Photo of the Week
Photo Title

Recent Posts


WP_Post Object
(
    [ID] => 142577
    [post_author] => 2
    [post_date] => 2016-05-24 13:15:19
    [post_date_gmt] => 2016-05-24 19:15:19
    [post_content] => Hi, my name is Sydney Gradeff. I just wanted to introduce myself and say that I am looking forward to a great summer with you all! I just went to China for a week and I loved it, and I'm excited to go back!
    [post_title] => Hi!
    [post_excerpt] => 
    [post_status] => publish
    [comment_status] => open
    [ping_status] => open
    [post_password] => 
    [post_name] => hi-143
    [to_ping] => 
    [pinged] => 
    [post_modified] => 2016-05-24 13:15:19
    [post_modified_gmt] => 2016-05-24 19:15:19
    [post_content_filtered] => 
    [post_parent] => 0
    [guid] => https://www.wheretherebedragons.com/blog/
    [menu_order] => 0
    [post_type] => post
    [post_mime_type] => 
    [comment_count] => 0
    [filter] => raw
    [categories] => Array
        (
            [0] => WP_Term Object
                (
                    [term_id] => 559
                    [name] => SUMMER: China Language Intensive 6-Week
                    [slug] => summer-2016-china-language-6-week
                    [term_group] => 0
                    [term_taxonomy_id] => 559
                    [taxonomy] => category
                    [description] => 
                    [parent] => 536
                    [count] => 7
                    [filter] => raw
                    [term_order] => 0
                    [object_id] => 142577
                    [cat_ID] => 559
                    [category_count] => 7
                    [category_description] => 
                    [cat_name] => SUMMER: China Language Intensive 6-Week
                    [category_nicename] => summer-2016-china-language-6-week
                    [category_parent] => 536
                    [link] => https://www.wheretherebedragons.com/category/summer-2016/summer-2016-china-language-6-week/
                )

        )

    [category_links] => SUMMER: China Language Intensive 6-Week
)

SUMMER: China Language Intensive 6-Week

View post

Hi!

sgradeff,SUMMER: China Language Intensive 6-Week

Description

Hi, my name is Sydney Gradeff. I just wanted to introduce myself and say that I am looking forward to a great summer with you all! I just went to China for a week and I loved it, and I’m excited to go back!

Posted On

05/24/16

Author

sgradeff

WP_Post Object
(
    [ID] => 142578
    [post_author] => 2
    [post_date] => 2016-05-23 17:51:00
    [post_date_gmt] => 2016-05-23 23:51:00
    [post_content] => 

Hola todos!

Wow. My heart is pounding in my chest right now just imagining meeting you in less than one month to begin our journey through the unforgettable Andes together. Our trip will be a magical and eye-opening one! So get ready for a new chapter of your life, as we will learn about ourselves, each other and the riches of Peru.

After having lived in Spain, Costa Rica, Mexico and Puerto Rico, (approximately 7 months in each location), I lived in Peru for two years. My first 7 months in Peru were spent living in the Sacred Valley, Urubamba then in Cusco for the remainder of my time. I had a unique life, unfamiliar to most travelers and unbelievable even still for me when I think back to my time in this wonderful country!

There was never a dull day, starting my mornings with the sounds of chickens, cows, pigs with people and huayno music in the air. Bright skies ushering in clouds that covered the hot sun or the downpour of rain, and the fresh Andean air filling my lungs. Being in Peruvian communities, surrounded by these sounds and seeing all around you mountains can make you feel like you are in a perpetual dream.

I have always been involved on some level with teaching throughout the years. At a very young age, I began teaching gymnastics and tumbling at the local YMCA. To date, I have worked as a Spanish teacher, a Study Abroad Coordinator and educator, a Before School Caretaker, and a Private Tutor. Teaching and learning are two of my biggest priorities in life, and I really can’t wait to get to know you during this adventure. Additionally, my love for nature continues to grow as I pursue work as a Dragons instructor, a truly exceptional organization that supports sustainable travel without compromising the wellbeing of the environment they work in. This trip means a great deal to me and I anticipate on growing with you during our treks, home stays, and the course learning projects that my co-instructors and I are in the midst of planning.

