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Andes & Amazon "A" Semester, Spring 2013


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Happy Belated Birthday Maddie!

Make Great Memories! 

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Happy Birthday Maddie!

Lynn Shaver,Andes & Amazon "A" Semester, Spring 2013

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Happy Belated Birthday Maddie! Make Great Memories! 

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04/25/13

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Lynn Shaver

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Happy 19th Birthday Maddie!  Sending you love across the miles.

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Happy Birthday

Mary Jo and Steve Shankle,Andes & Amazon "A" Semester, Spring 2013

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Happy 19th Birthday Maddie!  Sending you love across the miles.

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04/24/13

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Mary Jo and Steve Shankle

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Imagine for a moment: “ You experience a vast realm of perceptions
unfolding, There is unlimited sound, unlimited sight, unlimited taste,
unlimited feeling, and so on. The realm of perception is limitless,
so limitless that perception itself is primordial, unthinkable, beyond
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There are a vast number of sounds. There are sounds that you have never
heard. There are sights and colors that you have never seen. There are
feelings that you have never experienced before. There are endless
fields of perception. Perception here is not just what you perceive
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the sense organs and the sense fields-or the objects of perception”.
-Chogyam Trungpa rimpoche; The Sacred Path of the warrior

Metallic rococo style picture frames hung off kilter from the ceiling, masquerade masks lined the walls and obscured the faces of porcelain dolls tucked next to puppets, stuffed animals, and a giant smiling spongebob doll framing the room. Psychedelic tapestries draped across walls and recycled antique windows. Bookcases bursting with literature and films of all subject matter lined the walls. Wind chimes, Mardi Gras beads, and mobiles of vibrantly colored cloth elephants hung from every beam. Posters of Cirque de Soleil, Frida Kahlo, and Mariah Carey papered the slanted, cluttered walls. Paintings carpeted the ceiling, plastic and wooden toys were scattered across the mosaic of rugs covering the floors. My sense perceptions were flooded as I sat in the wildly eclectic fifth story apartment of Iván Nogales, the father and executive director of COMPA.

 

Founded in 1989, COMPA is an independent born theater group that has grown into a multifaceted collective of musical, theatrical, and visual artists that uses the creative arts to manifest their vision of a society built on the values of equity and true democracy where individual expression is honored through communal collaboration and the invitation to dream. Even amidst the kaleidoscope of colors, textures, and shapes flowing from every direction of the eccentric apartment, Ivan´s gentle voice and kind eyes sparkling with excitement captured my attention as he spoke about his latest dream: an ecologically sustainable village in the tropical Yungas of Bolivia filled with a community of people dedicated to the constant creation of new paradigms of art, sociopolitical organization, environmental protection, economy, education, and everything else under the sun.

 

How does COMPA realize these new paradigms? At the heart of all of COMPA´s projects there exists the active philosophy of “decolonizing the body”.

Decolonizing the body is a metaphor connecting the structure of modern society with the human body. The philosophy holds the belief that modern society is a vertically shaped structure that places institutions,whether they be educational, governmental, or economic, at the top, while relegating the rest of society to the bottom. In this social structure power is concentrated in the hands of a few while the needs, struggles, triumphs, and voices of the masses are not heard. According to the philosophy this top down paradigm is not only how our social structures function. This repressive architecture has been so deeply ingrained in our communal psyche that our bodies function according to this vertical hierarchy as well. with our head at the top as the governing institution, the rest of our body is below struggling to be acknowledged. COMPA´s philosophy argues that this notion of trusting mind over body was introduced by the western intellectual tradition and has since “colonized” people's bodies around the world.

Using the arts to reach out to the youth and the community at large COMPA´s goal is to liberate people from this vertical hierarchy. By providing a safe space where creativity of all types is encouraged and valued, the COMPA community is cooperatively creating a new way of perceiving and being in the world. In this paradigm your head, arms, hands, heart, torso, legs, and feet are all sensing and perceiving the vast world of information we experience every moment. Although they do not work in words, each part of your body is seen as highly intelligent and critical systems that receive and process information in unique ways and inform our daily reality.

