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Laos: Culture, Conservation, Service, Summer 2011


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It's been exactly one year since my Dragonsexperienceand I'm finding myself speechless. 365 days ago I was sitting at the Hacienda hotel in L.A. meeting the people I would be living with for the next 6 weeks of my life. 12 months ago I stepped onto Lao soil for the first time. Approximately 52 weeks ago I embarked on a journey that was not only life changing, but one that still lingers with me today. It seems impossible that those 42 days travelling through tropic jungles andmountainousvillages can still be so clearly vibrant, fresh, and alive after so much time has passed, but, against all odds, here I sit wearing the same fisherman's pants I bought at a night market in Luang Prabang writing ayakabout my trip. It's almost as if my adventure never ended and in reality, it hasn't.

There are so many things I could say about my escapades through Laos. I could talk about how I met the kindest people and of their warm, gentle smiles. I could talk about the beautiful landscapes and the incredible monsoon storms that would shake the window panes. I could talk about meditating for a total 24 hours or about the deliciously abundant fruit or about the sheer joy I had from playing with my baby host sister. I could talk about all these impacting and wonderful events. The problem is, on the day that marks the year anniversary of my trip I'm having more trouble than ever expressing my admiration for all of this. Especially in words. When I woke up this morning and realized what the date was, I was speechless. I simply could notcomprehendthat the Earth had fully orbited the sun since my trip. So while I could talk about all the amazing past events that happened on my trip in the past, I will instead attempt to express how my trip has affected who I am right now.

I came home from my trip as a refreshed version of myself. It was as if someone had literally clicked my refresh button and I suddenly had tapped into aspects of myself I didn't even know existed. I was not a new person or acompletelychanged person, I was an updated version of my old self. I had new ideas, newperspectives, and been exposed to opinions and notions I had never even thought about. I was stimulated. I was focused. I was determined to explore my newly discovered passions. I wascommittedto making sure I didn't fall into a slump of my old, daily, routine. One year later, I look back on my life before June 29th, 2011 and see someone who is younger, more naive, and quite unsure of herself as a person. After August 8th, 2011, I see someone who is stronger, older, and now only slightly unsure of herself. The strangest thing about all these transformations, is that I am not able to exactly pin point where they started; and that is the best part of it all. Yes, it's true my trip ended a year ago, but theexperienceis still incredibly in motion.

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One Year Ago

Desiree Samler,Laos: Culture, Conservation, Service, Summer 2011

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It’s been exactly one year since my Dragonsexperienceand I’m finding myself speechless. 365 days ago I was sitting at the Hacienda hotel in L.A. meeting the people I would be living with for the next 6 weeks of my life. 12 months ago I stepped onto Lao soil for the first time. Approximately 52 weeks […]

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06/29/12

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Desiree Samler

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"She is ligher than a wild boar!" the men laughed as they carried me through the Lao jungle on a hammock. This was very comforting for me because I knew that for the next few hours I would be depending on a group of twelve Lao men to get me out of the jungle in a hammock. You see, I wasn't planning on this to be my way of out of my trecking experience with the WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) but I just became very sick and trecking seemed out of the question for my aching body.

