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China: Mandarin Language Intensive (6-week)



Grady Clark, Participant

Hi Everybody! My name is Grady Clark and I am from Boulder Colorado. I’m currently 15 but will be 16 by the time of course departure. Surprisingly enough I know practically no Mandarin, but I am currently trying to get as much from Duolingo as......Read More


Instructor Introduction

Alena Zaslov, Instructor

Tashi-delek, lobtruk (Tibetan for Hello students)! You’ve already done the hard part and decided to go on an adventure into the Himalayas, all that’s left is to get excited! I’m writing to you guys from Cleveland Ohio. Though the weather is......Read More


A Virtual Introduction

Hannah Joy Sachs, Instructor

Hello everyone! I hope this note finds you and your families well, wherever you may be at the moment. I write to you from an airplane somewhere over the Pacific, as I return to my current home base of New York to prepare for our journey together......Read More


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


Welcome to Guatemaya!

Hector 'Teto' Morales, Instructor

Hola Guatemalan Dragons! My name is Hector Morales, A.K.A. “Teto” I am very excited to meet you all. Together, we will share and enjoy experiences and adventures, but most importantly, we will learn from each other. Our adventure is just around......Read More



seavyi yonn, Instructor

Choum Reap Sou! Hello everyone! My name is Seavyi. I am so thrilled to be a part of this upcoming trip. I can’t wait to be working together with each and every one of you to create the most fun and experiential trip out in this beautiful country......Read More


Hello, my fellow travelers

Kaela Frank, Instructor

My fellow travelers, I am writing to you from Cascade, Idaho where the mornings are frosty and the afternoon sun is scorching. The rivers are running high from snow melting off the mountains and the wildflowers are starting to bloom. I am wrapping......Read More


¡Vamos a Bolivia! – An Introduction From...

David Haffeman, Instructor

¡Hola Queridos Dragones! I couldn’t believe my eyes! The past few days had been breathtaking, but when we crested the pass at 17,000 ft, I was stunned by what lay before me. In my life, I have never known a year without snow. Sledding, skating,......Read More


Hello, students!

Jac Kovarik, Instructor

Allillanchu, students! (¿Cómo están, estudiantes? / “How are you, students!” in Quechua) I am writing to you from my tiny couch in my tiny apartment in lower Manhattan right now, surrounded by books. Though I am originally from Phoenix and......Read More


Kaay Nu Dem!

Alyx Ruzevich, Instructor

Salaam Maalekum, fellow wanderers! Congratulations on making the team for our much anticipated summer adventure! I’m thrilled for you to join us on our journey through the rich geographical, cultural, and historical landscapes of Senegal. We will......Read More


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


¡Hola Amigos!

Ana Salazar, Instructor

Hello my friends… Me llamo Ana…Vivo en la ciudad de El Alto-Bolivia. El Alto es una ciudad maravillosa, llena de historia y rebeldía. Está a una altura de 4,150 mts sobre el nivel del mar. Aquí habitan indígenas Aymaras en su mayoría. Por......Read More