I teach meditation, slow burn and yin yoga- so when we feel exhausted or sore, I can step in to help. Other passions of mine are music and dance. I've been Latin dancing for many years and love salsa, bachata, cumbia, merengue, and most recently, kizomba. You can consider me an easy-going person that you can be yourself around...no matter how weird or goofy that might be! Let's share dance moves, sing and take a break to practice a bit of yoga!

If you have questions about anything, please don't hesitate to reach out to me.

All my best,

Tavita "Cachetoncita" Trulson

[post_title] => Here we GO! [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => here-we-go-9 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2016-05-23 17:51:00 [post_modified_gmt] => 2016-05-23 23:51:00 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.wheretherebedragons.com/blog/ [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [categories] => Array ( [0] => WP_Term Object ( [term_id] => 565 [name] => SUMMER: Peru 4-Week [slug] => summer-2016-peru-4-week [term_group] => 0 [term_taxonomy_id] => 565 [taxonomy] => category [description] => [parent] => 536 [count] => 10 [filter] => raw [term_order] => 0 [object_id] => 142578 [cat_ID] => 565 [category_count] => 10 [category_description] => [cat_name] => SUMMER: Peru 4-Week [category_nicename] => summer-2016-peru-4-week [category_parent] => 536 [link] => https://www.wheretherebedragons.com/category/summer-2016/summer-2016-peru-4-week/ ) ) [category_links] => SUMMER: Peru 4-Week )

SUMMER: Peru 4-Week

View post

Here we GO!

Tavia Lindquist Trulson,SUMMER: Peru 4-Week

Description

Hola todos! Wow. My heart is pounding in my chest right now just imagining meeting you in less than one month to begin our journey through the unforgettable Andes together. Our trip will be a magical and eye-opening one! So get ready for a new chapter of your life, as we will learn about ourselves, […]

Posted On

05/23/16

Author

Tavia Lindquist Trulson

WP_Post Object
(
    [ID] => 142587
    [post_author] => 2
    [post_date] => 2016-05-23 17:49:33
    [post_date_gmt] => 2016-05-23 23:49:33
    [post_content] => 

Greetings Students and Families,

Finally, the moment you have all been waiting for: our itinerary! The instructor team has been hard at work dreaming up a course that will give us a deep experience of the culture, landscape, and religious traditions of North India, and below you will find the fruits of our collective envisioning. Please note that this itinerary is tentative, and may change depending on student needs and interests.

We couldn’t be more excited to embark on our yaatra together! (In Hindi, the word yaatra — यात्रा — can be translated as “trip,” “journey,” or “pilgrimage.”) As always, please feel free to reach out to us with any questions whatsoever. The Field Notes board is a great place to post a query about packing or anything else on your mind. Also, be prepared for a phone call from Caitlin, Matt, or Rebecca in the coming weeks. We’ll be getting in touch with you to get to know you a little before we leave, and to chat about preparation for the summer.

Cheers and light,

Rebecca, Matt, Saurabh, and Caitlin

༓༓༓

• June 28th: Everyone on the group flight will meet Caitlin at Newark International Airport at 4:00 p.m. Our flight to India leaves at 9:45 p.m.

• June 29th: After traversing oceans and hemispheres, we will arrive in New Delhi International airport at 9:30 p.m. Saurabh, Rebecca, and Matt will meet us at the airport with taxis to take us to the Tibetan Settlement in Delhi. Finally our sangha unites! We will stay in the Eastern Guesthouse, which is run by a couple of kind Tibetan monks.

• June 30th: The day will be spent exploring Delhi and getting our bearings in India. We will visit the Tibet House in Delhi and explore the historic Lodi Gardens. In the evening we will make our way back to the Tibetan Settlement, where we will eat dinner and then catch our all-night bus to Himachal Pradesh.

