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In twenty-four short days, we'll touch down at the world's highest commercial airport in the city of El Alto, right outside of La Paz, Bolivia and an incredible adventure will begin. These few weeks leading up to our Bolivian sojourn will be undoubtedly busy (final exams, graduations, summer solstice celebrations, etc.) and you'll likely experience a wide array of emotions (nervousness, excitement, frustration as you try to fit everything from the packing list into your backpack, bewilderment as you try to pronounce and imagine the unfamiliar-as-of-now places mentioned in our proposed itinerary... We want to to relish these anticipatory weeks. Notice how you feel, what you envision when your mind inevitably begins to wander towards the Andes. Write it down. Paint a picture. You'll cherish it later on. We also would like to encourage you all to introduce yourselves here on the yak board. This is a great forum of communication for us as we prepare together for this journey. Many of you will have questions that others are wondering about as well, so feel free to post those questions here and we can respond to everyone. But first and foremost: tell us a little bit about you. Who are you? What has led you to this Dragons course in Bolivia this summer? What are you most passionate about? What are you most looking forward to? What is your favorite ice cream flavor? We look forward to hearing from each of you! Tinkunakama (until next time), Helen, Matt & Nate [post_title] => Introduce Yourselves! [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => introduce-yourselves-3 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2013-06-05 08:21:20 [post_modified_gmt] => 2013-06-05 14:21:20 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://wheretherebedragons.com/?p=85554 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [categories] => Array ( [0] => WP_Term Object ( [term_id] => 226 [name] => Bolivia Summer 4-week [slug] => bolivia-summer-4-week [term_group] => 0 [term_taxonomy_id] => 226 [taxonomy] => category [description] => [parent] => 253 [count] => 48 [filter] => raw [term_order] => 12.1 [cat_ID] => 226 [category_count] => 48 [category_description] => [cat_name] => Bolivia Summer 4-week [category_nicename] => bolivia-summer-4-week [category_parent] => 253 [link] => https://my.wheretherebedragons.com/category/summer-2013/bolivia-summer-4-week/ ) ) [category_links] => Bolivia Summer 4-week )
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Helen, Matt & Nate,Bolivia Summer 4-week

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In twenty-four short days, we’ll touch down at the world’s highest commercial airport in the city of El Alto, right outside of La Paz, Bolivia and an incredible adventure will begin. These few weeks leading up to our Bolivian sojourn will be undoubtedly busy (final exams, graduations, summer solstice celebrations, etc.) and you’ll likely experience […]

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06/5/13

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Helen, Matt & Nate

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Bolivia – Summer 2013

Projected Itinerary

June 28: We finally meet in Miami and travel overnight to La Paz! June 29-July 1: Arriving in the early morning to La Paz/El Alto international airport, we’ll take our first deep breaths together on Bolivian soil at the world’s highest commercial airport (13, 323 feet above sea level). We’ll travel just a few hours to the beautiful sub-tropical (read: lower elevation) site of our orientation retreat, where we’ll settle in for three days of workshops on intercultural communication, goal setting, group dynamics, introductory lessons on Bolivian culture, politics, issues and language intensives. We’ll also have time to kick back, relax, get to know each other and have a lot of fun! July 2-5: We’ll ascend back up to 13,000 feet for our Community stay in Qurpa, a small Aymara community located on the altiplano in the Lake Titicaca region. We will spend three days with community members, learning about traditional governing systems & agriculture. We may have the opportunity to participate in a minga, communal work that benefits the whole community. July 6-8: We’ll spend three days exploring the de facto capital city, La Paz, and its “twin city”, El Alto. We will explore vast market places, the myriad plazas, restaurants and meet with development professionals and journalists and also prepare for the next phase of our journey! July 9-13: We’ll spend five days stretching our legs and testing our lungs by day, and sleeping under millions on stars by night in the Cordillera Real trek. It will be quite cold at night (don’t forget that warm sleeping bag!), and cool, but pleasant during the days. As we reach the high passes, we’ll have to keep our eyes peeled for Andean condors—these sacred birds with ten-foot wingspans are said to bring good fortune to those who see them in their natural environment. July 14-20: Following the trek, we’ll travel overnight to the beautiful, vibrant city of Cochabamba. We’ll settle in for a week of homestays in the nearby community of Tiquipaya. In the mornings, we’ll have interactive, dynamic language classes with some incredible local teachers—both Spanish and Quechua lessons will be offered. The afternoons will bring time for independent study projects, guest speakers, further exploration of the city and its environs and some rare free time to spend with your host families. We will also spend time preparing for the final leg of our journey together July 21-25: In this final phase of the course, the Student Expedition, you’ll be taking the reigns as a student group and steering our course. Deciding between several fabulous options (East or west? Up or down? More details to be revealed in country!) you will be able to put all of your new language, intercultural communication, navigation, negotiation and physical skills to the test! We will also spend time reflecting on the incredible journey we’ve had together and the growth we’ve experienced along the way in this amazing country. July 26: Our Final Day together will be spent back in La Paz. We’ll share a final meal together, continue our practice of reflection and save some time for shopping in the city’s famed craft markets. July 27: We’ll be up before dawn to catch our group flight back to Miami. As we fly east to our connecting city of Santa Cruz, we’ll retrace the many steps of our journey in the air—taking off from the altiplano, crossing over the peaks of the Cordillera Real and the Valleys of Cochabamba, we’ll begin our journey home together.

