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    [post_content] => 11 Dragons successfully boarded their American Airlines flight at 7:40am. Our 12th student Patrick M has decided to stay on after the course and head to Peru for a few days.

What an adventure this has been. Being back at the La Paz airport forces us to think back to that first day. Our students were tired from all the travel, feeling the altitude of the world's highest international airport and nervous about being in a new place. Now, 3 months later, we can see the change in them. And you too will see a new son, daughter or friend when they step off the plane in their respective cities. Even though your Dragon has grown greatly over the past 3 months, the greatest growth will be when they return home and begin to truly process this experience.

Honor this process. Ask deep probing questions that go beyond "what was the food like?" Sit with your Dragons student while they work through this adventure. But realize that sometimes what they'll need the most is space to think.

Parents and friends of our beloved Dragons: Thank you so much for letting us steal away your loved one for 3 long months. We're sure this hasn't been easy for you. Only going off of the occasional yak or hastily written email. When your Dragon returns home give them a huge hug from us and let them know how proud of them we are.

Dragones: The 3 of us couldn't have been more lucky. Thank you for all the heartfelt conversations and laughs. Thank you for your courage and willingness to share yourselves so deeply and genuinely with the group and the communities we traveled to. We're so proud of you all, each in your own unique way. Let's keep each other in our lives.

Much love,

Gina, Patrick and Zack
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Students safely aboard their flight

instructor team,Andes & Amazon

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11 Dragons successfully boarded their American Airlines flight at 7:40am. Our 12th student Patrick M has decided to stay on after the course and head to Peru for a few days. What an adventure this has been. Being back at the La Paz airport forces us to think back to that first day. Our students […]

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05/9/15

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instructor team

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    [post_content] => Dear Andes & Amazon 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:

May 9th, 2015
American Airlines AA 922
Depart: La Paz (LPB) 7:47am
Arrive: Miami (MIA) 5:21pm

We will have a Dragons Administrator on call for the duration of the travel day.   Starting on Friday, 5/8, 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 Group Flight Information

Anna Stevens,Andes & Amazon

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Dear Andes & Amazon 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 […]

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05/5/15

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Anna Stevens

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    [post_content] => I left my home exactly 3 months ago today, on February 4th. Before this, the longest period of time I´d been gone prior to this was around a month. I´d never been to South America. I´d never done a homestay. I´d certainly never spent 14 hours on an international bus. 90 days has taught me an incredible amount about myself and the world I live in, but after such a duration of time a Dragons course stops feeling like a trip and starts feeling like your life. A bumpy transition is inevitable, but with 5 days left of course it´s imperative to start considering the aspects of course that I want to take back with me, and not just put the entire experience behind me as nothing more than a cool memory.
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Wrapping Up

Elliott Abbott,Andes & Amazon

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I left my home exactly 3 months ago today, on February 4th. Before this, the longest period of time I´d been gone prior to this was around a month. I´d never been to South America. I´d never done a homestay. I´d certainly never spent 14 hours on an international bus. 90 days has taught me […]

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05/5/15

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Elliott Abbott

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    [post_content] => Land. At a glance, it is our home, our path, our place. As obvious and elementary as it sounds, land is something that was difficult for me to define when Gina prompted our group to think about it. Over the course of the past few weeks, our A&A group has been exposed to so many ways of seeing land.

In our first grueling trek in Toro Toro, we saw land as unescapable canyons and testing uphills. In our first city excursion to Potosi, we discovered land as a resource that is being continually exploited and as a battleground for survival (on a physical, emotional, and monetary level). In our homestays back in Tiquipaya, I personally discovered land through the tomatoes my family grew in our backyard and the compost we filled up every day. Here in Peru, we discovered land through ceremonies by surreal lakes and mountains with our guides Fabian and Patricia, and the seemingly endless supply of papas we ate for breakfast, lunch, and dinner in Quico Chico in Nacion Q'eros.

I could go on, but every destination in our journey through Bolivia and southern Peru has added more layers to what the four letter word means. Here in the Andes region, people work around the land. They split the calendars into the dry season and the wet season. Mountain men and women wake up when the sun wakes up, sleep when the sun goes to sleep. In the economical houses, families boil water and make meals atop a fire from wood gathered outside (and kindle and nurture it with their breath). Their lives depend on land.

Back in the U.S., the relationship seems inverse. People seem to control the land. We determine the amount of trees planted in cities. We fill space with condominiums, complexes, vacation houses. We build ski lifts on mountains, allot coastline for beaches to tan and build sandcastles on. In other words, we use and exhaust land as a resource, taking and taking more for ourselves. Oddly enough, people know that we are forever indebted and tied to land, as the classic American tune "This Land is Your Land" by Woody Guthrie suggests.

As Don Rafo Puente said in a charla back in Tiquipaya, the land will still live on after we pass. We need land, but the land doesn't necessarily need us. The sun will still shine somehow, the waves will roll in on some shores somewhere. Therefore, shouldn't we respect it, see it as a friend that has seen the past, sees the present, and will live to see the future? It threads time, people, and activity.

