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    [post_content] => Standing on the hill for the last time with our arms around each other, it finally struck me that this course is almost over. For the last few days, we have been engaged in what is called "transference," basically a debrief of everything that has happened in the last month. It seems like time has flown by. To recall every event that has taken place during our time in Bolivia, we sat in a circle, taking turns remembering our trip one day at a time.  It was crazy reviewing ever detail or funny event that has occurred. There was so much that one person alone could have remembered, but as a group everything came rushing back.

Afterwards with the whirlwind of different people and peoples life stories that we had encountered, from the NNAT's (organized child labor union of Potosi), our home stays in Cochabamba and our tour of the mine in Potosi, it was amazing to finally get a chance to compare experiences,  ideas, and opinions.  As we went over everything that has happened in the last month, some connections were bluntly obvious, while others seemed to have no connection at all. One afternoon we all met up for a activity where we brainstormed every point, name, and idea that had came up on the trip.  Then each person choose a word that was on the board. Slowly we partnered off trying to find the connection between the two words. One example of a connection being formed is when the NNAT's and Salteñas (a typical Bolivian food) were combined to form the combined to form the word "working class".  As this process continued we ended-up creating a few main words "Humanity", "profit?" and "westernization."  These topics lead to discussions about topics such as if money and happiness are related.

After getting past debriefing about what we had learned material wise, we began to explore what this trip really meant for each and every one of us. We all took a moment to reflect on how little things, such as our walk changes when we are in a more "learning" mind frame and less of a daily routine. The realization came to us that when we are at home, we take for granted - the amazing pieces of life that we don't realize.  When we travel we are always looking to be amazed and asking questions about everything around us and how in our regular life, we don't let ourselves get caught up in the little details and wonders of our home town.  In the final stage of transference, we reflected on going home and what experiences we would bring with us. This culminated on a ceremony walking to the top of a hill in the dark and picking a rock with a word that had some significance to us.  With candle light we discussed why each word was significant to us, and our time in Bolivia. Overall this has been a amazing end to a even better adventure.
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In the final days…

Sinclaire Parer,Bolivia Summer 4-week, Focus of Inquiry

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Standing on the hill for the last time with our arms around each other, it finally struck me that this course is almost over. For the last few days, we have been engaged in what is called “transference,” basically a debrief of everything that has happened in the last month. It seems like time has […]

