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    [post_content] => Lauren learned traditional Mayan weaving for her ISP. Here she is pictured with the scarf she wove.

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Sara studied Mayan Cosmovision for her ISP and made a traditional Mayan calendar.

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Evan and Drew learned how to play marimba as part of their ISP. In lieu of an actual marimba for this photo, they played an excellent song on air marimba.

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Below are several photos from the student designed and led closing ceremony. One of the activities was writing gratitude letters to one another by candlelight.

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One last round of photos from the group

Jody Segar,FALL: Central America

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Lauren learned traditional Mayan weaving for her ISP. Here she is pictured with the scarf she wove. Sara studied Mayan Cosmovision for her ISP and made a traditional Mayan calendar. Evan and Drew learned how to play marimba as part of their ISP. In lieu of an actual marimba for this photo, they played an […]

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12/6/16

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Jody Segar

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    [post_content] => Hello family and friends!

We have just sent the students into the airport for the first step in their journeys back home! We enjoyed a long hug exchange in a smoke free zone outside the Guatemala City airport as you can see in the photo.

As cliché as it may sound, it is truly hard to believe this experience is ending. During these journeys, the course feels like our whole world in many ways, so moving on is a massive transition. It pushes up many strong emotions, prominent among which is profound gratitude for what we fifteen have shared and that which made it possible.

Gracias to our students for trusting us and striving, to their families and friends who trusted us and supported them, and sobretodo to all that is Nicaragua and Guatemala for teaching us and LOVING us so much.

¡Vamos con fé y alegría!

- Lxs instructores

 
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They are off!

Instructors,FALL: Central America

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Hello family and friends! We have just sent the students into the airport for the first step in their journeys back home! We enjoyed a long hug exchange in a smoke free zone outside the Guatemala City airport as you can see in the photo. As cliché as it may sound, it is truly hard […]

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12/6/16

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Instructors

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    [post_content] => Dear Fall 2016 Central America Semester Students & Families,

It is hard to believe that 3 months have passed since embarking on this incredible adventure! It won’t be long and students will be boarding their planes back home. We are sure you are anxiously awaiting their arrival!

Below is a reminder of the return group flight information for eagerly awaiting families (all times are in local time zones):

Tuesday, December 6th

American Airlines #1182

Depart: Guatemala City, Guatemala (GUA) 8:45 AM

Arrive: Miami, Florida (MIA) 11:22 AM

We will have a Dragons Administrator on call for the duration of the travel day. Starting on Monday, December 5th, should you need any assistance after regular office hours, please call our “on-call” number at 303-921-6078.

We wish all students a great trip home!

Sincerely,

Boulder Admin
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RETURN FLIGHT INFORMATION

Eva Vanek,FALL: Central America

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Dear Fall 2016 Central America Semester Students & Families, It is hard to believe that 3 months have passed since embarking on this incredible adventure! It won’t be long and students will be boarding their planes back home. We are sure you are anxiously awaiting their arrival! Below is a reminder of the return group […]

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12/5/16

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Eva Vanek

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    [post_content] => Students sit atop the Tikal Mayan ruins (11/27):

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Hannah and Irene at Tikal:

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Bakari and Hannah atop Temple #4 at Tikal:

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Irene strikes a pose:

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Marissa take a quiet moment:

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Hannah working on her ISP through community-based art classes (11/22):

 

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James with his ISP mural at the program house (11/23):  img_6975

Bakari shared his permaculture hanging gardens and a poem for his ISP project (11/23):

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Photos from the Student-led Expedition in Tikal

Jody Segar,FALL: Central America

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Students sit atop the Tikal Mayan ruins (11/27): Hannah and Irene at Tikal: Bakari and Hannah atop Temple #4 at Tikal: Irene strikes a pose: Marissa take a quiet moment: Hannah working on her ISP through community-based art classes (11/22):   James with his ISP mural at the program house (11/23):   Bakari shared his permaculture […]

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12/1/16

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Jody Segar

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    [post_content] => Dear Fall 2016 Central America Semester Students & Families,

It is hard to believe that 3 months have passed since embarking on this incredible adventure! It won’t be long and students will be boarding their planes back home. We are sure you are anxiously awaiting their arrival!

Below is a reminder of the return group flight information for eagerly awaiting families (all times are in local time zones):

Tuesday, December 6th

American Airlines #1182

Depart: Guatemala City, Guatemala (GUA) 8:00 AM

Arrive: Miami, Florida (MIA) 11:43 AM

We will have a Dragons Administrator on call for the duration of the travel day. Starting on Monday, December 5th, should you need any assistance after regular office hours, please call our “on-call” number at 303-921-6078.

We wish all students a great trip home!