I began the trek quite wobbly but keeping a good attitude. The group treked with me at my slow place until we devised the plan. Instructor Brett devised a plan to get me out of the jungle by hanging our hammock from a horizontal tree and having one Lao man hoisting the top and bottom of the tree on their shoulders so that I would hang in between them on the hamock. With the little Lao we knew, we communicated our plan to the Lao men who accompanied us on the trip. We knew they understood when they stared at me and began to giggle. But being similar to all of the amazing Lao men that we have met so far on the trip, they all were eager to try this new method. The men fashioned the device togeteher easily probably because of their strength and because this was also the method that they carried wild boar down the mountain as well. The men being strong and hard working, ran and easily cut down a tree to hang the hamock from. Then they hung the hammock from the tree so that it felt strong and stable. Then I climbed into the hammock not really knowing what to expect. I lay down feeling safe a stable in my little cocoon. Once I was hoisted up on their shoulders, the men laughed saying that I "was lighter than a wild boar". A laugh ran through the entire group. Being in the hammock was a nice rest from the heavy trecking that I had just been doing and I knew that this would be a great story to bring home. Laying in the hammock I was so thankful for everyone around me. Though I felt extreamely sick, I loved popping my head out of the hammock to see my fellow dragons and instuctors wearing big smiles as usual. But I was also extremely thankful for the men who were taking shifts carying me down the mountain. The leader of the group, Kin Pie, instructed the group of men to get me down safely so I felt completely secure. I gained so much love and respect for these men, especially Kin, because of how much they cared for me and how hard working they were. There were times where I had to get out of the hammock and walk because the hammock device couldn't fully fit through the narrow space. So Kin and anoher man would secure me by my arms and help me down the rocky terrain of the mountain. I felt like a marrienette doll walking through the jungle and the Lao men were my loyal puppeteers. We finally reached our camp grounds and I said "Kop Jai" (Thank You) to Kin and his crew and teared up a bit with the amount of love I had gained for the group of men a just trusted my life with. I felt like I truly connected with those men, and therefore knew that I had had a true dragons experience.

Oh, and I am feeling much better!

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I am lighter than a wild boar

Leah Newman,Laos: Culture, Conservation, Service, Summer 2011

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"She is ligher than a wild boar!" the men laughed as they carried me through the Lao jungle on a hammock. This was very comforting for me because I knew that for the next few hours I would be depending on a group of twelve Lao men to get me out of the jungle in […]

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08/1/11

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Leah Newman

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    [post_content] => About a week ago our group spent two and half days living a slow paced life at the Dharma Center, nestled just outside Vientiane. Our days began before sunrise at the sound of the gong, roosters, and chants. The Dharma Center is a unique place because it is a center where people can go for healing; whether that be physical, spiritual, or mental healing. Over the two and a half days we were there we meditated for a total of twenty-four hours. It was quite a challenge to take a step back from the fast paced world we are brought up in and simply focus on our breath and feel the essence of our being. I found that i now have a higher value for patience. Patience is such an important skill and after being in a place where it is really the only thing you can cling on to has shown me just how important patience is. Thanks Dharma Center! 
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Eat, Sleep, Meditate

Desiree Samler,Laos: Culture, Conservation, Service, Summer 2011

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08/1/11

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Desiree Samler

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Responsibility

Elie Sokoloff,Laos: Culture, Conservation, Service, Summer 2011

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08/1/11

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Elie Sokoloff

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Through out the trip our group has been visiting with NGO's. Our most recent one was C.O.P.E ( Cooperative Orthotic and Prosthetic Enterprise). They help people who have been affected by cluster bombs around Laos that didn't explode during the Secret War. When we got there we were given a tour by a man who was very knowledgable about their work. He told us how one bomb filled with bombies (smaller bombs) could cover three football fields and many more facts. Also we watched a documentary on some of MAG's work (another NGO) with C.O.P.E.

After the documentary, as we were leaving we ran into a young boy who is a C.O.P.E patient. He is 18 years old right now and was hurt by a bombie at age 15, the day before his birthday. His name is Peter Kim. He lost his sight and had to get part of both arms amputated and needs a crutch to walk. He talked to us for so long and after the talk I honestly felt so greatful. Peter smiled and laughed like any 18 year old boy would. He showed us how well C.O.P.E does their work. 3 years after the accedent amd he is up smiling and telling his story.

