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South America: Andes & Amazon – Group C

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Machu Picchu Town

Sage Block, Participant

Dear friends, Just a quick note from Machu Picchu town below the World Heritage Site of Machu Picchu – more to come soon! Here is a picture of the whole group at Machu Picchu and some pictures of me and Barrett enjoying free time in Machu......Read More

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South America: Andes & Amazon - Group C

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Arrived in Cusco, starting x-phase

Zack, Instructor

X-phase or more formally titled Expedition Phase is my favorite part of any Dragons course. In my personal definition of x-phase, this part of the course is designed to reflect adulthood. X-phase is the time in our students’ “lives” when they......Read More

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US/Latin America Relations

Zack, Instructor

Since the creation of the United states in 1776 there have been 56 official US interventions in Latin America and the Caribbean. Many of these interventions such as Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic (to name just a few) resulted in actual US......Read More

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A Million Stories

Abi Genser and Eoin Schnell, Participant

This past December as I was scrolling through possible Dragons courses to join, I asked myself “What could Bolivia have to offer.” I had heard of Carnival in Brazil, the Patagonia mountains of Chile, but nothing about Bolivia. Thankfully......Read More

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The Saya

Fiona and Sarah, Participant

Greetings from Tiquipaya, apologies for not posting this sooner! We have had so much fun getting to know our host families this week and starting our ISPs! While in Tocana, we had the opportunity to learn about the Saya, a traditional Afro-Bolivian......Read More

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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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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

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

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