Sincerely,

Boulder Admin
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RETURN FLIGHT INFORMATION

Eva Vanek,FALL: Central America

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Dear Fall 2016 Central America Semester Students & Families, It is hard to believe that 3 months have passed since embarking on this incredible adventure! It won’t be long and students will be boarding their planes back home. We are sure you are anxiously awaiting their arrival! Below is a reminder of the return group […]

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12/1/16

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Eva Vanek

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    [post_content] => I've always loved my family's Thanksgiving, which made me quite sad to be missing the day at home. Fortunately, my groupmates shared my desire to celebrate the holiday despite our location. After securing the kitchen for the night at the hotel we were staying at in Guatemala City, menu planning got underway: garlic mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes with marshmallow, lemon fried brussel sprouts, two types of salad, fresh bread, pumpkin pie, chocolate cake, vanilla ice cream and sparkling grape juice. It was safe to call it a feast.

The ingredients for all the vegetable dishes we prepared were bargained for at el Mercado Central, a massive market near the central park of the City that houses both an entire floor of touristy goodies and another of fresh produce and flowers sold by rows and rows of local vendors. The baked goods came from a delicious bakery a few blocks from the hotel (and which we grew quite fond of).

Now, the turkey? We discussed the cultural significance of the fried chicken chain Pollo Campero in Guatemala the morning of Thanksgiving. We heard that for some time people would bring Pollo Campero back to the US for their family members who had moved there and were thus unable to go to Pollo Campero. What better way to represent our festive turkey than with a celebrated meat of our temporary country of residence? Pollo Campero it was.

After enjoying our diverse, delicious and very large meal, we still had pie and cake to spare. We offered slices to nearly every hotel guest that passed through the lobby the rest of that night. I suppose our holiday culminated in a real exemplification of the spirit of giving.

Happy Thanksgiving!
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Happy Thanksgiving

Nina Vogel,FALL: Central America

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I’ve always loved my family’s Thanksgiving, which made me quite sad to be missing the day at home. Fortunately, my groupmates shared my desire to celebrate the holiday despite our location. After securing the kitchen for the night at the hotel we were staying at in Guatemala City, menu planning got underway: garlic mashed potatoes, […]

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11/27/16

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Nina Vogel

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    [post_content] => Students watch the sunrise over San Juan (11/21):

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Sunrise hug in the mountains of Lake Atitlán:

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Return to San Juan and Lake Atitlán

Jody Segar,FALL: Central America

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Students watch the sunrise over San Juan (11/21): Sunrise hug in the mountains of Lake Atitlán:

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11/21/16

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Jody Segar

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    [post_content] => Upon arriving in Cotzal, students and community celebrate Irene's birthday with marimba music, dancing, cake and piñata (11/8):

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Students and cooperative members harvest and plant frijoles in Cotzal (11/10):

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Lauren works on her Independent Study Project (traditional weaving) with her host sister in Cotzal (11/11):

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Jack takes in the view on the drive back to San Juan (11/13):

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Outside of the cooperative's community center in Cotzal. Dragons worked alongside cooperative members on a "learning service project" to construct a floor in the community center (11/12):

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Photos from Cotzal

Instructor Team,FALL: Central America

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Upon arriving in Cotzal, students and community celebrate Irene’s birthday with marimba music, dancing, cake and piñata (11/8): Students and cooperative members harvest and plant frijoles in Cotzal (11/10): Lauren works on her Independent Study Project (traditional weaving) with her host sister in Cotzal (11/11): Jack takes in the view on the drive back to […]

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11/17/16

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Instructor Team

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The boat cuts swiftly through dark water; our cluster of lights grows nearer. Behind us, the moon is bigger than it's been in eighty years.
We are coming from a four-day hike in the mountains of Huehuetenango and a five-night stay in the town of Cotzal. For these last five nights, with an exception of a sick compañera, we stayed with families in Cotzal, many of whom spoke very little Spanish.
In my homestay, many things were shared; one bed for four people, one latrine for three families, one toothbrush for my two siblings. We played soccer in the bedroom (with cabinets for goals and beds for sidelines) and in the street (where I learned to shout "¡Aguas! ¡Aguas!" at the approach of a car).  In Cotzal, I washed in a 'choo'; in a small stone sauna built into the kitchen, bathed in hot steam and the orange light from the flickering coals, I poured buckets of water slowly down my back.
In Cotzal, I learned the relevant kitchen vocabulary in Ixil (the local Mayan language) to gratefully accept second helpings of delicious rice.  I learned that I struggle with the simple geometry of hoeing a field in straight lines.  And I found something celebratory bathing in a 'choo': an intimacy with my body that is missing in a normal, upright shower experience.  And yet, despite this learning, despite these new experiences, I didn't find it very hard to leave.
Our cluster of lights is bigger now, urgent and beckoning.  For many of us, the return to our families in San Juan La Laguna is sweeter than we could have imagined. I could not have anticipated how much I would miss the breakfast plátanos, the familiar streets, the shockingly beautiful view of the mountains from my terrace.  I could not have known how much I would think, during our long hikes, of my mother's relaxed silence, weaving on her loom, of the constant inquiry of tuk-tuk drivers, of the florescent-light conversations in my warm kitchen, of the winding alleys on my walk to class, of my mother's thick beans and endless tortillas.
The pleasure of our return to San Juan, to our town of kites and dogs and coffee, is a reflection of how successful we've been, as a group of students and families, at forming connections here. Perhaps, as writer Miriam Abbey says, we "will never be completely at home again, because part of [our hearts] will always be elsewhere.  That is the price [we] pay for the richness of loving and knowing people in more than one place."
Leaving here will not be easy.  We will be sustained only by anticipating the sweetness of another return.
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A Return Home