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Projected Itinerary!

Helen Rortvedt,Bolivia Summer 4-week

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Bolivia – Summer 2013 Projected Itinerary June 28: We finally meet in Miami and travel overnight to La Paz! June 29-July 1: Arriving in the early morning to La Paz/El Alto international airport, we’ll take our first deep breaths together on Bolivian soil at the world’s highest commercial airport (13, 323 feet above sea level). […]

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06/3/13

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Helen Rortvedt

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Dear Students, I hope all of you are as excited as I am about your upcoming Dragons experience. Before we set off on our epic adventure I just wanted to share a few things about myself. My name is Nathan Singham. I am originally from Chicago, Illinois. I come from a multi-ethnic background. My father’s family is from Sri Lanka and my mother’s side of the family is from Western Europe. However, I grew up in a predominately Puerto Rican neighborhood in northwest Chicago. I have been living outside of the U.S for the last 7 years and yet I am still very connected to my roots. In many ways, living outside the U.S has brought me closer and made me appreciate even more the wonderful aspects of my cultural heritage. There are people and things that I miss very deeply: friends, family and superficial things such as: the ability to walk down the street and buy a pint of Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream or being able to go on the internet and listen Pandora’s box or watch movies on Netflix. Fortunately, I have been able to establish new friendships and discover parts of Bolivian culture that fill those voids and longings. I arrived in Bolivia three years ago with one goal in mind: To get a different perspective. I wanted to immerse myself in a different culture. So I enrolled myself in the University of San Simon in Cochabamba where I completed my masters degree in Agrarian Studies. The content of my course work was centered on themes such as: rural sociology, identity studies and development policies. My research at the University of San Simon provided me with the opportunity to work along side many famous Latin American scholars such as Andres Uzeda Vazquez, Carlos Crespo O. Flores and others. I can summarize this letter by saying that my experiences in Bolivia have given me a more holistic perspective on life. My accomplishments in this wonderful country have allowed me to discover talents and strengths that I didn’t know I possessed. I hope that you and your fellow compañeros can gain experiences on your Dragons course that will result in tremendous growth and lead to exciting new self-revelations. Sincerely, Nathan Singham [post_title] => An Introduction! [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => an-introduction-3 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2013-05-17 11:06:26 [post_modified_gmt] => 2013-05-17 17:06:26 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://wheretherebedragons.com/?p=84445 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [categories] => Array ( [0] => WP_Term Object ( [term_id] => 226 [name] => Bolivia Summer 4-week [slug] => bolivia-summer-4-week [term_group] => 0 [term_taxonomy_id] => 226 [taxonomy] => category [description] => [parent] => 253 [count] => 48 [filter] => raw [term_order] => 12.1 [cat_ID] => 226 [category_count] => 48 [category_description] => [cat_name] => Bolivia Summer 4-week [category_nicename] => bolivia-summer-4-week [category_parent] => 253 [link] => https://my.wheretherebedragons.com/category/summer-2013/bolivia-summer-4-week/ ) ) [category_links] => Bolivia Summer 4-week )

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An Introduction!

Nate Singham,Bolivia Summer 4-week

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Dear Students, I hope all of you are as excited as I am about your upcoming Dragons experience. Before we set off on our epic adventure I just wanted to share a few things about myself. My name is Nathan Singham. I am originally from Chicago, Illinois. I come from a multi-ethnic background. My father’s […]

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05/17/13

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Nate Singham

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Hello Hello!

