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Visions of India Semester, Fall 2010


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hello all,

seeing how i've been waitingin anticipation for monthsto read the yak yak postsof my fellow travelers and instructors, i thought i'd take the initiative to write the first indroduction. from the small town of ojai, california (about an hr. north of LA) i've spent my years hanging at the beach, hiking in the mountains, wreaking havoc in the LA/VTA area,and just living the typical southern california life with my friends and family.

growing upin such a sheltered town where your buisness is everyone's buisnessmade me want a significant change of pace at the end of high schooll; and an opportunity to refelct and explore: i think india is afantastic place for inwardreflection and outward exploration.

i was in southern india earlier this year on a school trip visiting our sister schools in the bangalore/kerla area. even though it was an awesome experience, ilook forward to being submerged inmore realistic aspects ofindian culture-- whatever that may entail.

myschool trip was a very sheltered approach to the country, staying invery isolated/wealthy schools thatweremorewesternized then i anticipated, and spending minimal time in cities and towns outside the school. nonetheless, the lure of india drew me back to explorethe infinite beauty, stark contrasts and cultural diversity that seems to compose this intriging subcontinent.

i really, really, really look forward to meeting and traveling with everyone. it's crazy to think that as of now we're all strangers, but by december we will get to know one another in such great capacities, and will hopefully make lasting friendships. haha i thinki've blabbed on enough.... anyhow,hope everyone's summer is going great, can't wait until sept 5th.

peace,

evan g

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Evan Thomas Griffin,Visions of India Semester, Fall 2010

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hello all, seeing how i’ve been waitingin anticipation for monthsto read the yak yak postsof my fellow travelers and instructors, i thought i’d take the initiative to write the first indroduction. from the small town of ojai, california (about an hr. north of LA) i’ve spent my years hanging at the beach, hiking in the […]

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07/8/10

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Evan Thomas Griffin

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    [post_content] => Hello Friends and Parents! 

Our Yak Yak bulletin boards provide a wonderful place for students to post reflections, insights, and observations, and share their journey with those who are vicariously participating from home. The boards also serve as a great “e-memoir” for students to return to post-course to observe their growth, revisit ideas, and renew their inspiration. Of course, Yak Yak is equally valuable to potential Dragons students and families, who can dig in and gain honest insight into past field experiences.

For these reasons, we prefer to reserve our bulletin boards for postings that are of interest to the entire viewing audience. As most groups will have regular access to web-based email services, we request that personal notes to individual students be sent to students’ personal email accounts. If you would like to share a message with the entire group, post an article that is relevant to the country your student is traveling in, or submit your own composed reflection that is relevant to the country and/or applicable to the viewing interest of all general observers of Yak Yak, we invite you to post!

If there is anything that you would like to communicate to Dragons’ administrative staff, please email your question/comment directly to info@wheretherebedragons.com and we’ll respond as quickly as possible. In addition, you are always welcome to phone our office: 800-982-9203.

Thank you again for your active interest in this fall's upcoming adventures!

Sincerely,

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For Friends and Parents: A Note on Yakking

Dragons Administration,Visions of India Semester, Fall 2010

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Hello Friends and Parents! Our Yak Yak bulletin boards provide a wonderful place for students to post reflections, insights, and observations, and share their journey with those who are vicariously participating from home. The boards also serve as a great “e-memoir” for students to return to post-course to observe their growth, revisit ideas, and renew […]

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07/6/10

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Dragons Administration

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    [post_content] => Welcome to your Where There Be Dragons Yak Yak bulletin board for the Fall 2010! As you’ll soon discover, this board is a valuable forum for self-introductions, for building community, and for addressing any and all questions that arise during the upcoming months. 

Until the start of yourcourse in September, this will be THE place to find important notices related to your course’s development and itinerary design. It’ll also be the place to learn about your fellow students and instructors. So please, post a personal introduction! It may reflect any number of things about you, like your interests, reasons for choosing Dragons, independent study considerations, or any other thought or inspiration. Please also consider posting your packing and prep-related questions here. Don’t be shy - if you have a question, it’s likely that someone else in your group has been wondering the same thing! Your instructors have a lot of experience and many, many tips that they’re excited to share with you. So please, ask away.

Setting up the Yak board, in many ways, marks the start of your course. It’s the first step in establishing the community that will support you throughout the journey that lies ahead. Together, you will learn to walk, dress, eat, talk and think in an entirely new way. You will see landscapes that will cause your jaw to drop, and meet people that will touch, change and inspire your life forever. Although your course’s official start date is still many weeks away, we would like to remind you that your adventure actually began the day you made the choice to join Dragons. Choosing to make your dream a reality took immense amounts of courage, and all of us congratulate you on taking that first, and most important, step.

Welcome to Dragons. We’re excited to share in your adventure!

Sincerely,

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Welcome to Your Yak Board!

Dragons Administration,Visions of India Semester, Fall 2010

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Welcome to your Where There Be Dragons Yak Yak bulletin board for the Fall 2010! As you’ll soon discover, this board is a valuable forum for self-introductions, for building community, and for addressing any and all questions that arise during the upcoming months. Until the start of yourcourse in September, this will be THE place […]

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07/6/10

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Dragons Administration