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Following is a sample itinerary for Dragons' Bolivia: Culture and Ecology Summer Program. Our sample itineraries are based on past courses; in order to meet instructor team goals, as well as the goals and interests of particular student groups, itineraries are subject to change. Please keep an eye on the course's Yak board for additional itinerary-related postings and updates.

Week One:
Arrive in Miami; fly to La Paz; acclimatization in La Paz while discovering local markets; service learning with local children's group; introduction to Bolivian history and contemporary issues from local experts; day hikes.

Week Two:
Sorata: Home-stay in gorgeous mountain village; service learning and daily activities with local youth association; Spanish Language clases and introduction to contemporary indigenous political issues; opportunities to study Andean music, traditional Aymara weaving. Cordillera Real: Breathtaking trek through the heart of the Bolivian Andes. Focus on cultural ecology, traditional farming, and medicinal plants.

Weeks Two - Three:
Cordillera Apolobamba: Rural homestays and in the most remote corner of the Bolivian Andes; learn about Kallawaya (medicine men) culture and traditional healing practices; trek 6 days over 16,000-ft passes on the same trails still used by the Kallawayas; introduction to high alpine ecology; discussions of rural and urban poverty; learn expedition behavior and backcountry navigation.

Weeks Four - Five:

Amazon basin: Descend along the Camino del Oro through the cloud forests and into one of the world's most biologically diverse areas; introduction to rainforest ecology with local NGOs; development and environmental conservation. Extended service project with indigenous Amazon community.

Week Six:
La Paz, Lake Titicaca and Tiahuanaco: Visit ruins; work with theater groups, women’s rights groups, political activists, orphanages and other NGOs.


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Bolivia: Culture and Ecology Sample Itinerary

Dragons Administration,Bolivia, Summer 2008

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Following is a sample itinerary for Dragons’ Bolivia: Culture and Ecology Summer Program. Our sample itineraries are based on past courses; in order to meet instructor team goals, as well as the goals and interests of particular student groups, itineraries are subject to change. Please keep an eye on the course’s Yak board for additional […]

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10/22/08

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Dragons Administration

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Hello!

In response to the many Yaks that have been posted regarding photo exchange, we'd liketo remind everyone about the FTP file-sharing site that we’ve set up for all summer alums to use.

Transferring your photos via FTP is the easiest way to enter our SUMMER 2008 PHOTO CONTEST, and it’s also a great way to exchange your 12 best shots with the other members of your group!

Below you’ll find detailed instructions to help you set up the file-sharing software on your computer. At the very end, you’ll find instructions for downloading the photos taken by other group members. If you run into problems, please request help by writing to Ryan Koupal at ryan@wheretherebedragons.com. After August 25th, you may reach Ryan in the Dragons office 8:30-5:30 Colorado Time by calling 1-800-982-9203 x15.

Please note that theDEADLINE for Photo Contest submissions is September 15!

INTRODUCING DRAGONS SUMMER ’08 PHOTO CONTEST:

This fall, we will be assembling our 2009-2010 catalog…and we would love new images!

Send us your best photos and take home a PRIZE:

  • $300 for the best photo of a student wearing a WTBD t-shirt
  • WTBD-embroidered Patagonia fleece hoodies to the 3 runners-up
  • WTBD water bottles to each group member for the best group shot

PHOTO CONTEST REGULATIONS:

  • Each photographer may submit a maximum of 12 images
  • Digital photographers should submit their images at the greatest quality possible. RAW photos are appreciated, as are any photos that are greater than 1-2MB. Please do not submit low quality or compressed images.
  • Film photographers (and digital photographers who choose to submit a burned CD or DVD) may direct their submissions to the following address:

Dragons Photo Submissions
741 Pearl Street
Boulder, CO 80302

  • Digital photographers who would like to upload their images via FTP transfer should follow the instructions below.


