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Dear Family and Friends,

Today after an early morning departure from Antigua, we are pleased to announce that all students boarded their international flight headed for Miami. After a couple of days of transference, in which students were mentally preparing for their return home, the day finally came to say "adios" to Guatemala. There were tears and hugs in the airport as the reality of re-entry really settled in. We know that all of you parents and friends are excited and anxious to see your loved ones. They will have lots to share and we know that your support will take them through the re-entry process. We thank you again for the trust you put in us, we had a wonderful course.

Sincerely,

Regina, Andy and Eva

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On their way home

Andevina,Guatemala: Mundo Maya 4-week, Summer 2012

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Dear Family and Friends, Today after an early morning departure from Antigua, we are pleased to announce that all students boarded their international flight headed for Miami. After a couple of days of transference, in which students were mentally preparing for their return home, the day finally came to say "adios" to Guatemala. There were […]

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07/28/12

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Andevina

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Dear fathers and mothers, grandfathers and grandmothers, uncles and aunts, brothers and sisters and friends,
We have finished with the last “transference” phase of our incredible 31 day experience in Guatemala. During this time we stayed at an eco-lodge perched 6000 feet above Antigua with spectacular vistas of three volcanoes. We ate well, strolled among 400 avocado trees, and reflected on how each of us will bring our vast experiences in Guatemala back to our lives at home.

During our final ceremony, students shared with us some of the things they most are grateful for – and much of what they said revolved around you! We’d love to share with you just a few of their words.

From students:

“I am grateful to know that there are people who love me back home, as well as where I sit right now.”

“I am most grateful for my mom. Being away this long has really shown me just how much I love and appreciate her.”

“I am grateful for the people I’ve met here and the people I care about at home.”

“I am most grateful for my family that provides for, loves, cares, and supports me.”

“I am thankful for the ability to dream as big as I dare to dream, with realistic hope that I can achieve my dreams.”

“I am most grateful for the life lessons I’ve leaned on this trip”

“I am so grateful for my knowledge of love, and my ability to let go of rationality and just feel.”

“I am most thankful for my family, who has supported me made me who I am.”
We would like to thank friends and families for the trust you’ve put in us as instructors. We know that it is hard to go with little communication from your loves ones this summer. We have had an incredible course this summer. The group has bonded wonderfully together, and at they same time they have realized just how important their family and friends are back home. We have seen each of our students grow daily and rise to so many new challenges, and we are very proud of them.

Over the course of 31 days, our students experienced an astonishing array of places and people: Peten jungles, majestic Tikal, evening swims in El Remate, a fifteen hour bus ride, stately Xela, verdant Pachaj, mountaintop Mayan ceremonies, 3 days of breathtaking trekking, a sunrise over Lake Atitlan, cliff jumping in San Marcos, bean planting in Cotzal, volcanic views in San Antonio, two weeks of one-on-one Spanish classes, three homestays, thirteen carefully crafted ISP’s, three days of mural painting in Ciudad Vieja, and a final stay at Earth Lodge and colonial Antigua.
All of this – and much more – has been a transformative experience for our students. Expect them to be different in big and small ways, in ways visible and invisible. Celebrate these changes with them! It can be hard to integrate these changes into their lives at home. We are confident that with your support, they will rise to this new and most important step of the journey.

We send a big, heartfelt thank you to the Dragons administration, to supportive parents, friends and family, and of course to our students. Gracias a todos!

Hasta luego!

Los instructores

Andy, Regina and Eva
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Andevina,Best Notes From The Field, Guatemala: Mundo Maya 4-week, Summer 2012

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Queridos padres y madres, abuelos y abuelas, tios y tias, hermanos y hermanos y amigos y amigas, Dear fathers and mothers, grandfathers and grandmothers, uncles and aunts, brothers and sisters and friends, We have finished with the last “transference” phase of our incredible 31 day experience in Guatemala. During this time we stayed at an […]

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07/27/12

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Andevina

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I couldn´t summarize this month in a paragraph or prose

So, instead I wrote a rap, and this is how it goes:

