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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

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

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

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South America: Andes & Amazon - Group A

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Thoughts on reading “The Hold Life...

Morgan Sharp, Participant

Hi all, What strikes me immediately upon reflecting on the first chapter of The Hold Life Has is the incredible connection to place the community in which Allen is living has. In my culture and other cultures I have experienced, people have a very......Read More

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South America: Andes & Amazon - Group A

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Different Perspectives

Lyla, Participant

These perspectives of the world center on the idea of everything and everyone being animated; being alive. They grant power to things and places we may not quantify so concretely as important. I may love the changing colors of Vermont’s fall, but......Read More

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Hello!

Jackson Sides, Participant

What’s up! My name is Jackson Sides, and I live in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. I graduated from high school last May, and last fall, I spent the first part of my gap year in Washington, D.C. interning for a member of Congress. I had a great time and......Read More

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South America: Andes & Amazon - Group A

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Answers to Morgan’s Questions

Jhasmany, Instructor

Hello dear students, This yak is meant to answer Morgan’s questions and we think they are really good clarifications for all of you. So here we go: – Should we be able to pack our daypack and everything in it inside of our main pack? Or will......Read More

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Hello Everyone!

Abby, Participant

Hi everyone! My name is Abby. I’m from Berlin, Vermont, a very small town. I’ve lived here my entire life and am so grateful to have grown up in such a beautiful place. It has taught me to respect and feel at home in the trees and the......Read More

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South America: Andes & Amazon - Group A

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Packing question

Morgan Sharp, Participant

Hi everyone, Seeing the recent introductions go up on the yak board is getting me super stoked to meet you all in person! I have a couple gear/logistical questions, mainly directed toward our instructors: – Should we be able to pack our......Read More

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Hi I’m Teagan!

Teagan, Participant

Hi Guys! My name is Teagan and I am from California. I was born in South Africa and later moved to the states with my family. I have always felt connected to my roots in South Africa and growing up there has definitely impacted my view on a lot of......Read More

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Hey!

Hannah Babe, Participant

Hey All! Stoked to meet you guys soon and start off on this new adventure! I’m Hannah and I’m from the Sierra Nevada mountains in Northern California. I moved here around five years ago from Chicago, and although the move from a large......Read More

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Hello!

Lyla, Participant

Hi! I’m Lyla, and I’m so excited to travel with all of you and experience Peru and Bolivia and go on this crazy adventure. I’m from rural Vermont, and Tuesday’s temperature got to -14° F (a super fun walk with my dog!!) But I love Vermont,......Read More

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Hello Everyone!

Sam Hollister, Participant

Hi guys! My name is Sam Hollister and I live just outside Boston, Massachusetts, in Newton, right next to Boston College. I graduated from high school this past May, and I am currently in the middle of a gap year which took me to New Zealand in the......Read More