Photo of the Week
Photo Title


WP_Post Object
(
    [ID] => 90813
    [post_author] => 26
    [post_date] => 2013-08-25 22:30:14
    [post_date_gmt] => 2013-08-26 04:30:14
    [post_content] => It has been over 2 weeks since we parted ways and returned to begin our own separate paths after our 6 weeks together in Rwanda. It's weird to be on the Yak Board back at home with the high-speed internet, fully loading webpages, and being on my own personal computer instead of in an internet cafe but here I am writing my final Yak. This may be sappy but bear with me and I hope one day when everyone comes back to reflect on this trip through reading the Yak Board, they'll see this post and read my words of thanks.

As the Kinyarwanda begins to slowly slip from my mind and I readjust to living back home, I find myself thinking about the 6-weeks we spent together as one big happy group. I want to take the time to officially thank the group--fellow students and instructors. Thank you for the compassion, discussions, laughs, challenges, support, arguments, smiles, lessons, craziness, knowledge, and friendship. I am truly lucky to have been able to travel with a group as fantastic as our own.

After I said goodbye to those left at the airport when we passed through customs in D.C. and rushed off to catch my connecting flight to finally go home, I found myself stuck in a long security line completely by myself. How funny it was, I thought to myself, that exactly 6 weeks prior to that night, we as a 13 person group (missing Emmy and Rocky of course!) stood waiting to embark on our adventure in a completely new country. We hardly knew each other but we were still chatting, laughing and questioning nervously, each beginning to make our connections that would create our new Rwandan power team in only a matter of weeks. We were already loud and drew the attention of the other travelers standing in line for security and I am sure we all had our turns complaining about the length of the line and the time it would take to get through it. Now I stood there in what comparatively seemed like complete silence and felt bothered. Bothered at what, however, was something I couldn't figure out right away. As the line moved along slowly, the man behind me began grumbling about the amount of time we had to spend waiting in line to get through security and I laughed to myself thinking about how good I now was at waiting after gaining the virtue of patience over the past 6 weeks. I also realized that my new travel companion--the agaseke--was getting quite a few looks from interested travelers but staring at this point definitely didn't bother me after our time in Rwanda. I then realized that it was the silence in the place--not just from the lack of discussion between the other people in the security line--but instead from feeling completely alone with out my fellow Dragons. There was nobody to turn to to joke about how annoyed the other muzungus were for having to wait or to comment on the cuteness of the baby in front of me in line. It hadn't even been an hour and there I was, all alone, exhausted from travel, and missing you guys more than I even knew to expect. Instead of looking at my phone to distract myself--as it seemed everyone else in the place was doing--I looked around me and finally up towards the glass ceiling. Directly above me, only visible to someone standing in this location, I saw a helium balloon that had the words "I Love You" on it. I laughed to myself, realizing that in this horribly tacky way, I knew you all were still with me and I'd remember our adventures for the rest of my lifetime. So thank you, Rwanda Summer 6-Week 2013, for everything. I love you all.
    [post_title] => The Final Goodbye
    [post_excerpt] => 
    [post_status] => publish
    [comment_status] => closed
    [ping_status] => closed
    [post_password] => 
    [post_name] => the-final-goodbye
    [to_ping] => 
    [pinged] => 
    [post_modified] => 2013-08-25 22:30:14
    [post_modified_gmt] => 2013-08-26 04:30:14
    [post_content_filtered] => 
    [post_parent] => 0
    [guid] => http://wheretherebedragons.com/?p=90813
    [menu_order] => 0
    [post_type] => post
    [post_mime_type] => 
    [comment_count] => 0
    [filter] => raw
    [categories] => Array
        (
            [0] => WP_Term Object
                (
                    [term_id] => 215
                    [name] => Rwanda Summer 6-week
                    [slug] => rwanda-summer-6-week
                    [term_group] => 0
                    [term_taxonomy_id] => 215
                    [taxonomy] => category
                    [description] => 
                    [parent] => 253
                    [count] => 75
                    [filter] => raw
                    [term_order] => 12.1
                    [cat_ID] => 215
                    [category_count] => 75
                    [category_description] => 
                    [cat_name] => Rwanda Summer 6-week
                    [category_nicename] => rwanda-summer-6-week
                    [category_parent] => 253
                    [link] => https://my.wheretherebedragons.com/category/summer-2013/rwanda-summer-6-week/
                )

