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Peru: Sacred Mountains 4-week, Summer 2010


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Hello Everyone!

My name is Emily, and I can hardly believe that in less than a month, we will all be in Peru! I am incredibly excited to meet all of you, and for our trip.

A little bit about myself: I'm a junior in high school, and I am 16 (almost 17, actually--my birthday is the first day of the trip!). I absolutely love Spanish, and am taking two Spanish classes this year, which, of course, is a big part of why I chose to go to Peru. I went on a trip with Dragons to Guatemala two years ago, before my sophomore year, and it was incredible. I took so much away from the experience, and felt that it was one of the best things I had ever done, which was why I was so eager to sign up for another Dragons program.

I'm also a runner; I do both track and Cross Country, so I love being active, and am excited for the treks that we will be going on! I'm a vegetarian (which hopefully won't be too much of an issue in Peru?) but besides that I'm not picky, and basically lived off of arroz y frijoles when I was in Guatemala. I'm told that Peruvian food is somewhat similar.

Our itinerary sounds amazing. I can't wait! I'll see you all soon--I'm excited to meet everyone!

Hasta Luego,

Emily

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Emily Polstein,Peru: Sacred Mountains 4-week, Summer 2010

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Hello Everyone! My name is Emily, and I can hardly believe that in less than a month, we will all be in Peru! I am incredibly excited to meet all of you, and for our trip. A little bit about myself: I’m a junior in high school, and I am 16 (almost 17, actually–my birthday […]

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06/3/10

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Emily Polstein

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Queridos Alumn@s,

Your Instructor team has been busily working to create a phenomenal program for this summer. We are so excited to explore and journey through the sacred landscapes of Peru with you all!

We now turn to you to contribute your brilliance and imagination to our course! Every Dragons program asks each student to individually explore in more depth a passion or a topic of interest that is relevant to Peru. We call these Independent Study Projects (ISPs). The earlier YOU start brainstorming your topic and where it fits in our course, the more profound the learning experience will be for you and for our team! The sequence of the ISPs will be as follows:

§ Now: Start brainstorming ideas. Review this yak post. Explore. Ask questions. Reference your Peru reader!

§ Before June 15th: Post an ISP proposal on the yak board. This should be a short narrative including the topic to wish to explore, your connection to it, and where you intend to delve into it on course (reference the itinerary post for this one).

§ Before our departure to Peru: Explore and research your topic through readings in the Peru reader, the Lonely Planet, the recommended reading and movie list, as well as referencing us, your instructors, for recommendations. (on-course you will explore your topic through a hands-on, experiential approach, so use your pre-course time to give yourself an academic base from which you are able to have a more profound and meaningful ISP experience).

§ On course: Each student will explore their topic in different ways. Some might do an oral history project and interview locals. Others will work side-by-side with farmers or artisans. Still others could shadow a day’s work and observe the goings-on in a rural school or local non-profit. We may even have students that learn to play a traditional Andean instrument. Options abound! Be creative!

§ End of Course: Each student will be required to do a presentation of their ISP learning during our last few days on course. The presentations will vary tremendously depending on your topic. Some examples of final presentations include: Teaching the group a Quechua lesson, preparing and teaching us how to cook a Peruvian meal, playing some Andean music on a traditional instrument, or leading the group in a traditional ceremony

If you are having trouble identifying a topic, we’re including a long list of potential ISP topics that are accessible in Peru. Please do not feel limited by this list—if you have a different idea, we’re excited to hear about it!

