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Sunday Lunch

Zoe, Participant

Yak of the Week

If you had happened to be walking down 4th avenue in San Miguel Escobar last Saturday around noon, you would have seen me and my Spanish teacher Blanca carrying a massive, scalding frying pan in a Guatemalan swaddling cloth woven for newborn babies.......Read More

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Instructor

Juancho, Instructor

The sun rises and you can already hear people in the distance starting their day, a few dogs barking and that one rooster that is actually a little late at 6 am. As I walk out of my house I stop to admire the surreal view, the volcanoes are still......Read More

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Hi from San Miguel!

Biz Fay and Nell Jaquiss, Participant

Hi all! Biz and Nell here! We can’t believe it has already almost been two weeks! It feels like just yesterday we were in the Guatemala City airport having just arrived! After two relaxing days at a beautiful organic farm getting to know one......Read More

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Lakeside Living

Zoe, Participant

Yak of the Week

This past weekend, I spent 3 days near Lake Atitlán, a Guatemalan treasure surrounded by three massive volcanos. I first caught site of the lake as my bus came over the rim of the steep caldera that holds the lake. As we inched down the road,......Read More

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Adventures in Local Government

Zoe, Participant

“No tourists after 6 pm” a grave-faced man standing the door to Antigua’s municipal government building told me last Thursday night. “I’m here for the public meeting with the mayor at 7 pm, though” I responded. Unconvinced, the man......Read More

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Arrived in Guatemala!

Juancho, Instructor

Hello friends and familia! The Guatemala ISE is complete now! Biz and Nell have arrived and are both excited to be here. We will be spending our next couple of days at this beautiful farm for our Orientation. Getting to know each other and getting......Read More

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Indonesia ISE Student Arrival

Jessica, Dragons Admin

Our three Indonesia ISE students have arrived safely in Jogya and are now settled into their hotel in Kaliurang (which is about an hour outside of the city). After a long journey the students are a bit tired, but are in good spirits. Starting......Read More

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A Guatemalan Birthday

Zoe, Participant

Yesterday, a few minutes before 8 am, I walked to the front door of my house to go to my Spanish class, like every other day since I’ve been here. Unlike every other day, however, just as I reached the threshold, my host mother Doña Rossi burst......Read More

Princeton Novogratz Bridge Year Bolivia 2019-20, Bhutan: Environmental Sustainability & Community Happiness, Princeton Novogratz Bridge Year China 2019-20, Indonesia: Community, Culture, & Conservation, Princeton Novogratz Bridge Year India 2019-20, Nepal: Himalayan Studies, Princeton Novogratz Bridge Year Indonesia 2019-20, South America: Andes & Amazon - Group A, Princeton Novogratz Bridge Year Senegal 2019-20, South America: Andes & Amazon - Group B, Independent Spring Experience, Andes Leadership Semester: Patagonia to Peru

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Update Regarding the Coronavirus Outbreak

Tim Hare, Dragons Admin

Dear Dragons students, parents, and extended community, We wanted to send an overview of the ongoing 2019-Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak and current impact on Dragons programming. While the majority of attention has been focused on China, we......Read More

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From el Campo to the Cafe

Zoe, Participant

Yak of the Week

At home, in New York City, I drink at least one cup of coffee a day. Drip coffee with my dad in the morning, a mid-day paper cup at school, sometimes a 4 pm decaf cappuccino from the cafe at the top of my block; these moments are some of my favorite......Read More

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Red

Regina Sung, Participant

When I think of China, I see the color red. I see a landscape of different shades and hues of red, scarlet and crimson: from mouth-numbing Sichuan peppers, the 100-yuan note, faded slogans daubed on village walls, to the elaborate architecture on......Read More

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First week

Eva, Participant

I have been in China for a bit over a week but it feels like much longer. It has been really amazing and crazy. I met my host mom as well as the only other person in my program and they are both quite amazing. I’m currently in Yiliang, a town......Read More

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La Abuelita Solterosa

Zoe, Participant

Yak of the Week

Today marks the end of my very first week in Guatemala! ¡El tiempo vuela! The adventure began with my flight in to Guatemala City. After a long approach, our plane ended up taking a massive lap around the city, before descending. Just as we began......Read More

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New Journey Begins

Shuier Zhang, Participant

We are happy to report that both of our students for 2020 Independent Spring Semester in China have arrived in Kunming. In the picture, Regina and Eva are being oriented to the program. In the next two days, they will be meeting with their Chinese......Read More

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Arrived!

Juancho Galich, Participant

Hola Dragones! This is Zoe and her first photo in Guatemala. In the background you can see Fuego and Acatenango volcanoes. Directly above her shoulder there is a big coffee plantation, and if you zoom in and try to make sense of the pixels above the......Read More