INSTRUCTIONS FOR UPLOADING PHOTOS VIA FTP TRANSFER:

FIRST: Download FileZilla Client by visiting http://filezilla-project.org/. This is a free and harmless download. Using FileZilla Client will allow you an easy means to upload your files and resume downloads if you lose your internet connection.
1.Under "Quick Download Links" on the homepage, click on the "Download FileZilla Client" icon.
2.Choose the appropriate download for your operating system (Windows, Mac, etc). 3. Your download will automatically begin.

SECOND: Create a folder with your 12 best images and get ready to transfer your folder using FireZilla Client.
1.Create a folder containing your images and save it to your desktop. Choose a title for the folder that contains your full name, and your program name and year (ex: JessieSmith_GUATEMALA2008). This is very important!
2. Open the FileZilla Client program on your computer.
3.On the control bar of the FileZilla window, enter the following information:

Host: siteground187.com
Username: whereth1
Password: photos
*Port: 21

4. Click "Quick Connect." If successfully connected, the final "Status" remark will read as "Directory listing successful."

*Please note that you may have to access your computer’s Control Panel or System Preferences to “open” Port 21. (If you’re having trouble making a successful connection, your Firewall settings may be blocking your computer from accessing the internet via the port.)

THIRD: Transfer your images.
1.The "Local site" column on the left of the FileZilla window represents your computer. The "Remote site" column on the right represents Dragons' FTP folder. Within the “Remote site” folder lives a folder called “DROP PHOTOS HERE! Dragons Photo Contest Summer ’08.” Open this folder to find the subfolder that we’ve created for your program.
2.Locate the folder that you created on your computer – either where it appears in the “Local site” column of FileZilla, or where it lives on your Desktop.
3.To initialize the transfer, drag the folder over to the “Remote site” side and drop it directly on top of the subfolder that we’ve created for your program.
4.Transfer should occur automatically. Progress should be noted in the "Queue" at the bottom of the window. If it doesn't happen automatically, click on the "Transfer" menu along the top bar and select "Process Queue."
5.Once your folder can be seen on the “Remote site” side, you're done!

TO DOWNLOAD PHOTOS TAKEN BYOTHER GROUP MEMBERS:

This is easy to do; although it’s extremely important to make sure that you download and DON’T DELETE the photos from the folder! Here’s what to do:

1.Connect to Dragons FTP folder via FileZilla Client.
2.On the “Remote site” side, double-click to open the “DROP PHOTOS HERE!” folder.
3.Find your program’s subfolder.
4.To download the entire folder, right-click (or control-click for Mac users) on the folder and choose “Download.”
5.To download single images, open your program’s folder, select the images that you’d like, and proceed as instructed in #4 above.
6.Download should begin automatically, and progress should be noted in the “Queue” at the bottom of the window. PLEASE NOTE that the destination path for the files that you are downloading will be noted in the Queue under “Server / local file.”

Thanks and good luck!

-Dragons Admin

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SHARE YOUR PHOTOS!

Dragons Admin,Bolivia, Summer 2008

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Hello! In response to the many Yaks that have been posted regarding photo exchange, we’d liketo remind everyone about the FTP file-sharing site that we’ve set up for all summer alums to use. Transferring your photos via FTP is the easiest way to enter our SUMMER 2008 PHOTO CONTEST, and it’s also a great way […]

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08/18/08

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Dragons Admin

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my pictures are slowly going up:

http://picasaweb.google.com/maxwell.katharine

hope all is going well, miss you all

-k.

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photos

kate,Bolivia, Summer 2008

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my pictures are slowly going up: http://picasaweb.google.com/maxwell.katharine hope all is going well, miss you all -k.

Posted On

08/12/08

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kate

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STARTING WEIGHT: CERCA 195LBS

ENDING WEIGHT: 165LBS

TOTAL LOSS 30LBS

DETAILS: NO LONGER FAT LOL!

THOUGHTS: GREAT SUCCESS

NUFF SAID!

To all my friends,

Despite my perhaps course demenour, over the past 6 weeks I came to apriciate all of your companionship. As I hopped into bed at 5:30am I, much to my amazement, had difficulty falling asleep. Racing through my mind were memories (good and not so good) of all our time together. Despite the adversity we faced, we fought it out together and come the end of the trip I realized I was going to miss all of the people who I felt uninterested with earlier in the journey. I hope to see you guys again one day.

