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    [post_content] => Dear family and friends of Guatemala students,

Were thrilled to report that the student group has arrived safely in Miami. They are on American Airlines flight #1182. It should take them anywhere between 45 minutes to 1.5 hours to go through customs and immigration. If you're meeting the students at the airport, please arrive around 1PM in order to meet them at the International Arrivals hall.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us the office at 303.413.0822 ext 130.

All the best,

Dragons Admin
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Safe arrival in Miami

Ariel,Guatemala 4-week B

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Dear family and friends of Guatemala students, Were thrilled to report that the student group has arrived safely in Miami. They are on American Airlines flight #1182. It should take them anywhere between 45 minutes to 1.5 hours to go through customs and immigration. If you’re meeting the students at the airport, please arrive around 1PM […]

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07/28/15

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Ariel

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    [post_content] => Hello,

All students and instructors from Guatemala 4 B have boarded their outbound flight to Miami.  For any information about arrival and onward travel please contact the Dragon's office.

Gracias,

Luis Alvarado
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Student Flight to Miami

Luis Alvarado,Guatemala 4-week B

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Hello, All students and instructors from Guatemala 4 B have boarded their outbound flight to Miami.  For any information about arrival and onward travel please contact the Dragon’s office. Gracias, Luis Alvarado

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07/28/15

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Luis Alvarado

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As we wrap up our course on the beautiful shores of Lake Atitlan we asked our students to answer two prompts relating to their experience thus far and their thoughts on returning home. Prompt #1: What is something you haven taken away from this experience in Guatemala? Prompt #2: What do you want your friends and family to know before you arrive home?   Jordan Guatemala has given me so many things, new perspectives, diarrhea, incredible foods and immerse knowledge of a new culture. Unfortunately, many of these things will inevitably fall away, making it important to hold on tightly to the aspects that can really instigate the change in myself and the world around me. The one thing that is the most important to bring home with me is the changed understanding of human connection. People, such as Dona Katarina and Roberto, are willing to share their heartbreaking stories because that is how connections become strong and real. 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Sleep and space are the two things that initially will be most important. Then we can dive into the exchange of experiences that happened while I was gone. Once again, thank you to my family and friends because without your encouragement for me to share and your eagerness to listen the experience does not become truly real, because only when I attempt to share the knowledge I have gained from my trip does it live outside of me and help me make a difference in the world. Isabel From this trip I have taken away a new sense of gratitude. I am not only thankful for the incredible support of my friends and family but also everything that I am so lucky to have in my life. I have loved being a part of this vibrant, different culture but I am so grateful for comforts of home. Working on the farm gave me a new appreciation for food, the system gave me a new appreciation for clean water and how much I have at my fingertips, getting sick gave me an appreciation for my health, and so much more. This trip has opened my eyes and given me a new perspective. Victor On this trip in Guatemala I have learned a lot about what friendship really means. I would never have thought this trip would change my view on friendship. I thought I already knew everything about friendship. This trip has showed me that things you never thought would change are able to change in just a few weeks. So when I come home I want my family and friend to know that I will come back as a more open, honest and friendly person. Julia I feel a little selfish talking about what I've received from Guatemala. I am so lucky because I was given the privilege of hearing stories and experiencing the lives (to the best of my ability) of the extraordinary people here. It was really a gift to be in Guatemala, so I feel selfish to keep on taking things. Apart from what I previously said, Guatemala has given me a strong sense of appreciation. I don't want that to be considered as solely for my things at home. To further explain, I have gained an appreciation for three things. Primarily, I learned to open my mind and heart. I have been able to look outside myself and really feel and attain the knowledge that has be shared with me. Secondly, I learned to accept the people, lives and culture that is not my own. It has been very hard for me to step outside my comfort zone. Often times I was shoved out of my comfortable states, but I have been able to fully accept where I am. Once I finally realized that I needed to branch away from myself and previously conceived ideas of what is good or nice I had the most life changing experience. Lastly, I will be taking a new found appreciation for cultures, people and places all around the world. I have been limiting myself to my own culture. Generally when you only allow yourself to have one view or opinion of a given thing you will never see the gifts of other places. I will be forever grateful for all the things I learned in Guatemala. It will be very difficult to try to explain this trip to the people I will be returning to. This experience was my own and it has changed me in ways I didn't think it could. I wish the people in my life could all have been given this opportunity. Of course I will be sharing my own stories along with the adventures of everyone in this group, but it will never impact the people I hope it could. My family and friends will probably never be able to fully grasp what we have all done. I can't wait to share my stories and new knowledge. Nikki There's something about pushing through things that is so empowering, about taking the pain of the moment and holding on to in for later while ignoring it in that moment. Sometimes work needs to be done and sometimes its harsh, painful work, but somebody's got to do it, and if it's me, I am not weak or delicate or incapable. I have had blisters burst as I swung a machete. I have held my weight in chicken poop fertilizer up a hill and down. I have swung a hoe for hours, developing and raising blisters which