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‘Two cheers for local culture’

Charles Ji, Participant

Yak of the Week

(To Li Li) Dear Outside World, We the Dragons, on the last night at Bagan, came to write to you about our exciting adventure. This one-week experience is understood by many of us as unparalleled. Magnificent pagodas as the epitome of the 11th......Read More

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Why travel to Myanmar?

Hannah Sachs (Instructor), Instructor

Yak of the Week

Today’s classroom: The ancient, marvelous pagodas of Old Bagan. I consider it a rare and treasured opportunity to work as an instructor this summer and am humbled you are trusting me with your loved ones on this adventure. It’s the path less......Read More

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More Bagan

Cade Irwin, Participant

To make use of the sunny day in Bagan, we biked around the pagodas of the old city and also had a crash course lesson in Buddhism from Greg while inside one of the ancient temples....Read More

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First day in Bagan!

Cade Irwin, Participant

Hello parents and loved ones, Today we started off our morning with a filling breakfast. We then had a conversation with Hannah’s friend Linn about the history of Old Bagan. Our friend then taught us a few of the 18 different uses for our......Read More

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First Day in Bagan

Alice Rose Lelyveld, Participant

Hello all, The past two days have been hectic. Yesterday, we met with two guest speakers. The first one was Cheery Zahau, she is an activist for men and women of Chin State. She spoke of the hardships the government imposes on the people. Later that......Read More

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Myanmar: Visions of Democracy

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Arrival in Yangon

Hannah Kiely, Instructor

Today we left the comfort of our guest house in Bago for the excitement and bustle in Yangon. After a two hour bus ride on a surprisingly fancy bus that nobody was expecting, we arrived at our guesthouse. We’re all pretty excited to get a lot......Read More

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Exploring Bago!

Hannah Sachs (Instructor), Instructor

With orientation winding down, the group took time to explore the area around our eco lodge today. We visited three beautiful Buddhist sites in downtown Bago: Shwemawdaw Pagoda, Mya Tha Lyung Buddha, and Reclining Buddha. Despite the downpour......Read More

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Orientation has officially begun!

Ngun Siang Kim, Participant

Myanmar team is currently settling in at eco friendly campus called Metta Center. The first day of orientation begun with healthy and safety 101, cultural tips, and other experiential education activities. The photos are about student presenting......Read More

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Almost there…

Hannah Sachs (Instructor), Instructor

The US-based students are ALMOST there! Our nine hour layover is coming to a close, and in the next 30 minutes we will board our flight from Hong Kong to Yangon. We we are exhausted and jet lagged but also eager to finally lay eyes on Myanmar, get......Read More

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US-based group all here!

Hannah Sachs (Instructor), Instructor

This is Hannah (Instructor) checking in! Our 11 students based in the USA are all here. We’ve got our boarding passes, checked our bags, and cleared security. Our flight departs at 12:25am PDT. Up next: a layover in Hong Kong, then on to Myanmar......Read More

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Hey Everyone!

Shiva Ward, Participant

My name Shiva Ward, and I am 17 years old going into senior year in high school. I am from New York and this is my first dragons course! I’m extremely independent so the idea of being in a new environment away from my life at home seemed......Read More

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Questions answered!

Hannah (instructor), Instructor

Hi! Thanks for the questions. Packs- the day pack does not need to fit in your larger bag but it could. Just know on travel days, you’ll have to wear your small pack on the front of your body and the large one on your back. Swim shorts- if they......Read More

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Hi

Emma Freund, Participant

Hi! I’m Emma. I’m 18, and I’m from Westchester, NY. I’m starting at Colby College in the fall— Go Mules! I’m interested in creative writing, foreign languages, and philosophy. I’ve travelled to France with my family, and I spent one......Read More