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South America: Andes & Amazon – Group B

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The Group Has Landed at MIA

Sarah O'Brien, Dragons Admin

BOA Flight #766 has landed and students are taxiing to the gate. They will soon make their way through customs and be on their way to their connecting travel home. We wish them the safest of travels and a happy reunion with loved ones at home! The......Read More

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En Route to MIA

Sarah O'Brien, Dragons Admin

BOA Flight #766 successfully departed 32 minutes late for MIA. Students are due to arrive at 4:52am EST. You can track the status of the flight here....Read More

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Judaism

Lila, Participant

Something that was really meaningful to me throughout the program was finding ways to incorporate my Jewish identity and practices into my life here. For me, this looked like making Shabbat dinner for my host mom and sister, who had never met a Jew......Read More

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The positives of sickness

Lila, Participant

I first started feeling sick in Qeros Wachiperi, a small indigenous rainforest community in Peru. Qeros was beautiful. Upon arrival, I was amazed by the infinite shades of green trees that stretched as far as I could see. We would sit on our porch,......Read More

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Dear Instructors…

Serafina, Participant

Yak of the Week

Yesterday during transference, after we sat with eyes closed remembering each part of this trip that has so quickly flown by, the instructors asked us to reflect on a moment, place, or person that was particularly meaningful to us for our last yak.......Read More

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Hermanos

Rory, Participant

I felt it that second day in Perú. Running up the steps to breakfast, anxiously excited for the delicious food that awaited me, I heard a voice say “¿Cómo estás?”. That was odd, I thought, it was the voice of someone I didn´t know. Why......Read More

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The End

Kashius, Participant

I am sitting here in Bolivia in a beautiful garden overlooking a small mountain town. Here I am, I’ve come so far, done so much, made so many connections, had so many experiences. This is the end. Walking through the airports and ridding our first......Read More

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Stickers!

Emmanuel and Justin, Participant

At home, I have a water bottle that I started filling with stickers, and I brought it on this trip thinking that, for a few months, I wouldn’t be able to add any more. I was definitely wrong. Over the course of this program, my collection has......Read More

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Final thoughts

Alex, Participant

This is a difficult reflection to write. The number of experiences, adventures, and lessons I have encountered has left me with so much to process. This program constantly made me feel comfortable knowing that there was always so, etching new and......Read More

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Thank you Families

Galen and Arim, Participant

My heart was racing as we sat in the back patio of a small restaurant in Urubamba, Peru. I was so nervous to leave the group for the first time, and move in with a family of strangers. The language barrier and cultural differences made the awkward......Read More

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The Natural World

Luke, Participant

Being born in Colorado, I’ve always had a strong appreciation for nature and all it gives me. But this trip has brought to light the real and deep place nature has in my heart and mind. On this trip, we unfortunately only got to do one trek, but......Read More

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Transference & Goodbyes

I-team, Instructor

Hola Familias, After weeks in the amazon, afternoons spent trying new foods, engaging in challenging discussions and evenings of togetherness, our program is coming to an end. As we spend our last few days in transference we are given the......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon – Group B

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The Dark Side of the Moon

Will, Participant

By far, the most impactful, engaging, and enjoyable thing from the trip for me was the experiences we had in the silver mines and the mint museum of Potosí. They were not only extremely fascinating and novel, but they also showed me a drastically......Read More