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A young arriero leads a mule across fresh snow in the Peruvian Andes. Photo by Benjamin Swift (2016 Fall Semester Photo Contest Finalist), South America Semester.

South America: Andes & Amazon – Group C

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I’m Reid!

Reid Shaffer, Participant

Hi Everybody, My name is Reid and I graduated from Fairview Highschool in Boulder, Co in May. I was born and raised in Boulder and next year I plan to attend Miami of Ohio, where I will most likely pursue buisness. After our adventure in South......Read More


Hey everyone!!

Sophie, Participant

¡Hola mis futuros amigos! My name is Sophie and I’m from Madison, Wisconsin:) I am beyond excited to meet you all in T-12 days!! First off, that’s me on the ground with my friend on my back in the photo, attempting to break-in my sweet new......Read More

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South America: Andes & Amazon - Group C


Electronics Policy

Cat, Participant

Hola estudiantes! We are excited to begin our adventure with all of you. One of the things we want to offer you is a fully present and meaningful experience. For three months, we’re going to unplug to plug in; the world will be our entertainment,......Read More


Staying Healthy on Program

The Instructors, Participant

Dear Students & Families, Travel can introduce health issues that you may not have thought about or considered before. Prior to your departure we wanted to provide you with some information and recommendations about ways you can help to prepare......Read More


Packing Tips

Colleen, Cat, Jesse, Participant

Hola Querid@s estudiantes y familias, Let’s get yakking about packing…. Here are some tips as you prepare for a fall of navigating your way through colorful markets, high Andean passes, and dense jungle. This packing update is meant to......Read More



Molly Grazioso, Participant

Hey everyone! I’m Molly, and I’m from New Jersey (about 35 minutes from NYC). I’m super excited to be joining you all on a gap semester before starting as a “feb” at Middlebury College in February. I’ve enjoyed studying Spanish/Hispanic......Read More


Our Tentative Itinerary!

Jesse, Participant

Dear students and families, We are thrilled to present to all of you our tentative itinerary and thematic focus for the fall semester! We are really excited to visit every single one of the places listed here and we hope you can start to build your......Read More

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Carin, Dragons Admin

Dear Students & Families, As you prepare for the upcoming departure, don’t forget about your pre-course webinar recording! While many of you joined us for the live discussion and Q&A, we also recorded the conversation and presentation so......Read More


Hola everybody

Cat, Instructor

Hi everybody, This is Cat writing form the Guatemalan highlands. I recently went from central Guatemala to the far southwest and from there all the way to almost the other side of the country in the northeastern area. It has been a busy year, 2019.......Read More


Saludos from your Instructor

Jesse, Instructor

Hola a todxs, Bienvenidos a Dragones! ¿Qué onda? Today I am writing you all from my family home on Bainbridge Island, WA in the beautiful pacific northwest. I recently finished a 6 week Dragons program in Guatemala and I am taking some needed......Read More


Un abrazo grande from Colleen

Colleen Dougherty, Instructor

Hola Dragoncitos! As one of your three instructors this fall, I am already dreaming about the many adventures we are soon to share.  I write this with much anticipation and excitement for meeting you all! This year I’ve mastered feeling at home......Read More



David Haffeman, Dragons Admin

Dear fall students and families, Hello upcoming Amazon travelers!  As you are all likely beginning to visit travel doctors and make a plan for vaccinations and medication, we wanted to take this opportunity to provide some additional information,......Read More


Information About Rabies Risk and Inoculation

David Haffeman, Dragons Admin

Dear Andes & Amazon Students and Parents: We would like to call your attention to the rabies pre-exposure inoculation. Please reference your Andes & Amazon Course Preparation Manual for the following information regarding rabies inoculation:......Read More

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A note on social media

Miriam, Dragons Admin

Dear Fall 2019 Travelers, It’s great to see your Yak Board come to life! This is a very exciting time of year for all of us, and while we understand that you’re likely anxious to meet your traveling companions, we have a request for you: please......Read More