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South America: Andes & Amazon – Group A

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beautiful places

Lotus, Participant

18/2/19 Buenos dias de Bolivia! We just finished our first trek! It was super fun and challenging, we explored Toro Toro national park and learned about the history from our guides Don Mario and Lina who we shared our lives with for five beautiful......Read More

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First Trek

Jackson, Participant

Hello everyone! What great first trek! First, we packed up, left Cochabamba, and descended into Toro Toro National Park, where we met our guides, Don Mario and his daughter Lina. Don Mario is a truly amazing person. He knows the park like the back......Read More

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First Trek!

Teagan Cimring, Participant

Yak of the Week

Hola Familias! We have been in Bolivia for exactly ten days now but it already feels like a lifetime ago that we arrived at the airport and were greeted by Jhasmany, Sandy y Jesse. The first five days we spent in an amazing eco lodge which felt like......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group A

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Our First Trek!

Maayan Weitzman, Participant

Our first trek was a success! We have now reached Tiquipaya, where our 3 week long homestay will begin. Today we are meeting our families and I couldn´t be more excited! Our trek was incredible. Although some of our group got sick, we were still......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

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Our First Trek in Torotoro Itinerary

Jesse, Instructor

Orientation is a wrap! Scavenger hunts, team building excercises, and lessons on group safety and health have kept us very busy and it’s now time to get out there and learn. Today we begin a 5 day, 4 night trek in Torotoro national park. We......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group A

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La busca de tesoro

El grupo mejor, Participant

Jackson – I am very happy to have Danielle, Morgan and Lyla here to translate for me! Danielle – This is a very exciting activity. We re currently in an internet cafe in Quillacollo on a scavenger hunt. Morgan – ¡Buenas tardes!......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group A

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Trying a prickly `pear for the first time

Michela Laurin, Participant

Today our group had a scavenger hunt on the outskirts of Cochabamba.  There were several things on the list, like “find a liquid that you have never tried before,” “find a man named Francisco,” and “ask someone to tell......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group A

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Scavenger Hunt!

Sam Hollister, Participant

Hola todos! This is Sam Hollister, with group members Allyson, Teagan, and Hannah, completing our first mission on our Cochabamba scavenger hunt. We have spent three days in an eco lodge outside the city called Janajpacha, a beautiful outdoor haven......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group A

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Students arrived to Santa Cruz

Julianne, Dragons Admin

The Andes & Amazon group A students landed in Santa Cruz at 6:02 am local time.  They are now awaiting their connecting flight to Cochabamba, where the instructors will greet them when they arrive.  We will share a photo once the whole group......Read More

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Intro yak

Michela, Participant

Hello comrades, my name is Michela Laurin, and I hail from Pittsfield, a small city in western Massachusetts. I, too, am a returning Dragons student, and I spent my first semester in Morocco. I traveled all over the country, and picked up some......Read More

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Hasta prontito!

Jesse, Instructor

Hola queridos, Your instructor team here in Samaipata, Bolivia. We have spent the last week together getting the final pieces together for our adventure and are so ready to get started. Can you tell how excited we are? We’ll be waiting for......Read More

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South America: Andes & Amazon - Group A

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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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Hi I’m Allyson!

Allyson, Participant

Hey everyone ! I’m getting so excited, reading everyone’s posts … :+) My name is Allyson. I was born & raised in California, 30 minutes east of San Francisco. I graduated from high school last year, & wanted to take a gap year to learn......Read More