 Greetings from Colorado! I hope that this letter finds you well, putting the finishing touches on your summer and preparing for our upcoming adventure together! At one point, I was in the very same position that you are now finding yourself in, one of excitement of you upcoming journey and also potentially of fear or nervousness as to what lay ahead and what you may be leaving behind. I am here to reassure you that what awaits will be a trip that you will not soon forget and hopefully an experience that you will refer back to for the rest of your life.

 When I was 15 I left the suburbs of Chicago, where I grew up, and traveled abroad for a month long backpacking trip. I was scared and unsure what I had gotten myself into, wishing instead to stay in Chicago and hang out with friends for the summer, but after just a few short days I realized that this was exactly what I wanted to be doing. In high school I struggled to see how what I was learning was relevant to my real life, but traveling for the first time showed me that there are other ways to learn. I saw and felt firsthand what it was like to learn by doing, seeing, and feeling, and to this day this is how I prefer to learn - by experience.

It is not often in life that you can look back and pinpoint a moment, an experience, that changes who you are and how you view the world around you. I feel lucky that I can so clearly see that moment and how it has impacted my life and my work. Ever since that trip I have been on my own journey to fully realize the person that I glimpsed within myself on that first journey and all of the work and experiences that I have had, in one way or another, relate to that first trip.

 We can never fully comprehend what lies ahead of us, and what, in the end, we will take away from an experience. In my travels I have found that the best moments and adventures on any trip come when I am least expecting it, when I am the most open and flexible to new things. Whether it’s a conversation with the person sitting next to you while waiting for a bus that is 2 hours late or a religious celebration that shuts down a city for an entire day, these are the experiences that will be truly yours and no one else’s. This is why I travel, because I feel challenged in a way that I rarely feel when I am comfortably at home.

I went to college in Colorado so I could continue to follow this path. I spent 4 years at Colorado College leading wilderness backpacking trips and majoring in Environmental Science. After graduating from college I spent 3 summers working for Outward Bound Wilderness, leading multi-week backpacking trips through the mountains of Colorado with high school students. For the last several years, when not working for Outward Bound, I worked in my community as a community organizer, helping to win more affordable access to college for all college ready students, and co-founding and operating a small, local, farmers market in Denver.

 My past work, in the backcountry of Colorado and the communities of Denver, has led me to this position as an instructor with Where There Be Dragons. This will be my third course with Where There Be Dragons. I have been fortunate enough to lead Dragons’ courses in two other regions of the world, a summer course in Nicaragua and a semester course in Jordan and the Middle East. My goal as an instructor is tie in all of my past experiences to help create an incredibly powerful and supportive course as we travel together through some of the most remarkable places on earth!

As you leave the comforts of home and travel to meet us in Miami, I encourage you to begin your trip with a new mindset. Leave behind your daily routine and any worries you’re having about school, sports, or the summer and start fresh. Come with the intention of being open to fully engage with yourself, your fellow students and every person and experience that you have along the way. The moments that you find yourself being truly open to new people and new experiences will be the moments that you remember most.

I can hardly wait to get started, Hasta Pronto!

Matt Gettleman

matt.gettleman@gmail.com

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Are you Ready?

Matt Gettleman,Bolivia Summer 4-week

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Hello Hello!  Greetings from Colorado! I hope that this letter finds you well, putting the finishing touches on your summer and preparing for our upcoming adventure together! At one point, I was in the very same position that you are now finding yourself in, one of excitement of you upcoming journey and also potentially of […]

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05/17/13

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Matt Gettleman

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Saludos compañeros!

 Just think: in a few weeks’ time, you’ll be touching down in the early morning hours at the worlds’ highest commercial airport – La Paz/El Alto, Bolivia.  The dawn will be breaking as we sleepily deplane, revealing a halo of snowcapped peaks presiding over this vibrant urban landscape.

 I am thrilled to introduce myself as your Course Director for our journey to Bolivia this summer.  I’m also proud to introduce my two fantastic co-instructors, Matt Gettleman & Nate Singham.  Together, we are working to craft an itinerary that is rugged and challenging, and that will take us to breathtaking, inspiring and seldom-visited places throughout the heart of Bolivia.

 I first traveled to Bolivia nearly six years ago, and I brought with me a seemingly incurable case of wanderlust.  Upon arriving in the fertile valley of Cochabamba where I did my training as a Peace Corps Volunteer, I knew I had stumbled into a very special place.  I spent much of the following four years peeling back the many layers of this vibrant, diverse country and I feel as if a lifetime of exploration, discovery and inspiration still awaits me in Bolivia.

