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    [post_content] => Dear family and friends of North India 6 week students,

We're pleased to announce that everyone is back in the US safe and sound after the flight home from Delhi. In recent memory, I think it's safe to say that this has been one of the more remarkable North India programs. We want to thank all parents sincerely for the trust that you put in us; we know there were some times in which you'd love to have heard what was going on in the moment. But we can rest assured the tales will be told. Can't thank you enough.

Best,

Justin
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North India 6 Has Arrived

Admin,SUMMER: North India 6-Week, Uncategorized

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Dear family and friends of North India 6 week students, We’re pleased to announce that everyone is back in the US safe and sound after the flight home from Delhi. In recent memory, I think it’s safe to say that this has been one of the more remarkable North India programs. We want to thank […]

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08/8/17

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Admin

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    [post_content] => Dear China Language 6 Students and Families,

From the bottom of our hearts, the China 6-week Language Instructor team would like to thank our students for their amazing performances on our course, as well as the parents and family members who let us spend an incredible summer with an incredible group of young people. These students are so impressive and inspiring--it was extremely humbling and rewarding to work with this group over the past six weeks.

A special thanks to...

Sydney, for your incredible leadership and humility.

Tommy, for your one-of-a-kind sense of humor that can bring laughter into any situation.

Eastlyn, for your bright smile and the joy that you brought to the rest of the group every day.

Harry, for your maturity, authenticity and openness.

Gillian, for your brilliance and unbeatable translation skills.

Rhys, for always bringing the group together and making everyone feel included.

Ryan, for your love of exploration and passion for life (and trinkets).

Amelie, for the love and care that you always give to the people around you.

Sarah Levin, for your laughter that brims with joy, wisdom, and light.

Sarah Lotvin, for your positivity and your incredible talent for making life's lemons into lemonade.

Jade, for your insight in discussions and your passion for learning.

Benjy, for your award-winning smile and ever-present good vibes.

Kyle, for your contagious passion for everything  from photography and fashion to economics and Chinese religion.

 

Thanks again to all parents and students for giving us a summer that we will never forget. It was an honor to work with you all this summer.

Your instructor team,

Joe, Jiling, and Matt

 

 

 

 
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A Final Thank You to All

Joseph Vincent,SUMMER: China Language 6-week

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Dear China Language 6 Students and Families, From the bottom of our hearts, the China 6-week Language Instructor team would like to thank our students for their amazing performances on our course, as well as the parents and family members who let us spend an incredible summer with an incredible group of young people. These […]

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08/8/17

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Joseph Vincent

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Six week intensive!
This is what we got.
Six week intensive!
We are just so hot (like the water).
Six week intensive!
Put it all in a pot (mix it up now).
Six week intensive!
I hope it never stops!

Sarah Levin –
She's really swell;
When she's gotta go, you can never tell.
Spicy tummy got her in bed all day,
But when I look at this girl all I get is sunrays.
Positive!
That's what I see.
This girl enjoys logs and bees.

Sydney –
She's from Hong Kong.
Ryan thinks she dresses like Donkey Kong.
She adds something special to this song
And she's hangin' in New Hampshire for pretty long…
Dartmouth! Go green! (x4)

Tommy, with the JIT
Tryin' to fix his camera with the zero times three.
Got those messed up marching knees
But he knows some internet slang in Chinese.

Benjy –
A British chap;
Somehow manages to lose all his crap:
His wallet, his jacket, his ballpoint caps –
(But I think he's kinda cute)
Did you say that?
Oh, snap!

Rhys –
She's the bee's knees.
This girl really enjoys agriculture and trees.
When Benjy's around, beware the sneeze!
If you playin' assassin, girl gotchu beggin' "please."

Fun and flirty, Lotvin's got the looks!
Readin' all those Harry Potter books,
This girl so kind, no hag –
But I gotta ask: are those apples in the bag?

G-Quinto –
Usually a pretty good snacker,
Ran into some trouble with some rose crackers.
She threw up all over the side of a bridge,
Didn't tell her host fam;
Gave her eight more packages.

Amelie –
She's kinda French,
But in reality, she's actually Canadian.
Got citizenships all around the world,
So put you hands up for this really kind girl!

Greenberg –
She's my friend.
She's loyal, and she's there to very end
And right now here's what she's gonna do:
She's gonna show us all a little Kung Fu –
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10!
Horse stance!
Put your feet out wide.
Watch those arms swingin' from side to side!
If they try to attack, get 'em in the eyes –
Grap-twist-pull!
Hit 'em with the surprise.