sting with each swing, feeling my back ache with each swing up and ribs creak with each swing down. Especially on the milpa in Cotzal, I have learned I have endurance; I've seen it this entire trip. I know I can bare pains. I have no excuses anymore. This isn't to say I will seek it out, but when I struggle during difficult, necessary jobs, I cannot back out because I have the strength to do it, and I have the strength to not crumble. I am strong. My spirit can be headstrong and determined and if I want to achieve something, I can set my mind to it and do it. I miss my home. I am three days away from seeing home and its comforts again. I want to see my dogs and my living room. I miss my parents. I know that once I'm home I'm going to miss Guatemala and everyone that was there, and I know that being home may not feel like being home for a while, but I feel ready to see my family and talk to them. I can't wait to annoy them with my ceaseless talking and hear what my sister has done. I feel like going home to my family will feel natural, save for the reverse culture shock. Sandal-less showers sounds crazy; potable water is a scary idea; cars, wifi and TV sound like fantasies. But I'll be fine with my family. I don't feel ready for friends. I'm ready to see them and be with them, but I feel hesitant to talk. It may change when I'm actually there, but I want to stay quiet and listen for a bit, content to bash in their presence. I don't want a lot of attention unless I express an interest or suggest involvement because I want time to reflect while knowing I still below with the people I trust. Maria Guatemala is a soup and as common sense we always eat the noodles first. In those noodles you will find the most amazing parts of Guatemala. Amongst the things I tasted in those noodles, I would like to take home the joy these people have. Now I am grateful for what I have and for my strength to persevere through difficult time. I wish everyone could experience this soup and know how delicious it is, and how different it is from all the other soups in the world, even though it may not seem like it when you feel like there are only veggies left in the bowl. But then you find those little pieces of noodles underneath them, and everything seems better again. Cyrus Coming home I feel that I am a new person, not all new just changed. I feel like I have a new view on the world. I want to work hard now, because I've seen what I can do. I am now ready to live life to its fullest, ready to learn, ready to crave my hunger for adventure. Not only now do I want to do these things but I feel like I am prepared to. I have the drive to do the things that I really want more than ever before. I want my family and friends to know that my appreciation for them has grown so much and that I have a lot of things to tell them when I get home. I also want them to know that I have so much motivation to succeed that at time it may seem that I have become introverted because of the time I'll be spending alone working on things I want to learn and making myself better. If this happens remind me to take time for you guys because I may become distracted from you by school or trumpet or just the search for knowledge and adventure. Madeline I feel as though I have taken away so many things from Guatemala, its unreal. I have changed so much over the past month. I will take away the joy I see from every person walking down the street and every home on the street. The stories I have heard about the perseverance and determination of the people has taught me to push through myself. I have found, in myself, a new sense of gratitude for my surroundings. I have learned that being thankful for everything in Guatemala helps to make the experience so much better. My mindset changed completely when I talked to Ashley and she told me to not be a prisoner in Guatemala but to take in the beauty and appreciate the experience I have gained here. I have become a new person, with a new outlook on life and a new appreciation of the world around me. When I get back to Houston and back to my home and life, I feel I might need time to really think about what I have experienced in Guatemala and reflect on it. My time here has been the hardest thing I have ever done but it has always been one of the best, most enlightening experiences I have ever completed. I, when I get home, would love to share my experiences with my friends and family, the funny ones, the inspiring ones, the bad ones, but some of them I don't know if I will be able to explain and share with them. Knowing that I am going back to my home, which has kept going without me, is hard because I don't really know what I am going back to. If my friends and family ask questions, I will try my best to answer fully but some things I have experienced here are unexplainable. I really just want my family to know that this experience has changed me forever. Instructor team: Parents, family, friends and loved ones, your Dragon is coming home! These 4 long weeks of limited communication must have been challenging for you. Only occasionally getting a quickly written email or yak. Never truly getting the full picture. When you meet your Dragons student at the airport you're going to have a month's worth of questions and love to share with them. Please do ask them questions and shower them with love but also realize that their trip isn't done. The deepest learning on a Dragons course isn't only in the remote communities like Cotzal or in the company of the many guest speakers we've been blessed to be with. It also comes when students return home. In the days, weeks and years to follow your Dragons student will be processing this experience. They will need your help with this process. Ask them deep questions that go beyond "what was the food like?" But also sometimes just give them space and time to process this experience. Thank you for letting us steal away your son, daughter or friend/loved one for this life changing month. Let them know we are proud of all their hard work and let them know that we are always here for them. 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Los Dragones,Best Notes From The Field, Guatemala 4-week B

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As we wrap up our course on the beautiful shores of Lake Atitlan we asked our students to answer two prompts relating to their experience thus far and their thoughts on returning home. Prompt #1: What is something you haven taken away from this experience in Guatemala? Prompt #2: What do you want your friends […]

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07/27/15

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Los Dragones

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    [post_content] => Dear Guatemala Students & Families,

Next week marks the end of our Guatemala summer program and students will soon be boarding their planes to return home and share their tales of adventure with each of you. We are sure you are anxiously awaiting their arrival!

