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Following is a sample itinerary for Dragons' Morocco Summer Program 2007-2008. Our sample itineraries are based on past courses; in order to meet instructor team goals, as well as the goals and interests of particular student groups, future itineraries are subject to change. Please keep an eye on the course's Yak board for additional itinerary-related postings and updates.


Week One:

Fly into Casablanca and head to the Atlantic Coastal town of Safi for orientation;, travel by train, explore the history and excitement of Marrakesh. Begin to learn Moroccan Arabic; introduction to Islamic tradition.

Week Two:

Head into the High Atlas Mountain for a week long trek; stay in remote Berber villages, learn about the meshing of Arab and Berber cultures. Hike through raw granite mountains, across windblown sandstone plateaus and wend through dramatic limestone gorges.

Week Three:

Travel north to the stunning Torda and Dades gorges, help with existing development projects along the way. Participate in local art school in a nearby village; trek into the hills with nomadic sheep herders of the High Atlas. Move east into the Sahara for camel trek; overnight amid Morocco’s largest sand dunes, Merzouga.

Weeks Four - Five:

Continue north for a 5-day home stay in a rural town in Tazzeka National Park. Explore rarely visited mountain towns in the north; walk among cedar forests; hike 6-days into the Middle Atlas. Head east into the Oudja province to experience an entirely different Moroccan culture. Unwind with a few days on amid the crystal blue waters of the Mediterranean coast.

Week Six:

Travel back south through the Rif Mountains to Fes and Meknes; unforgettable bathing experience local hammam; explore exciting souqs (markets) of the area. Wrap up the trip in Rabat, the countries capital, before heading to Casablaca to fly home.

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Following is a sample itinerary for Dragons’ Morocco Summer Program 2007-2008. Our sample itineraries are based on past courses; in order to meet instructor team goals, as well as the goals and interests of particular student groups, future itineraries are subject to change. Please keep an eye on the course’s Yak board for additional itinerary-related […]

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Following is a sample itinerary for Dragons' Peru 6-week Summer Program 2007-2008. Our sample itineraries are based on past courses; in order to meet instructor team goals, as well as the goals and interests of particular student groups, future itineraries are subject to change. Please keep an eye on the course's Yak board for additional itinerary-related postings and updates.


Week One:
Orientation in Miami; Fly to Lima: museums, markets, NGOs. Bus to Huaraz for course orientation in the majestic Cordillera Blanca; celebratory feast, traditional music and dress.

Week Two:
Bus to Chiquian: extended mountain home-stay; sports with locals; wheat and quinoa harvest; traditional cooking; Collaborative community service project. Study Spanish.

Week Three:
Trek from homestays in Chiquian through the spectacular Cordillera Huayhuash

Week Four:
Bus and boat into Amazon basin: indigenous village visit, cultural preservation, traditional medicine and crafts, environmental conservation, diverse flora and fauna, inquiry into sustainable eco-tourism

Week Five:
Fly from Lima to Juliaca. Stay in village the on banks of Lake Titicaca. Boat to islands to camp and fish. Orphanage service project in remote village of Nunoa.

Week Six:
Explore Inca history in Cuzco, The Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu. Possible hikes around Ausungate, a 21,000 foot peak near Cuzco. Plane from Cuzco to Lima and then back to Miami

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Following is a sample itinerary for Dragons’ Peru 6-week Summer Program 2007-2008. Our sample itineraries are based on past courses; in order to meet instructor team goals, as well as the goals and interests of particular student groups, future itineraries are subject to change. Please keep an eye on the course’s Yak board for additional […]

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Following is a sample itinerary for Dragons' Senegal Summer Program 2007-2008. Our sample itineraries are based on past courses; in order to meet instructor team goals, as well as the goals and interests of particular student groups, future itineraries are subject to change. Please keep an eye on the course's Yak board for additional itinerary-related postings and updates.