Much love,

Phil Grudzina

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ULTIMATE VICTORY ACHIEVED LOL! and farewell =D

Phil Grudzina,Bolivia, Summer 2008

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STARTING WEIGHT: CERCA 195LBS ENDING WEIGHT: 165LBS TOTAL LOSS 30LBS DETAILS: NO LONGER FAT LOL! THOUGHTS: GREAT SUCCESS NUFF SAID! To all my friends, Despite my perhaps course demenour, over the past 6 weeks I came to apriciate all of your companionship. As I hopped into bed at 5:30am I, much to my amazement, had […]

Posted On

08/9/08

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Phil Grudzina

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so at the begining of the trip cameron and i cooked one of our first night in sorata and it was absolutley amazing........ well not really, we made some of the worst quinoa soup ever with very little flavor- ittasted more or less like water, andhad little or noveggies (but we fed 15 people for 28 bolivianos... which is about o $4-ish). our cooking ended up with us on the floor dying from laughter when we tasted the soup and well it didn´t really taste like anything... it was just water.

so- fast forward 6 weeks, its our last night at the program house and cameron and i looked for redemtion. we took our lunch money and some extra and ran up to the market buying enough to make walking back down the hill a hassle. We even planned out a menu, which included......

quinoa soup (yes still watery- but better)

garlic mashed potatoes

veggies (our attempy to respect those veggie people even if we made them eggs)

scrambled eggs for kristen

veggie saltenas for pablo (who is now very sick of eggs)

spicy pinanpple salsa/ chutney (i am not quite sure what to call it.. but it was really kick ass)

roasted chicken (which included not only having the butcher cut off the head and take out the stomach, but a good 20 min of me trying to chop up this chicken without getting germs anywhere.... you can imagine it was amazing when the chicken was actually cooked)

and yes there is more...... so july 1 was sarah´s birthday, but she didn´t tell anyone. so a few days later we all pitched in and bought her a chocolate cake from the swiss baker, but we had to put it on the back porch because she was in the program house... unfortunatly with the cake also came a dog that decided to hang out on the back porch with the cake (thus as you can imagine it was all eaten before she even saw it)........

thus we used our sweet baking skills to make a brownie cake... which was somethiung like this: (sarah wanted the recipe and this is my best guess at what we did)

-1/2liter of flour

-1/2 liter of sugar

- 5 chocolate disks

-1 small container of margerine (butter is too hard to find.. especially on independence day)

- some baking soda

-and enough eggs to make it the right consistancy (i guess it ended up being around 8)

and cameron made a frosting that was comprised of

-one egg white

-evaporated milk

- cornstarch

- and sugar

so anyway for those who havn´t figured out yet... we definately redemed ourself last night....

see you soon

-k.

p.s. i will take no resonsiblity for the spelling (i don´t really want to read over it)and lack of periods in this yak

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Redemption

Kate,Bolivia, Summer 2008

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so at the begining of the trip cameron and i cooked one of our first night in sorata and it was absolutley amazing…….. well not really, we made some of the worst quinoa soup ever with very little flavor- ittasted more or less like water, andhad little or noveggies (but we fed 15 people for […]