 

Perhaps if we payed closer attention and listen to our gut feelings, the aching in our hearts, the knowing in our bones, the hairs standing up on the backs of our necks, as well as the thoughts in our minds, we could learn to be fully alive and present in our lives in ways we never thought possible. Perhaps these other ways of knowing could inspire us to take a closer look at the shape and function of our society and make room for the artists, the farmers, the builders, the children, and the clowns to have a voice in creating a truly equitable world.

 

 

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Margot Solomon,Andes & Amazon "A" Semester, Spring 2013

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04/22/13

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Margot Solomon

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"Caught up in a mass of abstractions, our attention hypnotized by a host of human-made technologies that only reflect us back to ourselves, it is all too easy for us to forget our carnal inherence in a more-than-human matrix of sensations and sensibilities. Our bodies have formed themselves in delicate reciprocity with the manifold textures, sounds, and shapes of an animate earth – our eyes have evolved in subtle interaction with other eyes, as our ears are attuned by their very structure to the howling of wolves and the honking of geese. To shut ourselves off from these other voices, to continue by our lifestyles to condemn these other sensibilities to the oblivion of extinction, is to rob our own senses of their integrity, and to rob our minds of their coherence. We are human only in contact, and conviviality, with what is not human." - David Abram, The Spell of The Sensous

 

After a grueling, dusty 18 hour bus ride, we finally arrived back into the bustling city of La Paz. The traffic, the street lights, the horns and concrete took me by surprise after spending a week immersed in the Amazon jungle, one of the most biodiverse environments on earth. It was a week dedicated to being in nature and exploring our relationship to the natural world. 

 

Despite the constant buzz of mosquitos and itch of bites, the Amazon was magical. For me as an instuctor, it was especially powerful. It allowed our group the rare opportunity to be present, and in contact with both each other and also all that is not human. After the first few days, ipods died, books were finished, and we could truly be together in the presence of the natural world. For nearly a week, we floated along the Beni river watching butterflies, listening to birds, and looking for monekys. At night, we sat below the dark sky and watched the stars explode into view. We traversed jungle, rapids, and our own attention spans.

 

Our village stay in Asuncion added to our experience. We spent several days living in a small community of 34 families, who live a subsistence lifestyle off of the bounty of the jungle. Nearly every meal we ate in small, thatched housed came from the community. Papaya and grapefruits straight from the tree, fish and wild boar hunted by our hosts... Everything was fresh, local, and delicious! We spent hot afternoons learning to shoot arrows, weave fans from palm fronds, playing soccer, picking cacao and most of all chatting. The slow pace of life helped us stop, and see the beauty in long dinner conversations, swims in the rivers, and star gazing. 

 

During our trip, I read David Abram´s book ¨The Spell of the Sensous¨which is an incredible journey about reconnecting humans with the natural world. It was the perfect book to read while visiting the jungle, it captures the necessity and importance of redeveloping a relationship to our surroundings. I am so grateful because I truly believe that our group had the chance to pause from the abstractions and distractions of every day life and to truly revel in the magic of the amazon´s rich and thriving biodiversity. 

 

As we head off to Cuzco this afternoon, and then into our expedition phase - a rugged, 8 day trek to Machu Picchu and a homestay to Nacion Qeros - I hope that we can all continue to learn from, converse with, and delight in the spectacular environments we encounter. 

 

Abrazos! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Spell of the Sensous

Emy Gelb,Andes & Amazon "A" Semester, Spring 2013

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"Caught up in a mass of abstractions, our attention hypnotized by a host of human-made technologies that only reflect us back to ourselves, it is all too easy for us to forget our carnal inherence in a more-than-human matrix of sensations and sensibilities. Our bodies have formed themselves in delicate reciprocity with the manifold textures, […]