A´s for Alex, Anna, Andy, Ariana and Antigua

B´s for Bed and Breakfast at

C asa Argentina

D is the Delirious, Dizzying state

from waking up at three AM to sleep atop the lake

E is EducArte, Eva and Emina

and for Everyone who would become

F: a Fearless leader

G is for the great Ginger and Griffin in Guatemala, and

H enry´s Helping kids paint Hands-- y'all have gotta Holla

I is Ixobel and the Insects that we fought, and

J is Josie teaching ´bout ceramics that she bought

K is the Kicking of a soccer ball

and the Guatemalan Kids who made team US fall

L is for Lauren, photographer extreme, and

M is for Mid-course where we all worked as a team

N is for No, Never backing down

from that thirty foot high plunge, and the courage that we found

O is for Over, when we´ll say Our last goodbyes,

and the view of the States which might come as a surprise

P is Poverty, which we met in Cotzal,

and Pachaj was the Place where we Planted trees for all

Q is the number of Quetzales that we spent

and the symbol of the Mayans, whose stories we were lent

R is Regina, our leader fierce and strong

and the Ruins of Tikal, left unearthed for so long

S is Sarah, Shayna, Sam, and some magic Sticks

T is Trekking Twenty-seven miles, full of assassain´s Tricks

U is Umbrella, which we all wish we took, but

V´s Vivake as rain man, for whom the skies neer shook

W is for Water from the buckets of our showers

and the Waves of tortillas, which were not made out of flour

X is-- what else-- Xela, and the pick-ups that we rode, and

Y ´s the Yoke of burden many Guatemalan´s hold

Z is for Zap as we all Zip away

our backpacks and memories

we´ll pull out again someday.

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Shayna Maci Warner,Guatemala: Mundo Maya 4-week, Summer 2012

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07/27/12

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Shayna Maci Warner

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Hey Family!

This will be my last yak in Guatemala before I see you at home. If I made a summary of my trip, it would go like this.....

Where there be dragons 4 wk summer camp was a once in a life time experience that I will treasure forever. I have met new people, developed relationships, learned soooo much spanish and about myself I never knew was possible. I felt in first person what it was like to live in "poverty" going to bed when the sun sets cause we didn't have electricity, sleeping on three wooden planks for there wasn't any beds, but these are the experiences that I will keep with me forever. This experience made me appreaciate what I have at home, but even more importantly made me realize that one person can make a difference and thats what I plan to do.

Lots of Love

Ginger

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Ginger Hutton ,Guatemala: Mundo Maya 4-week, Summer 2012

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Hey Family! This will be my last yak in Guatemala before I see you at home. If I made a summary of my trip, it would go like this….. Where there be dragons 4 wk summer camp was a once in a life time experience that I will treasure forever. I have met new people, […]

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07/26/12

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Ginger Hutton

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We left San Antonio Saturday morning.

I woke up covered in sweat and filled with nausea, and I proptly ran downstairs and vomited. Shaking, I wednt up to tell Olga and Antonio, my homestay parents. They quickly and thankfully gave me water. Unfortunately, they also promptly added salt and lime which made me feel I was drinking the omelette I'd just expelled.

Luckily, I quickly began to feel better. Today I had my first meal without that pesky stomach pain!It was awesome, I tell you what.

As we departed, I said my final goodbye to Olga, who out of no where began crying profusely. I held her while she cried. It was so sweet and touching to know Id been special to her.

We made it successfully to Ciudad Vieja, pulling up in front of Hotel Santa Valentina. We were groggy and really missing home. We got a hopeless lunch and felt generally distraught.

When we got to EducArte, the school where we completed our painting service project, at two, we were inappropriately unpresent.

We fell asleep at seven forty five that night, exausted.

The next morning, everything felt better.

My stomach felt better, as did my spirits, and we as a group agreed to pull the atmosphere up into the realm of positivity.

It worked, and we had fun painting all day and hanging out with the kids.

We finished off Ciudad Vieja after two more days, a lot of group bonding, and a spontaneous cooking spree that ended in a fabulous "family dinner."