Harry –
He's crazy boots!
Him and Satan could be in cahoots…
Leavin' Short Ridge far behind;
But in reality, he's supa kind.
Confucian Ocean Lightning –
English translation –
Put your hands up for the holleration!
Likes transportation:
Car, rail, subway –
Catch him underground hittin' up the subgay.

Dubin –
That's his name.
Wearin' all black on that angsty game.
Likes the money, but that's no shame.
Dollar bills and French herbs, let's make it rain.

Ryan –
With the rolly bag,
Go, go, go!
Finna list all the breakfast food that he knows:
buttermilk pancakes, malted waffles, cinnamon oatmeal, maple bacon, malted waffles…
Alright, buddy, that's enough!

Matt –
It's Mr. Hands!
Hopefully he never understands…
From Philly, where the steaks are nice.
This instructor ain't got no price!
This guy, so sly – or shy –
No lie, got one question on my mind;
We been askin', ponderin', you know:
Yo, Matty-boy,
How you meet your girl from Hangzhou?

Cupping, you know who I'm talkin' about.
Not afraid to hand that tiger balm out!
If your poop's not a five, she's got your back.
Just remember one thing:
Protect your pack!

Joe-Joe –
You already know-know,
Those dad jokes – yo,
They's gots to go-go;
But we love you anyway,
Just like Dieter from LA.
Eyy! Hey! What do I see?
This instructor, limbs like a tree,
Drinkin' all the pu'er tea.
So put your hands up for an MVP!

Hey, this group is sweet.
Four A and B, why don't y'all take a seat.
Scooch over now, make some elbow room,
Cause this group gonna go out with a boom.

Six week intensive!
This is what we got.
Six week intensive!
We are just so hot (like the water).
Six week intensive!
Put it all in a pot (mix it up now).
Six week intensive!
I hope it never stops!
I said I hope it never stops!
I said I hope-it-never-
STOPS!!
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Thank you to parents…and a little song about each of us

Eastlyn Frankel,SUMMER: China Language 6-week

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Thank you, parents, for this amazing trip! We’ve had the experience of a lifetime and have just completed Transference, the process of becoming adjusted to the idea of going home. We’ll be seeing you very soon. But, for now, enjoy Eastlyn’s song about our group: Six week intensive! This is what we got. Six week […]

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08/8/17

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Eastlyn Frankel

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    [post_content] => Hello Families & Friends,

Unfortunately, the group's flight from Xi'an was delayed considerably and they are now in the air on their way to Guangzhou, expected to arrive at 9:10 PM local time. This means it's very unlikely they'll be able to make it to their scheduled flight onward to LAX. As soon as we have more information about when the group will be able to depart Guangzhou and arrive at LAX, we'll post again here and reach out to families directly so that domestic travel onward from LAX can be rearranged as needed. Both instructors Luke and Marina are flying with the group, so will be able to help communicate onward travel information to students without phones.

More once the group has landed and updated in Guangzhou.

-Dragons Administration
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Group Delayed Leaving Xi’an, now en route to Guangzhou

Jody Segar,SUMMER: China Silk Road

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Hello Families & Friends, Unfortunately, the group’s flight from Xi’an was delayed considerably and they are now in the air on their way to Guangzhou, expected to arrive at 9:10 PM local time. This means it’s very unlikely they’ll be able to make it to their scheduled flight onward to LAX. As soon as we […]

Posted On

08/8/17

Author

Jody Segar

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    [post_content] => Hello Families and Friends,

The group is waiting to board their flight from Xi'an to Guangzhou, China Southern #3212, scheduled to depart on time and arrive in Guangzhou at 6:54 PM 8/8 local time.

From Guangzhou, the group will board their flight for LA, China Southern #327, scheduled to depart Guangzhou at 9:30 PM, 8/8 local and arrive at LAX at 7:30 PM, 8/8 local.

For the most current updates on flights, we recommend: flightaware.com

If you have any urgent travel questions, please call the Dragons Travel Line at 303-921-6078.

- Dragons Administration
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The Group is ready to depart Xi’an

Jody Segar,SUMMER: China Silk Road

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Hello Families and Friends, The group is waiting to board their flight from Xi’an to Guangzhou, China Southern #3212, scheduled to depart on time and arrive in Guangzhou at 6:54 PM 8/8 local time. From Guangzhou, the group will board their flight for LA, China Southern #327, scheduled to depart Guangzhou at 9:30 PM, 8/8 […]

Posted On

08/8/17

Author

Jody Segar

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    [post_content] => Hola friends and family!!