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04/22/13

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Emy Gelb

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Dalai Lama, when asked what surprised him most about humanity, he said: “Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money.  Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health.  And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.” Growing up is never an easy experience, there is far too often a line between what we want to do, and what society expects us to do. We live in a world where individual minds are no longer valued; a world where different is not seen as unique and amazing, but rather as "weird." For a large part of my childhood, my main goal in life was to become the richest man in the world. My thought process was as follows: It's nice to have nice things and having nice things makes me happy, therefore, if I can live a life where I obtain as many material goods as possible, I will be happy as can be. Little did I know.  I would have to say that the most amazing part of a program like Andes and Amazon is challenging what you have been taught, and doing so with a group of amazing individuals. Everybody is given the opportunity to succeed, for it is in our best interest and in the group's best interest to all get along with one another. We are forced to spend time with people we wouldn't normally get to know back at home, and in doing so, we realize how complex of a place the world is. Everybody on this earth has a completely different story, and everybody has within them the ability to amount to great things, but society often blinds us of this inner power we all possess. Travelling for 3 months with the same group of people can be overwhelming, but it can also be unbelievably eye-opening. We are all given the chance to be ourselves, and not be judged for it, rather, be loved for it. The type of confidence obtained can then be taken back home and can be a part of the rest of our lives. Just recently, A&A semester B just got back to Cusco from the rainforest. My experience there was unbelievably powerful and very eye opening. We all spent a few days in a small amazonian village called Boca Inambari. On our final day there, we had a conversation with the leader of the village, many topics were covered, but the one that really stuck with me is the influence western culture has had on their lifestyle. We asked him the question: "are you a more happy person now that your village has started developing into a more western and less "indigenous" village?" His answer was very clear: no. They no longer value their culture as much as they did before. But why? Isn't development supposed to be an unambiguously positive aspect to the advancement of the human race? Unfortunately enough, we live in a world where success is far too often measured by how much money you make, how many people you know, or even how nice the clothes you wear is. Oftentimes, people come across these kinds of realizations and simply look right past them because they are scared to step off the very straight path society has thrown in front of us, a path that we are expected to follow. In doing so, people get so caught up in what others think of them, and this creates a huge barrier between an amazing mind and a life of success. When a lot of time is spent travelling throughout third world countries, it is hard not to question your life back at home, and many ambitions you may have. People in these countries may not have a lot of money, but they have smiles. They may not have a lot of land, or a big house, but they have loving families. They may not have a job that pays exceptionally well, but they have enough to provide for themselves, and enough to allow them to enjoy the real pleasures in life, the pleasures money can't buy. So, do I still want to be the richest man in the world? Yes, I do. The only difference is that my perception of what it means to be rich has changed. I have first handedly experienced happiness with very little to no money, a kind of happiness that cannot be found in many places in our culture. It's not about what you have, its about who you have to share it with. Relationships are too often not valued as they should be, trips like this make you realize the value they hold. Being around so many inspiring individuals has made me realize that you should always do your own thing, and walk the path you are destined to walk, not the path everybody expects you to walk. This trip has taught me that success is a choice, a choice that anybody can make, all it takes is a little modification on what it means to be successful. “Love what you do and you’ll never work a day in your life.” Do whatever it may be that you are passionate about, but do so with care. If you heart is in it, there is nothing that cannot be accomplished. The best part about a trip like this is that I am not the only one who has had these kinds of realizations. We are all in this together as a team; have been from the start and will be until the very end. 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A step into the mind of a young traveller

Philip Beardsley,Best Notes From The Field, Andes & Amazon "A" Semester, Spring 2013

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Philip Beardsley

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Hola Parents and Friends!!

 

Tomorrow morning we will be heading out of La Paz where we have been staying with Teatro Trono, an incredibly exciting and eclectic theatre and arts collective, to begin our next trek! 

We will be hiking the Choro trail, starting in the snow covered mountains of the altiplano and hiking down into the cloud forest of the yungas!

From there we will make a short pit stop in Corroico before traveling to Guanay, a small town in the Bolivian Amazon where we will begin a three day boat trip down the Beni river with Andean Epics, a La Paz based tour company.

After our river trip, members from the indigenous amazonian community  of Asuncion de Quiquibey will meet us on the river and escort us in canoes to their community where we will get to stay and spend a few days living a traditional amazonian life, fishing, weaving, jewlery making, and relaxing before taking an epic 22 hour bus ride back to La Paz!

 

Do not fret if you do not hear from us in the next 2 weeks as we will be traveling to remote areas without internet access! We will be sure to catch you up as soon as we get back! We will be back in La Paz on the 22nd of April.

 

Ciao!!