POTENTIAL ISP TOPICS:

Religion/Philosophy:

The Catholic Church

Shamanism

Missions/Religious Imperialism

Animistic Traditions

Andean Cosmovision

Pachamama

History:

Pre-Columbian Civilizations

Pre-Inca Civilizations

Conquistadors

Colonialism and Peru

Peru’s Independence

The War of the Pacific

Evolution of Indigenous Cultures

Incan Stonework and Techniques

Lost/Hidden Cultures of the Amazon

Incan Governmental Structures

Incan/Indigenous Ceremonies

Politics:

Indigenous Struggles and Resistance

Human Rights in Peru

The Shining Path (Sendero Luminoso)

Pueblos Jovenes (shantytowns)

Rural to Urban Migration

Fujimori’s Government

Alan Garcia and the APRA party

Alejandro Toledo (Peru’s 1st and only Indigenous President)

Coca Cultivation and Narcotics Eradication

Land Distribution and Agrarian Reform

Voting and Politics

Access to Resources (water, sanitation, education)

Health:

Traditional Medicine (curanderos, remedios caseros)

Ethnobotany

AIDS

Nutrition

Sanitation

Nationalized Medicine in Peru

The Role of NGO’s and Non-profits in Peru’s Healthcare system

Homelessness and Street Youth

Environment/Wildlife:

Environmental Law and Policies

Trade of Endangered Species

Deforestation of the Amazon

Resource Extraction/Exploitation/Mining Issues

Biodiversity if the Amazon

Ecotourism

Terraced (terrazas) Farming Practices

National Parks in Peru

Global Warming’s Impact on Peru (Melting Glaciers, Deforestation)

Water Rights and Water Privitization

El Niño Weather Phenomenon

Education:

Gender/Ethnicity Privilege in Education

Bias in Educational and Curricular Materials

Bilingual/Bicultural Education

School Structure and Style in Peru

Education, Employability, and Opportunity

Influence of the English Language (desire to learn English)

Family:

Marriage Rituals

Issues of Heredity and Kinship

Cross-cultural Examination of the Perception of Family

Concept of Self in Different Societies

Individualism v. Collectivism

Gender Issues:

Women’s Role in Society

Rites of Passage

Acceptance of Homosexuality

Family Planning

Indigenous Birthing Practices

Women’s Literacy and Education

Arts:

Andean Music

Weaving

Traditional Dance

Traditional Dress

Peruvian Cuisine and Cooking

Other/Miscellaneous:

Peruvian slang (dichos peruanos)

Public Transportation

Afro-Peruvian Culture

Racism and the Legacy of Colonialism

Neo-liberalism and Shock Therapy Economics (Fujimori)

Please feel free to explore topics beyond this list too!

Pa’lante!

Los Instructores (Ash, Japhy, Drew, and Maria)

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Los Instructores,Peru: Sacred Mountains 4-week, Summer 2010

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Queridos Alumn@s, Your Instructor team has been busily working to create a phenomenal program for this summer. We are so excited to explore and journey through the sacred landscapes of Peru with you all! We now turn to you to contribute your brilliance and imagination to our course! Every Dragons program asks each student to […]

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05/31/10

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Los Instructores

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Hola queridos Dragones - students, parents, and fellow adventurers!

Your instructor team - Ash, Japhy, Andrew, and Maria have all been working hard organizing and brainstorming ideas for our journey together to Peru. In just a few weeks, we'll all be exploring the lush Amazonian rain-forest and breathing deeply in the thin air of the Andes.

Keep in mind that we are still in the process of working out the final details of the puzzle and that this is just a draft itinerary. As we get to know all of you, we will tailor the course to meet your particular needs and interests, and will encourage you to also take ownership of your course, by sharing your individual vision and goals.

On June 28, our group will come together for the first time inMiami, in the international terminal of the airport (stay tuned on the Yak board for updates from the Dragon’s Administration in Boulder). Ash, Japhy, Andrew, and Maria will all be there ready to welcome you and to complete our fellowship of the ring. We'll prepare for our journey with a brief orientation and a get-to-know you game or three. After dinner, we'll board our late-night flights to Lima and then to Middle Earth... er, I mean, Cusco.

To the sound of a distant Andean flute, we'll meet the sunrise at theancient Incan capital of Cusco. Even though the flight will have left us dazed and a little groggy, I guarantee that we'll all be wide awake as we shoulder our backpacks and take our first few steps in Peru. Following adesayuno Peruano, we'll take some time to rest, and take in our new surroundings as we perform some orientation rituals.

