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Hello from Ethan

Ethan, Participant

Hey everyone, My name is Ethan. As the days to course draw closer, I’m getting more and more excited and anxious to meet you all! With this date looming comes a wave of anxious thoughts for me: what will the group be like? Will my gear be good......Read More

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Hi from Will

Will Cochran, Participant

Hello everyone! My name is Will Cochran. I am 19 years old and from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. My motivation for doing a dragons program was that I wanted to do something different. I was originally going to participate in the Nepal semester but......Read More

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Instructor Introduction: Meet Kevin!

Kevin Witkow, Instructor

Hello! For all of us, these are strange times. Unexpectedly joining a new program, writing introductory notes, and diving into preparations and planning are all exciting challenges, and in a funny way these tasks have normalized these past weeks for......Read More

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Rio Grande Semester Technology Policy

Instructor Team, Participant

Hello to the Rio Grande Semester crew! We hope everyone is doing well, staying above water in this wild season of transition, and getting excited to launch out of routine and into unfamiliar territory this fall! Our instructor team is all in......Read More

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A Few Pre-Course Tasks

Instructor Team, Instructor

PRE-COURSE ASSIGNMENTS 1.) Please introduce yourself here on our Yak Board. Our Yak Board is like a group journal. Throughout the course each of us will be posting regular reflections, photos and updates for our friends and families back home. Then......Read More

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Your Tentative Rio Grande Itinerary

Instructor Team, Participant

Hello Rio Grande Semester (RGS) students! We’d like to present to you all your Fall 2020 tentative RGS itinerary! Before we jump into the details of the places we’ll be visiting we feel it’s important to tell you a little about how we came......Read More

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Packing Recommendations

Instructor Team, Participant

Dear Dragons of the Rio Grande, Maybe you’ve had your pack ready to go and parked by your front door for three weeks already. Perhaps you were planning a frantic run to your local gear shop at 9pm on September 14th. Either way, you might have some......Read More

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Voting While on Course

David Haffeman, Dragons Admin

Yak of the Week

Dear Students and Families,  Many of you are probably asking if it’s possible to vote in this year’s election cycle, and if so, how to go about doing so while on-course. In many areas of the world where we work voter enfranchisement is a right......Read More

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Instructor Introduction

Zack Siddall, Instructor

Hello Dragons Students! My name is Zack Siddall (he/him) and I have the distinct pleasure of being one of your instructors this fall on the Rio Grande Semester. Way back in 2012 while serving in the US Peace Corps in Rwanda a friend of mine told me......Read More

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Hello from Maddie!

Maddie Melton, Instructor

Yak of the Week

Hi everyone! My name is Maddie Melton and I am so honored and excited to share in this Dragons adventure with you this semester as one of your instructors! I grew up near Washington D.C., but “home” has been a fluid and evolving state for many......Read More

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Welcome to the Yak Board from your Program...

David Haffeman, Dragons Admin

Hello friends, family, and fellow travelers, I want to extend the warmest welcome to you for your fall 2020 semester in the Southwestern United States! My name is Dave Haffeman and I will be your Program Director for the Rio Grande Semester. In this......Read More