 

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Heading to the Amazon

Margot Solomon,Andes & Amazon "A" Semester, Spring 2013

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Hola Parents and Friends!!   Tomorrow morning we will be heading out of La Paz where we have been staying with Teatro Trono, an incredibly exciting and eclectic theatre and arts collective, to begin our next trek!  We will be hiking the Choro trail, starting in the snow covered mountains of the altiplano and hiking […]

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04/7/13

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Margot Solomon

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Hola!

The past two weeks have been some of the better weeks of my Dragons trip. Two weeks ago, we were halfway through our Cochabamba homestay, already acclimated to the language immersion, the bread and tea for breakfast, the trips into the Centro to see the Cristo or the (extremely polluted) Laguna Alalay, and, for me, the near nightly soccer games with my host family and its enormous extended family. At this point, we were definitely improving our Spanish at a rate I´d never experienced before; classes in the morning followed by daily challenges of communicating with our host families that we, indeed, did not want any more food, since we had been stuffed two plates ago, as well as the conversing that comes with asking for directions, ordering food in restaurants or attempting to find something that you needed in the largest sprawling untaxed market in the world, The Cancha. While these tasks and interactions often seemed menial, these are the sorts of encounters that give you a better understanding of how Bolivia works. 
Interestingly enough, underneath the actual apparatus of the language emerges an actually different mindset that can be reflected by the actual words and tenses used. I found and continue to find that to communicate effectively, I can no longer translate what I would say in English into Spanish (lest I sound like an idiot, for one), but rather must adopt the mentality of trying to think in Spanish. As cliché as it sounds, I had to experience this difference for myself to believe it. For all the years of Spanish that I have studied in school, the environment was never conducive to compete immersion; I learned how to write and read and conjugate for an arbitrary AP test, but I still could never have a fully immersed conversation with my teacher, because I, for one, could always fall back on English, but secondly because the language-learning system (at my school) was designed with perhaps the wrong goals in mind. 
Regarding my Independent Student Project, a cornerstone of the Dragons curriculum in the Andes, I had mixed feelings. During the first two weeks of my Cochabamba stay, I ´´dabbled,´´ switching from wood-carving to weaving to Chirango back to weaving back to wood-carving, until I finally had a realization in the wood-carving studio that I would do something academic. I suppose this was a natural conclusion to an organic process, a conclusion I probably should have realized earlier, as I´d been reading near-contemporary historical accounts of Bolivia ever since we´d been assigned the ´´Shock Doctrine,´´ a raging left-wing rant against foreign influence in Bolivia (imperialism, neocolonialism, neoliberalism). In reaction to Naomi Klein´s fuming journalistic take on the economic collapse of 1985, I decided to read Jeffrey Sachs´ book on the same crisis in which he (Sachs) was featured as the main star. While I won´t make any conclusions here, I read about how international oil prices in the 1970´s had been raised to unseen levels, resulting in Saudi petrodollars being recycled through New York investment banks, ending up in the hands of South American countries, at the time hungry for credit. A subsequent rise in international interest rates caused South American debt to quadruple ($100 to $400 billion) in ten years. The resulting defaults allowed international money-lending groups (IMF, World Bank) to impose ´´structural adjustment´´ policies in return for debt rollovers. Such adjustments have had lingering effects on South American economies, as their borders were opened to foreign multinationals, foreign investment, foreign ownership of natural resources, and the large changes (strides, some say) made under the previous nationalist leaders (nationalizations, welfare, public education and health, etc) were radically reversed.
Lastly, two weeks later when it came time to say goodbye to our families, I felt an honestly surprising sadness. I hadn´t expected the tears nor the gifts from my host family, and as I got into the cab I was struck by how similar it felt to leaving my actual home in Minnesota. Without a doubt I hadn´t enjoyed using their bathroom (a glorified hole) nor riding my bike with its one functioning pedal and flat tires every morning, but these things seemed inconsequential as I reflected on the past month of Doña Fely´s meals, political talks with Don Boris, swapping English words for Spanish with my host brothers, playing soccer at the concrete field almost nightly, and spending the evenings with the neighbors next door, playing with their flea-ridden puppies and dancing to Spanish tunes. 

Currently we´re in La Paz, and the Cochabamba time already feels like ages ago. As we plan for our upcoming trek and our subsequent Amazonian adventure, it will be easy to forget much of my last month. But I also know that once I return home to all its comforts and my time in Bolivia is spread out into a spectrum of highs and lows, the month in Cochabamba in itself will have made my Dragons trip worthwile.  