Our journey will follow the course of the sacred Andean waters. After our first day in Cusco, we'll board a bus that takes us up over high Andean passes, across the lush countryside, descending gradually into theAmazonrain-forest. A short hike will take us to our home for the next few days among the Huachipaeri and Machiguenga people ofHuacaria. (If you are trying to follow our journey on a map, you probably won't find Huacaria, but it is close to the larger towns of Pilcopata and Atalaya). We'll work on a service project organized by Don Alberto, a local Shaman, community leader and expert in medicinal plants. There will be plenty of opportunities to learn the local knowledge about native plant species, Huachipaeri spirituality, and traditional medicine. By the end of our three days in Huacaria, you will be able to recognize the most common plants and fruit trees found in the jungle surrounding the community. We'll also take a boat downriver on the Rio Madre de Dios to Atalaya. The Amazon is a place that is pulsating with life, and as we explore the fringes of Parque Nacional Manu, we'll be showered with the sounds of tropical birds and the symphony of insects; if we're lucky, we might spot a glimpse of their vibrant colors as well.

On July 7th, we'll head back upstream from the Amazon, gaining altitude gradually to a homestay in an isolated rural town outside the Sacred Valley. Despite the sharp contrasts in Andean topography, the people of Peru have adapted exceptionally to their surroundings. We'll learn, for instance, that there are over 3,000 varieties of potatoes, with each variety intimately cultivated in a multitude of ecologicalmicro-climates. Our days will be spent sharing in family life in this traditional agricultural community, aptly calledParque de la Papa, orPotato Park. We'll share in the everyday tasks of our home-stay families: harvesting potatoes, herding sheep, or spending hours hunched over a fire preparing meals. By the time you'll learn your first few phrases of Quechua, the mother-tongue of the Incas and theirdescendants, you'll see why some potatoes are for everyday use, while others are only for special occasions like weddings or funerals or dessert puddings!

InParque de la Papa, we'll also set off on our first high-altitude hikes. You'll notice that the streams and rivers in the highlands flow swiftly, gurgling and racing through narrow channels. This is the same water that eventually makes its way to the languid calmness of the Amazon. The hike will be a great time for reflection and discussions about all we've experienced so far. While we will certainly be challenged physically, we'll also be challenged intellectually and emotionally; our home-stays will have raised questions about complex community development issues such as education, sustainability, indigenous identity, and globalization. We'll have plenty of time for group discussions, but we'll also have plenty of time for silentcontemplation.

After we're all experts in potato lore, we'll return to the bustling city of Cusco to work on aservice project with local street children. The youth we'll work with have incredible stories to share, and we'll get to understand their challenges and triumphs. Considering that we'll be in Peru during the height of World Cup season, be prepared for random invitations anytime toun partido de fútbol, and to join in celebratory cheers of "goooooooaaaaalllllll." May this serve as ample warning.

By this time, we'll all be ready to tackle new challenges and we'll embark on the ultimate Andean trekking experience:Apu Ausungate. Following the course of our metaphorical river even further upstream, we'll get very close toel nacimiento, or the headwaters of the mighty Amazon, where we started out just a few weeks ago. We'll enter throughNación Q'ero, experience our second home-stay, and soon disappear into the snow-capped peaks of the Central Andes. It is impossible to understand Peruvian culture without understanding that these mountains and dramatic glaciers are sacred. We'll breathe deeply, taking in therarefiedair, and discover how theAndean cosmovision- or world view - revolves around these sacred mountains, orapus; how their waters nourish life, and how the birthplace of these waters also inspire the birth of human imagination and creativity. Our local guides will show us why they literally believe that the earth is alive, responsive to all of their aspirations, all of their needs. And of course, we'll learn that the human population has its own reciprocal obligations.

As a team, we'll have come a long way from where we started out. On this trek, we will expect each student to step up and lead the group through our daily activities. Yourleadership skills, along with maintaining apositive group cultureandteamworkwill surely be tested and celebrated. Be prepared for exuberant high-fives, and celebratory cheers at the end of this challenging chapter.