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C.O.P.E

MacKenzie Ward,Laos: Culture, Conservation, Service, Summer 2011

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Through out the trip our group has been visiting with NGO’s. Our most recent one was C.O.P.E ( Cooperative Orthotic and Prosthetic Enterprise). They help people who have been affected by cluster bombs around Laos that didn’t explode during the Secret War. When we got there we were given a tour by a man who […]

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08/1/11

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MacKenzie Ward

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Things have settled. Group cravings have changed from wanting hamburgers to wanting noodles instead of rice. The student leaders-of-the-day organize the day and move the other students fluidly through an itinerary that they have all agreed upon. Instead of the instructors checking to see if the group is hydrated, the students check in on eachother. We board overnight buses without complaint. We are used to the slightly mildewed smell of our clothes--it is monsoon season in Laos. Some find ourselves actively seeking out Asia squat toilets, wary of the unsanitary Western style toilets. We have hit our stride. Us instructors could not be prouder that the student have the skills to confront the group and individual conflicts by asking to "FOMP" (using skilled feedback, ownership, putting yourself in the other peoples shoes and then making a plan for workingthroughthe conflict or issue). As an instructor team we are able to step back and see just how far the students have come since they arrived that the Hacienda a short 5 weeks ago.

The yaks posted today may be among the last of this in-field section. Today we head to Don Daeng, the river island where we will do a group homestays (in pairs or triplets) for 4 nights. There, the students will organize day trips to do hikes, visit an Anghor-era Wat, or maybe see some elephants. Then we will begin to workshop transference, asking how we can apply all the knowledge we have acrued to life in the US. We will paln for the big transition we all have ahead, and also give feedback to eachother on our preformance during the program. In short, we will be out of email contact for the next five days. Again, no news is good news as we wrap up this amazing program!!

Thank you for your continued support of our learning adventure!

-the instructors

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When the unusual becomes normal

Emily, Somsanid, Brett, and Mandy,Laos: Culture, Conservation, Service, Summer 2011

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Things have settled. Group cravings have changed from wanting hamburgers to wanting noodles instead of rice. The student leaders-of-the-day organize the day and move the other students fluidly through an itinerary that they have all agreed upon. Instead of the instructors checking to see if the group is hydrated, the students check in on eachother. […]

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08/1/11

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Emily, Somsanid, Brett, and Mandy

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The secret to happiness for all teenagers (and a few instructor types) is water.

But there's a little more to it than just that. And we figured it out on Day 2 of this last trek...

The night before the trek was nothing but quiet. Thunder booming, lighting crashing purple...shrieking girls. But what do you except; it's rainy season in Laos. Scratch that: monsoon season.

Our morning greeting from the river Nam Kading was "I'm too full! No boats shall pass". Now, our originally 4.4 kilometers (ki-lao-meters) is 7.4. Another new and exciting change. But we're Dragons/Nagas. We just start trekking.

It wasn't that hot of a day, but for some peculiar reason, we're all soaked. What started as sweat mixed with the rain (I don't really know what to call that concoction). Another river crossing? I expected no less.

Now for some frustration. 16 wet humans trying to put up tents in the still pouring rain. Wet sleeping bags on wet mats.

Day two begins. How does a late morning waterfall sound? Uhm, just about perfect.

Add in some Babi Mild body wash. And some screaming/singing of Hillary Duff?

The night before, we couldn't wait to be dry. Now, all we want is to be soaking wet. How does that work out?

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Water

Phoenix Kenney,Laos: Culture, Conservation, Service, Summer 2011

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The secret to happiness for all teenagers (and a few instructor types) is water. But there’s a little more to it than just that. And we figured it out on Day 2 of this last trek… The night before the trek was nothing but quiet. Thunder booming, lighting crashing purple…shrieking girls. But what do you […]

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08/1/11

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Phoenix Kenney

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    [post_content] => After a manic day rushing through Vientien capital and a surprisingly long ride on a tuk tuk our group ended up at a place called Buddha Park. A large field on the side of the road shaded by trees. The entire place peppered with stone statues of Buddha in his many positions such as meditation, reaching enlightenment, and my personal favorite "stop arguing." The sun set as we wandered around amongst the statues, everyone was quiet. There was something so peaceful about being dwarfed by all those stone monuments. We crawled inside this giant stone dome with three layers all filled with intracit carvings of skulls, trees, bhuddhas and much more. When we reached the top we had a view of the entire park and all the statues. Although this thirty minute trip was a pretty insignificant part of our time in Laos, it was definitely one of my highlights of the whole trip.
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Buddha Park