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The Last Two Weeks

Jack Kessler,Andes & Amazon "A" Semester, Spring 2013

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Hola! The past two weeks have been some of the better weeks of my Dragons trip. Two weeks ago, we were halfway through our Cochabamba homestay, already acclimated to the language immersion, the bread and tea for breakfast, the trips into the Centro to see the Cristo or the (extremely polluted) Laguna Alalay, and, for […]

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04/7/13

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Jack Kessler

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Today while we await our trek to the amazon, group A visited the womens jail in La Paz. We all went knowing that we would get to play some volleyball with the prisoners, so i was personally excited for a little friendly competition and excercise.  We aproach the jail and are told we can´t bring in iPods or cameras and all put our stuff in a bag to be held through the duration of our visit.  As we walk in we all have to go through a slight frisk search and I had my pocket knife in my pocket and simply had to give it to them only to get it back afterwords.  My first impression walking in is that this prison is nothing like the prison system back in the states.  I walk in and see kids running around and a little booth selling coca-cola and other refreshments.  We are greeted by a man who was a volenteer at the prison, and then we go down the stairs to the sport court area.  I was instanley looking for the volleyball net and shortly noticed the detachable net in the middle.  As a form of payment to be allowed to visit the prison the prisoners requested new basketball hoops, so I also noticed the hoops that were breaking off. 

      The volenteer brought a women over to us who was, the president of the some-what inmate commitee, and willing to answer any questions we had.  We found out that the prisoners can only spend a maximum sentence of 30 years.  We have previously touched on the Law 1008 issue with Jim Schultz, but got to learn little bit more. Basically law 1008 is a drug possesion law that is very strict, and in bolivia one is guilty until proven innocent along with a slow court system.  The law was written along with the U.S DEA, because coca is widly used in Bolivia, but seen as an illegal narcotic by the U.S.  To keep up arrest numbers with the U.S there have been many controversial arrests.  My information is not 100% since it is off memory so look ito other resources if interested.

     On the lighter note we got to play some futbol and volleyball with the prisoners for some fun.  When the volleyball game started it looked like the game was in the bag since the other team was all cholita women in indiginous skirt/apron, we soon found out how wrong we were.  They weren´t so much the most athletic, but had a great team connection.  We on the other hand did not horribly fail, but lost with pride.  We then move onto futbol.   The area we were playing was a small cement are just the size of a basketball court with cement walls right on the boundaries.  We played with walls being a goodball putting our team in the position to get slammed up againt the wall everytime we made a possesion near the walls.  The games were always fun, but some of us started to notice the aggression and did not take to kindly to it.  The women had a tactic to have their goalie throw the ball from her goal to the otherside with a "Poacher" waiting by our goal awaiting her header oppertunity.  Regardless we played well and got to 10 first, and at that point the women said they wanted to play 5 more points.  It was a little aggressive till we finally won by just a couple points, and I think we all apreciated the friendly competition.

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Friendly Competition

Gregory Martinez,Andes & Amazon "A" Semester, Spring 2013

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Today while we await our trek to the amazon, group A visited the womens jail in La Paz. We all went knowing that we would get to play some volleyball with the prisoners, so i was personally excited for a little friendly competition and excercise.  We aproach the jail and are told we can´t bring […]

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Gregory Martinez

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“I sought escape from a monochromatic world of monotony,

in the hope that I might find in a poly-chromatic world of diversity,

the means to rediscover and celebrate the enchantment of being human.” 

 -Wade Davis   "Light at the edge of the World" 

 

Global Citizenship isn't merely a fundamental concept in the Dragon's core curriculum, or even is it merely just a role for travelers to adopt only when they're in countries foreign from their own. To me, being a global citizen is so much more than that. I believe that being a true citizen of the world you must  first, completely transform your ways of 'being', re-evaluating what it means to be human and finally emerging with a brand new pair of eyes. The new 'global eyes' are not temporary. They are forever endowed upon the individual giving them new perceptions and a greater awareness of the elements of environment through the physical, mental, and emotional sensations. Being in Bolivia, as a student on the Andes and Amazon Spring semester, I feel like I've been given "the means to rediscover and celebrate the enchantment of being human.” 