Finally, we end our journey in the ancient citadel ofMachu Picchu. Even though the Incans called Cusco the "navel of the world," the umbilical life-giver, Machu Picchu easily ranks as the most awe-inspiring. We'll camp at the base of the mountain next to theRio Urubambaand hike up the misty cloud-forest to the ruins. As dawn breaks over the mountains, we'll explore its serpentine pathways and have the opportunity to climb a thousand feet above the ruins to gaze down and ponder its mystery. This will also be a time of reflection as we meditate on what we've learned throughout our journey together, and what we'll bring back home from our travels.

We'll spend our last day in Cusco celebrating, buying last-minute gifts, and enjoying one last delicious Peruvian meal together before catching a flight back to Lima and Miami on July 28.

We will be calling you all in the next few days to answer any questions you may have, and to hear your thoughts on our proposed itinerary.

For those of you who haven't introduced yourself on the Yak board, we'd love to hear from you!Tell us a little about yourself - What are you excited about? What questions do you have? How are you spending these final weeks prior to our departure?

Hasta muy pronto!

Buena senda,

Ash, Japhy, Andrew, y Maria

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the moment you’ve all been waiting for — OUR ITINERARY!!!!

Instructor Team,Peru: Sacred Mountains 4-week, Summer 2010

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Hola queridos Dragones – students, parents, and fellow adventurers! Your instructor team – Ash, Japhy, Andrew, and Maria have all been working hard organizing and brainstorming ideas for our journey together to Peru. In just a few weeks, we’ll all be exploring the lush Amazonian rain-forest and breathing deeply in the thin air of the […]

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05/31/10

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Instructor Team

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Saludos from Providence, Rhode Island! I hope this letter finds you well and that you are getting excited for what promises to be an amazing trip.

To start off, I’ll explain a little bit about what brought me to Dragons. I grew up in Montana on a cattle ranch, working at brandings or helping move cows on horseback. I spent a lot of time outdoors, and grew to love skiing, hiking, kayaking, running, and biking. Like Andrew, I also took some time off after four demanding years of boarding school in Connecticut. I deferred college for a year and worked as a dishwasher, paralegal, and waitress at home in Montana, and then took off with a Eurail Flex Pass to Europe for three months. After that, I took an EMT course and headed for Peru, where I worked with American doctors and at several clinics with the goal in mind to study medicine when I returned to university.

Instead, I opted for a life of travel and fiction writing, deciding that medicine would take too much time away from language study, reading, and other things I loved. After my year off, I returned to Peru again, and backpacked down from Cusco through Bolivia, Argentina, and Chile. I’ve recently journeyed to Colombia to camp in the fascinating Parque Tayrona, experience the Afro-Colombian culture on the north coast, and to see where Gabriel García Márquez got the inspiration for his novels.

I resisted majoring in literary arts for two years. After giving up family, friends, and Montana’s Rocky Mountains for four years to attend boarding school on the opposite side of the states, I wanted an academically rigorous major that would honor my parents’ and my sacrifices. Studying books and doing a few creative writing workshops? My friends were already interning at hospitals and cracking open the books early for chemistry and biology at university. In the end, I found a way to combine my two obsessions, travel and writing, into a double major of Literary Arts and Anthropology. I took every class I could on Latin America, and started a novel project this year on the area that has been intensely demanding yet exhilarating.

Even when I do have a home base, however, I am always thinking of the next trip. I have a deep love for Peru and for all things Latin American, and return whenever I can. The people are uniquely open and kind, the history of the Incas lingers in the air, and you have the sense that around the next wonderfully desolate corner you will find your own Shangri-La.

I am currently finishing up a degree in anthropology and literary arts at Brown University here in Providence. I also work as an English tutor for middle and high school students.

What excites me about traveling is that it shows you what is important by the absence of certain elements. With no one who knows you present, you can develop who you are as a person independent from any previous influences, people, or surrounding environments. You can start over, or try on a new aspect of your personality that you’ve been hiding out of habit or because of what friends or family would think. When abroad you craft your own identity each time, and what you learn from this identity, whether drastically or only slightly different, will shape your travels and continue to affect you for years to come.

