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    [post_content] => Dear family and friends,

The group is currently wrapping up their orientation at Nueva Alianza and have been out of internet range for the past few days.  Today the group will be traveling to the community of Todos Santos where they will begin their first homestays.  As soon as the students are back in internet range they will be posting Yaks, so keep an eye out for updates!

Best wishes,

The Boulder Admin
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Boulder Administration,Guatemala Summer 6-week

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Dear family and friends, The group is currently wrapping up their orientation at Nueva Alianza and have been out of internet range for the past few days.  Today the group will be traveling to the community of Todos Santos where they will begin their first homestays.  As soon as the students are back in internet […]

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07/3/13

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Boulder Administration

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    [post_content] => Hi everyone,

We just received an update from the Guatemala Instructor Team, Ariel, Sean, and Victoria that the group has safely landed in Guatemala and have begun their journey.  Stay tuned for an update shortly from the students after they settle into their Orientation site soon.

Sincerely,

Boulder Administration
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Buen Viaje!

Japhy Dhungana,Guatemala Summer 6-week

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Hi everyone, We just received an update from the Guatemala Instructor Team, Ariel, Sean, and Victoria that the group has safely landed in Guatemala and have begun their journey.  Stay tuned for an update shortly from the students after they settle into their Orientation site soon. Sincerely, Boulder Administration

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06/29/13

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Japhy Dhungana

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    [post_content] => Dear friends and family,

All of the students have met up with their instructors in Miami, and are ready to check-in to their international flights!

They are all in great spirits, and it is exciting to see the team come together from around the country and begin their journey!  We’ll post another update when the group arrives in-country.

With gratitude,

Boulder Administration
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All Students are Together in Miami!

Japhy Dhungana,Guatemala Summer 6-week

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Dear friends and family, All of the students have met up with their instructors in Miami, and are ready to check-in to their international flights! They are all in great spirits, and it is exciting to see the team come together from around the country and begin their journey!  We’ll post another update when the group […]

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06/28/13

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Japhy Dhungana

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Hola!
Hope you are all doing well, and find yourself excited and motivated for our trip this summer! Just a quick note about packing from our all staff training in California; One of the students asked a great question about how to transport everything in Guatemala. Please see below for some clarification regarding backpacks dufflebags and day packs. There is also an optional update to the packing list.
Generally speaking, an important think to consider while packing for this trip, is that you can carry all your belongings fairly comfortably. I would recommend packing everything you need in your backpack, and a small daypack. It can be nice to have a duffle bag for our trek ,because we will be leaving stuff we don't need behind to be shuttled. It is not necessary though, we can also purchase burlap sack-like bags for this purpose. One advantage of duffle bags is being able to bring extra stuff home if you think you will buy souvenirs in Guatemala. If you do bring a duffle bag I recommend that it be compactable enough to fit in your backpack with your other belongings.
Something we would like to add to the optional packing list is a pair of gardening gloves. We get our hands in the dirt a lot during our service projects and it can be really nice to have a pair of gloves to work in.
Please be in touch if any other questions come up. The yak board is a great forum for these questions so that everyone can see the answers.
We look froward to seeing you soon!
Ariel, Sean and Victoria
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Instructors,Guatemala Summer 6-week

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Hola! Hope you are all doing well, and find yourself excited and motivated for our trip this summer! Just a quick note about packing from our all staff training in California; One of the students asked a great question about how to transport everything in Guatemala. Please see below for some clarification regarding backpacks dufflebags […]

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06/16/13

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Instructors

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    [post_content] => Hola chicos!

 

As you know, one of the components of a Dragons course is your ISP (independent study project). This is an excellent opportunity for you to explore a topic that you are passionate about. This may be the first time that you are encouraged to do so a project so this yak is intended to help you start thinking about what you make like to investigate and get a better idea of how to make your ISP as meaningful and successful as possible.

 

As Dragons follows the pedagogy of experiential education, your ISP will also be a product of this kind of learning. The main contributions to your project will be experience; talking with locals, participating in local ways of life, and observing the world around you! You may want to use book and Internet research to supplement your information, but it should be kept to a minimum. That being said, your project should be both 1) experiential, and 2) pertinent to Guatemala. (For example yoga would not be a good ISP for our course).