Land is actually much bigger than what we see. Maybe that is why I have yet to define what it means for myself. It's an evolving relationship, a wisdom that will click into place the more I explore, walk, and ruminate on how this land is my land.
When the sun came shining, and I was strolling, 
And the wheat fields waving and the dust clouds rolling, 
As the fog was lifting a voice was chanting: 
This land was made for you and me. - "This Land is Your Land" by Woody Guthrie
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This Land is Your Land

Emily Ng,Andes & Amazon, Trekking and Wilderness Exploration

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Land. At a glance, it is our home, our path, our place. As obvious and elementary as it sounds, land is something that was difficult for me to define when Gina prompted our group to think about it. Over the course of the past few weeks, our A&A group has been exposed to so many […]

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05/5/15

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Emily Ng

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    [post_content] => As our Andes and Amazon semester comes to a close, I find my mind straying to this summer and I feel torn. Part of me will never be ready to say goodbye to this amazing place and the great friends I have made here. But part of me feels excited for going home and experiencing another summertime in Michigan.I have always wondered why I feel so happy and free and at peace during the months of summer. All of the sunlight maybe? No homework to worry about? But that seems too simplistic...

After spending three wild months exploring Latin America and discovering a new appreciation and sense of belonging to the Pachamama, I can finally answer my question. 

Here in Latin America, there is an inherent connection to the Earth, a respect that coming from the US, I never fully considered. Here, the general view of the earth is that Mother Earth is a living, worshipped, being who we respect. We give to her as much as, if not more, than we take from her. We care for her. The general view in the US, is that the earth is a resource and lets see just how much we can get away with taking from it. The very idea of earth and how we communicate and relate to it differs drastically between cultures. 

Growing up in such a modern, technological society, we have innumerable separations between us and the earth.  We wear shoes and clothing and drive cars.  We walk on cement and concrete and live in ¨brick boxes with roofs¨. We don´t touch the earth or greet it as an old friend, we see it as part of the landscape of every day, as the background for our houses and our lives. When we travel to places like Machu Picchu, we go to look, not to feel or connect or touch. We have a relationship to the ground as our property, a thing we own and use and even abuse. 

After climbing around Machu Picchu, feeling exhausted and sick, I ran into Favian, our amazing guide and teacher from Nacion Qúeros. He was beaming with happiness. He told me how, although he had not eaten lunch, he felt rejuvenated and overflowing with the energy he received from the mountains around Machu Picchu. When I offered my water to him, he thanked the Pachamama, shared it with her and then thanked the mountains and rivers for helping to bring that water to him. What pure, beautiful friendship. 

Summer to me means  the absence of some of the inevitable disconnect between us and  the earth  that comes from living in a western society . In the months of summer,  I often don´t wear shoes. I swim in lakes and lay on the ground and camp in the woods and bike to places and feel like I belong with the natural world. In the summer  I am reminded of what it feels like to be a living being that is part of the earth, connected to the earth, belonging to the earth as the earth belongs to me. That is why I feel a deep sense of freedom and peace in the summer time. 
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Land is Freedom

Sophia Kendall,Andes & Amazon, Fall 2007

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As our Andes and Amazon semester comes to a close, I find my mind straying to this summer and I feel torn. Part of me will never be ready to say goodbye to this amazing place and the great friends I have made here. But part of me feels excited for going home and experiencing […]

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05/5/15

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Sophia Kendall

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    [post_content] => Upon travelling to Machu Picchu I had a romanticized idea of what my time at this wonder of the world would entail. Known only to me through the images of books and postcards I saw these ruins as an untouched oasis perched high up in the staggering mountains. My expectations of a revolutionary experience slowly dwindled at the base of Machu Picchu where we found more tourists than locals and a British transnational company that controls all transportation to and from the site.

Aside from the tourists exploring with their selfie sticks and people who would rather see this place of rarest beauty through a lens of a camera, the ruins themselves were a beautiful sight. I found a quiet place to watch the clouds roll through and observe the intricate stonework of the Incas, attempting to envision the city as it once was and the lives of the people that lived there. As I sat, thought, and paid my respects to these powerful mountains, my mind slowed down. I was not worrying about my plans for when I return home, or school in the fall, I was consumed by the present moment and the amazing natural beauty that surrounded me. I was thankful for the brief time my mind was able to escape the consumerism and disrespect for this spiritual retreat to appreciate Machu Picchu and all of its glory.

 
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Visit to Machu Picchu

Laura Burke,Andes & Amazon

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Upon travelling to Machu Picchu I had a romanticized idea of what my time at this wonder of the world would entail. Known only to me through the images of books and postcards I saw these ruins as an untouched oasis perched high up in the staggering mountains. My expectations of a revolutionary experience slowly […]

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05/5/15

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Laura Burke

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Andes & Amazon

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    [post_content] => Well, we needed to meet up with the rest of the group and preferably before dark. And we would take next to every form of taxi in Peru. Part One was a taxi on curvy roads swerving by. Four people were in the backseat. Anya and I were rotating between sitting forward only slightly on the seat. Eventually this dreadful ride ended and we were in a minivan doing the exact same thing. The highlight of this was racing against the dark walking on train tracks trading packs so that our sickest member did not have to carry anything. Adrenaline pumping we sped on and I found the best rythym I have had during any trek. Camp looked fantastic all set up waiting for us. We were officially unevaced.
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Back on Track

Robin Emmons,Andes & Amazon

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Well, we needed to meet up with the rest of the group and preferably before dark. And we would take next to every form of taxi in Peru. Part One was a taxi on curvy roads swerving by. Four people were in the backseat. Anya and I were rotating between sitting forward only slightly on […]

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05/5/15

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Robin Emmons

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Andes & Amazon

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    [post_content] => I don`t smoke, but I guess I also don`t avidly chew coca leaves.