        )

    [category_links] => Rwanda Summer 6-week
)

Rwanda Summer 6-week

View post

The Final Goodbye

Lillian Eckstein,Rwanda Summer 6-week

Description

It has been over 2 weeks since we parted ways and returned to begin our own separate paths after our 6 weeks together in Rwanda. It’s weird to be on the Yak Board back at home with the high-speed internet, fully loading webpages, and being on my own personal computer instead of in an internet […]

Posted On

08/25/13

Author

Lillian Eckstein

WP_Post Object
(
    [ID] => 90153
    [post_author] => 19
    [post_date] => 2013-08-08 17:13:45
    [post_date_gmt] => 2013-08-08 23:13:45
    [post_content] => Hello all! The group has arrived in DC and after final goodbyes, are making their way to their various flights and rides home!

 

Enjoy your loved ones...
    [post_title] => Students have arrived in the states!
    [post_excerpt] => 
    [post_status] => publish
    [comment_status] => closed
    [ping_status] => closed
    [post_password] => 
    [post_name] => students-have-arrived-in-the-states-4
    [to_ping] => 
    [pinged] => 
    [post_modified] => 2013-08-08 17:13:45
    [post_modified_gmt] => 2013-08-08 23:13:45
    [post_content_filtered] => 
    [post_parent] => 0
    [guid] => http://wheretherebedragons.com/?p=90153
    [menu_order] => 0
    [post_type] => post
    [post_mime_type] => 
    [comment_count] => 0
    [filter] => raw
    [categories] => Array
        (
            [0] => WP_Term Object
                (
                    [term_id] => 215
                    [name] => Rwanda Summer 6-week
                    [slug] => rwanda-summer-6-week
                    [term_group] => 0
                    [term_taxonomy_id] => 215
                    [taxonomy] => category
                    [description] => 
                    [parent] => 253
                    [count] => 75
                    [filter] => raw
                    [term_order] => 12.1
                    [cat_ID] => 215
                    [category_count] => 75
                    [category_description] => 
                    [cat_name] => Rwanda Summer 6-week
                    [category_nicename] => rwanda-summer-6-week
                    [category_parent] => 253
                    [link] => https://my.wheretherebedragons.com/category/summer-2013/rwanda-summer-6-week/
                )

        )

    [category_links] => Rwanda Summer 6-week
)

Rwanda Summer 6-week

View post

Students have arrived in the states!

Sarah Byrden,Rwanda Summer 6-week

Description

Hello all! The group has arrived in DC and after final goodbyes, are making their way to their various flights and rides home!   Enjoy your loved ones…

Posted On

08/8/13

Author

Sarah Byrden

WP_Post Object
(
    [ID] => 90123
    [post_author] => 19
    [post_date] => 2013-08-07 18:32:12
    [post_date_gmt] => 2013-08-08 00:32:12
    [post_content] => Warm greetings from Kigali!!!
We would like to update our friends and families about the group flight from Kigali to DC. An hour ago (1am  Kigali time) the group  started the first leg to Istanbul ( Turkey) and we would like to wish them a pleasant flight!

Best
    [post_title] => Group flight update
    [post_excerpt] => 
    [post_status] => publish
    [comment_status] => closed
    [ping_status] => closed
    [post_password] => 
    [post_name] => group-flight-update
    [to_ping] => 
    [pinged] => 
    [post_modified] => 2013-08-07 18:32:12
    [post_modified_gmt] => 2013-08-08 00:32:12
    [post_content_filtered] => 
    [post_parent] => 0
    [guid] => http://wheretherebedragons.com/?p=90123
    [menu_order] => 0
    [post_type] => post
    [post_mime_type] => 
    [comment_count] => 0
    [filter] => raw
    [categories] => Array
        (
            [0] => WP_Term Object
                (
                    [term_id] => 215
                    [name] => Rwanda Summer 6-week
                    [slug] => rwanda-summer-6-week
                    [term_group] => 0
                    [term_taxonomy_id] => 215
                    [taxonomy] => category
                    [description] => 
                    [parent] => 253
                    [count] => 75
                    [filter] => raw
                    [term_order] => 12.1
                    [cat_ID] => 215
                    [category_count] => 75
                    [category_description] => 
                    [cat_name] => Rwanda Summer 6-week
                    [category_nicename] => rwanda-summer-6-week
                    [category_parent] => 253
                    [link] => https://my.wheretherebedragons.com/category/summer-2013/rwanda-summer-6-week/
                )