 We are about to embark upon something big.  Bolivia is big—her mountains, her vast altiplano, her lake, her rivers, her jungle, and the hearts of her people.  I think that you will find that there is a tangible energy in Bolivia unlike anywhere else.  It is an ancient land, and yet it is caught up in a struggle to exist in a rapidly modernizing world.  It is a vast, open land, and yet a journey through this place is neither fast, nor easy.  Bolivia is a place that has the power to challenge your worldview, your notion of personal space, and your perception of yourself.  All she asks, in return, is respect for the Pachamama (Mother Earth) and an open heart and mind.

 These weeks—in anticipation of all the adventures, trials, laughs, salteñas, mind-blowing sunsets and inspiring communities—are, at times, hard to get through.  If you find yourself already daydreaming about llamas and alpacas, know this: you are not alone.  But have faith—our adventure really is just around the corner!  I encourage you to savor these anticipatory weeks.  Take note of how you feel and what you hope for.  Paint a picture of the Bolivia you imagine.  Whistle a tune that speaks to you from the Andes, or the Amazon.  Live each day.

 This exercise is often one of the hardest to have discipline for.  However, if you come to Bolivia with a strong conviction for living each day, she will sweep you off your feet and into a new world.

 I look forward to being in touch with you all in the coming weeks as we prepare for this journey together.  I am also so looking forward to the moment when we all come together in the Miami airport and take our first steps together toward Bolivia.

 I am currently basking in the glory of a hard-earned spring in Vermont—my home-away-from-Bolivia. I’ve come to call the Green Mountains home over the past few years as I pursue a Masters Degree in Sustainable Development from SIT Graduate Institute. However, the ranges of the Central Andes, the altiplano, and the lush Cochabamba Valley have been calling me home. It is time to return, and it will be an honor to do so in your company!

Ujratukama masisniy.
Hasta pronto, mis amigos.
See you soon, my friends.

Paz,

Helen

helen.rortvedt@gmail.com

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Bienvenidos a Bolivia!

Helen Rortvedt,Bolivia Summer 4-week

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Saludos compañeros!  Just think: in a few weeks’ time, you’ll be touching down in the early morning hours at the worlds’ highest commercial airport – La Paz/El Alto, Bolivia.  The dawn will be breaking as we sleepily deplane, revealing a halo of snowcapped peaks presiding over this vibrant urban landscape.  I am thrilled to introduce […]

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05/17/13

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Helen Rortvedt

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Saludos a todos los Dragones; parents, travelers, instructors and dreamers, To those who are new this year, I’d like to welcome you to the Dragons community and to the journey ahead! And to those who have joined us for another year, we are excited to have you back! Spring is a celebration of transitions; a transition that marks the beginning of a summer-long journey to give life to our aspirations and imaginations. We hope that the Yak Yak forum encourages you to voice your excitement, anxieties, thoughts and questions–it’s a great place to share a bit about yourself.  In the coming weeks, instructors and students will post their own introductions and begin sharing more information about the journey ahead. From here, discussions will begin to build and your instructors will offer advice for course preparation regarding packing, recommended readings, the itinerary, and topics to consider for your Independent Study Projects (ISPs). Your instructors for this summer are incredible!  Collectively, they bring many years of in-country experience, are seasoned guides and educators, and as you will discover over the course of your journey, are some of the most thoughtful, kind, and inspiring folks in our community.  As your Program Director, I’m here to support and steward the overall process from our offices in Boulder, CO before, during, and after the course. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me directly to say hello! Dragons prefers to keep our hands in the dirt, allowing us to sculpt courses that are represent our unique goals of profound cross-cultural learning and self-cultivation. When it’s all said and done, and you finally gather in late June at your course’s point of departure, you should know that you are about to embark on an adventure that is intensely personalized and has been many months, and in many cases, years in the making! The Yak board is also the most appropriate place to address your pre-course questions and concerns. We hope that you will discover the magic of the Yak Yak forum (have a look at past courses to get a sense of how the Yak board can be used), and learn to love it! It’s a powerful tool for communication and community building, and once you head into the field, it will undoubtedly become the default homepage of your parents and friends at home – all of those who WISH they could be out there with you! And finally, as you prepare for the upcoming summer, be prepared to be challenged, to be inspired, and to learn and grow in ways that can only come from living these experiences. Most of all, be prepared to have fun and to forge your own footprints into that trackless wilderness that is our selves. Again, welcome to Dragons. I look forward to hearing from you all, and vicariously journeying alongside you this summer. With Gratitude,
Japhy Dhungana
Program Director: Latin America and Himalaya
Japhy@wheretherebedragons.com
800-982-9203, ext. 15
 
