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Update from the Instructor Team

West Africa I-Team, Participant

It is hard to believe that we are almost at the end of this grand adventure. The group is now soaking in its final days of reflection in Toubab Dialaw. We often find students journaling, chatting, and giggling while they overlook Senegal’s......Read More

Uncategorized, Indonesia: Community, Culture, & Conservation


Group Safe after recent earthquakes in Indonesia

Jessica A, Dragons Admin

Hello families and friends  of our Indonesia students, I’d just like to repeat that the group is safe in Yogyakarta following two more earthquakes over 5.5 magnitude that struck on the east side of Java and in West Papua. They have one more......Read More


​Deconstructing to Reconstruct

Anna, Arvin, & Rishi, Instructor

Picture of the Week

​Our first week of course has been an art in holding space and sharing light. We have provided one another license to think about intention and self. We have riffed off of one another’s thoughts and that has taken us down roads and up valleys of conversation relating to travel, development, adulthood, family structures, and our spirit animals. Light has been an important thread we have followed. We began our time together settled around candlelight, where we expressed our fears: of not being as present as we could be, of not expressing adequate gratitude to those we care about, of… Read More


Heading to Uttarakhand!

Sarah, Uttara, and Hemant, Instructor

Dear family and friends, After a whirlwind train trip through Jaipur, we are heading up to the far North (Uttarakhand) for the next few weeks. During this time, we will have very limited access to our phones and devices. We hope you appreciate (as......Read More


Welcome to Bhutan!

Jessica Armstrong, Instructor

Family and friends! This is just a short note to announce that the student group is now officially in Bhutan. More Yaks and pics to come, but everyone is safe and sound. This is a funny shot of the team in their almost empty plane.    ...Read More

Uncategorized, HIES Bolivia


Bolivia Bound!

Luis and Itza, Instructor

Hello Students , Families and Friends of HIES! This is a note from your Dragons instructors Itza and Luis to say hello from Santa Cruz! We’re here in Bolivia’s largest city preparing everything for your arrival tomorrow. We’re enjoying the......Read More


Orientation in Kunming

Sara Russell, Instructor

The group has had a full and rich first day. Student reflections are coming shortly! Here’s a quick snapshot of the group participating in orientation activities at Green Lake Park! Spirits are high in the trees are in the beautiful blossom....Read More



Notes from Josh am doing Jenny!

Sara Russell, Dragons Admin

A satisfying and fulfilling day in this trip for all of us would be a day full of hard work, knowledge, and interaction- and that was exactly it today. Starting the day with yesterday’s activities (filing bags with compact soil), the group got the......Read More