Below is a reminder of the return group flight information for your reference:

July 28th, 2015
American Airlines #1182
Depart: Guatemala City (GUA) 7:20am
Arrive: Miami (MIA) 11:54am

Should you need any assistance during student travel days, please call our Admin cell phone for assistance: 303-921-6078, or email: update@wheretherebedragons.com.

We wish all students a great trip home!

Sincerely,

Boulder Admin
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Guatemala Return Group Flight Information

Dragons Admin,Guatemala 4-week B

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Dear Guatemala Students & Families, Next week marks the end of our Guatemala summer program and students will soon be boarding their planes to return home and share their tales of adventure with each of you. We are sure you are anxiously awaiting their arrival! Below is a reminder of the return group flight information […]

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07/24/15

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Dragons Admin

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Pictures!

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07/21/15

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Instructor Team

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We have just finished the trek and it was a life changing moment for me. This trip has been challenging and the trek is not excluded from this but this experience has been awesome! Guatemala is beautiful and the people here are truly amazing. I am so lucky to get to meet all the people I have met here and so grateful for this trip. It is so sad to think we only have ten days left, but I am doing my best for last bit of our trip.
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HELLO

Julia Nye,Guatemala 4-week B

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Hey there, We have just finished the trek and it was a life changing moment for me. This trip has been challenging and the trek is not excluded from this but this experience has been awesome! Guatemala is beautiful and the people here are truly amazing. I am so lucky to get to meet all […]

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07/18/15

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Julia Nye

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    [post_content] => We finished the trek which was a wonderful trip for me. Ive really missed backpacking, so this was a welcomed struggle. On the first night, at Siete Pinos, we had Pepian, which was a real treat and on the next 2 nights we had delicious caldo de pollo, which felto so good, especially after the 23 kms of the third day. On the fourth and final day, or today rather, we indulged ourselves with a breakfast of pancakes, eggs, beans, quesadillas Guatemaltecas, and sausage. So good!! Then for lunch, after the last leg of our trek, we had pizza, burgers, and milkshakes. All in all, it was a good taste of home, even though I havent been hating the scrambled eggs, frijoles, tortilla, y platanos that have been served to me. Im actually loving the food, especially the soups, platanos, and new fruits.
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El Sabor del Exito

Emely Lemus (Nikki),Guatemala 4-week B

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We finished the trek which was a wonderful trip for me. Ive really missed backpacking, so this was a welcomed struggle. On the first night, at Siete Pinos, we had Pepian, which was a real treat and on the next 2 nights we had delicious caldo de pollo, which felto so good, especially after the […]

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07/18/15

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Emely Lemus (Nikki)

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    [post_content] => Today we got back from our trek. It was so beautiful and the views were very impressive. It was one of the most challenging things i have ever done but in the end, i so proud of myself and everyone else on this trip. IT was such an adventure to being trekking from one city to another. I cant believe we only have ten days left. Thsi trip has been an unforgettable experience.
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Guatemala 4-week B

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post trek yak

Madeline Coats,Guatemala 4-week B

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Today we got back from our trek. It was so beautiful and the views were very impressive. It was one of the most challenging things i have ever done but in the end, i so proud of myself and everyone else on this trip. IT was such an adventure to being trekking from one city […]

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07/18/15

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Madeline Coats

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    [post_content] => Walking up the rugged hills of Gautemala gave me plenty of time to breathe--and at 10,000 ft I was breathing hard. The views and tranqulity of the hills gave the oppertunity to consider many things about my time in Gautemala, but there was one theme I would continue to circle back around to how lucky I am to see so many different parts of such a beautiful country. Starting in the extremely urban capital, Gautemala City, and leaving for the trek from the small, traditonal town Todos Santos gave me a layered version of Gautemala. I have seen large buildings and small shacks, McDonalds and the smallest family run tortillarias. From this experience I have learned that the country has so many layers that I can only hope to brush the surface in the four short weeks I have in this beautiful country.
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Layers

Jordan Perry,Guatemala 4-week B

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Walking up the rugged hills of Gautemala gave me plenty of time to breathe–and at 10,000 ft I was breathing hard. The views and tranqulity of the hills gave the oppertunity to consider many things about my time in Gautemala, but there was one theme I would continue to circle back around to how lucky […]

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07/18/15

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Jordan Perry

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    [post_content] => Update from guatemala. Despite sore feet and legs, we are enjoying a day of relaxation in Nebaj. I am starting to get excited for the next homestay in Cotzal. The trek was extremely beautiful. going up and down the mountians in the Cuchumatanes range. This trip is treating me great and I cant think of anything Id raather be doing. I have A vry bittersweet feeling about this course Being over so soon. Yeah I miss my family, and my friends. But on the other hand the group can act as both those and I have so much more to learn in Guatemala. Its been a great couple weeks, and Im glad its not over yet!
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Arrival In Nebaj

Cyrus Johnson,Guatemala 4-week B

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07/18/15

Author

Cyrus Johnson

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