 

The key, to make your ISP as rewarding as possible is:
  1. Careful selection of something that excites you and will keep you inspired
  2. Taking initiative with the project’s creation and direction.
  3. Dedication to your project through all its challenges till its conclusion
    At this point we would like to ask you to start thinking about a topic that will be inspiring and fun for you to explore this summer! Your project does not need to be set in stone before leaving the States, but we encourage you to start thinking about it and jot down some ideas. The sooner we have an idea of what you are interested in, the sooner we can start making connections with mentors and opportunities to support your project this summer.   Below is a list of past/possible ISP options. Please don’t limit yourself to this list though! There are endless opportunities in Guatemala, so please chooses something that reflects your passions!   Maya calendar or ceremonies Women’s issues, rights Weaving (practice and/or history) Modern and traditional fashion Photography Marimba (national music instrument) Guatemalan cooking Problems caused by Free Trade (CAFTA) Education systems Guatemalan history (civil war,etc.) Health Traditional medicine Comparative religion (Maya tradition and Christianity) Immigration (al norte) Violence and gangs (la mara) Latin dance (Salsa, Merengue,Bachata,Cumbia,etc.) Environmental problems Eco tourism Guatemalan slang Maya languages Futbol in Guatemala     So please take some time to think about it before we meet up in Miami!   Un Abrazo Sean, Victoria & Ariel [post_title] => Independent Study Projects [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => independent-study-projects-12 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2013-06-08 21:45:50 [post_modified_gmt] => 2013-06-09 03:45:50 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://wheretherebedragons.com/?p=85808 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [categories] => Array ( [0] => WP_Term Object ( [term_id] => 217 [name] => Guatemala Summer 6-week [slug] => guatemala-summer-6-week [term_group] => 0 [term_taxonomy_id] => 217 [taxonomy] => category [description] => [parent] => 253 [count] => 35 [filter] => raw [term_order] => 12.1 [cat_ID] => 217 [category_count] => 35 [category_description] => [cat_name] => Guatemala Summer 6-week [category_nicename] => guatemala-summer-6-week [category_parent] => 253 [link] => https://my.wheretherebedragons.com/category/summer-2013/guatemala-summer-6-week/ ) ) [category_links] => Guatemala Summer 6-week )

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Independent Study Projects

Instructors,Guatemala Summer 6-week

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Hola chicos!   As you know, one of the components of a Dragons course is your ISP (independent study project). This is an excellent opportunity for you to explore a topic that you are passionate about. This may be the first time that you are encouraged to do so a project so this yak is […]

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06/8/13

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Instructors

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    [post_content] => Dear Dragons Students & Parents 2013,

Your journey is right around the corner! This note is full of important reminders. Please take the time to thoroughly read this letter detailing your final departure instructions, as well as your Course Preparation Manual and Parent Support Kit.

And some advice: you may have heard about Where There Be Dragons from others. If possible, set aside those predictions and descriptions. The experience varies from person to person, and from journey to journey. We have never had a group like yours. So, please, allow yourself to be known. Getting to that point may require some courage. We all have our own ways of letting ourselves be known: some will plunge right in, energized by the group experience; others will be more comfortable listening and getting to know others one-on-one. Discovering the best ways of letting others know you will be an important part of your adventure. For now, take the time to relax, read through this letter, and get prepared. We can’t wait to meet you.

Final Departure Instructions: Guatemala 6-week

I. Pre-Departure Checklist

The checklist below details all final pre-departure steps. Please submit your forms and paperwork as soon as possible. Our summer staff will be out of the office from June 16th-28th at Instructor Orientation. It will likely take course-specific Program Directors a few days to respond to pre-course questions during this time. Any planning/packing that you can accomplish now will help you, and it will help us too. The Yak board is also a great forum to post any pre-course questions that you may have.

 Submit your child’s final domestic flight itinerary, including:
 Airline
 Flight Number
 Arrival Date
 Arrival Time

Information may be submitted via:
 My Dragons: http://mydragons.wheretherebedragons.com/my.php
 Fax: 303-413-0857
 E-mail: info@wheretherebedragons.com.