Posted On

08/7/08

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Kate

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Hola a todos Estamos de regreso en La Paz, luego de unos días maravillosos por las tierras bajas. Iniciamos nuestra aventura descansando en Coroico y aprendiendo sobre el ambiente y luego nos sumergimos en la amazonia. Viajamos por bote por 3 días, haciendo unas caminatas cortas y disfrutando de cascadas y piscinas naturales. Luego, visitamos la comunidad Zoraida, a 4 horas en bote desde Rurrenabaque (la capital de la amazonia). Zoraida, es como estar en el centro de la tierra, mucho calor y mucha humedad, fuimos desayuno, almuerzo y cena para los mosquitos. Pasamos nuestros días pintando la escuela con los niños de la comunidad y los profesores. El último íia la comunidad nos brindo un festín de comidas tradicionales de la región. Tuvimos una fiesta de sabores en nuestras bocas y luego ellos bailaron una danza tradicional y luego todos bailamos juntos bajo las brillantes estrellas que cubren el cielo en el sur. Ayer fue un día tremendo!!!, salimos de Zoraida muy temprano en la mañana, llegamos a Rurrenabaque mojados por la lluvia y con los estómagos pidiendo comida. Esperamos todo el día por nuestro vuelo a La Paz, pero por las malas condiciones del clima, tuvimos que quedar una noche mas en este pueblito. Dormimos, o por lo menos intentamos dormir, pero al frente del hotel donde quedamos hubo una fiesta a todo volumen que duro toda la noche. Hoy ya estamos en La Paz, con muchas actividades y aprovechando nuestro tiempo al máximo para disfrutar nuestros ultimos diaja juntos Un abrazo a todos!!!

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En La Paz

Marolyn,Bolivia, Summer 2008

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Hola a todos Estamos de regreso en La Paz, luego de unos días maravillosos por las tierras bajas. Iniciamos nuestra aventura descansando en Coroico y aprendiendo sobre el ambiente y luego nos sumergimos en la amazonia. Viajamos por bote por 3 días, haciendo unas caminatas cortas y disfrutando de cascadas y piscinas naturales. Luego, visitamos […]

Posted On

08/4/08

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Marolyn

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A new dawn in La Paz, the sun is starting to slowly warm the streets of this "city in the sky" and we are preparing to continue our journey.

In the past two days we have lost four of our fellow travelers for various reasons. It's been very tough for all of us to face this emotional loss. We're going to miss you guys!!! A lot!... It was a pleasure to have you with us, you were all special to the group in different ways. Thank you for your humor, your company and friendship. I hope you find what you are looking for and that you take home with you good memories of Bolivia.

We have to keep moving, so today we are going to Coroico, a beautiful town in the Yungas region. We are taking with us a big back pack full of grace and energy to continue our adventure in to the Amazon Rainfores. There is a new service learning projrect waiting for us in a small traditional forest community on the Rio Beni. We leave behind the high Andes, the beautiful mountains and the noble Aymara and Quechua people that inhabit them. Now we travel to the open flat lands of the Amazon, full of wildlife and an abundance of new indigenous cultures. We still have many adventures and many things to learn here in Bolivia. Tomorrow we will be in Guanay, and the next day we will start traveling on the river, engaging in a series of short hikes in the rainforests along the way.

We'll stay in touch via the Yak board to let you know how our journey progresses over the next several days.

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New Dawn

Marolyn,Bolivia, Summer 2008

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A new dawn in La Paz, the sun is starting to slowly warm the streets of this "city in the sky" and we are preparing to continue our journey. In the past two days we have lost four of our fellow travelers for various reasons. It’s been very tough for all of us to face […]

Posted On

07/25/08

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Marolyn

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I promised photos…

Cameron Ott,Bolivia, Summer 2008

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…but they won´t upload on to the yak. Sorry everyone!

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07/24/08

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Cameron Ott

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Hey all! I´m sending a late night yak yak after returning to the Prado (the main drag in La Paz) from a delicious dinner a little south of our hostel. I am happy to say that the sick students are recovering and that we will be leaving La Paz tomorrow (hopefully after a delicious meal of pastel con api, a frybred filled with cheese and sprinkled with sugar and a hot purple corn drink flavored with cinamon and cloves) for a town in the Yungas called Coroico, which is apparently beautiful and set in the midst of semi jungle and coca fields (it is also warm, a major plus after over three weeks in the altiplano and high Andes).

Our time in La Paz, although hectic, has been well rewarded by the amenities of city life, museums, cafes, resturants, cobblestone streets, markets of every type, and excellent alpaca wool shopping have been highlights.

I´ve attached some photos to help ease the relation of events from students here in Bolivia to their families back in the states--enjoy!

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yak from a student!

