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South America: Andes & Amazon – Group B

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Group flight has landed in Miami

Julianne, Dragons Admin

Dear families, The group flight landed in Miami a little after 3 pm this afternoon, and students have all passed through customs and migration.  They are heading to connecting flights now, and a few students will be spending the night in Miami for......Read More

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South America: Andes & Amazon - Group B

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Flight to Miami is in the air!

Julianne, Dragons Admin

Dear Group B families and friends, The student group arrived to Santa Cruz safely and have departed for Miami on Boliviana de Aviación flight 762.  The flight departed at 8:50 am, and should be arriving a little after 3 pm local time. Robert was......Read More

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Students en route to Santa Cruz

Julianne, Dragons Admin

Dear friends and family, The group flight from Cochabamba to Santa Cruz has departed. They will have a short layover in Santa Cruz before continuing on to Miami. We will post another update when the international flight to Miami is in the air....Read More

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Tawa Tawas All The Way!!

Marco and Robert, Participant

Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday the Cooking Squad TM (M.E, Maisie, Robert, Isaac, and Marco) travel to Valentina’s house by trufi to cook with our cooking ISP instructor Gabby. It’s so fun to talk on our way there about whatever is......Read More

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Midcourse Shennanigans

Emma and Charlie, Participant

Hello members of the infected world, As of right now, we have the supreme privilege to stay at THE Henry Van Damme household in Sacaba, outside of Cochabamba. A few things we want to touch on are: how beautiful the area around is, how grateful we......Read More

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Q’oa

Maisie, M.E., Anna, Sol, Participant

To round out the beautiful experience of our team’s three week homestay our group hosted a q’oa, a festival for the ISP teachers, the families, and our patient Spanish teachers (shout out to the one and only Vilma). Wonderful cooking......Read More

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South America: Andes & Amazon - Group B

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The process

Charlie Lamendola, Participant

Hello all at home, The past few weeks me and the rest of the group has been staying in our homestays, in Tiquipaya. Although my Spanish is not great I still am engaging as much as I can and am trying to learn as much as possible. The opportunity to......Read More

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Spanish Classes

Henry, Instructor

This morning I decided to put my reporting skills to the test by interviewing the students during their Spanish classes. Every Friday a group of students, under close supervision of their Spanish teacher, prepare a Bolivian dish to indulge in after......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group B

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Water fight in the city!

Maisie, Participant

Water fight. It is Monday and I just got to my homestay family for the first day. I am sitting in my room feeling slightly dazed and confused when my 18-year-old host sister Lyneth asks me if I want to go to a water fight in the city center. It is......Read More

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Bolivian Cooking

M.E., Participant

When in the kitchen of a culture drastically different from your own, you must remember two things: You will never be entirely aware of the end product of your labors. Although Maisie, Robert, Marco, Isaac, and myself have the best intentions, we......Read More

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The Trek

Anna, Participant

Every breath a silent song, Each step a symphony, Leading us closer to the apus, The sanctuary above, Clothed in the nubes, We are hidden from the world, And only our voices Anchor us to this world At night, When our bodies ache, The constellations......Read More

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South America: Andes & Amazon - Group B

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Peach Trees

Emma, Participant

My room in my homestay faces due east, and I’ve stopped using an alarm because the rising sun wakes me up in the morning. The window next to my bed opens onto a small grove of peach trees, and my little brother and I love to reach out and eat......Read More

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Being home!

Henry, Instructor

Yesterday I was filling in our daily log and saw that we are more than 20 days into our program! I can’t tell if time is moving fast or slow but it has been great the past week to be staying at the farm in Tiquipaya. Monday to Friday the......Read More

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First Homestay!

Eeshani, Participant

On Sunday we arrived in the town of Tiquipaya in high spirits, ready to tackle our first and longest homestay. We spent the evening laughing, playing card games, and wondering how our homestay will be. After a night of camping on the farm where our......Read More