If you are unable to submit this information via one of the methods suggested above, please call the office and ask for Shannon, 303.413.0822.

 Review the Packing List
The Course Preparation Manual sent to your home in hard copy, or available as a PDF on MyDragons, details all clothing/equipment required for your trip. If you have a question, please call the Boulder Office or post your question on the Yak board. Other students will likely appreciate the response as well.

Important Details.
 CARRY YOUR PASSPORT ON YOUR PERSON. If you sent us your passport, your instructors will give it to you at the airport. Also, please make sure you have 3 photocopies of your passport (front page only) packed separately in both your checked and carry-on baggage. Your instructors will hold onto one copy on course; you will be responsible for the other two.
 Pack your Lonely Planet guide book, Phrasebook and Course Reader (unless otherwise directed by your instructors). Some groups of students may receive these course materials when they meet the group. If you have any questions, please call the Boulder Office, 303.413.0822.
 We generally recommend students bring cash or a VISA card (Visa is the only card that will work) with access to $50-$75 a week for the duration of the trip. Please do NOT bring Traveler’s Checks. For more details on the specifics of your program packing list, please refer to your Course Preparation Manual.
 We also recommend that students bring a couple photos from home or small gifts to share with their home-stay families and future friends.
 Visit Dragons’ Yak board to double check for last-minute packing instructions/advice from your instructors. The Yak board can be accessed at, http://wheretherebedragons.com/yak-yak/

 Review the Parent Support Kit. Parents, please take a moment to review the Parent Support Kit prior to program departure. This document was mailed in hard copy to your home in a pre-course “Welcome Box”; it can also be found online on your child’s MyDragons account. This document contains an overview of your child’s Dragons experience, a flow chart of your role and relationship to Dragons, detailed information on family expectations regarding student communication, advice from past parents, and FAQs.

 Review Dragons’ Drugs and Alcohol Policy
 In short, the use of alcohol and drugs is strictly prohibited on all Dragons programs. Dragons’ insurance policies, including our evacuation and medical coverage, will not honor claims if drugs and/or alcohol are involved. We cannot accept the risks presented by students’ consumption of drugs and/or alcohol and will terminate a student’s participation if drugs and/or alcohol are consumed at any time during the program, from arrival at the student’s international point of departure to his/her return to the international point of arrival at the end of the program. If a student is asked to return home under these circumstances, the student and his or her family will be responsible for all costs incurred by the student’s early departure, which will likely include a new plane ticket and all logistics required to safely return the student home.

 Review Connecting Travel Instructions
 Read through the remainder of this document with your child. Review all travel steps and make sure that he or she clearly understands the steps required to meet the rest of the group.

II. Day of Departure
 Carry your passport with you.
 Locate the wallet-sized info card with connecting travel instructions and pack it with your passport/boarding pass so that the information is easily accessible.
 Wear your Dragons T-shirt for easy identification! Dragons staff can also be identified by their Dragons t-shirts.

III. Connecting with Your Dragons Group

For Students arriving by Air:
When you arrive at the Miami International Airport, please proceed to Baggage Claim and gather your bags. Once you have retrieved your bags, please walk to Concourse D, Level 2. Once you arrive, look for the rest of your group by the American Airlines ticketing counter. Your Dragons instructors and fellow group members will meet you at 1pm, wearing their Dragons T-shirts. Should you have trouble locating the rest of the group, please call our central Boulder office at, 303.413.0822. We will be on call to help you connect with the group.

For Students arriving by Car:
Please meet your group at the American Airlines ticketing counter in Concourse D, Level 2 of the Miami International Airport at 1pm on June 28th. Your Dragons instructors and fellow group members will meet you at 1pm, wearing Dragons T-shirts. Should you have trouble locating the rest of the group, please call our central Boulder office at 303.413.0822. We will be on call to help you and your family connect with the group.

Should you have any other problems on the day of travel, such as flight delays or cancellations, please call the Dragons office at 800-982-9203 or 303-413-0822 ext 30. The Dragons Admin team will in regular contact with instructors and will be in touch with you as quickly as possible.

