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Andes & Amazon "B" Semester, Fall 2010


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its been nearly 6 months since we have left eachother in miami and i just want to say i miss you guys soooooo much!!!!!! just wannnted to lettcha know......hehe ive beeen writing letters back and forth with dona julia and we are engaged!!! wahoo!! go sheep! yay me! peace out homies

xoxoxo homie john!
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as i go on, i remember….

juanito wyman,Andes & Amazon "B" Semester, Fall 2010

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hey guyz!! its been nearly 6 months since we have left eachother in miami and i just want to say i miss you guys soooooo much!!!!!! just wannnted to lettcha know……hehe ive beeen writing letters back and forth with dona julia and we are engaged!!! wahoo!! go sheep! yay me! peace out homies xoxoxo homie […]

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06/11/11

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juanito wyman

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Hi Dragons,

Here are some more pictures that I uploaded but that didn't get sent. Feel free to email me for the bigger formats.

Ciao

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More belated photo contest pics

Rose DeNicola,Andes & Amazon "B" Semester, Fall 2010

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Hi Dragons, Here are some more pictures that I uploaded but that didn’t get sent. Feel free to email me for the bigger formats. Ciao

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05/17/11

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Rose DeNicola

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Hi Dragons,

So I posted pictures for the contest, but they didn't go through. I figured I would post them again so you could have them anyways if you want.

Miss ya! Rose

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Belated Pictures

Rose,Andes & Amazon "B" Semester, Fall 2010

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Hi Dragons, So I posted pictures for the contest, but they didn’t go through. I figured I would post them again so you could have them anyways if you want. Miss ya! Rose

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05/17/11

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Rose

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Fall Photo Contest 2010

Rose D,Andes & Amazon "B" Semester, Fall 2010

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02/28/11

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Rose D

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Fall Photo Contest 2010

CHloe Maxmin,Andes & Amazon "B" Semester, Fall 2010

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02/13/11

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Fall Photo Contest 2010

Chloe Maxmin,Andes & Amazon "B" Semester, Fall 2010

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02/7/11

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Chloe Maxmin

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    [post_content] => Saludos participantes del semestere en los Andes y la Amazonia,

Greetings to you all from Colorado and welcome to your yak board. Summer is picking up here and we have just recently cut loose our summer courses, which are heading deeper each day into various corners of the world as you all read this. And we have the opportunity now to begin looking toward the fall and the exciting semester programs that you all are a part of. And to launch the yak board for these courses.

I wanted to take the chance briefly to introduce you all to your semester formally on the yak board to share a few things about this course while inviting you all to begin using the yak board to answer questions and begin building excitement for this next semester. And in the introduction, I would like to explain both about the place that we will all be traveling and the people we will be with. Basically the look of our groups.

EL LUGAR
So what’s going on with the place? Bolivia continues to navigate its own path through history, with Evo Morales still leading the country as president and becoming an even stronger voice for indigenous people throughout the world. This spring we had the fortune of seeing him speak, along with Venezuela's Hugo Chavez and a crew of leftist leaders from Latin America at Evo’s the first “Global People’s Climate Change Conference” hosted in the city of Cochabamba, the site of Bolivia’s famous Water Wars in 2000. He staged this conference as a response to the shortcomings of Copenhagen, especially with the lack of voice given to the poor countries of the world and consideration given to issues such as Climate Debt. It has been interesting to watch Bolivia's role in this debate, which has been filled with equal doses of optimism and controversy. Have a look at some of Democracy Now’s coverage of the conference at: http://www.democracynow.org/2010/4/21/evo_morales_opens_climate_change_conference

Back on the other side of the country, high in the mountains of the Cordillera Real, we find our Casa Amaru Program House in the mountain valley of Sorata, which sits right at that point where the clouds from the Amazon are being cooled by the massive peaks of the Andes. This is a place you all will come to know well, and will be your home for a large part of the semester. One beautiful aspect of this spot is its geographic placement, perfectly at the transition between the high Andes and the low Amazon, at a temperate 8,500 feet (that means perpetual spring in the tropics). So we have certain plants and animals that are more a part of the Amazon and others that are part of the Andes, which both meet at this altitude. And this September when the course begins will also begin the planting season. We’ll be putting ourselves to filling fields with seeds of potatoes, quinoa, corn and beans. And as the plants grow, birds will begin to migrate. So we can listen to the chorus of parrots in the morning while sitting underneath two dramatic 21,000-foot sacred mountains and watching snow fall on their heights. Sounds idyllic, right? Well, it is, but it these mountain slopes also have their challenges. It is a largely Aymara farming community and no easy place to maintain a subsistence lifestyle on these steep slopes with inclement weather. It is only 3.5 hours from La Paz and the entire swath between La Paz and Sorata has been at the center of many modern and historic political and social movements. It is just the right spot for you to find the heart of the Andes and Amazon.

LA GENTE
And moving on to your course and the shape of things this fall, the Andes and Amazon Semester has been more and more popular over the past couple of years and we are excited once again to be able to run this course for two separate groups each with 10 to 12 participants. Dragons’ courses always have the unique characteristic of being able to change and cater to the interests of the group and the individual assets of the instructors and this year we will be able to do this even better. We plan to have two distinct programs that both keep the heart of our Andes and Amazon Semester but can have slightly different foci to be able to meet the students’ interests even better. We had the chance to work with this over the past year and it truly did create exceptional opportunities for groups A and B in the fall and spring..

This also means we will have two separate instructor teams. We still have some paperwork coming in from students and as we move forward we will begin dividing our groups. We know that you all will be eager to know which group you will be a part of and who your instructors will be, but we need to ask for a bit of patience as we continue to gather information that will allow us to better delineate these groups – for example we will not have an idea of registration for our accredited courses until the end of the month. So, for this reason we will not be introducing instructor teams or student groups until that time. But we do encourage you to begin introducing yourselves on the yak board and using this to post any questions you may have for this course, and once we split the groups you will have distinct yak boards. At this point I will be the one responding to these questions, along with a couple instructors who are not wrapped up in summer courses.

My role with Dragons is as Andes and Amazon Semester Director and I have been working in this role since this programs’ inception three years ago. I have been a Course Director for each semester and have additionally instructed three. With Dragons I have also instructed a Guatemala Semester, our Bolivia summer course, a custom course in Peru and spent two years in Boulder as Latin America Program. My role as Course Director this fall is in many ways an administrative and logistical one. I will be helping in pre-course planning and prep with each of the instructors and also be 100% available to help all participants and families in their planning for the course, along with the Boulder admin. I will also have the opportunity to meet you all in Bolivia in two months and hopefully travel with you during the first couple weeks of the program. So, we’ll get to know each other along the way.

With that, les dejo, I leave you to begin building your own community on the board here, firing away questions and getting to know each other’s interests and background a little. I hope this summer finds you well and each day building excitement and momentum for this coming semester.

Con anticipacion desde Colorado,


Tim Hare
Andes and Amazon Semester Director
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Course Director Introduction: Welcome to the A and A

Tim Hare,Andes & Amazon "B" Semester, Fall 2010

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Saludos participantes del semestere en los Andes y la Amazonia, Greetings to you all from Colorado and welcome to your yak board. Summer is picking up here and we have just recently cut loose our summer courses, which are heading deeper each day into various corners of the world as you all read this. And […]

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07/7/10

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Tim Hare