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07/26/13

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Sinclaire Parer

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Miriwe!
As the trip progresses, I find it harder and harder to choose one topic to yak about. We have spent the past 6 days in the capital city of Kigali, a city filled with people and many things to do.
This past Thursday night, after a chock-full day of a meeting with an NGO called Search for Common Ground, a visit to the U.S. Embassy, and a well-needed break for Rwandan pastries, we made our way to the Rwandan National Library for a discussion. As we entered the conference room, we began to fill the seats in a large circle as about 20 young Rwandan men followed suit. Before our formal discussion began, we talked with the people sitting around us and began to exchange information about each person's life, history, and purpose in Rwanda. Soon, however, the Peacecorps volunteer who was responsible for holding the almost daily English-based discussions in the library called the meeting to a start and introduced her class and then we introduced Dragons and explained why we were there.As the Peacecorps volunteer introduced her class she told us that the people who come to the meetings are there to practice their English and they do so by holding discussions about almost every single topic that interests them. They were eager to be meeting with us in order to discuss how things were both in Rwanda and in our own countries. Although most men were in their late teens or early twenties, she pointed out a 60 year-old Rwandan named Charles who we were soon to find out loved voicing his opinion in a long, philosophical manner and a man from Togo who turned out to be quite the jokester.
Our discussion began with topics about how we find Rwanda and its people and culture but soon it progressed into a discussion about the differences between the roles of men and women in Rwandan culture. Almost all the men said that the men were responsible for the household and taking care of the women and children. One guy then asked us what things were like in our own countries. My hand quickly shot up, eager to explain how things were different in my own life and family.
As I began to explain things to the group, I looked around and saw the somewhat amused, somewhat surprised faces of the men in the circle. I told them that in my family, my mom is the one who goes to work and makes all the money and my dad is the one who stays at home, shops, makes the meals, and takes care of my brother and I during the day. Upon hearing that my dad basically is in the role that almost all women in Rwanda are in, many men burst into laughter. I laughed with them, realizing only then as I heard their laughs, that it probably did sound completely ridiculous to Rwandans. I said to them "Look, I know it sounds crazy to hear this but my dad does take care of my home and my mom does work every day. The most important thing in our family, though, is that my mom and my dad are equals. Neither makes a decision that they haven't talked to each other about and if they do not agree, they have a discussion about it instead of my dad or my mom just deciding to do things their way." As their laughter subsided, I could see a few men nodding their heads, seemingly understanding what I had said about how things were in my home and how they were in a lot of homes in my country.
Although I know not everyone understood my life and probably a majority of the men now think my family is weird and possibly even crazy, this was a teaching moment to myself and hopefully to my new friends in the discussion. At the end of the night, I thought back to that moment of laughter and somewhat discomfort for myself. I knew I have always been proud of my family and happy about how I grew up, in a family of equals where everyone's opinions mattered. But I realized that sometimes in my own haste to be proud of my family as something I could always count and rely on, I have overlooked how things were in different families like those of my new friends or in my homestay. I then thought about how maybe I could begin to appreciate the way things were in so many other cultures. I began to realize that now I know how at the end of the day, I could see happiness in my homestay parents and siblings, and how there isn't always a right or wrong way to be a family, as long as it is built on trust and respect for each other.
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What is a family?

Lillian Eckstein,Rwanda Summer 6-week, Focus of Inquiry

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Miriwe! As the trip progresses, I find it harder and harder to choose one topic to yak about. We have spent the past 6 days in the capital city of Kigali, a city filled with people and many things to do. This past Thursday night, after a chock-full day of a meeting with an NGO […]

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07/21/13

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Lillian Eckstein

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    [post_content] => Only four days into our Myanmar experience, and already--

A three day stay sleeping in the classrooms of a monastic school and meeting the abbott, a nationally renowned education leader. Acclimating our palates and sampling strange new foods at every meal. A spontaneous rooftop dance party under the setting sun. Pilgrimages to two different hilltop pagodas hundreds of stairs high. Learning to become quiet and still, and taking in the serene settings that surround us. A traditional dinner in the cozy home of a local friend's warm and welcoming family.

A night bus blasting Burmese karaoke through the wee hours as we wind up the lush green mountains of Shan. Becoming gradually accustomed to odd new takes on toileting. A scavenger hunt around the former British colonial outpost of Kalaw. Students bursting with enthusiasm and excitement for every new activity, grateful for this opportunity to unplug and reconnect.

All is well thus far, and tomorrow morning we head higher into the hills for a week of trekking and home stays. We will be off the grid until July 12, so please don't expect to hear from us until after that. There is some nervousness amongst students about the week ahead, in regards to the physical and cultural challenges we will encounter. Luckily, the rains are not too heavy at the moment and our local guide (Ko Harri Singh, a Punjabi-Myanmar friend with a wealth of cultural and ecological knowledge) reports that the villagers are eagerly awaiting our arrival. So we anticipate a smooth yet profound adventure.
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Into the green

Jessica Olney,Burma Summer 4-week, Rugged Travel, Focus of Inquiry

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Only four days into our Myanmar experience, and already– A three day stay sleeping in the classrooms of a monastic school and meeting the abbott, a nationally renowned education leader. Acclimating our palates and sampling strange new foods at every meal. A spontaneous rooftop dance party under the setting sun. Pilgrimages to two different hilltop […]

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07/4/13

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Jessica Olney

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    [post_content] => Three days ago we arrived in a town referred to as Tso Pema (also called Rewalser) after a combined 14 hours on buses from Delhi. As amazing as every moment after landing in Delhi has been, our time in Tso Pema has been especially surreal. Tso Pema is a lake in the center of the town which is sacred to Buddhists, Hindus, and Sikhs, and it is surrounded by vibrantly colored places of worship. Being so used to the classic red color of temples in Japan, I never even knew that purple, teal, yellow, white, gold, or indigo temples existed, yet now I am surrounded by them.