So as you prepare for this trip, I call on you to open your minds. Explore like a ten year old and learn as much as possible from our group, and you will return with the sense that you have taken all you can from this adventure. This trip will teach you to perceive your environment, those around you, and yourself, as you never have before. Let’s challenge ourselves as individuals and as a community to forge new identities, friendships, and ways of experiencing the world.

I am looking forward to meetong all of you, for it is truly the people that make the traveling experience. I want to echo the other Dragons Instructors in welcoming you to this fantastic journey we will share. Please email me with any questions you have at maria_anderson@brown.edu.

Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the wise. Seek what they sought.
Matsuo Basho

Nos vemos!
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Saludos Compañeros!

Maria Anderson,Peru: Sacred Mountains 4-week, Summer 2010

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Hola compañeros, Saludos from Providence, Rhode Island! I hope this letter finds you well and that you are getting excited for what promises to be an amazing trip. To start off, I’ll explain a little bit about what brought me to Dragons. I grew up in Montana on a cattle ranch, working at brandings or […]

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05/18/10

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Maria Anderson

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Saludos a todos y todas,

I hope this message finds you all in good spirits as you're wrapping up the final weeks of the school year. I imagine that like me, you're probably nursing a nervous anticipation for whats ahead of us. Thats not a bad thing; learn to treasure it, for being anxious is essential to adventure, to learning, and to our growth. As explorers, you've already stepped onto the riverbanks of our living classroom, so congratulate yourself for having the courage and curiosity to venture towards the unknown.

In just a few weeks, we will all be gazing at ancient ruins, hiking over breathless mountain passes, and returning toothy smiles to colorfully dressed indigenous women. As voyagers and travelers, we all bring something very unique to our journey. Each one of our paths comes from a rich collection of experiences, and this is a beautiful thing. Ash, Andrew, and Maria bring together a wealth of experiences and knowledge as your Instructor-team, and I am equally excited to learn about each one of your paths that has led to our voyage together.

The Andean concept oftinkuis apoignant principle and metaphor we can start with. This is aQuechuaword from the indigenous people of the Andes that means "coming together," or a "union," much like the confluence of two rivers, or a plaza where friends and strangers meet. My strand of the river starts when I was a teenager, growing up in my native country of Nepal. I dreamed of places like Machu Pikchu, and aspired to travel to faraway places. During the time when the Maoist insurgency, or the "People's War" was brewing in Nepal, my family decided to immigrate to the US. I was fourteen, and had spent nearly all of my life in Nepal. After adjusting to the cultural rollercoaster of the American high school experience, it would be a few more years until I got a chance to return to Nepal once again, this time as a UCLA student conducting my undergraduate thesis on the inequalities among the Sherpa and Tamang people in the mountaineering industry.

When I graduated, I wasn't quite sure what I wanted to do next, but I felt a deep yearning to travel. I took a big risk - I sold my car, bought a bicycle, and turned my handlebars due South from Los Angeles. It was kind of a silly attempt to live a life of radical simplicity, where I'd only make progress by the sweat of human-power. Along the way, I visited schools, churches, and local communities, volunteering presentations and workshops on the topic of sustainable living and the importance of following our dreams, no matter how impossible they may seem.After nearly two years, 22,000 kilometers, and a very sore butt, I arrived at Tierra del Fuego, the bottom tip of South America.

When I started out, I had no idea what kinds of challenges I'd face; I didn't even speak Spanish. But this didn't matter so much, because I believe that the universe conspires to help us along our path as long as we're open to listen. In Peru, I learned about the Quechua concept ofayni, which refers to the importance of reciprocity and sharing. Much like here in the US, we hold important values like respect and fairness, in Peru, people practiceaynias an exchange of kindness, knowledge, and/or labor between humans, nature, spirits, and the environment. This powerful principle is what helped me along my journey; that giving and taking of good will.

