle, Participant

Before coming to Bolivia I didn’t do much research about the black experience or racism in Bolivia. While on other trips and in my own life I expect racism. I didn’t think about it much before making my way down here. But from times in the......Read More

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look mom, i’m fine!

Lia, Participant

piper taught me how to upload photos to internet cafe computers, and I figured it was timely to show us smiling in Tiquipaya among all of the news of protests and violence and such. so look, we’re doing just fine. xo...Read More

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group A, South America: Andes & Amazon - Group B

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Update on Political Situation in Bolivia

David Haffeman, Dragons Admin

Dear Friends and Families, We are writing to give you an update related to Bolivia. As you may be aware, last Sunday presidential elections were held in which Evo Morals was running for a controversial 4th term. Final votes were counted yesterday......Read More

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!Resistencia en Tiquipaya!

Jac Kovarik, Participant

Allillanchu from Tiquipaya! The students have been attending some amazing academic “charlas” (lectures/workshops) during our time in Tiquipaya, learning about all different kinds of resistance movements in Bolivia and in Latin America......Read More