Cameron Ott,Bolivia, Summer 2008

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Hey all! I´m sending a late night yak yak after returning to the Prado (the main drag in La Paz) from a delicious dinner a little south of our hostel. I am happy to say that the sick students are recovering and that we will be leaving La Paz tomorrow (hopefully after a delicious meal […]

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07/24/08

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Cameron Ott

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Hello everyone,

I wrote a Yak the day we arrived in La Paz and it got lost in the slow connection and never made it onto the yak board. I´m not sure if such elegant prose and searing wit can ever be re-created but here goes again! :-)

´La Pa La Pa La Pa La Paaaaaaaaaz´ came the familiar cry from the guy hanging out of the side of the bus as we boarded, tired, sweaty, smelly (apart from a quick dip in the hotsprings!) but full of a sense of accomplishment after very successfully completing an epic six day traverse of the remote and stunningly beautiful Cordillera Apolobamba mountain range. As the last minute rush of Pacenos (La Paz residents) and Charazani (our departing town) locals piled onto the bus and filled the aisle (ready to stand for the entire 7 hour journey) we sat back to munch on Bolivian popcorn and reflect on the journey we had just completed.

And what a journey! Snowcapped, craggy peaks, 16,000 feet mountain passes, inquisitive alpacas, turqoise lagoons, cloud forests, icy-Andean crazy golf course terrain, Kallawaya medicine-men stone pile Pachamama (mother earth) offerings, steep ascents, thrilling descents, and plenty of salty cheese sandwiches!!

Despite a couple of inevitable but relatively minor health (mostly altitude) issues, the entire group performed very admirably through some very challenging tests and our trusty guide Reynaldo praised the students for being the best group he had ever guided in 13 years on the job! Felicidades a todos! The voyage was full of memorable moments including tin pan (cooking utensil) and horse skull (the teeth make a great sound!) jam sessions, llama poop camp fires, Kallawaya ceremonies complete with guinea pig sacrifice (not my cup of tea as a vegetarian but unforgettable none the less), baby doll head golf, on-heat donkeys chasing each other around a town square, a chicken circus! and a night in a barn decorated with cow intestines, animal fat and pigs feet!!!

From the otherwordly Apolobamba to the equally amazing La Paz, we found ourselves thrust into the midst of the sensory explosion that is the highest (arguably) capital in the world. We have been here four days now, soaking up the atmosphere, visiting pickled lizards, stuffed toads and Llama feotuses in the witches market, listening to guest speakers, sampling saltenas, getting gloriously lost in the HUGE market in El Alto (an adjoining city), and generally enjoying sleeping in beds and having showers. The students have also been working on their independent study projects and focusing on topics from education for street children to playing the Charango (a traditional Bolivian banjo type instrument). Tomorrow the group will divide for a few days (as a result of student requests) to pursue their personal interests and goals, some staying in La Paz with Sarah (instructor) to dive further into urban culture and social/political/economic issues and others slipping on those hiking boots again with Maro and myself (instructors) for a 3 day trek on the Camino de Oro (Goldiggers Trail), an ancient Inca transportation route that descends into the Yungas (midway between mountains and the Amazon). Following that we re-unite and take to the water for the Amazon portion of our journey and a service project with a local community in the Amazon.

The entire group has relished our time in La Paz, enjoying the freedom to explore and discover this unique city. As a group, over the past week or so we have been working through some of the inevitable differences and personality conflicts that can often occur (particularly around this stage of the trip). It has been challenging at times but such experiences offer opportunities for learning and change and demonstrate a increasing level of honesty and openness that will hopefully deepen our experience. It feels as though we could be redeveloping an adjusted group dynamic (yes I know some students will snigger!) and rhythm that will cater for diverse needs as we enter the next phase of our trip.

With that, I bid you a temporary farewell again,

All the best

Love Pablo

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La Paz (second try)

Pablo,Bolivia, Summer 2008

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Hello everyone, I wrote a Yak the day we arrived in La Paz and it got lost in the slow connection and never made it onto the yak board. I´m not sure if such elegant prose and searing wit can ever be re-created but here goes again! 🙂 ´La Pa La Pa La Pa La […]

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07/22/08

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Pablo

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