We left around ten, catching a chicken bus which we took just a bit too far into Antigua, the bustling city. We did finally manage to find the pickups, and, sitting as we are all now so used to, on the sides of the back, we drove to the wonderful haven that is Earth Lodge.

Think coffee-house-funky-eco-friendly- hammocks-in-the-treehouses-volcanos-and-avacado-farm and you have a general idea of this place.

So weve been here, hammocking and chilling and discussing our final days, cracking up with people we now call good friends.

I feel happy, content, relaxed, and excited to go home .

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Final days

Ariana Lewis,Guatemala: Mundo Maya 4-week, Summer 2012

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We left San Antonio Saturday morning. I woke up covered in sweat and filled with nausea, and I proptly ran downstairs and vomited. Shaking, I wednt up to tell Olga and Antonio, my homestay parents. They quickly and thankfully gave me water. Unfortunately, they also promptly added salt and lime which made me feel I […]

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07/26/12

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Ariana Lewis

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What is enoughness? Enoughness to me is to be able to live with adequate supplies in order to survive. You have the exact amount of everything you need in order to live comfortably. For some people, enoughness is a simple wooden shack, amid some wooden planks (which serves as a bed) and just enough food to get by. For others enoughness can be a house with a bed, and the flexibility to either cook at home, or go out to a restaurant . Sometimes enoughness can just be the comfort of being surrounded by family members. I think there are standards of physical enoughness, and mental enoughness. The tangilble items you need in order to survive: water, food, shelter.. etc. and the mental/emotinal thingsyour mind needs in order for you to be whole, complete, and sane. Maybe thats just the knowledge of having a close friend or family member to talk to. Or the love from your partner to make you feel special and apart of something. Enoughness cant be defined; but i am sure that some kind of combo of physical and mental enoughness is nesessary for a person all around the world needs. Everyone has their own standards of enoughness. Maybe that is determined by the society they are brought up in. Or maybe the social pressures determine enoughness. No matter what it is, everyone needs something. Whether its a lot, or a little. Everyone has to define their own route to enoughness.

Living in Guatemala for the past 4 weeks made me think about my own life back home. Do i really need all that i have? Here ive lived without my phone, ipod, a bed, and the choice of food i eat on a daily basis. Also, i might add without the luxury of being able to wash myself or my clothes on a daily basis. Before i thought i was living a simple life back at home. But now, after all i have experienced i have realized a new level of simplicity. People here go on with their daily lives without half of the things i have. All the unnecessary luxuries. Why am i living like this? Is it because it is the norm back in the states? Did i choose to be living the way i am? Or did the social aspects of the US shape what the life "necessities" are? Of course things are different around the world, but coming to Guatemala made me think about it. Do i really need all the things i have? I saw people here living so simply, and still were happy. Which brings me back to the underlying question... what exactly is enoughness?

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Enoughness

Lauren Benoit,Guatemala: Mundo Maya 4-week, Summer 2012

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What is enoughness? Enoughness to me is to be able to live with adequate supplies in order to survive. You have the exact amount of everything you need in order to live comfortably. For some people, enoughness is a simple wooden shack, amid some wooden planks (which serves as a bed) and just enough food […]

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07/26/12

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Lauren Benoit

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Through out my course we have all evaluated how much was enough for us personally. And to me it can be easily said:

For me, enough cant be defined regardless of its simplicity.

To me, enough is love,

a heart full of empathy,

and a willing emptiness that awaits me.

To me, a bed,

a place of comfort,

a place of saftey,

and of humanity.

Yes I might love some tea, some extra comforts,

a place that doesnt smell like pea. hah.

But to be real, all I need is some meals.

Showers, power, flowers

and all them towers

mean a thing,

but not one neccessary.

What I have is enough,

and to some its too much.

But Ive been where all I had

needed to be enough.

Ive been where all I dreamed,

couldn't be grasped.

So Ill sit and miss what I might think I need,

but in all simplicity, all I need is entirely here with me.