        )

    [category_links] => Rwanda Summer 6-week
)

Rwanda Summer 6-week

View post

Group flight update

Emmanuel Dukundane,Rwanda Summer 6-week

Description

Warm greetings from Kigali!!! We would like to update our friends and families about the group flight from Kigali to DC. An hour ago (1am  Kigali time) the group  started the first leg to Istanbul ( Turkey) and we would like to wish them a pleasant flight! Best

Posted On

08/7/13

Author

Emmanuel Dukundane

WP_Post Object
(
    [ID] => 90025
    [post_author] => 19
    [post_date] => 2013-08-06 18:29:48
    [post_date_gmt] => 2013-08-07 00:29:48
    [post_content] => I never imagined how hard it would be to leave a homestay. Yet, it has been one of my most challenging moments. From day one, they had taken me in as one of their own. They had me washing the floor, cooking, doing laundry, and taking care of the kids. There was one day when my mother tied my hair up in a cloth so it wouldnt get dirty while cleaning. This was my first realization of how someone can care for someone without even really knowing them. My 4 year old sister would follow me everywhere; I dont know who was more attached. She would latch on to me everywhere I went. She would clap, laugh, and jump up and down whenever I came home from a Dragons meeting. It filled my heart with joy when she would run, yelling "Racheli!", and open my door every morning. The other children were a bit shy when seeing a Muzungu in their house, but by the end we were an unstoppable team. To top it all off, my family didnt speak a lick of english - But that didnt matter cause we would talk to eachother anyway. There is no way to really explain it but we understood eachother. This is why leaving was so hard. Even with the language barrier and the fact that I was a complete stanger, we still all found a unique bond that can never be duplicated. I am still at a loss of words for how I felt when I was with my homestay family. How we acted as if we had been a part of their family before even having met. To think I would end up loving a group of strangers in just a few days. But thats just how it happened and I couldnt be more greatful for the time I was able to spend with them.
    [post_title] => Inzozi Nziza
    [post_excerpt] => 
    [post_status] => publish
    [comment_status] => closed
    [ping_status] => closed
    [post_password] => 
    [post_name] => inzozi-nziza
    [to_ping] => 
    [pinged] => 
    [post_modified] => 2013-08-06 18:29:48
    [post_modified_gmt] => 2013-08-07 00:29:48
    [post_content_filtered] => 
    [post_parent] => 0
    [guid] => http://wheretherebedragons.com/?p=90025
    [menu_order] => 0
    [post_type] => post
    [post_mime_type] => 
    [comment_count] => 0
    [filter] => raw
    [categories] => Array
        (
            [0] => WP_Term Object
                (
                    [term_id] => 215
                    [name] => Rwanda Summer 6-week
                    [slug] => rwanda-summer-6-week
                    [term_group] => 0
                    [term_taxonomy_id] => 215
                    [taxonomy] => category
                    [description] => 
                    [parent] => 253
                    [count] => 75
                    [filter] => raw
                    [term_order] => 12.1
                    [cat_ID] => 215
                    [category_count] => 75
                    [category_description] => 
                    [cat_name] => Rwanda Summer 6-week
                    [category_nicename] => rwanda-summer-6-week
                    [category_parent] => 253
                    [link] => https://my.wheretherebedragons.com/category/summer-2013/rwanda-summer-6-week/
                )

            [1] => WP_Term Object
                (
                    [term_id] => 51
                    [name] => Homestay
                    [slug] => homestay
                    [term_group] => 0
                    [term_taxonomy_id] => 51
                    [taxonomy] => category
                    [description] => 
                    [parent] => 488
                    [count] => 193
                    [filter] => raw
                    [term_order] => 34.1
                    [cat_ID] => 51
                    [category_count] => 193
                    [category_description] => 
                    [cat_name] => Homestay
                    [category_nicename] => homestay
                    [category_parent] => 488
                    [link] => https://my.wheretherebedragons.com/category/program-components/homestay/
                )