Week One:
Fly into Dakar and continue to Thies for cultural orientation and language instruction; visit nearby villages and partake in activities with local high school aged students.

Weeks Two - Three:
Move to the south for trekking in the foothills of the Guinean mountains, visiting weekly markets, magnificent waterfalls and animist villages along the way.

Weeks Three - Four:
Travel to villages outside of Kolda learning more about Pulaar society, sustenance agriculture, and traditional values; visit Peace Corps projects and examine the effects of grassroots development.

Week Five:
Return north, stopping in Touba, West Africa’s largest pilgrimage site, and learn about the Mouride Brotherhood. Visit St. Louis, the ancient capital of francophone Africa.

Week Six:
Spend time in Dakar, the metropolis of Senegal, visit Goree Island, the point of departure of millions of slaves; visit a refugee school to learn about the conflicts that plague West Africa; spend your last few days relaxing on the cliffs and white sand beaches of Le Toubab Diallo.

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Following is a sample itinerary for Dragons’ Senegal Summer Program 2007-2008. Our sample itineraries are based on past courses; in order to meet instructor team goals, as well as the goals and interests of particular student groups, future itineraries are subject to change. Please keep an eye on the course’s Yak board for additional itinerary-related […]

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Following is a sample itinerary for Dragons' Sikkim Summer Program 2007-2008. Our sample itineraries are based on past courses; in order to meet instructor team goals, as well as the goals and interests of particular student groups, future itineraries are subject to change. Please keep an eye on the course's Yak board for additional itinerary-related postings and updates.


Week One:
Orientation in LA; fly to Calcutta. Night train to Siliguri and travel to Darjeeling, Begin language study, introduction to Buddhist and Hindu tradition; survey of development and aid work.

Week Two:
Home-stay in Darjeeling; ISP work, internships. Visit local monasteries, meet with well-respected craftsmen, teachers, community leaders. Learn about the tea plantations, colonial history and history of international relations / Indian identity.

Week Three:
Travel North to Gangtok, Sikkim, (additional potential homestay site); learn about Tibetan community in exile. Visit Rumtek and Enchey monasteries, and the Namgyal Institute of Tibetology. Survey lectures on various environmental issues in the region, and local environmental policy.

Week Four:
5-day home-stay with Nepali, Lepcha and/or Tibetan families. Service work, further ISP and internship opportunities. Or, 5-days of rugged trekking in Kanchenjunga National Park. Final days, return to Calcutta via jeep and train to explore the markets and temples of this ancient, colorful city.

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Following is a sample itinerary for Dragons’ Sikkim Summer Program 2007-2008. Our sample itineraries are based on past courses; in order to meet instructor team goals, as well as the goals and interests of particular student groups, future itineraries are subject to change. Please keep an eye on the course’s Yak board for additional itinerary-related […]

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01/1/07

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Following is a sample itinerary for Dragons' Silk Road Summer Program 2007-2008. Our sample itineraries are based on past courses; in order to meet instructor team goals, as well as the goals and interests of particular student groups, future itineraries are subject to change. Please keep an eye on the course's Yak board for additional itinerary-related postings and updates.


Week One:
Orientation in L.A.; flight to Beijing, connecting flight to Kashgar, Northwestern China: visit Kashgar’s open-air Sunday Bazaar, the world’s liveliest market; visit the Id Kah Mosque; begin Uyghur language study

Week Two:
Hike glaciated valleys and mountains of the Karakoram Range / Pamir Plateau; camp amid small herding communities. Travel deeper to Tashkorgan, the last Chinese outpost along the Karakoram Highway; explore ethnic Tajik culture and the deep history of this stop along the caravan route; return to Kashgar

Week Three:
Travel Southeast to Khotan, along the northern edge of the Kunlun Mountains / Tibetan Plateau: explore the ancient city, long famous for its silk, jade, pottery and carpet-weaving; visit sites of traditional Uyghur artisanship. Embark on cross-Taklamakan bus journey in search of Turpan, at the base of the distant Tian Shan Mountains. Turpan: Jiaohe & Kharakhojia ruins, further exploration of Islamic culture; explore lush oasis community by bicycle