--

Through Guatemala, Ive learned so much. But its become so important to me to learn and be embraced into this culture. And I have.

Im so thankful every step of the way of everything that has happened to me, and through every challange, all I can say is that simplicity hit me, and hit me hard.

Guatemala hit me, and so did reality.

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Emina Dacic,Guatemala: Mundo Maya 4-week, Summer 2012

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Through out my course we have all evaluated how much was enough for us personally. And to me it can be easily said: For me, enough cant be defined regardless of its simplicity. To me, enough is love, a heart full of empathy, and a willing emptiness that awaits me. To me, a bed, a […]

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07/26/12

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Emina Dacic

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The four weeks I have spent here in Guatemala have changed my life greatly. I've lived in situations and places that are so different to what I am used to. I have eaten food that is different that the food I eat back home. I have climbed mountains and pushed myself further than I ever have. I have met so many wonderful people and made so many new friends. But more importantly, I have developed a greater, deeper knowledge of myself. At the start of the trip one of my goals was that I wanted to push myself past my comfort zone. When I said that I'm not sure I really knew where my comfort zone was. This trip has helped me discover where my comfort zone is and how much I am willing to leave it. My comfort zone is definetly smaller than I had expected before the trip. I am really glad that I got the chance to define for myself what my limits are. I now know how far I am willing to go. Another one of my goals at the beginning was to improve my confidence. Putting myself in all the tough situations I've been in and pushing through each time showed me that I can do anything. I realize that this sounds cliche and a little stupid, but it's true. Climbing the mountains and living and conversing with strangers are not things I would usually do confidently. Through all the stuggles, I got through all of them successfuly. Bringing this newfound confidence back home will help me in daily practices. I will overall be more comfortable and confident in the things that I do. I won't doubt my abilities because I will remember all that I acheived on this trip and I will know that I can do it.

Adios,

Anna

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The end is near

Anna Schutte,Guatemala: Mundo Maya 4-week, Summer 2012

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The four weeks I have spent here in Guatemala have changed my life greatly. I’ve lived in situations and places that are so different to what I am used to. I have eaten food that is different that the food I eat back home. I have climbed mountains and pushed myself further than I ever […]

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07/26/12

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Anna Schutte

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People have been talking about what we can't take home after this dragons course. We can't take home the backpacks, or at least they have no place in our everyday lives. We can't take home the endless tortillas, and if we did, our friends wouldn't eat them. We can't take home the mountains, the volcanoes, and the endless fields of milpa. It seems like we have to get rid of all of our connections to this place, these people, and all of our experiences together.

However, there are some things we can take home, and that, when discovered, seem more important to me than any of the things we have to leave behind. I mean what have we really been learning out here? We have learned courage and adaptation. All of our group dove into three different homestays, and have adapted to a culture very different from the various back home. We have perfected the art of dedication. We have planted bean fields, crossed mountains, painted a community school, and planted many, many trees. We have also been organized. We planned and executed our own three day expedition (all under budget!) and have been living out of the same backpack for four weeks. We have taken chances with other people, grown closer to them, and even, at points, entrusted them with our lives. We have put our minds to things, and done them, even when they seemed impossible. We have learned new tools and techniques, and taken care of ourselves and others. Most importantly, we have lived simply. These are the things that I can take away with me, and that I plan on using when I return back home.

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Sarah Judd,Best Notes From The Field, Guatemala: Mundo Maya 4-week, Summer 2012, Rugged Travel

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People have been talking about what we can’t take home after this dragons course. We can’t take home the backpacks, or at least they have no place in our everyday lives. We can’t take home the endless tortillas, and if we did, our friends wouldn’t eat them. We can’t take home the mountains, the volcanoes, […]

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07/26/12

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Sarah Judd

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What is Happiness?

Josie Stern,Guatemala: Mundo Maya 4-week, Summer 2012

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To begin to answer this question I will have to define what happiness is. It could be said that happiness is the feeling of contentment and joy, something that comes when you open a Christmas present, or receive a perfect score on a test. However, I believe that there is more to it than tangible […]

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07/25/12

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Josie Stern

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