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South America: Andes & Amazon – Group C

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Tiquipaya!

Instructors, Instructor

Buenos dias familas y amigos, amigas! Here we are in Tiquipaya. Students have settled into their individual home-stays with local families throughout this semi-rural community. We have 3 weeks here where students take a further step into developing......Read More

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South America: Andes & Amazon - Group C

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A Walk With Nilo

Zack Siddall, Instructor

  Tocaña (4,400 ft) is a small farming community in the Department of La Paz, outside the town of Coroico. According to the most recent census Tocaña is home to only 45 families or 162 people. 35 of those families identify as Afro-Bolivian......Read More

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Video from the trek!

The Instructors, Instructor

  Dear family and friends, Here’s a short video capturing some of the intense beauty we experienced while on our 7 day trek from the Andes down to the tropical town of Coroico. -Paola, Dave and Zack...Read More

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Heading to Tocana

Catarina, Participant

A quick note from the group to let you know that we are saying goodbye to the comforts of Hostel Sol y Luna and heading to our homestays in Tocaña; within communities focused on agriculture. In Tocaña, we’ll be staying with families and......Read More

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Zumba in El Alto

Lila, Participant

During our homestays in El Alto, I had the privilege of going to Zumba classes with my host mom, Ximena. Normally, Ximena goes three times a week, which anyone who has taken Zumba in Bolivia knows is quite intense. But I was excited for the......Read More

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Trek in the Cordillera Real

Catarina and Lila, Participant

This past week we went on a trek in the Cordillera Real region of the Andes. We have now made it to Hostal Sol y Luna, just above Coroico, all showered and clean after 7 days of camping. We began the trek by ascending to altitudes of more than 5,000......Read More

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Back from our trek!

Instructor Team, Instructor

Hello Family and Friends, We’ve just arrived in Coroico after our epic 7 day trek, first around the impressive Huayna Potosí in the Andes mountains outside of La Paz and then dropping down through the steamy forests along an old Incan trail of......Read More

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Update from trek!

Julianne, Dragons Admin

Dear friends and family, We have been receiving regular updates via Satellite communication from the A&A – C team, and all is well on their 7-day trek through the high Andes, ending in the semi-tropical cloud forest in the Yungas region......Read More

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Our Upcoming Trek: Cordillera Real

Lila, Participant

Hello to everyone back home! We have been having a fantastic time here in El Alto with our host families and Teatro Trono. But unfortunately, the time has come to move on. We have been prepping for our upcoming trek and later today, we will enjoy......Read More

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

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All A&A groups safe and sound after...

Julianne, Dragons Admin

Dear families and friends of Andes & Amazon students, As you may have heard, a magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck north of Puno in Cusco early this morning at 3:50 am local time.  We wanted to inform you right away that all three of the Andes......Read More

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South America: Andes & Amazon - Group C

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Teatro Trono

Zack Siddall, Instructor

  Over the years I’ve seen almost the exact same reaction take place countless times when someone is introduced to theater. At first almost everyone is hesitant. We’ve been conditioned to play it straight, to not stir the pot. Quickly......Read More

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Greetings from El Alto

The Instructors, Instructor

Our students are all settled into their homestays here in El Alto. La Paz and El Alto have a deeply woven, complicated history together. Through working with Teatro Trono we’ll spend the next week here learning about these two very important......Read More

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Arriving to El Alto

Catarina, Participant

After an 8 hour bus ride from Potosi on 21st, we made it to El Alto in the early hours of the morning. We arrived at Teatro Trono and rested for a few hours before meeting our host families, who all live locally and are involved in the theatre......Read More

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The Mountain that Eats Men

Zack Siddall, Instructor

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  In 1544 the Spanish invaders discovered the mighty Cerro Rico mountain of Potosi. Arguably the largest silver mine in history it’s said that the silver extracted from Cerro Rico could build a road of pure silver from Potosi all the way to......Read More

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First Impressions of Bolivia!

Barrett and Meagan, Participant

Ella: I have been blown away by the diversity of the things we have seen and experienced in Bolivia after only a few days. I look forward to exploring and connecting more deeply with this beautiful country. Fiona: I have really loved how kind and......Read More