Sara Van Horn,FALL: Central America

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The boat cuts swiftly through dark water; our cluster of lights grows nearer. Behind us, the moon is bigger than it’s been in eighty years. We are coming from a four-day hike in the mountains of Huehuetenango and a five-night stay in the town of Cotzal. For these last five nights, with an exception of […]

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11/17/16

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Sara Van Horn

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We started our trek in Todos Santos, a town where everyone wears the same clothes. SAM_0875.JPG

I was leader of the week at this point so my trek started with secret meetings and outings so we could surprise the rest of the group later on. This was our first trek where we started with all of the students going on the trek. We were one instructor down though, with Chelsea being sick and having to stay behind.

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This trek had amazing scenery. The first day was almost completely flat so we could really appreciate the landscape without having to worry about if we could breathe or were about to fall down a cliff like our last trek. SAM_0893.JPG

We passed through a market and some small towns as well so not only were we able to admire the scenery, but we were able to learn a bit about everyday life as well.

While we all enjoyed talking to each other while we were walking, a really special part of the day was when we were still and silent. As one of my leader duties (with instructions from Brian) I suggested that we all go off into our own cubes to observe the view and the life around us. Some people laid down and look up at the clouds as they whizzed past us, others sat on the grass and admired the hills surrounding us, still others decided to do handstands so the flow of blood to their brains could be increased so they would be able to appreciate their surroundings even more. I sat down on a rock where I found a seashell, all the way up in the mountains. One thing that I found amazing was that even though we were thousands of feet above sea level, it looked and felt like we were in lowland grassy plains, with just small hills around us. At our destination we heard the testimony from Roberto, our guide, about how he fled to America and about his journey to get there, as well as the time that he spent there. It was so interesting hearing about someone who had gone through it first hand rather than through a movie or newspaper.

            The second day of the trek started a little later than planned. I will admit that I am to blame as it took me a long time to bandage up my feet so I could prevent blisters (although that didn't work at all.) Once we got going some more of my leader power was exercised, (again with some prodding by Brian.) In the morning I instituted pair time. We were paired up with people who we usually didn't talk to as much and for an hour just talked to each other. It was nice to get to know someone more who we didn't spend as much time with. It was also decided that we would spend some time exploring the plains and I decided to look at the view from a higher angle.

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One thing I hated about being leader was making decisions for the group and keeping secrets. Both these things I had to do when Brian and Roberto approached me and told me that I had to make a decision and keep a secret. We could either eat then and then walk an hour to our destination, or wait and eat at our destination. This was told to me at twelve thirty, a full two and a half hours before we were scheduled to arrive. This decision came after people had said that they wanted to eat at one, or sooner if possible. I decided to do a vote, pushing strongly to keep going. Luckily I got my way and after an hour we arrived early at our destination, Laguna de Magdalena. As we were about to arrive we did a half an hour in silence, and as everyone arrived one by one, they realized that we had gotten to where we were staying that night and we all were relieved.

            After a rest and some dinner we started a fire, and learned the story of Laguna de Magdalena. It turns out that the town and the lñake was named after a woman who had fallen down a well and was lost for a few months. When she returned it was with a baby on her back. She went to her mother's house and told her mother not to look at the baby and that she was going to wash some clothes. The mother didn't listen and looked at the baby and saw that half of the baby's face was human and the other half was that of a snake. When the baby's mother returned to the house and found out that her mother had looked at the baby she took the baby and went back to the water. Now no one swims in the lake, I like to think that it's because they are afraid that they will be dragged down by the snake child but that theory hasn't been confirmed.

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After the story, my first leader mission of the trek was revealed, a stash of marshmallows that I had been carrying specifically for that night. We finished the night roasting marshmallows and having fun by the fire.

            For me, this was to be the last night of the trek. That day, as well as the day before, I had gotten many many blisters, (nine to be exact) and because I knew that them popping was a danger that would make put me in a lot of pain. So, taking the cautious route ,I'm staying behind to tend to my blisters while the rest of the group sets off for a day and a half more of trekking.

 

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Trek Number Two

Marissa Gershowitz,FALL: Central America

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We started our trek in Todos Santos, a town where everyone wears the same clothes.  I was leader of the week at this point so my trek started with secret meetings and outings so we could surprise the rest of the group later on. This was our first trek where we started with all of […]

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11/10/16

Author

Marissa Gershowitz

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