        )

    [category_links] => Rwanda Summer 6-week, Homestay
)

Rwanda Summer 6-week, Homestay

View post

Inzozi Nziza

Rache Keating,Rwanda Summer 6-week, Homestay

Description

I never imagined how hard it would be to leave a homestay. Yet, it has been one of my most challenging moments. From day one, they had taken me in as one of their own. They had me washing the floor, cooking, doing laundry, and taking care of the kids. There was one day when my mother tied my […]

Posted On

08/6/13

Author

Rache Keating

WP_Post Object
(
    [ID] => 90026
    [post_author] => 19
    [post_date] => 2013-08-06 18:28:45
    [post_date_gmt] => 2013-08-07 00:28:45
    [post_content] => Being in Rwanda for 6 weeks you tend to learn a little about the people who live here and yourself. Everything that my group and I have learned have either started from curiosity, an awkward moment, or when we were all just laughing. And When thinking about what I have learned I cant help but laugh at everything we have encountered and overcome in this small amount of time.And for future students who decide to come on this amazing adventure (which I highly recommend) I do have a few things that you should know before entering the land of  "a thousand hills".

1. Your laundry is never clean enough for a Rwandan (neither are your shoes)

During my experience with my home stay the one event every one really enjoyed for some reason was when i needed to wash my clothes. It ended up actually being a really great routine. My host sister would come find me and say "wash" and point to my clothes. Which I could take in two different ways. (1) she thought I was extremely dirty and it was her way of saying I needed to get clean or (2) she just wanted to help me because she saw my dirty clothes. Either way my clothes (or maybe me) were too dirty for her and I needed to clean them. Fair enough. So every time I would get my clothes and bring them outside and she would have a bucket ready for me and some soap. And every time I would start to wash my clothes and scrub them and my family would watch me, have a laugh for a little, and then tell me "oya dore". Which means "no look" and would take my clothes and wash them for me because how ever i tried was never really the correct way. My clothes have never been as clean than when my family had washed them. And of course my shoes need to be clean too and  so we take time to laugh at me and then I learn how to clean my shoes. And the process repeated about every other day at my home stay. And I wouldn't have it any other way.

2. Do not grab a goat by its horn it will assault you

Now I know this sounds funny. But this is real life! I know curiosity can take over sometimes. I get that. But from my groups experience (really one of my friends) i truly recommend that you don't attempt this. Goats surprisingly don't enjoy when humans want to touch their horns. So when you're walking back to your home stay and a group of children are following you and you have the urge to grab a goats horn remember this yak. Because if the goats tied up its weapon is the rope so it will run around you angrily and trip you with the rope. Now I know this sounds funny but the only thing that will be running through your head is "my ankles going to break, im going to pass out and these kids will just continue to stare and wont do anything about it".

3. Staring is actually caring (except when you get tripped by a goat)

Do not be alarmed when people are watching you. You are the biggest spectacle anyone has ever seen. People are just wondering what the Muzungu's will do next. Although people look really alarmed at first a simple "Muraho" will change anyone's expression. The grandmas will go crazy for this and don't forget to give them a traditional Rwandan greeting. And with a simple "Muraho" anyone will instantly warm up to you and help you with anything. But I'm not sure how much help you will get if you're lying on the ground with rope tied around your ankles.

4. "Good morning!!! What is my name??"Don't be alarmed when children are yelling this phrase at you they actually don't expect you to have memorized all of their names. They are really asking you what your name is and good morning is appropriate during all points of the day.

5. food mountains

Be warned that at your home stays you will never put enough food on your plate. I have constantly been told "to put more food on your plate" or "eat more" or "more food?". And my host brother has told me that I need to eat more and why food is good for me. After every meal I have been completely stuffed. My families always served me first and told me they gave me the best food. They took very good care of me. But I have learned how to show them that I am full and don't need a third plate of food. I've used the typical rubbing stomach and shaking head. Which could go either way. Sometimes they thought I wanted more... and sometimes I get the much wanted nod of approval. Which means I've eaten sufficient. And once in a while you can pull the I have a small appetite and smile up at them and they will understand. But either way Your plate will be a huge mountain of food.