Week Four:
Rural home-stay in village outside of Turpan, an area with a 5,000 year-old history of habitation: harvest melons and grapes; visit the Tuyoq Mazaar, one of the seven most important Muslim sites in the world. Bus north to Kanas Lake and begin preparations for a short trek in the foothills of the Altai Range

Week Five:
Train travel into Qinghai Province via Dunhuang, Gansu: explore Dunhuang Buddhist grottoes, camp in nearby sand dunes. In Qinghai, enter Tibetan Autonomous Prefectures and stay with Tibetan families; work with local community aid and development workers on service project

Week Six:
Return travel to Beijing: exploration of rapidly-diminishing hutong alleyways, Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Summer Palace; enjoy traditional Northeastern cuisine and explore contemporary artistic movements

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Following is a sample itinerary for Dragons’ Silk Road Summer Program 2007-2008. Our sample itineraries are based on past courses; in order to meet instructor team goals, as well as the goals and interests of particular student groups, future itineraries are subject to change. Please keep an eye on the course’s Yak board for additional […]

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01/1/07

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Following is a sample itinerary for Dragons' Thailand Summer Program 2007-2008. Our sample itineraries are based on past courses; in order to meet instructor team goals, as well as the goals and interests of particular student groups, future itineraries are subject to change. Please keep an eye on the course's Yak board for additional itinerary-related postings and updates.


Week One:
Orientation in L.A., fly to Mae Hong Son: visit local markets and begin immediately to discover the incredible variety of foods in Thailand. Immerse in a study of Thai culture and ethnic minorities, bike amid rural villages and rice fields; visit Buddhist monasteries, daily language instruction.

Weeks Two - Three:
Visit communities bordering Burma and Laos: jungle trekking to rural villages. Live with families in a network of villages learning their trades and living as they do. Visit Burma and travel to similar villages in Burma studying the varying effects that tourism and government policies exert over minorities in each country.

Weeks Four - Five:
Home-stay, group service project, internships, further work on independent study projects, further study of comparative cultures and religions.

Week Six:
Wat stay (live in a monastery): meditate daily, study the teachings of Buddhism, chant with monks and reflect on the experience. Return to Bangkok, meet with heads of NGOs and international aid and development organizations.

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Following is a sample itinerary for Dragons’ Thailand Summer Program 2007-2008. Our sample itineraries are based on past courses; in order to meet instructor team goals, as well as the goals and interests of particular student groups, future itineraries are subject to change. Please keep an eye on the course’s Yak board for additional itinerary-related […]

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01/1/07

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Following is a sample itinerary for Dragons' Tibet Cultural Summer Program 2007-2008. Our sample itineraries are based on past courses; in order to meet instructor team goals, as well as the goals and interests of particular student groups, future itineraries are subject to change. Please keep an eye on the course's Yak board for additional itinerary-related postings and updates.


Week One:
Orientation in L.A.; layover in Chengdu; arrive Lhasa: visit sacred Tibetan monuments; discover the city on bike; meet with traditional healers at the Mentsekhang Tibetan Hospital; meet with aid groups and scholars; meet with high lamas, oracles, accomplished artists, and graduate students

Weeks Two - Three:
Travel by Landcruiser, bus and foot to Drigung Monastery and sky-burial site; rugged 5-day trek to Terdrom Nunnery and hot springs. Visit the sacred, high lake of Namtso; camp along the shore and explore nearby hermitage and nomadic communities; explore the Nyen Chen Thang Lha Mountain Range. Return to Lhasa to continue with Independent Study Projects.