IV. After Program Departure

I. Communicating with your Child in the Field
i. The Yak board
Each Dragons group has a dedicated Yak board located on our website. Instructors and students will post notes from the field on their course-specific Yak board throughout the course. While instructors frequently encourage students to ‘Yak’, the course itinerary and/or poor internet connections (while out on trek, in rural homestay villages etc.) may intermittently limit communication. In that vein, we ask for your continued patience and dedicated readership over the course of the summer. We expect news from each program every three days, unless otherwise noted by instructors. To read group updates, click on the Yak Yak button, located on our homepage, or follow the link below:
http://wheretherebedragons.com/yak-yak/

ii. Direct Student Communication
Dragons students will have fairly regular access to telephones and to e-mail. Per the notes in your Course Preparation Manual and Parent Support Kit.

II. Note on Program Itinerary
A basic part of Dragons pedagogy is to maintain flexible and dynamic itineraries so that students and instructors can take advantage of special opportunities that come along, and when necessary, respond to varying levels of group fitness, health and group safety. Program itineraries, though fairly well mapped out, will change throughout the course of the program. If you are following the course itinerary, please refer to the Yak board for any deviations from the proposed itinerary. All updates from the field will be posted here.

III. Emergency Response Protocol
i. Dragons Administrative staff will be on-call 24/7 to respond to emergencies or evacuation needs from the field. Our instructors will be able to contact Dragons US staff at all hours. Parents seeking emergency assistance are asked to contact our office. If no one is available, or if you call outside of regular office hours (8:30-5:30 MST), please leave a message at ext. 30 and we will return your call as soon as possible.

To Call Dragons Office: 303-413-0822 / 800-982-9203 x 30
To E-mail Dragons Office: info@wheretherebedragons.com

ii. If parents intend to travel during the program, please email or fax us a copy of your itinerary with phone numbers for emergency contact. Our fax # is 303-413-0857. Please also note that if you are overseas, you will not be able to use our #800. From overseas call 001-303-413-0822.

Parents, thank you for the support you've given your child in making this opportunity available. Students, thank you for stepping out and joining us; we’re so excited to meet you in person!

Best,

Susie Rinehart
Director
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Airport & Arrival Details

Liza Bayless,Guatemala Summer 6-week

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Dear Dragons Students & Parents 2013, Your journey is right around the corner! This note is full of important reminders. Please take the time to thoroughly read this letter detailing your final departure instructions, as well as your Course Preparation Manual and Parent Support Kit. And some advice: you may have heard about Where There […]

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06/7/13

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Liza Bayless

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    [post_content] => Hey Everyone!

My name's Emma, and I'm a 16-year-old junior from Portland, Oregon. First of all, I'm so excited to meet all of you!

A little bit about myself: I'm really passionate about animals, and I spend a lot of time interning at a veterinary clinic and volunteering at the Oregon Humane Society (I want to be a veterinarian). I also play flute and enjoy learning about science (and Spanish, of course!) and working with kids. In addition, I really like swimming and whitewater rafting.

One of the main components of this program that I'm extra excited about is the language study. I just completed AP Spanish, and although I learned a lot, it's tough to enhance fluency in the classroom. Therefore, I hope to come home from Guatemala more comfortable with the language. I'm also especially excited to hang out with some Guatemalan kids (hopefully), and learn about Latin American textiles.

I've been fortunate enough to participate in cultural immersion travels in both Costa Rica and Peru, and I can't wait to see what this unique adventure brings. :)

Hasta pronto!!