My adventure in Rwanda has been a very eventful one. And I have enjoyed every second of it. I have plenty of stories to tell when I come home. And I wouldn't change a single thing from this trip. It sure has been a journey.
    [post_title] => Princess Problems
    [post_excerpt] => 
    [post_status] => publish
    [comment_status] => closed
    [ping_status] => closed
    [post_password] => 
    [post_name] => princess-problems
    [to_ping] => 
    [pinged] => 
    [post_modified] => 2013-08-06 18:28:45
    [post_modified_gmt] => 2013-08-07 00:28:45
    [post_content_filtered] => 
    [post_parent] => 0
    [guid] => http://wheretherebedragons.com/?p=90026
    [menu_order] => 0
    [post_type] => post
    [post_mime_type] => 
    [comment_count] => 0
    [filter] => raw
    [categories] => Array
        (
            [0] => WP_Term Object
                (
                    [term_id] => 215
                    [name] => Rwanda Summer 6-week
                    [slug] => rwanda-summer-6-week
                    [term_group] => 0
                    [term_taxonomy_id] => 215
                    [taxonomy] => category
                    [description] => 
                    [parent] => 253
                    [count] => 75
                    [filter] => raw
                    [term_order] => 12.1
                    [cat_ID] => 215
                    [category_count] => 75
                    [category_description] => 
                    [cat_name] => Rwanda Summer 6-week
                    [category_nicename] => rwanda-summer-6-week
                    [category_parent] => 253
                    [link] => https://my.wheretherebedragons.com/category/summer-2013/rwanda-summer-6-week/
                )

        )

    [category_links] => Rwanda Summer 6-week
)

Rwanda Summer 6-week

View post

Princess Problems

Libby Collett,Rwanda Summer 6-week

Description

Being in Rwanda for 6 weeks you tend to learn a little about the people who live here and yourself. Everything that my group and I have learned have either started from curiosity, an awkward moment, or when we were all just laughing. And When thinking about what I have learned I cant help but […]

Posted On

08/6/13

Author

Libby Collett

WP_Post Object
(
    [ID] => 90027
    [post_author] => 19
    [post_date] => 2013-08-06 18:25:50
    [post_date_gmt] => 2013-08-07 00:25:50
    [post_content] => Remember Rwanda

Almost 40 days of strangers. I am in lake Kivu. I am Mexican. I am Pilar, hello, hola.
I feel like Cinderella after midnight. You are walking dirty, tired, carrying a nice big pumpkin, totally alone, and totally, in love. With one glass shoe that makes evidence that every thing that just happened was and is real.

Let me share something:

Agost 2 2013

These are the last days of a good dream, and today all the people sick are gone. Which means there are more blankets , though there are no stars. Sad. Today I am happy, fat and tired. Today, after my chicken soup I close my eyes and fall.

Ok sere honesta, la verdad cuando te dicen hoy vamos a escribir un yak, nose que se espera, asi que a quien sea que este del otro lado de la computadora, te cuento un cuento.  Ahora que estoy a 48 horas de mi partida, lloro. Pero esta bien. Porque ahora he encontrado respuestas que solo me dirigen a mas preguntas, pero el tema evoluciona. Primero, el hecho de mi regreso es un nuevo comienzo. Segundo dentro de hoy en 365 dias estare en Nueva Zelanda, en otro programa, con otras personas, descubriendo otras cosas, siendo y sintiendo. Tercero, el eterno deseo de cumplir una meta no lo cambio pero lo transfomo a amar la meta, y amar el camino que me lleve a ella.  Cuarto, se feliz.  Y siendo honesta nuevamente, Pilar lee esto seguido.

Encontre Africa y ahora no la quiero dejar, porque ella me encontro tambien. Todavia creo que escribire un ultimo yak cuando llegue a mi casa, pero si no, mi querido lector, recuerda Ruanda.