Week Four:
Travel to Ganden Monastery: hike khora route encircling the monastery; prepare for 5-day trek to Samye Monastery; explore nearby meditation retreat caves at Chimpu. Fly to Xining, Qinghai Province; Chengdu, Sichuan Province; or Zhongdian, Yunnan Province.

Week Five:
Challenging and rough overland transport into Amdo / Kham: camp at traditional Tibetan horse festival; internships and independent study projects; learn about monastic reconstruction and preservation of traditional arts and architecture; numerous opportunities for day hikes

Week Six:
Nomadic home-stay and service learning in monastic Tibetan community; religious teaching and in-depth exploration of Tibetan Buddhism and the Tibetan political situation; return to Chengdu, return flight to U.S.

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Following is a sample itinerary for Dragons’ Tibet Cultural Summer Program 2007-2008. Our sample itineraries are based on past courses; in order to meet instructor team goals, as well as the goals and interests of particular student groups, future itineraries are subject to change. Please keep an eye on the course’s Yak board for additional […]

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Following is a sample itinerary for Dragons' Vietnam Summer Program 2007-2008. Our sample itineraries are based on past courses; in order to meet instructor team goals, as well as the goals and interests of particular student groups, future itineraries are subject to change. Please keep an eye on the course's Yak board for additional itinerary-related postings and updates.


Week One:

Orientation in LA; fly to Hanoi: begin language and history lessons; bike tour; visit historic and cultural sites; SOS Village orphanage project; visit Children's Palace; lesson on Vietnamese traditional art, followed by a visit to the Vietnam National Gallery; begin Independent Study Projects (ISPs); meet with government officials and directors of NGOs

Week Two:

Halong Bay excursion: boating and open-water kayaking in the bay, followed by 4 days of jungle trekking; rural village stay and introduction to minority cultures.

Weeks Three - Four:

Hue: Service Projects; focused study on religions of Vietnam; internships for ISP topics with artists, NGOs, or Buddhist pagodas. Visit sites along the DMZ and survey US experience during the Vietnam war.

Weeks Five - Six:

In and around Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). Work with Ho Chi Minh City Youth League's "Green Summer Campaign" on environmental work projects; dormitory-style home-stays with Youth League students; work at Thi Nghe's Center for Handicapped Children and Children's Cultural Institute's orphanage project; ISP presentations; program debrief

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Following is a sample itinerary for Dragons’ Vietnam Summer Program 2007-2008. Our sample itineraries are based on past courses; in order to meet instructor team goals, as well as the goals and interests of particular student groups, future itineraries are subject to change. Please keep an eye on the course’s Yak board for additional itinerary-related […]

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Following is a sample itinerary for Dragons' Andes & Amazon Semester Program 2007-2008. Our sample itineraries are based on past courses; in order to meet instructor team goals, as well as the goals and interests of particular student groups, future itineraries are subject to change. Please keep an eye on the course's Yak board for additional itinerary-related postings and updates.

Week One:

Arrive to La Paz, the highest capital city in the world, orientation at Isla del Sol for 2 days and return to La Paz to visit US embassy, meet with journalists, political activist and politicians about current Bolivian social and political movements.

Weeks One- Three:

Homestays and language study in La Paz. Internship and volunteer opportunities with orphanages, arts groups, women’s organizations, learn from journalists and politicians and explorations of this intriguing city. Travel to the Apolobamba, short homestays in Kaata, studying Kallawaya culture, subsistence lifestyle, sustainable development, and responsible eco-tourism. Trek 6 days to Pelechuco.

Weeks Four - Seven:

Return to La Paz, rest. Visit important museums, music and cultural events. Travel to Sorata for extended homestays, language study and service learning with the Sorata Youth Association. Learn Spanish and Aymara language and develop creative and academic ISPs. From Sorata we begin the “Camino de Oro” trek to Guanay and the Yungas. Passing through cloud forests and into the agricultural regions of Bolivia we study ecology, Andean geography, and the gold-mining culture in this region.