Peru 6 students had a tearful goodbye to a couple of our instructors, Mateo and Jhasmany. But endings come with new beginnings and we are excited for our journey back home.

See you shortly! Hasta prontito!
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On our way home!

Raquel Wigginton,SUMMER: Peru 6-Week

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Hola friends and family!! Peru 6 students had a tearful goodbye to a couple of our instructors, Mateo and Jhasmany. But endings come with new beginnings and we are excited for our journey back home. See you shortly! Hasta prontito!

Posted On

08/8/17

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Raquel Wigginton

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    [post_content] => The group arrived safely in Seoul and is now boarding their flight on to LAX, Korean Air #17, now expected to arrive at LAX at 10:30 AM local.
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Group now boarding flight to LA

Jody Segar,SUMMER: China Language 6-week

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The group arrived safely in Seoul and is now boarding their flight on to LAX, Korean Air #17, now expected to arrive at LAX at 10:30 AM local.

Posted On

08/7/17

Author

Jody Segar

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    [post_content] => Hello Families & Friends,

We've just received an important new update from Matt, the instructor who will is flying to Los Angeles with the group.

Students, Sydney, Sarah and Benjamin are still in Beijing awaiting independent flights along with instructors Joseph and Jiling.

After the cancellation of their initial flight, Matt and the group have now been rerouted through Seoul, South Korea to Los Angeles. New flight information is as follows:

Beijing to Seoul: Asiana OZ 332) to Seoul, scheduled to arrive at 1:50 PM local time. (the group is now in the air!)

Seoul to Los Angeles: Korean Air KE 017 Seoul to LA, scheduled to depart Seoul at 3:00 PM local time.

Arriving in Los Angeles (LAX) 10:40 AM 8/8, local time.

Please call the Dragons Travel line with any questions, 303-921-6078

-Dragons Administration
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Rerouting to Los Angeles

Jody Segar,SUMMER: China Language 6-week

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Hello Families & Friends, We’ve just received an important new update from Matt, the instructor who will is flying to Los Angeles with the group. Students, Sydney, Sarah and Benjamin are still in Beijing awaiting independent flights along with instructors Joseph and Jiling. After the cancellation of their initial flight, Matt and the group have […]

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08/7/17

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Jody Segar

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Going Back Home

Xavier Markowitz,SUMMER: Peru 6-Week

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08/7/17

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Xavier Markowitz

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Hello dear Dragons students, friends, and family members,

 

This evening Jhasmany and I will say goodbye from Cusco to a group of nine intrepid and passionate travelers, and to our patient, kind, and hard-working co-instructor Raquel. When our paths will cross again is unsure, however there is immense joy in the fact that they did cross for six weeks! We will miss each of you and the presence and energy you brought to our course. You are now forever part of the Dragons community, a community of inspiring, kind-hearted change makers across the planet.

 

To the families of our nine students:

 

The moment you have most anxiously been awaiting is coming in a few short hours. You will pick your child up at the airport and squeeze them tightly, and probably not want to let go. They have had unforgettable, adventurous, and eye-opening experiences. Surely you will have tons of questions for them about what they saw, who they met, and what it all felt like. While I know this group of gregarious (oftentimes loud) students will be overflowing with stories to tell you, pictures to show you, and gifts to shower you with, I also know there may be nuances and complexities of the journey that may be harder to articulate. Dragons programs take us into experiences that aim to foster a deeper understanding and love for our beautiful and fragile planet. This deep dive into the multifaceted and oftentimes painful meanings of what it means to be a human being can bring up emotions and reactions that students were unaware of before their departure from the U.S. I hope you will give them the space to process and open themselves to the ways this experience has inevitably altered their perception of reality.

 

Our students have each experienced homesickness and have had open and honest discussions about their deep love and appreciation for you all. You all are also part of the journey the have each been on. You all too will be impacted by their newfound passions, and their newfound concerns for the state of the world.  I keep in touch with many of my former students, and it is incredible to see how much an experience on a Dragons program can reverberate through a student as they make the journey home. The journey home is probably the most challenging part of this already very challenging experience. The journey home is where the bulk of the learning and growing will occur. We as educators and instructors can only hope we have guided and been supportive in a way that this learning and growing occurs without our 24/7 support.

