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Dragons 1-Minute Visual-Story Contest

Dragons HQ, Dragons Admin

Hello Summer Students! Just wanted to share with you the details of our annual “1-Minute Visual Story” Contest… The goals of Dragons Visual-Story contest are to: Share visual story through student and in-the-field perspectives.......Read More

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Ready, Set…. (A Note from a Past Dragons...

Carin, Dragons Admin

Future Dragons, I hope you’re getting excited for the enlightening adventure that awaits you! I can tell you from experience that there is nothing quite like the feeling of being on a Dragons trip. From filling out the application and beginning to......Read More

WTBD Yaks from China

China: The Silk Road

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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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Hey everyone!

Wade Burleson, Participant

Hey everyone! My name is Wade Burleson and I’m from Redondo Beach, CA. It’s on the outskirts of Los Angeles. Some things about me: I love to run, and I do cross country at school; I play violin and ukulele; and I’m super into politics and......Read More

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Exciting packing list!

Tindy Chen, Instructor

Hi All: It’s only 4 weeks left before we finally meet up! I know you all have been waiting for it so long and are thrilled for this trip! Let’s do some final packing checks to make sure you are fully prepared. This is a challenging......Read More

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Tentative Itinerary

Instructors, Instructor

Dear Silk Road Companions, It is our pleasure to share with you the tentative itinerary of our journey along the Silk Road. We’re hard at work with our local partners discussing routings, organizing home stays, trading ideas on course themes, and......Read More

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Silk Road reading recommendations!

Noam Backner, Instructor

Hi Dear Cameleers! So we’ve assembled a small reading list for you to consider reading or at least scan through, please note that these are only recommendation we give just to whet your appetite for the upcoming travel. Some of these books......Read More

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Introducing myself

Madeleine Dawson, Participant

Hello everyone, My name is Madeleine Dawson. I live in Sausalito, CA, which is geographically right next to San Francisco. I am incredibly excited about this trip! Since my mother’s side of the family is originally from China, I have always......Read More

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Introduction – Uttam Gyawali

Uttam Gyawali, Participant

Helloooo. Firstly, I didn’t know when we were supposed to post, so I guess I’ll be the first participant to do so. So, hi, my name is Uttam Gyawali (ooo-tom gya-wall-e), and I am so so so excited for this program. I haven’t......Read More

WTBD Yaks from China

China: The Silk Road

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Pre-Course Webinar Recording

Carin, Dragons Admin

Dear Students & Families, As you prepare for the upcoming departure, don’t forget about your pre-course webinar recording! While many of you joined us for the live discussion and Q&A, we also recorded the conversation and presentation so......Read More

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Introduction-Noam Backner

Noam Backner, Instructor

Hi All! This is Noam, and first of all let me express my gratitude to you all for joining the Dragons Silk road adventure 2019. At the moment writing from far away Istanbul, the fabled terminus of the Great Silk Road, I can barely suppress my......Read More

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Silk Road Instructor Introduction

Tindy Chen, Instructor

Dear students and families: I’m writing to you from Lamay, near the ancient town of Cusco, Peru. Last Christmas I started a 6 month trip that would complete my world tour, which I started in 2008. I have been traveling for 4 1/2 and half months......Read More

WTBD Yaks from China

China: The Silk Road

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Introducing Yourself and Using the Yak Board

Instructors, Participant

Hi everyone, Welcome to the Yak Yak board. This will be our number one place to communicate before the course begins. Once we begin our adventure, this is where we will share observations and details about our location and plans so our friends and......Read More

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Introduction—Luke Hein

Luke Hein, Instructor

Hi Silk Road students and families! My name is Luke Hein. I’m one of the Dragons instructors who will help you to make your upcoming journey a deep, meaningful, and fun experience. This will be my eleventh course with Dragons since I joined in......Read More

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Welcome Summer 2019 China Students &...

Jody, Dragons Admin

Hello China Summer 2019 Students & Families! Welcome to the Yak Board! Going forward, this will be our main forum for sharing information about preparing for the summer, a place for instructors and students to introduce themselves, a place to......Read More

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A note on social media

Miriam, Dragons Admin

Dear Summer 2019 Travelers, It’s great to see your Yak Board come to life! This is a very exciting time of year for all of us, and while we understand that you’re likely anxious to meet your traveling companions, we have a request for you:......Read More