Emma
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Emma Weitzhandler,Guatemala Summer 6-week

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Hey Everyone! My name’s Emma, and I’m a 16-year-old junior from Portland, Oregon. First of all, I’m so excited to meet all of you! A little bit about myself: I’m really passionate about animals, and I spend a lot of time interning at a veterinary clinic and volunteering at the Oregon Humane Society (I want […]

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06/7/13

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Emma Weitzhandler

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Hi! My name is Morgan Solender and I am from Westchester, New York. In the midst of final exams everything seems so hectic but I'm so excited for this summer and I can't wait to meet you all!  So a little about my self... I'm 15 years old and I am currently  a freshman. I love to travel and I am extraordinarily blessed to have a family that shares my passion.  My favorite subjects are biology and of course Spanish!  My absolute favorite thing to do is running. I run cross country, Winter track, and Spring track but my favorite is definitely cross country because I love long distances.  A lot of people ask me why I would ever run and put myself through the inevitable pain but running is all about pushing your boundaries and doing things you never thought you could do.  There's nothing like crossing a finish line of a race.  So thats what I'm doing here.  I'm ready to push my boundaries and try something I never thought I would do.   I can't wait to meet you all!!! - Morgan [post_title] => Hey!!! [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => hey-24 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2013-06-06 21:46:53 [post_modified_gmt] => 2013-06-07 03:46:53 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://wheretherebedragons.com/?p=85680 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [categories] => Array ( [0] => WP_Term Object ( [term_id] => 217 [name] => Guatemala Summer 6-week [slug] => guatemala-summer-6-week [term_group] => 0 [term_taxonomy_id] => 217 [taxonomy] => category [description] => [parent] => 253 [count] => 35 [filter] => raw [term_order] => 12.1 [cat_ID] => 217 [category_count] => 35 [category_description] => [cat_name] => Guatemala Summer 6-week [category_nicename] => guatemala-summer-6-week [category_parent] => 253 [link] => https://my.wheretherebedragons.com/category/summer-2013/guatemala-summer-6-week/ ) ) [category_links] => Guatemala Summer 6-week )

Guatemala Summer 6-week

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Morgan Solender ,Guatemala Summer 6-week

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Hi! My name is Morgan Solender and I am from Westchester, New York. In the midst of final exams everything seems so hectic but I’m so excited for this summer and I can’t wait to meet you all!  So a little about my self… I’m 15 years old and I am currently  a freshman. I […]

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06/6/13

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Morgan Solender

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hi everyone, i'm just introducing myself, my name is cati i'm seventeen i'm going on the 6 week guatemala trip and i'm so excited to meet you all [post_title] => hi [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => hi-20 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2013-06-06 21:45:14 [post_modified_gmt] => 2013-06-07 03:45:14 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://wheretherebedragons.com/?p=85682 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [categories] => Array ( [0] => WP_Term Object ( [term_id] => 217 [name] => Guatemala Summer 6-week [slug] => guatemala-summer-6-week [term_group] => 0 [term_taxonomy_id] => 217 [taxonomy] => category [description] => [parent] => 253 [count] => 35 [filter] => raw [term_order] => 12.1 [cat_ID] => 217 [category_count] => 35 [category_description] => [cat_name] => Guatemala Summer 6-week [category_nicename] => guatemala-summer-6-week [category_parent] => 253 [link] => https://my.wheretherebedragons.com/category/summer-2013/guatemala-summer-6-week/ ) ) [category_links] => Guatemala Summer 6-week )
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acatiana harris,Guatemala Summer 6-week

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hi everyone, i’m just introducing myself, my name is cati i’m seventeen i’m going on the 6 week guatemala trip and i’m so excited to meet you all