Estoy viva. E igual que Cenicienta, me retiro caminando.
    [post_title] => "Never give up, Jesus is alive"
    [post_excerpt] => 
    [post_status] => publish
    [comment_status] => closed
    [ping_status] => closed
    [post_password] => 
    [post_name] => never-give-up-jesus-is-alive
    [to_ping] => 
    [pinged] => 
    [post_modified] => 2013-08-06 18:25:50
    [post_modified_gmt] => 2013-08-07 00:25:50
    [post_content_filtered] => 
    [post_parent] => 0
    [guid] => http://wheretherebedragons.com/?p=90027
    [menu_order] => 0
    [post_type] => post
    [post_mime_type] => 
    [comment_count] => 0
    [filter] => raw
    [categories] => Array
        (
            [0] => WP_Term Object
                (
                    [term_id] => 215
                    [name] => Rwanda Summer 6-week
                    [slug] => rwanda-summer-6-week
                    [term_group] => 0
                    [term_taxonomy_id] => 215
                    [taxonomy] => category
                    [description] => 
                    [parent] => 253
                    [count] => 75
                    [filter] => raw
                    [term_order] => 12.1
                    [cat_ID] => 215
                    [category_count] => 75
                    [category_description] => 
                    [cat_name] => Rwanda Summer 6-week
                    [category_nicename] => rwanda-summer-6-week
                    [category_parent] => 253
                    [link] => https://my.wheretherebedragons.com/category/summer-2013/rwanda-summer-6-week/
                )

        )

    [category_links] => Rwanda Summer 6-week
)

Rwanda Summer 6-week

View post

“Never give up, Jesus is alive”

Pilar Malo,Rwanda Summer 6-week

Description

Remember Rwanda Almost 40 days of strangers. I am in lake Kivu. I am Mexican. I am Pilar, hello, hola. I feel like Cinderella after midnight. You are walking dirty, tired, carrying a nice big pumpkin, totally alone, and totally, in love. With one glass shoe that makes evidence that every thing that just happened […]

Posted On

08/6/13

Author

Pilar Malo

WP_Post Object
(
    [ID] => 90028
    [post_author] => 19
    [post_date] => 2013-08-06 18:24:27
    [post_date_gmt] => 2013-08-07 00:24:27
    [post_content] =>  
Concisely, I will say, before my sketchy internet fails me once more, I have learned a few things here, and before I go home I'll list some important ones:
1) Empathy is one of the most essential skills you will ever (hopefully) learn.
2) People are so weird. Everyone is this completely unique little universe, and people notoriously forget that about others as well as themselves.
3) There is only so many white carbohydrates you can imbibe.Its a small amount.
4) Having people that support you and care about you is one of the most essential things going about your life.
5) Sometimes you just need another lollipop.
6) You really shouldn't quantify tragedy, or fortune.
7) Goats are aggressive creatures.
8) Always have a sponge and a cup while bucket showering.
9) Everything you do in life is meaningless, but it's very important that you do it.
[post_title] => My Two Cents [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => my-two-cents [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2013-08-06 18:24:27 [post_modified_gmt] => 2013-08-07 00:24:27 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://wheretherebedragons.com/?p=90028 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [categories] => Array ( [0] => WP_Term Object ( [term_id] => 215 [name] => Rwanda Summer 6-week [slug] => rwanda-summer-6-week [term_group] => 0 [term_taxonomy_id] => 215 [taxonomy] => category [description] => [parent] => 253 [count] => 75 [filter] => raw [term_order] => 12.1 [cat_ID] => 215 [category_count] => 75 [category_description] => [cat_name] => Rwanda Summer 6-week [category_nicename] => rwanda-summer-6-week [category_parent] => 253 [link] => https://my.wheretherebedragons.com/category/summer-2013/rwanda-summer-6-week/ ) ) [category_links] => Rwanda Summer 6-week )

Rwanda Summer 6-week

View post

My Two Cents

Deldar,Rwanda Summer 6-week

Description

  Concisely, I will say, before my sketchy internet fails me once more, I have learned a few things here, and before I go home I’ll list some important ones: 1) Empathy is one of the most essential skills you will ever (hopefully) learn. 2) People are so weird. Everyone is this completely unique little […]

Posted On

08/6/13

Author

Deldar

WP_Post Object
(
    [ID] => 90008
    [post_author] => 19
    [post_date] => 2013-08-06 12:06:00
    [post_date_gmt] => 2013-08-06 18:06:00
    [post_content] => Dear Jordan Students & Families,

This weekend marks the end of our Jordan program and students will soon return home to share tales with each of you.