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Welcome to Dragons – An Introduction From Your Program Director

Japhy Dhungana,Bolivia Summer 4-week

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Saludos a todos los Dragones; parents, travelers, instructors and dreamers, To those who are new this year, I’d like to welcome you to the Dragons community and to the journey ahead! And to those who have joined us for another year, we are excited to have you back! Spring is a celebration of transitions; a […]

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05/16/13

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Japhy Dhungana

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To all ’13 Summer Participants:
It’s great to see all the yak boards coming alive!  This is a very exciting time of year for all of us, and while we know that you are anxious to meet your traveling companions, we have a request for you: please don’t direct your fellow travelers to social-networking sites (e.g., Facebook) before the course. Let us explain: our interest is to provide you with the best experience possible, and over the past 21 years, we have learned that that you will get the most out of your Dragons program if you’re able to make fresh introductions on the day that your course begins.  We welcome you to introduce yourself here, and we hope that you will use this site to voice your goals and ideas for this summer’s course and to begin forming a group culture.  But we’d like to avoid students forming any sort of “cliques” online before even departing on this program.  We certainly know that you can all find each other on Facebook  quite easily, and while we cannot (and don’t want to) forbid such networking, we encourage you to abstain from doing so and invite you to show up to meet your group in June without pre-judgment and with a willingness to expose yourself to everything new, different, wild and other.  We wish you the best as you prepare for this summer’s adventures! Sincerely, The Boulder Admin [post_title] => Social Networking: A Request from WTBD [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => social-networking-a-request-from-wtbd-6-2 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2013-05-15 18:13:53 [post_modified_gmt] => 2013-05-16 00:13:53 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://wheretherebedragons.com/?p=84003 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [categories] => Array ( [0] => WP_Term Object ( [term_id] => 226 [name] => Bolivia Summer 4-week [slug] => bolivia-summer-4-week [term_group] => 0 [term_taxonomy_id] => 226 [taxonomy] => category [description] => [parent] => 253 [count] => 48 [filter] => raw [term_order] => 12.1 [cat_ID] => 226 [category_count] => 48 [category_description] => [cat_name] => Bolivia Summer 4-week [category_nicename] => bolivia-summer-4-week [category_parent] => 253 [link] => https://my.wheretherebedragons.com/category/summer-2013/bolivia-summer-4-week/ ) ) [category_links] => Bolivia Summer 4-week )
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Social Networking: A Request from WTBD

Dragons Admin,Bolivia Summer 4-week

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To all ’13 Summer Participants: It’s great to see all the yak boards coming alive!  This is a very exciting time of year for all of us, and while we know that you are anxious to meet your traveling companions, we have a request for you: please don’t direct your fellow travelers to social-networking sites […]

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05/15/13

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Dragons Admin

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    [post_content] => Welcome to your Where There Be Dragons Yak Yak bulletin board for the Summer 2013! As you’ll soon discover, this board is a valuable forum for self-introductions, for building community, and for addressing any and all questions that arise during the upcoming months.

Until the start of your course in June, this will be THE place to find important notices related to your course’s development and itinerary design. It’ll also be the place to learn about your fellow students and instructors. So please, post a personal introduction! It may reflect any number of things about you, like your interests, reasons for choosing Dragons, independent study considerations, or any other thought or inspiration. Please also consider posting your packing and prep-related questions here. Don’t be shy – if you have a question, it’s likely that someone else in your group has been wondering the same thing! Your instructors have a lot of experience and many, many tips that they’re excited to share with you. So please, ask away.

Setting up the Yak board, in many ways, marks the start of your course. It’s the first step in establishing the community that will support you throughout the journey that lies ahead. Together, you will learn to walk, dress, eat, talk and think in an entirely new way. You will see landscapes that will cause your jaw to drop, and meet people that will touch, change and inspire your life forever. Although your course’s official start date is still many weeks away, we would like to remind you that your adventure actually began the day you made the choice to join Dragons. Choosing to make your dream a reality took immense amounts of courage, and all of us congratulate you on taking that first, and most important, step.

Welcome to Dragons. We’re excited to share in your adventure!

Sincerely,

Dragons’ Administrative Staff
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Welcome to your Yak Board!

Dragons Adminisration,Bolivia Summer 4-week

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Welcome to your Where There Be Dragons Yak Yak bulletin board for the Summer 2013! As you’ll soon discover, this board is a valuable forum for self-introductions, for building community, and for addressing any and all questions that arise during the upcoming months. Until the start of your course in June, this will be THE […]

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05/15/13

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Dragons Adminisration

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