It was nearing sun down on Saturday evening when I was confronted by my host-uncle and brother asking me if I wanted to join them hunting for birds later that evening. At first, I hesitated in response to accept their offer because in my mind I was thinking of all the reasons why I absolutely would not be killing the helpless animals- but then I was reminded of the notion of what it means to be a "global citizen" and the opportunity to experience their reality- and I quickly changed my mind and accepted the offer with eagerness. They didn't specify exactly how we'd be killing the birds but I don't think I would've believed them if they told me we were going to be using only slingshots and rocks. Once the slingshots were distributed to everyone, the 5 of us set out on our voyage through the dark unknown of the forest. We walked silently as we peered up and down every tree using our flashlights, scanning the wooded area for birds as they sleep peacefully. We continued walking and then the uncle suddenly stopped and pointed at his first victim, all of us remained silent, providing the light of our flashlights to illuminate the target. All of a sudden there was a loud *SNAP* as he shot the rock from his slingshot followed by the sound of the fallen victim from the tree-this was the first of 6 avian fatalities to come. 

In the midst of the forest I came to a realization and appreciation of this extrinsic reality and how although their way of life is extremely different than mine, their quality of life is not less nor any bit more inferior to the lives of people from developed countries such as the United States. This single experience within my entire Bolivian experience has greatly enhanced my understanding of just how much 'humans are both shaped by and shape their local natural environments' thus creating their realities. Over time we can all change ourselves to the degree that society changes from the inside-out. Giving birth to a new way of being. This can be achieved only when we begin to radically transform our own consciousness, defined as: "the quality or state of being aware especially of something within oneself" and overturn the conditions that limit our full potential. 

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Bird Hunting as a Global Citizen

Callie Gustafson,Andes & Amazon "A" Semester, Spring 2013

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“I sought escape from a monochromatic world of monotony, in the hope that I might find in a poly-chromatic world of diversity, the means to rediscover and celebrate the enchantment of being human.”   -Wade Davis   "Light at the edge of the World"    Global Citizenship isn’t merely a fundamental concept in the Dragon’s core curriculum, or even is […]

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Callie Gustafson

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In the spirit of the trip and the dragons program I took it upon myself to try and step out of my comfort zone as often as possible.  Me being a 6foot 200 pound boy i never saw myself in the shoes of a dancer so for my ISP I decided to do salsa dancing.

 

     Back in the states P.E was by far my best class which I cud always easily excell in, and when the dance unit came around my grade took a severe downturn. Simply cuz I couldn't acquire the coordination to step forward back and sided to side for the electric slide.

    When the first day of ISPs rolled along I was shakin in ma boots.  I was signed up for a one on one class for salsa in Cochabamba.  I meet my dragons instructor ben in cochabamba to show me where my class will be. We walk in to a nice place with a little field and various smaller buildings where I see other dance classes going on.  We find the secretary and after a couple minutes of Ben figuring out what's what he apporaches me and with a giggle says, "your dance teacher should be here in about 10 minutes, oh and it's a guy.."

   This information was a little unexpected but kept up with the theme of stepping out of personal comfort zones. I sit and read my book for about 20 minutes only to be told that my dance teacher was not coming. With a slight hint of relief and disappointment I left.

    A couple days later I went with my other dragons instructor Emy to another dance class where we met the nicest dance instructor.  Emy was going to sit in on my class but the dance teacher pulled her up in my class and made her be my dance partner.  This gave me a slight hint of relief that i didnt have to this class alone with the other 2 or 3 students who were about 7 to 10 years old, so i didnt stick out as bad. 

 

     Over the course of my classes I acquired moderate coordination and some motion, but my teacher would tell me, "Para Americanos muy dificil, y por latinos muy facil."  After he said that i decided to withhold the information that im mexican.  Through all of the dificulties in my classes i faced i most certainley enjoied it and hope to continue in the states. 

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Gregory Martinez,Andes & Amazon "A" Semester, Spring 2013

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In the spirit of the trip and the dragons program I took it upon myself to try and step out of my comfort zone as often as possible.  Me being a 6foot 200 pound boy i never saw myself in the shoes of a dancer so for my ISP I decided to do salsa dancing. […]

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04/2/13

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Gregory Martinez

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