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South America: Andes & Amazon – Group B

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South America: Andes & Amazon - Group B


Pre-Course Assignment

Isabelle Wydler, Participant

Eduardo Galeano’s Open Veins of Latin America details the immense violence, racism, and exploitation of the Latin American people and land.  The song “Latinoamerica” by Calle 13 seems to be a response to the history of violence and......Read More



Lia Salvatierra, Participant

helloo! My name is Lia (I am the last to the party oops), and I am almost 18 and from Palo Alto, CA! My summer has been filled by mini California road trips with my friends and family, working at a Greek restaurant and kids summer camp, and a trip......Read More


pre-course assignment

Reeve, Participant

I found the music video and the excerpt to be interesting because they each shed a different light on the same issue: colonization and capitalism taking advantage of the people and resources of Latin America. The excerpt provided an in-depth account......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group B



Carin, Dragons Admin

Dear Dragons Students & Parents, Your journey is right around the corner and we can’t wait to meet you! Below is a reminder about your day-of travel details. Should you need to reach our staff during students’ travel days (both during AND......Read More



Jackson Mangum, Participant

Hey everyone! I’m Jackson from Boulder Colorado, home to the beautiful Rocky Mountains. I am 18 years old and I just graduated high school. I decided to take a gap year and join this program because the thought of jumping right back into......Read More


up dog

Leo Dong, Participant

hey y’all! I’m leo from houston, TX. I’m joining this course as part of my gap year before starting college at UCLA. Currently, I’m working at a juice store (the kind that sells $9 bottles of cold press to suburban moms), and......Read More



Madeleine Loh, Participant

Hey! I’m Madeleine, I’m 18 years old and I’m from Toronto, Canada. I just graduated high school and I’m so excited to finally meet everyone! This trip will be an exciting new start to my gap year before I start at McGill University in......Read More


My Introduction!

Evan, Participant

Hey everyone My name is Evan Getz, I’m 18 years old and from Portland, OR. I am very lucky to live within a few hours of amazing rock climbing, hiking, and mountain biking, all of which I enjoy. I spent the first two months of summer working......Read More



Izzy Nagle, Participant

I’m Izzy from Needham, MA, a suburb about 20 minutes outside of Boston and I am so so excited to meet all of you! I spent my summer as a tennis coach at a day camp which was fun, but very tiring and filled with a lot of crazy kids. Besides playing......Read More


Yak Board Assignment

Owen, Participant

I felt that the excerpt provided a good background of the brutal and exploitative history of Latin America, while the “Latinoamerica” video conveyed the spirit of how many civilians of those countries are still feeling the effects of that......Read More



Piper Ackermann, Participant

Hi Everyone! My name is Piper and I am beyond excited to start our adventure together! I am from Cincinnati, Ohio but to say I was only from Cincinnati would be a great disservice to all the other places I spend a significant amount of time in. I......Read More



Isabelle, Participant

Hi! My name is Isabelle Wydler, I’m from Washington D.C. (or technically just outside of DC).  I’m taking a gap semester before I start college this winter. While it has been weird to see all of my friends leave for/start college in the past......Read More


Intro :)

Reeve Schroeder, Participant

Hello!! I’m Reeve Schroeder, and I live in Great Barrington, MA. I can’t wait to meet all of you in person, but for now, here is a brief introduction. This past summer, I spent one month navigating around Europe. When I wasn’t desperately......Read More



Annika, Participant

Hi! I’m Annika from Oakland, CA. I’m taking a gap semester before starting college in February, and I’m super excited to start Dragons and work on my Spanish, eat new food, spend lots of time in the mountains (and rainforest!), meet tons of......Read More


My Intro!

Gabrielle Narcisse, Participant

Howdy! I’m Gabrielle Narcisse (some call me Gigi), I’m 18, my pronouns are she/her, and I’m from Montclair, NJ (30 min from NYC). I just graduated from high school and decided to take a gap year before starting at NYU Gallatin next fall. This......Read More