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    [post_content] => Welcome home Andes & Amazon semester students! The group flight just touched down in Miami. A big thanks for a wonderful semester.

All the best,

The Boulder Admin Team
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Flight Landed in Miami!

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Welcome home Andes & Amazon semester students! The group flight just touched down in Miami. A big thanks for a wonderful semester. All the best, The Boulder Admin Team

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05/1/16

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    [post_content] => All 6 of our students made it on their flight to Miami.

Grace, Galen, Meghan, Belle, Erin and Barae-

Thank you for such an amazing adventure. Safe travels and stay in touch!

Abrazos,

Vero, Patrick and Zack
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Group through security and on their American Airlines flight 922

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All 6 of our students made it on their flight to Miami. Grace, Galen, Meghan, Belle, Erin and Barae- Thank you for such an amazing adventure. Safe travels and stay in touch! Abrazos, Vero, Patrick and Zack

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05/1/16

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    [post_content] => From my humble observations, Doña Leti doesn't believe much in prep time. I am lying on my bed after lunch, reading or enjoying a nice siesta when the yelling begins. "Clase de tejido! Corre! Isabelle! Corre!" (Weaving class! Run Isabelle, run!) I am halfway off the mattress, one foot in a shoe, and Leti has thrown Santhyago on her back, has marched out the door, has left the stroller folded on the lawn for me to carry along behind her. She will be half way down the road when I finally catch her. Our afternoon has begun.
At the program house we will set up the looms, transform the porch into our workshop. Doña Carlota will join us there. Erin will too. Carlota will sit beside me as I weave. She will point out my mistakes. Sight when I fail to fix them. Take over every now and then, hands expertly manipulating the yarn, accomplishing in minutes what will take me an hour. But on the rare occassions I complete a section without a mistake, when I beat all the yarn down in one go, she will pat me on the back. Nod approvingly. "Si se puede."
Through all of this, of course, is the banter. If that's even what you can call Leti and Carlota patiently waiting through my broken spanish, finding logic in stories where everything only happens in the present tense. They keep their eyes glued to mine through all the "uhs and ums." And every now and then, when I am able to use my limited vocabulary just right, I have them laughing. Really laughing. Big belly laughs. They will close their eyes and shake their heads. "Oy! Isabelle!" They cry in trembling voices, hands on trembling tummies. And the sun is setting. And the light is slowly dimming. And we are sitting there on the porch, laughing and weaving in the dusk.
And then again, all at once, with no prep time at all, Leti is ready to go. And I am three steps behind, rushing once again to the sounds of "Corre Isabelle! Corre! Vamos a la casa!"
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The Wednesdays We Wove

Belle Furman,SPRING: Andes & Amazon, Uncategorized

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From my humble observations, Doña Leti doesn’t believe much in prep time. I am lying on my bed after lunch, reading or enjoying a nice siesta when the yelling begins. “Clase de tejido! Corre! Isabelle! Corre!” (Weaving class! Run Isabelle, run!) I am halfway off the mattress, one foot in a shoe, and Leti has […]

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04/30/16

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Belle Furman

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    [post_content] => Greetings family and friends,

What a exciting adventure this has been. You've been missing your Dragons student for 3 long months. Occasionally getting an email or field note post that gave you quick glimpse into the exciting adventure your loved one is experiencing. In a few days your child/friend will return home. To help with this transition home we, the instructors, have taken our students to the beautiful Isla del Sol, an island on Lake Titicaca. Here we will spend our last days together in what we call Transference. Transference is a time for us to help the students process this epic adventure and take what they learned here and use it for the rest of their lives.

Shortly we'll post some pictures from the lake and some student reflections on their expedition phase in the Bolivian Salt Flats and Potosi.
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Transference on Lake Titicaca

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Greetings family and friends, What a exciting adventure this has been. You’ve been missing your Dragons student for 3 long months. Occasionally getting an email or field note post that gave you quick glimpse into the exciting adventure your loved one is experiencing. In a few days your child/friend will return home. To help with […]

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04/29/16

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Instructor team

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    [post_content] => Family is a big word. It encompasses time and blood, unconditional love and endless disputes, shared heritage and obligations sometimes unfulfilled. Family morphs, shapeshifts between inner cities and broken suburbs, splits into two houses and foments a torment of dust blocking the doors in one last attempt to stall the inevitable explosion into the labyrinth of self-discovery. Family sometimes wears the uniform of inherent singularity and sometimes permeates through illusory boundaries created simply by the rotation of the earth.
As family carts along its oversized baggage and projects expectations so lofty they only appear in any clarity in nostalgia, it can be difficult to extend that already bursting definition to include a mere three weeks of thrice-a-day meals and grateful laughter. Yet as I worried my connections weren't authentic enough they sprouted directly beneath my feet from ducking airborne bubbles of oil as they fried breaded chicken and first-time-escalator stories that require a full reenactment. The peels of plaintains stick to the deceptive cousins of bananas and without missing a beat my mom mockingly asks, "you gonna cry about it?" Jokes fly and laughter becomes the soundtrack. My Quechua has hardly improved but somehow I understand Maria, the 98-year-old matriarch, with the ease of a smile and repetition. I open the door to whispers of a drunk, only to pass the impressive snores of a slightly intoxicated grandma snuggled in her bed. On Sunday my mom asks if I will go "trot" on my morning run and I peel peas and fava beans in preparation for the cuy (guinea pig) I was eager to try and she was excited to teach me how to eat.