Yesterday we woke up at 7:00 am to have a group yoga session on the roof of our monastery. Even with views of beautiful mountains, the sounds of monks chanting, birds chirping, an Indian family yelling at one another from across their apartment, and monkeys watching our every move, we somehow managed to stay focused enough to struggle through the sequence that Sarah (one of our instructors) was taking us through. It was the perfect start to my day, and I was struck by how lucky I am to have this experience. Throughout the rest of the day we had a Tibetan lesson and then met with a Lama who fled Tibet and is living in Rewalser as a refugee. Lama Jigme answered all of our questions, whether they were about the situation in Tibet and how it can be helped, or how one can calm their scattered mind. To end our day, we had a delicious dinner of dal, rice, chapatis, and a dry okra and potato curry on the roof before we crashed into bed.
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Yoga on the Roof in Tso Pema

Eliot Callon,North India Summer 6-week, Introduction to Philosophy/Comparative Religion, Focus of Inquiry

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Three days ago we arrived in a town referred to as Tso Pema (also called Rewalser) after a combined 14 hours on buses from Delhi. As amazing as every moment after landing in Delhi has been, our time in Tso Pema has been especially surreal. Tso Pema is a lake in the center of the […]

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    [post_content] => Buenas noches,

We write from the Los Amigos Research Station in the Madre de Dios River Basin of the Peruvian Amazon.  We are staying in screened-in cabins, and are becoming accustomed to the feeling of humid jungle days,  sporadic rainfall,  cool evenings, and the consistent nighttime sound of buzzing cicadas.  We are lucky, as we've landed here during a "cold front."  This means that the days are relatively comfortable and the nights are even chilly.  We haven't had to deal with the oppressive heat we were expecting.  The Milky Way shines bright, just as it did early this morning.  This will be a perfect evening for our post-dinner night hike!

Yesterday we arrived to the Los Amigos Research station mid-afternoon.  Our mode of transport was a large motor-powered wooden canoe.  It was a four hour ride upstream from Boca Unión, and the students enjoyed the mellow ride through the smooth waters of the earth-colored river.  We ate our lunches, which had been packaged in banana leaves; we read, slept, and let ourselves fall into countless engaging conversations...about our surroundings, mining, ecology, development, traveling, literature, personal stories... and the four hours flew by!

After arriving to the proper river bank, and climbing a couple hundred stairs to the Research Station, we were brought to our cabins and then shown around the premises.  The scientists' enthusiasm for their unique work here is tangible.  Our students continue to tell us that they are feeling inspired by these people who have identified their own passions, and who have chosen to follow them with such dedication and vigor.  In the past two days, we have heard guest lectures from resident experts who are excitedly studying the behavior tiny catfish, macroecology and the relationship between abundance and distribution of species, the many values of biodiversity, mimicry and the evolutionary history of butterflies, and the day-to-day rituals of tamarins!  Even our students who are not so scientifically-inclined are impressed by the knowledge and passion of these experts.

Each morning before dawn, students are invited to go on a short hike to a lookout tower, where they can watch the sun rise over an expansive green canopy.  Macaws emerge from the trees and fly about as the cloud-strewn sky turns from deep blue, to pink and orange, and back to a lighter shade of blue.  Then, after breakfast, we have had the opportunity to go on more extensive hikes--through the deep, rich forest, and even to some bodies of water.  Today, the students enjoyed floating around an oxbow on a handmade raft.

Throughout all of these activities and lessons, we instructors are loving witnessing all of the positive interactions and bonds forming between our students.  They are consistently supporting one another, and getting along wonderfully.  It's hard to believe that only four days have passed.