We will have a Dragons Administrator on call for the duration of the travel day and we will be in contact if there are any suspected delays.

We wish all students a great trip home. Please leave us a voice message on extension 30 if you are not able to reach us during office hours. We will be checking our messages throughout the evening.

Sincerely,

BoulderAdmin

To check on the status of the group’s international flight, please refer to:

http://www.turkishairlines.com/en-us/

The students are traveling home on the following Turkish Airlines Flight:

Returning Flight:

August 8th, 2013

Turkish Airlines #815

Depart: Amman (AMM) 4:00am

Arrive: Istanbul (IST) 6:20am

August 8th, 2013

Turkish Airlines #3

Depart: Istanbul (IST) 7:25am

Arrive: New York (JFK) 11:20am
    [post_title] => Return Flight Information
    [post_excerpt] => 
    [post_status] => publish
    [comment_status] => closed
    [ping_status] => closed
    [post_password] => 
    [post_name] => return-flight-information-26
    [to_ping] => 
    [pinged] => 
    [post_modified] => 2013-08-06 12:06:00
    [post_modified_gmt] => 2013-08-06 18:06:00
    [post_content_filtered] => 
    [post_parent] => 0
    [guid] => http://wheretherebedragons.com/?p=90008
    [menu_order] => 0
    [post_type] => post
    [post_mime_type] => 
    [comment_count] => 0
    [filter] => raw
    [categories] => Array
        (
            [0] => WP_Term Object
                (
                    [term_id] => 215
                    [name] => Rwanda Summer 6-week
                    [slug] => rwanda-summer-6-week
                    [term_group] => 0
                    [term_taxonomy_id] => 215
                    [taxonomy] => category
                    [description] => 
                    [parent] => 253
                    [count] => 75
                    [filter] => raw
                    [term_order] => 12.1
                    [cat_ID] => 215
                    [category_count] => 75
                    [category_description] => 
                    [cat_name] => Rwanda Summer 6-week
                    [category_nicename] => rwanda-summer-6-week
                    [category_parent] => 253
                    [link] => https://my.wheretherebedragons.com/category/summer-2013/rwanda-summer-6-week/
                )

        )

    [category_links] => Rwanda Summer 6-week
)

Rwanda Summer 6-week

View post

Return Flight Information

Dragons Admin,Rwanda Summer 6-week

Description

Dear Jordan Students & Families, This weekend marks the end of our Jordan program and students will soon return home to share tales with each of you. We will have a Dragons Administrator on call for the duration of the travel day and we will be in contact if there are any suspected delays. We […]

Posted On

08/6/13

Author

Dragons Admin

WP_Post Object
(
    [ID] => 89918
    [post_author] => 19
    [post_date] => 2013-08-04 11:10:57
    [post_date_gmt] => 2013-08-04 17:10:57
    [post_content] => It's been clear to me all along  that Rwanda is drastically different from my home back in Rwanda, but I think that visiting Akagera National Park was a really eye opening experience regarding this fact. It was a very long day, loading the bus at 4:45 in the morning and remaining there for countless hours, but it was the first time that we were exposed to the savannah of East Africa. On our drive up through the park, the first animal we saw was a warthog, and then a pack of baboons. At first I couldn't even believe my eyes. As a Disney fanatic, I immediately thought of Pumba and Rafiki from the Lion King, as those cartoon characters were the only exposure I had had to these species in my life. At this moment, it all became real.

We continued to drive through the park, observing hippos surfacing from the water and gazelles prancing through the grassy fields. Finally, we arrived at a field as the sun was setting, close to a group of giraffes. It was so indescribably magnificent, and it was so strange to realize that an environment exists in which these majestic and fairy tale-like creatures live. At home, I am accustomed to flat land and abundant squirrels, and I never expected to be just feet away from zebras sitting atop a hill and giraffes nuzzling each other's long necks as dusk's gentle breezes began.

