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South America: Andes & Amazon – Group C

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Snow in Q’eros

The Instructors, Instructor

Dear group C families and friends, The group is currently mid-way through their Nación Q’eros excursion, the most remote part of their itinerary.  They are hiking through very small mountain villages that have lived virtually untouched by......Read More

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South America: Andes & Amazon - Group C

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Tiquipaya: The Heart of Bolivia

Audrey Washington, Participant

Looking back on my time in Tiquipaya, it is the little, seemingly ordinary moments that I will remember the most. Moments like cleaning and reorganizing the freezer as my host siblings, Jose and Dayana, bicker about who is the best singer. I will......Read More

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South America: Andes & Amazon - Group C

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Heading into Nacion Q’eros

Ella, Participant

Note: this post was written on Saturday, April 13th: Hello All! This morning we will be taking a three hour bus from the small town of Ocongate to the start of our Nacion Q’eros trek. During this trek, we’ll be hiking from community to......Read More

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Cooking ISP

Ella, Participant

For most of our time in Bolivia, we found that the food is not that exciting.  We ate a lot of rice, potatoes, and chicken (or eggs for the vegetarians).  In spite of this, I chose to learn Bolivian cooking as my ISP in Tiquipaya because I wanted......Read More

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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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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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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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South America: Andes & Amazon - Group C

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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