I had spent the day contributing my part to the deforestation of the Amazon, and was now taking a break with the men of Asunción. We were expanding the soccer field, or cancha, of the community through machetes but the Amazonian sun sent us seeking shade to chew coca, smoke cigarettes, and share stories. I was sweaty, blistered, and tired from a good days work, but the rest of the men were chipper as ever. They were just avoiding the sun for a minute or two and I was incredibly impressed with their resilience. There was a large wheel barrow full of coca leaves, a strange bark that they used as catalyst in the village, and also some sugary powder to take the edge off the bitter taste.  Everyone would take a strip of the bark, rip it up, moisten it with their mouth, put it into a hand full of leaves, pour some powder on the mixutre, and put it all in their mouthes. The packs of cigarettes were also being passed around and everyone partook. I felt very much part of their small community that whole day. I bent my back and sweated with the best of them and felt like I really made a personal connection in a man who was about my age named Símon. We didn`t talk much, but he helped me dig out and chop through a buried tree stump. We were helping build a drying station for the community's cacao chocolate operation, and exchanged a few words about our lives and families. Mostly our conversation revolved around the soccer game we still were going to play at 5 and the two liters of soda we had bet on the game. There were two worlds between us, but in those hours of manual toil, we were from the same place. We talked like friends, and it seemed like I was no longer a tourist coming in to briefly glimpse this new and different culture. We were simply two men working together for the betterment of their community. It was absolutely incredible. I talked to Símon more over the next two days where he helped teach us to shoot the locally made bow and arrow, and shook his hand when we left for Rurrenabaque.

It was strange because we spoke very little. I guess it was just that shared experience that brought us together, and left me with the feeling of making another friend in the this strange place we call the world. I don`t know for sure, but I`d like to say that Símon feels the same way, like he met another human with same passions, dreams, fears, and hopes. Not some other transient tourist.
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I Want to Live in Asunción.

Sam Rogers,Andes & Amazon, Rugged Travel, Service Learning

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I don`t smoke, but I guess I also don`t avidly chew coca leaves. I had spent the day contributing my part to the deforestation of the Amazon, and was now taking a break with the men of Asunción. We were expanding the soccer field, or cancha, of the community through machetes but the Amazonian sun sent […]

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05/5/15

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Sam Rogers

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    [post_content] => Peru: Cusco, Asuengate trek, Ocongate rest day/internet cafe video game binge,  Q´erros community homestay, Machu Pichu extraveganza, Cusco.

This has been our itenary for the past three weeks in Peru. We have experienced beauty, inspiration, long bus rides, confusion, and adventure. We have been on the go, packing all we possibly could have into our short time here. Our physical condition, exhausted and on the brink of sickness, demonstrates what Peru has done to us but yet all that we have accomplished.

Looking forward towards tranference I am excited to rejoin the familiarity of Bolivia but apprehensive to leave Peru after such a short but awesome experience.
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Off to transference

Patrick Mahoney,Andes & Amazon

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Peru: Cusco, Asuengate trek, Ocongate rest day/internet cafe video game binge,  Q´erros community homestay, Machu Pichu extraveganza, Cusco. This has been our itenary for the past three weeks in Peru. We have experienced beauty, inspiration, long bus rides, confusion, and adventure. We have been on the go, packing all we possibly could have into our […]

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05/5/15

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Patrick Mahoney

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Andes & Amazon

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    [post_content] => We just finished up a very influential section of our time her in Peru.  In the past two weeks we visited a small indigenous village called Q'eros and also visited the busy ruins of Machu Picchu.  Each experience was extremely different from one another.

Like I said Q'eros is an indigenous village so they still live simply with not much influence from the outside world.  We were all asigned homestay families where we slept and ate breakfast and dinner.  Since Q'eros is at such high altitudes and very moist, the only thing they can grow in potatoes.  So for every meal we ate potatoes and potatoe soup with rice.  The houses they live in are made out of stone and very small; a little smaller than the average american kitchen.  It was an extremely uncomfortable experience but also very eye opening to the life I was born into.

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Q’eros and Machu Picchu

Blaine DuBose,Andes & Amazon

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We just finished up a very influential section of our time her in Peru.  In the past two weeks we visited a small indigenous village called Q’eros and also visited the busy ruins of Machu Picchu.  Each experience was extremely different from one another. Like I said Q’eros is an indigenous village so they still […]

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05/4/15

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Blaine DuBose

Category

Andes & Amazon

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