Weeks Eight- Eleven:

Continue to Caranavi and visit with local politicians to further discuss the region’s agricultural development. Travel by bus to Rurrenebaque near Madidi National Park where to begin a river-trip into the Amazon. We continue by river to Peruvian border and cross to Puerto Maldonado and visit Peruvian Amazon in Manu National Park. Time for ISP development. Travel to Cuzco and the Sacred Valley, pre-Hispanic cultures and eco-tourism. Travel south to Lake Titicaca, birthplace of Tiahuanaco culture and mythological birthplace of the first Inca. Visit Peruvian islands and Tiahuanaco on the Bolivia side. Return to La Paz.

Weeks Twelve - Thirteen:

Cochabamba, begin final homestays; further Spanish language study; study trade, union movements, natural resource issues; ISP development. Return to La Paz for last week. Visit Sajama National Park, at the base of Bolivia’s highest peak (Sajama at 6,540m) for ISP presentations. Return to La Paz for last few days to wander markets, hike Chacaltaya, a beautiful and non-technical 5300m peak.

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Following is a sample itinerary for Dragons’ Andes & Amazon Semester Program 2007-2008. Our sample itineraries are based on past courses; in order to meet instructor team goals, as well as the goals and interests of particular student groups, future itineraries are subject to change. Please keep an eye on the course’s Yak board for […]

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Following is a sample itinerary for Dragons' China: South of the CloudsSemester Program 2007-2008. Our sample itineraries are based on past courses; in order to meet instructor team goals, as well as the goals and interests of particular student groups, future itineraries are subject to change. Please keep an eye on the course's Yak board for additional itinerary-related postings and updates.

Weeks One - Four:
Direct flight into Kunming, Yunnan Province: orientation and settle into the city; explore the lively Emerald Lake at dawn, take a taste-tour of ethnic noodle dishes; prepare for immediate departure into China’s hinterlands.

Initial program travel will depend on weather, student interest and goals, and the experience of the program staff. Options include, but are not limited to a) exploration of China’s north-western Xinjiang Province with look at Islam and cultural issues of China’s ethnic minorities, and a trek through the Pamir Plateau; b) service project while living with families in rural communities representing Tibeto-Burman/Sino-Tibetan and animist cultures in rural Yunnan; c) explore China’s Guizhou and Guangxi Provinces: hiking and biking through terraced rice fields, exploring open-air markets; and discovering the hidden gems of rarely-touristed and recently ‘opened’ ethnic regions

Weeks Five - Ten:
In Kunming: students begin urban home-stay with families; group gathers at the Program House on a daily basis for classes in Mandarin Chinese and an inter-disciplinary course on Modern China, covering topics in political history, art, literature, religious and cultural traditions, and economic development; students accelerate work on their Independent Study Projects (ISPs), which may include apprenticeships with local artists, photo-essay projects, ethnographies formed by a compilation of interviews, or mentored research that contributes to any topic of the student's choosing. Weekend trip options encourage students to further explore their rich surroundings: the group may choose to hike or mountain bike into the Western Hills surrounding the city; they may travel into Tibetan communities and visit Buddhist monasteries in the foothills of the Tibetan Plateau; or they may participate in a service project aimed at supplying clean water to a remote village, or educating youth about HIV / AIDS along the Yunnan-Burmese border. We conclude our city experience with a large feast and banquet for all host-families, before heading off on a final travel adventure.

Week Ten - Thirteen:
Remote travel experience that draws upon the various instructor specializations as well as the interests, goals, and visions within the group. Options may include any of those mentioned under Weeks One through Four.

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Dragons Administration,China Semester, Spring 2007

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Following is a sample itinerary for Dragons’ China: South of the CloudsSemester Program 2007-2008. Our sample itineraries are based on past courses; in order to meet instructor team goals, as well as the goals and interests of particular student groups, future itineraries are subject to change. Please keep an eye on the course’s Yak board […]

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