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Two Dragons welcome the sunrise with an improvised dance atop the Andes. Photo by Ryan Gasper.

We have parted ways in Cusco – students on their way home!

Dear friends and family,

After a wonderful 3 months in South America, our semester has parted ways at the international airport in Cusco. Students will be arriving in the States early in the morning on May 1st to transition to domestic travel. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Where There Be Dragons office. Students who are continuing on to travel independently in Latin America have returned to spend the night at the same hostel that Dragons uses and trusts in Cusco.

These three months together have been a transformative time for all of us. As you prepare to welcome returning students, we ask for your patience and understanding as they work through the immediate challenge of travel fatigue and the slower process of integrating into a home culture that may now seem foreign through the lens of travels and learning on the other side of the world.

We hope that in the days following your student’s arrival, you can slowly find the time to ask them about their values, beliefs, and huge variety of experiences.Our group thrived in many of the big, structured conversations probing into why the world is the way it is, about social justice, and about how we form communities and treat those different from ourselves, both through our personal actions and through larger, systemic actions. We did so much in these three months, and students have had experiences in an incredible array of cultures, ecosystems, and communities. Often, the biggest learning from Dragons courses comes in the week or month after returning home and experiencing extreme contrast.

Each of your students carries with them a plan they wrote for themselves for their immediate integration and culture shock, and also their goals for the next few weeks and few months. We know you will be supportive as they move forward in the effort of fully integrating their learning into a meaningful life moving forward.

With love and care,
The Andes & Amazon instructors:
Parker, Itzá, and Jeff