Following is a sample itinerary for Dragons' Visions of India 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: Overnight in Los Angeles to discuss program goals and begin orientation. Flight to India. Arrive in Delhi and meet our program staff. Visit the Juma Masjid, the largest mosque in India, and the historic Raj Ghat.
Weeks Two - Three:
Travel by train and bus to the foothills of the Himalayas for mountain trekking. Possible options include treks around the Nandi Devi Massif, or hikes to the headwaters of the Ganges. Return to Delhi, bus to Agra to visit the Taj Mahal and Red Fort.
Travel by train to Varanasi. Begin home-stays, morning yoga classes and guest speaker/performer series. Continue daily language classes. Learn about community service and Independent Study Projects and apprenticeships with mentors. Attend sitar concerts on banks of the Ganges. Day trip to Sarnath, site of Buddha's first teaching, and visit main stupa, Deer Park, Gupta Museum, and Tibetan College. Weekend excursion to small traditional village of Murahaua. Stay with local families and plant trees in Dragons' Orchard.
Weeks Five - Twelve: Continue language training, home-stays and lecture/performance series. Begin community service and Independent Study Projects. Meet Indian peers and attend classes in local school. Complete the Panchakroshi Yatra pilgrimage throughout the city. Excursions to various important cultural centers including: the Chunar Fort and Ma Devi Temple, the traditional village of Sul Tankeshwar, and a week-long meditation retreat in Bodh Gaya, the site of the Buddha's enlightenment. Three-day boat ride on the Ganges from Allahabad, where the Ganges comes off the plains, back to Varanasi.
Week Thirteen: Community service and Independent Study Project presentations. Farewell banquet and concert for host families and friends at the program house. Travel to Calcutta, visit Kali Ghat and the Victoria Memorial. Final banquet and farewells. Evening flight to Los Angeles.
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India Semester: Sample Itinerary 2007-2008
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Following is a sample itinerary for Dragons’ Visions of India 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 […]
Following is a sample itinerary for Dragons' Cambodia 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.
Weeks One - Two: Orientation in L.A., fly to Phnom Penh: Gain our bearings in one of the most intense cities in SE Asia. Visit local markets and begin immediately to study Khmer history and culture. Daily intensive Khmer language courses prepare students for the program elements to come. Trek in the wild wilderness of Northeast Cambodia where it is not uncommon to see endangered wildlife. Learn of ethnic minority issues and discuss the effects of tourism and development in those areas.
Weeks Two - Three: Return to Phnom Penh for an intense study of Khmer history. Visit the Killing Fields and the S-21 Concentration camps. Meet with experts on the Khmer Rouge and interview Khmer Rouge survivors. Perform service project for poverty stricken communities, make progress on independent study projects.
Weeks Three - Four: Travel to Siem Riep. Reflect during solo time while visiting the magical temples of Angkor Wat, art history and culture. Volunteer in children’s hospitals, host English camps, and meet with experts on development. Further study of Theravada Buddhism, development issues, conflict resolution, and political issues.
Weeks Four - Five: Homestays, group service projects, study of human trafficking and its roots, camping on hilltop amidst pre Angkorian ruins.
Weeks Five - Six: Fishing in beach towns. Independent study project presentations, study of effects of tourism and development along coastlines, environmental impacts.
Final Days: Last minute trips to markets and favorite restaurants, goodbyes to new friends and family.
Following is a sample itinerary for Dragons’ Cambodia 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 […]
Ok its been almost a week since the last yak yak post and alot has happened! on the last night we were in Hanoi we had a naming ceremony. this is where our group leader gave each person a name based on their attributes both physicly and spirtitually. the next day we were on our way into the steamyy mountains of the rual areas and by mid day we made it to the reservation and started our trek. During our trek we must have faced challendges created by God! On the first day after hiking for 2 hours we came to the final leg of our day only to find the bridge to get us across the raging river was broken! with a little help from the locals and the courage of our new leader brad, we were able to tie a rope on either side of the river and forge it one by one! It was a true test of strength, will power and courage. On the sceond day after hiking all day we came to another very large challenge. the rains from the previous night had created a mud slide and blocked our path. We tried out the idea of crossing by foot and getting down and dirty only to find amongst the wet sticky mud were leeches! that idea was out of the question! so we had to exercise a new part of our bodies, the brain. using some rocks, leaves, and alot of bamboo we were able to create a bridge. unfortuantly in the distance we could clearly see to angry clouds of a very big storm! we soon did the math, dragons students+ mud slide + rain fall= NOT GOOD! so it was a race against time to construct a bridge and get across, and we did it with plenty of time left over. On the third day we had the biggest obsticle of all. for more reasons beyond our control we had to stray off the path and climb up a clay like face covered in trees. It was very hard because some of the vines we would grab on to would rip off! and to make matters worse the terrain over time would fall apart and my it harder to climb up! But we are a team and with a little help from everybody we were able to make it up that face. this challenge was a true test of strength, brains, and most of all team work. it was becaue of this we grew so much closer together after the trek was over. after the trek we decided to take some time off and get some R and R, so our leaders rented us a boat the sailed around Houlong Bay. it was spectacular and we got to go swimming in the nice warm water and best of all by that point murie had met up with us so now we are all together. today we ended our 2 day boat trip with kayaking around haulong Bay.It was amazing we went threw a cave out into a cove that had the most spectacular fish, plants, and rock formations ever! This Summer is going Great!
Ok its been almost a week since the last yak yak post and alot has happened! on the last night we were in Hanoi we had a naming ceremony. this is where our group leader gave each person a name based on their attributes both physicly and spirtitually. the next day we were on our […]