On Thursday afternoon we're headed to the remote Boca Inambari, which is a village of recently contacted people.  There we will learn how to hunt with bow and arrow, and how to fish with the extraordinary barbasco root (which, when tossed into the water, suffocates all nearby fish, bringing them to the surface)!  We will be out of contact until Saturday, and will be sure to post more then.

Los Instructores
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In the Amazon…

Los Instructores,Peru Summer 4-week, Rugged Travel, Focus of Inquiry

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Buenas noches, We write from the Los Amigos Research Station in the Madre de Dios River Basin of the Peruvian Amazon.  We are staying in screened-in cabins, and are becoming accustomed to the feeling of humid jungle days,  sporadic rainfall,  cool evenings, and the consistent nighttime sound of buzzing cicadas.  We are lucky, as we’ve […]

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07/3/13

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Los Instructores

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It’s our pleasure to inform you that our group has arrived at our course’s final destination, Lake Atitlan. After a farewell party with our homestays in Pachaj we spent one night in the city of Xela before setting out walking to the Lake. The trek winds a beautiful path through the highlands, climbing to the highest point on the pan-american highway, aptly named Alaska and then traversing across the high plains until reaching the edge of the lake’s crater. The third morning of the trek we awoke at 3:30 AM and set out for the edge of the crater where we watched the sun slowly rise over this magical body of water. It was truly an unforgettable experience. 

Our destination on the lake was the town of San Lucas Toliman, located on the southeastern shore. San Lucas is a Kaqchiquel Mayan community which is known for its excellent coffee production. It is also the home of the Mesoamerican Permaculture Institute (IMAP), the organization we have been working with for the past week. Our time at IMAP began last week with a five day Introduction to Permaculture course taught by IMAP’s founder Rony Lec and his team of local permaculturalists. Permaculture is a thread that has been woven throughout our entire program, this course helped us to solidify and deepen our understanding of how it is understood and practiced in mesoamerica as well as tie together many of the topics we’ve covered over the past two and a half months. Apart from the theory there was also a practical aspect, we were put to work building an “herb spiral”, a three dimensional spiral planting bed which we then planted with medicinal plants. We also constructed a mandala shaped garden and learned how to do basic land surveying with simple tools. Throughout the course we also received lessons on the mayan cosmovision, or worldview, and how this ancestral knowledge relates to permaculture ethics and principles. The course was a great introduction and gave us a lot of food for thought. While all this was going on during the day, students were also busy at night planning there expedition phase.

The expedition phase of a Dragon’s course is when students are given more autonomy to use the skills they’ve been practicing to create their own experience. Aside form the logistical planning, the group is also asked to continue the deep educational focus, to keep the course engaged and focused on the issues we’ve been studying. This is a challenging task that requires students to put into action all the things they’ve learned in their time here and to work together as a team to reach their goals. The group spent most nights last week planning and have come up with some really great ideas. They have decided to spend this week in San Lucas, continuing to collaborate with IMAP and deepen our understanding of the concepts we learned in our course. Tuesday and Thursday will be spent working with local mentors on students independent projects and planning for the rest of expedition.

As instructors, we couldn’t be happier with the way the expedition phase has begun. The students have all taken initiative and worked together as a solid team to achieve their goals and maintain the fun and educational spirit of a Dragon’s course. We are so excited to see what they come up with next and we’ll be sure to keep you posted as well. 

Thanks for your support,

Ariel, Dhyana and Luis
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An Update from San Lucas

Instructors,Central America Semester, Fall 2012, Focus of Inquiry

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Parents and Friends, It’s our pleasure to inform you that our group has arrived at our course’s final destination, Lake Atitlan. After a farewell party with our homestays in Pachaj we spent one night in the city of Xela before setting out walking to the Lake. The trek winds a beautiful path through the highlands, […]

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11/26/12

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Instructors

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    [post_content] => Life in Ale Gau has slowed down considerably since Patan.A normal day here involves a simple breakfast of chiya and roti, a few hours at the local school teaching kids, and time attempting to communicate with our homestay families. Last night started with some Nepali folk songs on the flute, and ended with a village-wide dance festival. All the students were pulled out of bed by their amas, and all the villagers came out of their homes happily, to hear the incoming music. Singing and dancing continued until 9:00, which was rather late for us since going to bed so early on the trek. Over the past week, music has been a recurring theme in the village. During our farewell celebration at the school, we presented them, “In the Jungle,” from the Lion King, and Resam Feriri, one of the more popular songs in Nepal. They, in turn, showed us dances that they had been working on.