 

And that’s where I turn my attention to our group of students. You have truly inspired me, made me laugh, made me cry, made me frustrated, and most of importantly allowed me to fall in love with the world again and again. The challenge of thinking about global citizenship, and the impacts of travel were only one piece of the immense challenge you led yourselves through. You also gracefully and bravely led your physical body through the challenges of altitude and trekking, and you led your heart through the challenges of building new relationships, and learning more deeply about yourself.

 

Sidney: I will miss our connection and our conversations about justice and making the world a better place. You are truly an incredible human being that has the ability and drive to collaborate on some of the most pressing global issues. I am confident that as you continue on the path you are on, you will have a positive and lasting impact on so many people.

 

Emma: Your infectious joy for life will take you to many spectacular places. I will miss your willingness and ability to connect to anyone, even despite language barriers. The humor and openness you brought to the group was invaluable.

 

Alex: I feel like I could have a true hiking friend in you, and appreciate your love of the outdoors and the Apus. The wide-eyes you use to look at the world around you will always support you in understanding more.

 

Nina: You inspire those around you to take a deep look into their own lives. And you do this through humor, and through curiosity. I have never met anyone quite like you, and I feel so fortunate to have encountered your brave and inquisitive spirit. Never stop being YOU!

 

Xavier: I will miss your quiet, warm, good-hearted nature. Your gifts of humor, hard work and directness brought so much positivity to this group. Never stop trekking and finding yourself in remote areas. I hope our paths will cross again in the mountains one day.

 

Chelsea: It has been amazing to see how much you have pushed yourself on this trip. You pushed yourself mentally to understand and ask deep questions about the history and current context of this place. You pushed yourself physically to understand the limits of your own body. I will miss conversations with you around self-care, and about knowing what the right path to take is. I am sure you will find that path as you venture beyond high school and into college.

 

Ashley: I rarely meet people who have as much capacity to genuinely love those around them as you do. I will miss your laugh, your storytelling, and your ability to spark my imagination in ways I am still learning about. Thank you for pushing yourself into new spaces, and thank you for being uniquely you.

 

Will: From day one your integrity shone through to our i-team and to the rest of the group. It is rare to meet someone your age that is so grounded, introspective, and reliable. Our group certainly would not have gotten through some of the major challenges if not for your support and care. I will miss your steadfastness, inner depth, and love of the mountains.

 

Eloise: Your ability to overcome challenges and step outside of your comfort zone shone through on this course. Your humor and good-naturedness will be missed, and you were truly a joy to have on course.  You have a light inside you that I know will only shine brighter and brighter as you continue on your path.

 

I would also like to honor Andrew and Michael who were part of our group for over four weeks. The fun, insight, music, and gratitude they brought to our group taught us all a lot. They too were our teachers, our friends, and our fellow group mates. They have been missed during the last weeks of our course, and will always be a part of our group.

 

Raquel, I would also like to say thank you for being a supportive, caring, and real co-instructor. I will miss the insight you bring to complex situations. I will miss laughing with you, and miss the way you enter into relationship with fellow humans. It was truly a joy to work with you this summer!

 

And last, but certainly not least to all of the incredible and dynamic Peruvians we have met and spent time with in the last weeks. From Fabian, long time Dragons contact, to our new home stay families in Urubamba and Santa Clara, to our patient and compassionate mule-drivers in the Cordillera Blanca, we have been extremely fortunate to meet so many inspiring human beings.

 

Our Focus of Inquiry for our Peru six-week course is storytelling and communication. We have heard and experienced so many stories during our short time together. Stories of hardship, of trauma, of joy, of love, of privilege, of gratitude touched us from within our group of travelers. And stories with these same themes touched us from outside our group travelers. Stories have come to us about the magical place called Peru from the high snowy peaks of the Andes, to the dense green forests of the Amazon, to the citadel of mystical Machu Picchu. We have learned from people who inhabit all of these spaces, and thus learned a bit more about what it means to be a human in these often bewildering times.

 

With love and light to all of those who have shared their stories in the past six weeks,

 

Mateo

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Farewell and see you later dear travelers

Matt Lynn,SUMMER: Peru 6-Week

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  Hello dear Dragons students, friends, and family members,   This evening Jhasmany and I will say goodbye from Cusco to a group of nine intrepid and passionate travelers, and to our patient, kind, and hard-working co-instructor Raquel. When our paths will cross again is unsure, however there is immense joy in the fact that […]

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08/7/17

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Matt Lynn

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