I have experienced much on this trip that I would have otherwise not expected, and for this I am beyond grateful.
    [post_title] => Akagera
    [post_excerpt] => 
    [post_status] => publish
    [comment_status] => closed
    [ping_status] => closed
    [post_password] => 
    [post_name] => akagera
    [to_ping] => 
    [pinged] => 
    [post_modified] => 2013-08-04 11:10:57
    [post_modified_gmt] => 2013-08-04 17:10:57
    [post_content_filtered] => 
    [post_parent] => 0
    [guid] => http://wheretherebedragons.com/?p=89918
    [menu_order] => 0
    [post_type] => post
    [post_mime_type] => 
    [comment_count] => 0
    [filter] => raw
    [categories] => Array
        (
            [0] => WP_Term Object
                (
                    [term_id] => 215
                    [name] => Rwanda Summer 6-week
                    [slug] => rwanda-summer-6-week
                    [term_group] => 0
                    [term_taxonomy_id] => 215
                    [taxonomy] => category
                    [description] => 
                    [parent] => 253
                    [count] => 75
                    [filter] => raw
                    [term_order] => 12.1
                    [cat_ID] => 215
                    [category_count] => 75
                    [category_description] => 
                    [cat_name] => Rwanda Summer 6-week
                    [category_nicename] => rwanda-summer-6-week
                    [category_parent] => 253
                    [link] => https://my.wheretherebedragons.com/category/summer-2013/rwanda-summer-6-week/
                )

        )

    [category_links] => Rwanda Summer 6-week
)

Rwanda Summer 6-week

View post

Akagera

Tamar Meltzer,Rwanda Summer 6-week

Description

It’s been clear to me all along  that Rwanda is drastically different from my home back in Rwanda, but I think that visiting Akagera National Park was a really eye opening experience regarding this fact. It was a very long day, loading the bus at 4:45 in the morning and remaining there for countless hours, […]

Posted On

08/4/13

Author

Tamar Meltzer

WP_Post Object
(
    [ID] => 89919
    [post_author] => 19
    [post_date] => 2013-08-04 08:41:57
    [post_date_gmt] => 2013-08-04 14:41:57
    [post_content] => The group is back in Butare! It is weird to think back a month ago, when we were nervous to walk the streets and had no idea how to function in Rwanda. It is truly amazing how far this group has come, and I am so proud of each and every one of us. I personally feel somewhat at home in this town, maybe because we have spent so much time here. But I find it comforting walking the streets and having small exchanges with various people. As this journey comes to a close, I can't help but to reminisce on the old times and make the comparisons for how far we have come. We are off to Kabuye now to find closure to our adventure and enjoy beautiful Lake Kivu!
    [post_title] => Full Circle
    [post_excerpt] => 
    [post_status] => publish
    [comment_status] => closed
    [ping_status] => closed
    [post_password] => 
    [post_name] => full-circle-2
    [to_ping] => 
    [pinged] => 
    [post_modified] => 2013-08-04 08:41:57
    [post_modified_gmt] => 2013-08-04 14:41:57
    [post_content_filtered] => 
    [post_parent] => 0
    [guid] => http://wheretherebedragons.com/?p=89919
    [menu_order] => 0
    [post_type] => post
    [post_mime_type] => 
    [comment_count] => 0
    [filter] => raw
    [categories] => Array
        (
            [0] => WP_Term Object
                (
                    [term_id] => 215
                    [name] => Rwanda Summer 6-week
                    [slug] => rwanda-summer-6-week
                    [term_group] => 0
                    [term_taxonomy_id] => 215
                    [taxonomy] => category
                    [description] => 
                    [parent] => 253
                    [count] => 75
                    [filter] => raw
                    [term_order] => 12.1
                    [cat_ID] => 215
                    [category_count] => 75
                    [category_description] => 
                    [cat_name] => Rwanda Summer 6-week
                    [category_nicename] => rwanda-summer-6-week
                    [category_parent] => 253
                    [link] => https://my.wheretherebedragons.com/category/summer-2013/rwanda-summer-6-week/
                )

        )

    [category_links] => Rwanda Summer 6-week
)

Rwanda Summer 6-week

View post

Full Circle

Rachel Winthrop,Rwanda Summer 6-week

Description

The group is back in Butare! It is weird to think back a month ago, when we were nervous to walk the streets and had no idea how to function in Rwanda. It is truly amazing how far this group has come, and I am so proud of each and every one of us. I […]

Posted On

08/4/13

Author

Rachel Winthrop

1 2 3 8