I'm continually reminded that moments are elusive when I hear my name on Maria's lips and realize that with three days left we have truly become family. The love that radiates every time my attempted Spanish sarcasm is met with a chuckle and objections cease when I insist on washing my plate warms my insides from the bottom up and evokes something akin to mourning. I seem to always land on a time I missed, a night I went to bed instead of sowed more conversation, the sheer shortness of three weeks. But nothing is diminished. My homesickness faded as I sat on the stump and cut vegetables and I realized that ache was replaced with a realization: this is my family too. Maybe some families stretch generations and traditions and are defined by the molecules in blood shared by the same cells. Maybe some families are birthed over a willingness to open up, to release what came before and lean into the unlikelihood that love can germinate in the fertile land of sincerity over the short span of three weeks.
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Agridulce (Bittersweet)

Barae Hirsch,SPRING: Andes & Amazon

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04/25/16

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Barae Hirsch

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    [post_content] => Bolivia's Salar de Uyuni or Salt Flats are a one of a kind sight to see. When you walk on the Salar you feel as though you've been transported to another world. As one of Bolivia's top tourist destinations and home of the world's largest lithium deposit the Salar plays a crucial role in Bolivia's economy.
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Salar de Uyuni

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Bolivia’s Salar de Uyuni or Salt Flats are a one of a kind sight to see. When you walk on the Salar you feel as though you’ve been transported to another world. As one of Bolivia’s top tourist destinations and home of the world’s largest lithium deposit the Salar plays a crucial role in Bolivia’s […]

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04/25/16

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Instructor Team

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    [post_content] => Dear Andes & Amazon Non-Accredited 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 1st, 2016

American Airlines #922

Depart: La Paz, Bolivia 6:00 am

Arrive: Miami, FL 3:42 pm

We will have a Dragons Administrator on call for the duration of the travel day.   Starting on Saturday, April 30th, 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

Anne Koenning,SPRING: Andes & Amazon

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Dear Andes & Amazon Non-Accredited 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 […]

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04/21/16

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Anne Koenning

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    [post_content] => One of the coolest parts of any Dragons program is the ISP or Independent Study Project. This is an opportunity for each student to pick a topic to independently study in depth through out the course. ISPs give students the chance to truly own their education. During our Tiquipaya homestays students meet with local mentors who teach them not only skills like cooking or weaving but also about the culture and history of Bolivia. Almost every other week day students would meet with their ISP mentors to work on their projects. Today our students compiled their research and presented their ISPs to the group. Here´s a breakdown of what everybody did.

Seth, Meghan and Galen: Cooking ISP with Doña Fanny, Don Roberto and Zack. For their ISP presentation they made delicious empanadas to share with the group and talked about how cooking is a representation of Bolivian culture.

Erin and Belle: Weaving with Doña Carlota and Doña Leti. Erin and Belle put in many, many hours to create beautiful woven bags (see picture). The girls taught us the basics of weaving and gave a history of weaving in Bolivia and Peru.

Grace: Neoliberalism and its effect on Bolivian agriculture. Over the past couple of weeks Grace has been working on a farm and at a permaculture center. In her presentation Grace taught us about neoliberalism and its effects on local crops like potatoes and quinoa, farming practices,  and shared a slide show of some of her photography.

Barae: Feminism. Barae meet with individuals from a variety of gender rights organizations based out of Cochabamba. In her presentation Barae talked about the concepts of occidental (western) vs Latin American feminism and imperialism.

*Also attached is a photo of our last day with our Spanish teachers. To celebrate the day the teachers all taught us a fun, local dance.
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ISPs and Spanish classes

Instructor Team,SPRING: Andes & Amazon

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04/20/16

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Instructor Team

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    [post_content] => During my last two days in my homestay, I learned how to fry many things. Eggs, buñuelos, chicharones (not the pork skin kind - some sort of pasta)...more fried things than I´d learned to make in all my years of living in the South. It was a new kind of sharing, a new way that I got to help Doña Cirila, my host mom.

Now, waiting for a bus that´ll take us towards the Salar de Uyuni and the last 10 days of this trip, it seems incredible that our two and a half months in South America are nearly over. The last two weeks in Tiquipaya with our host families, especially have flown by. The first time around in homestays, with all their awkwardness and oh-my-god-am-I-doing-anything-right, I´d never have imagined that I´d want more time here. But I do. I´ll miss the mornings, being greeted by Scott, a golden retriever pup; the after dinner conversations that alternate between deep, hilarious, and ¨well...uhh....I actually have no idea how to communicate this so let´s just laugh,¨; and peeling lima beans for meals. Homestays have become my favorite memories of this trip, despite and sort of because of the awkwardness that always comes with them.

 
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Homestay Reflection

Erin Hancock,SPRING: Andes & Amazon

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During my last two days in my homestay, I learned how to fry many things. Eggs, buñuelos, chicharones (not the pork skin kind – some sort of pasta)…more fried things than I´d learned to make in all my years of living in the South. It was a new kind of sharing, a new way that […]

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04/20/16

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Erin Hancock

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X-PHASE !

Galen Freedman,SPRING: Andes & Amazon

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Expedition Phase is upon us! This is that fateful time of the course where us students step up and have our time to shine as the responsible, intelligent leaders that we are! We take control of our own budget, we plan transportation, hostals, food, activites, and any guest speakers we would like to learn from. […]

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Galen Freedman

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