Everywhere we have traveled in Nepal, we fail to escape the music. From store fronts in Patan, bus rides to Ilam, and even in the most remote mountain places; music is created and people are united.Last night’s spontaneous party was another example of music’s power and reach. With our Dragons group, a flute is always kept handy. Its owner- a member of the group- often pulls it out for a quick practice session.Yesterday was the first time he had pulled it out since we arrived in Ale Gau. Our homestay family seems to love the sound of it. It was getting pretty late and the rest of the group was getting ready for bed. Shorty after the flute started people started appearing. I was crawling into bad when other students came to the front of my homestay. More and more people started following the music after them. A party started. Every time someone tried to get off the dance floor, a villager pulled them up to show them another dance move. The Nepali’s will always out last any westerner at any party. The music won yet again.The music continued long after the flute stopped, almost seeming to teach the Dragons students as we crawled back to bed.

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The Music Continues

Andy and Zach,Himalaya Studies Semester, Patan, Fall 2012, Focus of Inquiry

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11/25/12

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Andy and Zach

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    [post_content] => In essence, I am kind of like Spongebob. Not in the sense that I like spending my days flipping burgers at the Krusty Krab or lolligagging around Bikini Bottom with Patrick, but rather that I am ever expanding and absorbing knowledge. So maybe a more accurate analogy I can use is that my mind is like a sponge. During the school year that sponge is constantly in use, readily absorbing all that I can learn, but when finals are over and the hot summer sun emerges that sponge is left out to dry. That was certainly the case this summer until the moment I landed in Nepal. I feel as if that sponge has been tossed overthe edge of a boat into the open ocean and is trying to absorb all the water, which is clearly a difficult task for a simple sponge.

Ever since our first day at the Boudha Stupa I have been exposed to so much information about religion, the caste system, environmental issues, gender roles, and more. Just walking 20 minutes through Patan every morning to the program house I witness the ritual act of Puja along with locals bargaining for their fruits and vegetables at the market. I try to take this all in as much as possible, yet I must stay alert incase I have to dodge a motorbike racing down the narrow streets. Although the trip isn't quite over yet, I feel that my mind has soaked up all thatit possibly can.

That sponge is still out floating in the vast ocean, but is so filled with water that I feel as though soon it may begin to sink. When I fall asleep at 9pm every night I am not just physically exhausted, but mentally as well. I lay in bed for at least 15 minutes, my mind trying to process all that I have been exposed to during the day, until finally sleep overtakes me. Somehow though, I wake up every morning and walk out my door ready for more. My mind is overwhelmed and exhausted but not ready to quit. As I return home that sponge floating out in the ocean will wash up on a sandy beach somewhere for a much needed rest, but this time it will be different. The sponge won't be dried out by the piercing sun, rather the soft waves will continuously replenish it with knowledge and experiences, both new and old. Although it's not an easy journey, hopefully one day that sponge will once again return to the sea.
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Nepal: Traditions of the Himalayas, Summer 2012, Focus of Inquiry

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Spongebob

Aubrey Suber,Nepal: Traditions of the Himalayas, Summer 2012, Focus of Inquiry

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In essence, I am kind of like Spongebob. Not in the sense that I like spending my days flipping burgers at the Krusty Krab or lolligagging around Bikini Bottom with Patrick, but rather that I am ever expanding and absorbing knowledge. So maybe a more accurate analogy I can use is that my mind is […]

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07/23/12

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Aubrey Suber

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