But traveling in Peru is not an easy or comfortable experience. Cold showers, bowel-churning bus rides, and unidentified foodstuff (UF's) on your plate will undoubtedly challenge you. You may feel scared, disgusted, nervous, or fed-up with all the difficulties. But you may also feel more alive than you ever have. The is all a part of the experience, and I ask that as you prepare your backpacks for this voyage, that you also bring along an open mind and a sense of wonder. Personally, one of my most cherished values is that childhood glee and enchantment that I never forget to carry along from my days of childhood dreaming in Nepal.

So as you start wrapping your minds around wonderful concepts liketinkuandayni,don't forget about more simpler things like boots and backpacks. If you have any questions at all about what to bring, please let us know. If you have new boots for the trip, don't forget to break them in by wearing them around school or around town before the trip. Further, since we will be adventuring through many high-altitude areas in the Andes, being physically active before going to Peru will make everything feel better. There's no need to do anything special; just keep doing whatever it is that makes you feel good outdoors, whether that is running or yoga or playing football.

I'll wrap up this message because a storm has just cleared from my cabin in Yosemite National Park, where I've been living since last fall. During my last few weeks here, I'll be available to answer any questions you may have. I look forward to hearing from all of you and for our unforgettable summer together!

"Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive."
- Howard Thurman


Buena senda,

Japhy Dhungana
Where There Be Dragons
Field Instructor
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Saludos a Todos y a Todas: Introduction from Japhy

Japhy Dhungana,Peru: Sacred Mountains 4-week, Summer 2010

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Saludos a todos y todas, I hope this message finds you all in good spirits as you’re wrapping up the final weeks of the school year. I imagine that like me, you’re probably nursing a nervous anticipation for whats ahead of us. Thats not a bad thing; learn to treasure it, for being anxious is […]

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05/12/10

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Japhy Dhungana

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¡Hola amigos viajeros!

What’s going on out there in yak-yak cyber world?! My name is Andrew Bruck and I will be part of your Instructor Team for our 4-week Peruvian adventure! I know I speak for Ashley, Japhy, and the rest of “La Comunidad de Dragones,” when I say thank you, thank you, thank you for having taken the first (and often most difficult) step of what should be an amazing journey...

My journey to Where There Be Dragons, and this summer’s Peru Sacred Mountain 4-week program started, in many ways, when I was 19 and decided to take a semester off from my college studies, where I spent 5 months backpacking throughout Central America, sailing down to Colombia, and on to the Caribbean Isles. And from there the traveling bug, and my love for all the natural and cultural riches of Latin America, was born.

Since that time, I have found myself again and again returning to Latin America. This includes personal journeys on surf, climbing and kayaking adventures, as well as leading several 3-month travel cultural immersion programs quite similar to Where There Be Dragons, including programs to Peru. What is it about Peru that I am drawn to? I suppose, amongst much else, the vast diversity and sheer scale of the country. Big mountains, big ocean, big jungles, big deserts, big history and big culture. Peru has it all…

For the past six or so years, in between leading international programs through Central and South America, India, the South Pacific and beyond, I have spent several summers living and working as a sea kayak and mountaineering instructor in both Washington state and Alaska. My home has consisted of my backpack, the back of my truck, and basecamps. The traveling life has been good.

This past September, I decided to hang up my nomadic hat for a little while, and have returned to school in pursuit of a Master’s Degree in International Relations at UC San Diego. My specific focus is on International Environmental Relations in Latin America; my passion for the natural world, and mankind’s relations within the natural world has ironically driven me to be deskbound and a drone to this here computer I’m staring at. For now….

With that said, I am itching to hit the trail again with all y’all. I am a big believer in the magic that happens amongst a small close-knit community such as ours, traveling to faraway lands and far off places. In the meantime, enjoy the company of family, friends and loved ones, and start getting excited for what awaits! Any questions at all, feel free to reach me at:

drewbruck@gmail.com.

Buenas olas y mucha risa,

Andrew Bruck

Where There Be Dragons

Field Instructor

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Hola Compañeros!