Maddie Morris,Laos: Culture, Conservation, Service, Summer 2011

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After a manic day rushing through Vientien capital and a surprisingly long ride on a tuk tuk our group ended up at a place called Buddha Park. A large field on the side of the road shaded by trees. The entire place peppered with stone statues of Buddha in his many positions such as meditation, […]

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07/31/11

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Maddie Morris

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The last week or so has been very interesting with a plethora of places that would leave you in awe. Through the Dharma Center with 10 hours of meditation a day for 3 days starting at 5 a.m, then following up with a 3 day trek through a beautiful forest in the center of Laos, the last week has been draining; mentally, phyiscally, and emotionally. I have been feeling great and wonderful some days, but the next day will be a totally different story. I have been a roller coaster of emotions and thoughts that would sit me down for hours and make me think about my life. Thoughts about how everyone in the group differ and where everyone has been. The idea that this trip is ending very soon brings home a sense of saddness, but also joy that I can resume my life in the States, but I will be leaving a country that holds so much beauty and hisory, but also leaving the people that I have lived with for the last month. People that got under my skin and made me furious, but the same people that irritated me also brought so much joy and great memories that this experience will always live in my heart. I am guessing from the tone of this yak, and the voice in my head telling me this is a goodbye yak. This yak is actual proof that this trip is not forever and the end is close, but still the days remaining will be special filled with great sights and still one homestay. I aplogize if this is totally off from the tone and vibe of this yak, but I just wnated to end this yak with a song that describes what I feel about this trip. This song is about a couple who are in love in the prime of their lives, but they break up for some mysterious reason. The song tells of the strong love hey had which still burns and how both people will never forget, let go, or get over each other. This song for me hits very close to home and I feel that I can share it and apply it to the people in this Dragons Group. Through this whole trip I have developed a good relationship with and feel comfortable with, and some I can call close friends that I hope to see again soon in my life, and just like the song we are all seperating to our states once again, but even so these people will always been the sun and moon to me.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qEa5C3P_GIY

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On A Good Day

Victor Yu,Laos: Culture, Conservation, Service, Summer 2011

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The last week or so has been very interesting with a plethora of places that would leave you in awe. Through the Dharma Center with 10 hours of meditation a day for 3 days starting at 5 a.m, then following up with a 3 day trek through a beautiful forest in the center of Laos, […]

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07/31/11

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Victor Yu

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Greetings from Thatack! Before our 3-day jungle trek, we spent 2 and a half days at a Buddhist meditation center where we got the pleasure of meeting with the Last Buddha! Let me explain. A woman named Pah Maekeo claims to be "enlightened", and started a meditation center for healing and,

well, meditation. Because she is enlightened, she has the power to talk to people's souls and maybe see the future. In fact, she believes the world is going to end soon (she wouldn't tell us how soon), and that's why she's called the Last Buddha. Some of the members in the group were able to get information on how dead loved ones are doing and advice on how to deal with problems. Although I personally don't believe in enlightenment or talking to souls, Pah Maekeo was a very impressive woman with a lot of wisdom gained in her young 35-40 years on this Earth.

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Pah Maekeo

Laura Sachse,Laos: Culture, Conservation, Service, Summer 2011

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Greetings from Thatack! Before our 3-day jungle trek, we spent 2 and a half days at a Buddhist meditation center where we got the pleasure of meeting with the Last Buddha! Let me explain. A woman named Pah Maekeo claims to be "enlightened", and started a meditation center for healing and, well, meditation. Because she […]

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07/31/11

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Laura Sachse

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