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06/6/13

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acatiana harris

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Hola, My name is Sean.  I'll be instructing with Victoria and Ariel this summer in Guatemala. I hope that you have found this an exciting approach to departure! I have certainly noticed my level of anticipation gradually rising. As we get nearer, I find myself spending time with friends, laughing, exercising, and of course, taking care of responsibilities. “Next adventures” have remained as somewhat of a staple in my diet for many years now...what one might refer to as a routine-like absence of routine. After years of strategic planning, I have established a home base in the city of Seattle, flanked by dynamic mountains and endowed with a mariner's spirit. I share this home with an energetic, colorful and progressive community. For years now, I have spent seasons between Southeast Alaska (Wrangell) and Washington State. Wrangell is a relatively small island, shaped like a duck, near the mainland of Southeast Alaska. It is part of the inside passage, which provides relatively comfortable navigation from Victoria, British Columbia to the Yukon. There are approximately 1500 year round residents. Wrangell largely thrived on the timber industry until about 30 years ago, when operations were halted in the southeast of Alaska. The community has nevertheless demonstrated resiliency by exploring a number of alternative markets in the area, such as dry docks for the maintenance of fishing vessels. Another of those markets is Alaska Island Community Services, including the Alaska Crossings outfit, for which I was a guide and instructor during the past several years. We provided wilderness experiences, including outdoor recreation and education, for Alaskan youth from Ketchikan to Barrow (respectively, the southeast corner of the Alaskan panhandle to the Northwest bulge of the Arctic). In Seattle, I certainly wear a different hat, taking on commercial urban forestry work with a local tree company and serving at an independently owned Bavarian restaurant in the neighborhood of Capitol Hill. Although I certainly enjoy the fantastic outdoor access that Seattle provides to the greater Northwest region, I'm enormously fond of the access to arts, culture and urban dynamics. But of course, I didn't grow up in a small town like Wrangell... I'm originally from the south side of Chicago, Illinois. There, I grew up with my parents, a carpenter and a nutritionist, and my sisters. I studied music at the University of Illinois. A student of piano from the time of a wee lad, I became interested in “world music.” Having a sneaking suspicion that musical traditions ran DEEP, I was naturally compelled to dig. Everything from Mississippi blues to Korean Sanjo I found appealing. In my fourth year of study at university, I set-off in a research oriented fashion to learn something about the music of India. There, I studied North Indian Classical music (Hindustani) with my guru, Angara Raja. I was so impressed with his pedagogy and overall devotion to the music that I studied intensively with him for nearly 4 years, while living between India, the USA and S. Korea. My initial visit to India left an indelible impression that has remained with me ever since. As a friend aptly predicted before my first visit to India, “it will get into your blood.”. Upon returning to the states from India, I spent a number of years in the Northwest, working in conjunction with trails associations and the US Forest Service, and eventually guiding wilderness trips. I have always had a healthy curiosity for what lies beyond. From the use of innovative styles of composition in music to trekking through Geumgangsan, the “Diamond Mountains,” of North Korea, my motivating force has seemed to be a fuller experience towards more conscious and heartfelt living. A dear friend of mine referred to this inclination as venturing into the “back of the beyond,” where some type of exceptional, substantive experience takes place. I find this concept encouraging because each individual's “back of the beyond” can be unique. It need not equal Ernest Shackleton's Antarctic expedition or Igor Stravinsky's Rite of Spring. The overall richness of some of the smallest experiences is often times imperceptible. It depends on the grace with which one approaches a genuine challenge. A certain level of poise is attained by treating each challenge as an opportunity, which can be innumerably valuable in achieving a higher quality of life for oneself and one's community. Although attainable with effort, it takes time to carry oneself with confidence and sustained optimism. While so much of its vastness may appear veiled in mystery, Latin America offers an accessibility and openness not only to western hemisphere initiates, but also to anyone who would simply like to get their feet wet in exploration. Although I have spent time in both Central and South America, this will be my first visit to Guatemala. I'm as nervous and excited as the next person! I am also optimistic about the company of a group of courageous individuals who see value in taking the time to cultivate their selves and contribute to the cultivation of others through shared experience. In terms of ocean paddling, whenever a small vessel reaches the distance of a mile or more from any shoreline, we consider it a “crossing.” Crossings are treated with a great deal of respect and consideration, because of the risk that is involved in opening oneself up to such vulnerability. Though it may seem irrational in appearance, we venture out because of some charming, inexplicable ratio of risk and reward. Cheers to the grand crests and troughs of our impending “crossing,” and at least as much to what lies in between. Best, Sean And please feel free to contact me with questions or concerns, sw.sean@gmail.com 206 295 5190 Hasta pronto! 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Sean Kelly,Guatemala Summer 6-week

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Hola, My name is Sean.  I’ll be instructing with Victoria and Ariel this summer in Guatemala. I hope that you have found this an exciting approach to departure! I have certainly noticed my level of anticipation gradually rising. As we get nearer, I find myself spending time with friends, laughing, exercising, and of course, taking […]

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06/6/13

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Sean Kelly

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