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Welcome to Miami!

Sarah O'Brien, Dragons Admin

The South America Semester landed in Miami International Airport successfully! We wish them the safest of travels and a happy reunion with loved ones at home! The Dragons Admin Team...Read More

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Events

Miles, Participant

Yak of the Week

Around the fire one night Luis spoke about what the word “event” means. He’s reached the conclusion that an event is a happening, an intersection of time and space. It can range from the eating of a meal to the span of your entire life to the......Read More

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Composition

Kat, Participant

Both body and fuel composed of dense and aged material. A circular desert, fortified, humans huddle for warmth and light. My thoughts momentarily taken by raging yet soft flames, I find peace. Sitting here, the fire draws me back to the people and......Read More

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Humbling

Slate, Participant

Yak of the Week

The mountains have a special talent for reminding you how small you are, and not in a demeaning way but in a humbling way. Mountains are good at humbling you. Living in a city has created separation between me and nature and until coming on this......Read More

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Transference in La Caleta San José

I-team, Instructor

Queridas familias, Yesterday, April 25, we arrived at La Caleta San José (Arequipa) for our transfer (the last phase of our trip). In just a day and a half, in addition to activities that have helped us to reflect about our trip, we have also had......Read More

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Definitely Go Chasing Waterfalls

Justin, Participant

Yak of the Week

A throwback Yak from our time in the Amazon: The day started like how you expect when living in the RAINforest with Miles, Braiden, and my stuff and tent soaked from the rain. After getting ready for the day and gobbling down another great......Read More

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The Land Before Time (1988)

Spencer, Participant

Yak of the Week

Words spoken in lockstep conversation while climbing upwards endlessly into the sky tend to be of the surprisingly deep sort. Where, I wonder of my own brain, is your endless grace, your Old Man River, your million and one bug bites? Careful, I warn......Read More

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Choquequirao (aka Choquequirwow!)

Instructors, Instructor

Picture of the Week

Hello friends, family, and fellow Peru enthusiasts, I write you now from Urubamba, where the whole crew has settled into homestays as a part of their x-phase plan.  After many weeks of adventure and almost constant movement, we have all been enjoying this new speed, relishing in a routine and the comfort of becoming familiar with a space. It is because of all this adventure and movement that we are a bit behind on sharing stories from our experiences, so I want to tell you all a bit about the trek we just completed. I must admit, after an experience… Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon

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International Return Flight Information

Sarah O'Brien, Dragons Admin

Dear Families & Friends, It is hard to believe that almost three months have passed since your student embarked on this incredible adventure! It won’t be long until students will be boarding their planes back home. We are sure you are......Read More

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Vulnerability Buy-In

Tom, Participant

Yak of the Week

Not a big emotions guy ya know. Don’t like conveyin em. Don’t like talking about em. And that has been pretty satisfactory for me. There are times where I might make a friend and it might go past the surface level, and when that happens, I’m......Read More

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An update and photo from the trek!

Aaron, Dragons Admin

With a rare internet connection from their Choquequirao trek yesterday, the group was able to send through a photo and reports that all is well! They spent last night in Chiquisca and will finish the trek by tomorrow, so we hope for more updates......Read More

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Teatro Trono

Julia, Participant

Teatro Trono was an amazing experience. My only regret is that we weren’t able to spend more time with the amazing people there. They had this collective energy and happiness that was so incredibly addicting and made me feel so much more energetic......Read More

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El Espejo – The Mirror

Walt, Participant

Yak of the Week

I am a skeptic.  I always have been.  Just last week, a few of us were walking about Tiquipaya, sharing thoughts and experiences with hypnosis.  “There’s just no way”, “It’s not possible”, and “it never can happen” were just a few......Read More

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South America: Andes & Amazon

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We are back in La Paz!

I-team, Instructor

Hello families, If we have been a bit silent, it is because we have been on a long, long trip (on buses, walking, on boats) through the Bolivian Amazon. So, we wanted to let you know that we are all well, back in La Paz, recharging energies for our......Read More