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South America: Andes & Amazon – Group C

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Students on their way to Lima

Instructor Team, Instructor

We just sent our 12 Dragoncitos through security at the Cusco airport. This afternoon they’ll take a short 1 hour flight to Lima where they will be exploring Peru’s capital together for a week independent of Dragons. To our dear students- Thank......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group C

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Jungle Symphony

Ella, Participant

As I lay on my bed in the dark at Fauna Forever, separated from the outside by a few layers on netting, I listen to the many layers of sound around me. I hear insects with their chirping calls over and over, mixed in with the occasional high-pitched......Read More

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Los Apus de Nacion Queros

Eoin Schnell, Participant

At any moment we would be thrusted at jolting speed to either end of the open rectangular box we were jammed into. Inside which the only way of telling the scenery apart was through the jagged peaks that shifted before us right above the blue wooden......Read More

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Fauna Forever

Group C, Instructor

Greetings from the rainforest! We’re in the jungle outside of the town of Puerto Maldonado working with a research group called Fauna Forever. We’ve already learned so much about the local plant and animal wildlife. Here are a couple photos from......Read More

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Que Mundo Maravilloso

Lila Singh, Participant

Yak of the Week

“The colors of the rainbow / So pretty in the sky / Are also on the faces / Of people going by” -Louis Armstrong For the past three weeks, I’ve had the privilege of painting in Cochabamba with Mario Rolando Vargas Cuellar. Mario, amongst other......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group C

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Familiarity in the Unfamiliar

Sage Block, Participant

When visiting another country, often one of the sole goals is to take in what is new around you, what is foreign. Yet, my first month or so in Bolivia, I found myself struck again and again, not by the differences, but by the similarities to my own......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group C

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Reflecting on Q’eros

Lila Singh, Participant

Yak of the Week

“There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.” -Nelson Mandela We came to N’acion Q’eros in a wooden truckbed bordered by blue walls. We sat on our big bags, talking,......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group C

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Latinoamérica

Lila Singh, Participant

I’d like to share a song. It’s a song I’ve known and loved for some time, but one that has taken on a new meaning during my travels through Bolivia and Peru. The song is written by puertorriqueño rap duo Calle 13 and features the voices of......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group C

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Thank You Group C!

Audrey Washington, Participant

Every morning, our group begins the day with a morning check-in. As a part of this, we all answer a question presented to the group by our student Guia. On the morning of April 11, we all gathered in Cusco’s Plaza de Armas. In this former......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group C

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Reflections on Q´eros

Sarah Booher, Participant

I had no idea what to expect from Q´eros as we were herded into the back of a large truck. For three hours we bumped over dirt roads, our only knowledge of our whereabouts based on the ever-darkening clouds above our heads. What was this place we......Read More

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From the Mountains to the Jungle

Tech Team, Instructor

Hi everyone! We returned to Ocongate yesterday after a great week in Nacion Q’eros. Today, we will be traveling by bus to Puerto Maldonado for one night before we are heading into the Amazon to work with an organization called Fauna Forever......Read More

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Nación Q’eros video

Instructor Team, Instructor

Nación Q’eros or Q’eros Nation in English is like no other place we have ever visited. It’s harsh climate and terrain has limited outside influences since the time of the Spanish invasion. Here’s a video of our week in Q’eros....Read More