Andrew Bruck,Peru: Sacred Mountains 4-week, Summer 2010

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¡Hola amigos viajeros! What’s going on out there in yak-yak cyber world?! My name is Andrew Bruck and I will be part of your Instructor Team for our 4-week Peruvian adventure! I know I speak for Ashley, Japhy, and the rest of “La Comunidad de Dragones,” when I say thank you, thank you, thank you […]

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05/10/10

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Andrew Bruck

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    [post_content] => Dear Peru 6-Week Students and Parents,

Welcome to Dragons!! I am currently writing from Guanay, a little
jungle town deep in the Bolivian Amazon. We arrived here after eight
days of trekking that took us over 17,000 foot passes at the base of
tropical Andean glaciers and then down more than 12,000 feet into the
Amazon basin. In a little more than an hour, I will be on a boat
headed down the Rio Beni with my current group of Andes & Amazon
Semester students. The trip will take us through Madidi National Park
(one of the most biodiverse places on earth) to the Pilon Lajas
Biospheric and Cultural Reserve, where we will spent a week living in
a Tsimane-Moseten community.

Just think: in barely more than two months, WE will be departing on an
equally epic journey. Are you as excited as I am?!

This summer, I will be one of your three instructors as well as the
Peru Course Director. This will be my fifth course with Dragons: in
addition to last summer´s Peru 4-Week course, I have also instructed
two A&A semesters and a Bolivia summer program. In addition to working
for Dragons, I´ve spent the last six years since graduating from the
University of Pennsylvania working for non-profits in the health and
environment fields in the US as well as Peru, Paraguay, and Nicaragua.
Following the end of our course in August, I will be returning to
school to study medicine at the University of North Carolina.

I´d also like to take a moment to briefly introduce our other two
amazing Peru instructors, Francisco Seminario and Tara Smith.
Francisco was born and raised in Peru and currently owns and runs the
first ecolodge in Machu Picchu Town as well as a gourmet restaurant.
Francisco loves being in nature, learning about ancient civilizations,
and exploring and sharing his interest Andean cosmovision and
arqueo-astronomy. Tara is an expert outdoor educator who has spent the
last several years teaching for various programs in British Columbia
as well as for Outward Bound, Alaska. She is also a certified French
and Social Studies teacher and an experienced climber, kayaker, and
mountaineer. You can check out our bios on the Dragons website for
more info. We will also post personal letters of introduction on the
Yak board when it is launched early next month.

I´ve spent a lot of time over the last year dreaming BIG about where
we will go this summer. In about a month, after Tara, Francisco, and I
have a chance to merge our visions, we will post a proposed itinerary
on the Yak Yak. But until then, you all can start to read about some
of the places that we will almost certainly visit this summer:
Ayacucho (an Andean city where we will live with well-known artisans),
Ausungate (one of the most spectacular mountains I´ve ever seen),
Machu Picchu (the famous Incan ruins, recently selected as one of the
seven wonders of the world), Nacion Q`eros (the Q'eros are a
Quechua-speaking people known as mystics and healers who live in the
high Andes), and Manu National Park.

As Peru Course Director, I am happy to answer any questions you have
related to the experience in Peru this summer. Feel free to email me
(address below) or call (after May 15th, when I return to the US). For
questions related to flights, Miami arrival, billing, or anything
prior to our arrival in Peru, please continue to contact Dragons
Administration in Boulder.

With much excitement,
Sarah Paraghamian

email: sarahpara@gmail.com
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Peru! An Introduction from your Course Director

Sarah Paraghamian,Peru: Sacred Mountains 4-week, Summer 2010

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Dear Peru 6-Week Students and Parents, Welcome to Dragons!! I am currently writing from Guanay, a littlejungle town deep in the Bolivian Amazon. We arrived here after eightdays of trekking that took us over 17,000 foot passes at the base oftropical Andean glaciers and then down more than 12,000 feet into theAmazon basin. In a […]

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05/3/10

Author

Sarah Paraghamian

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