• July 1st-3rd: Our bus will take us to Mandi, where Jeeps will pick us up and ferry us to Tso Pema, our orientation site. The village of Tso Pema (also known as Rewalsar) surrounds a beautiful lake that is sacred to Hindus, Buddhists, and Sikhs. We will stay in the Drikung Kagyu Monastary on the lakeside, and spend our time getting to know each-other, learning about India and Tibetan culture, and setting our intentions for the course.

• July 4th – 7th: From Tso Pema we will travel by jeep to Bir, where we will spend four days Deer Park Institute (http://deerpark.in). Here we will delve into Buddhist philosophy and meditation techniques. During this time we will have the great fortune of receiving Dharma lessons from Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche, a renowned Buddhist scholar and filmmaker.

• July 8th – July 12th: During our five days based in Dharamsala students will stay with Tibetan refugee host families. We will spend our days meeting with activists, poets, monks, Tibetan doctors, and more. We will also have the chance to volunteer our time for a local NGO called LHA (http://www.lhasocialwork.org), visit the Tibetan Government in Exile, and learn some Tibetan language.

• July 13th: On July 13th we will embark on an iconic Indian train from Himachal Pradesh to Delhi, where we will catch our flight to Ladakh the following morning.

• July 14th-20th: On the 14th, we have a morning flight from Delhi to Kushot Bakula Rinpoche Airport in Leh, one of the highest airports in the world! Our first week in Ladakh will be spent based at an incredible, radical school called SECMOL, which is located on the banks of the Indus river. It will be important to take it easy in order to acclimate to Ladakh’s rarefied atmosphere, but this time will include a fascinating introduction to Ladakh. We will work with students on SECMOL’s sustainable campus, help with English conversation classes, and make day-trips to visit Buddhist monasteries and a mosque, as well as a traditional Oracle! We will also reflect on our journey thus far in our mid-course evaluations.

• July 20th – 23rd: From SECMOL we will transition to our rural homestay in the village of Takmachik. This is the home village of the amazing Thinlas Chorol (https://www.wheretherebedragons.com/staff/thinlas-chorol/). Thinlas, the founder of the Ladakhi Women’s Trekking Company, will be our guide during our village stay and the trek that follows. Takmachik is a remote village far off the tourist track, and is a great example of traditional Ladakhi culture and architecture. Here we will have a chance to immerse ourselves in the slow pace of village life and help with seasonal fieldwork.

• July 24th: After our village stay we will travel to Lamayuru, an incredible Buddhist monastery that was built in the 11th century. An ancient Buddhist master is said to have magically drained a lake to make way for Lamayuru’s construction — the surrounding landscape is a jaw-dropping moonscape of mountains and valleys.

• July 25th – 31st: After having ten days in Ladakh to acclimate we are ready to ascend on foot into the beautiful mountains of the Himalaya. Well off the beaten track, our route from Lamayuru to Rong Dho traverses an incredible diversity of geography and village life.

• August 1st: After our trek we will have a transition day in a Leh guesthouse to shower, rest, and reflect.

• August 2nd – 5th: To conclude our time in Ladakh, we will have a chance to partake in the seasonal apricot harvest in the village of Likir. Together with villagers, we will pick apricots, process apricots, and make traditional Ladakhi apricot preserves. Simultaneously, we will celebrate the ‘fruits’ of our time in India and prepare to bring this experience home with us.

• August 6th - 7th: Our flight back to New Delhi leaves from Leh in the morning of the 6th. We will spend the days of the 6th and 7th in staying in central Delhi exploring religious and historical sights. We will bid this colorful country ado when our flight home leaves Delhi at 11:35 p.m. on the night of the 7th.

• August 8th: We arrive in Newark at 5:10 a.m. This is the beginning :-)

[post_title] => ༄༄་ང་ཚའི་གནས་འཇལ།། (Our Journey) [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => %e0%bc%84%e0%bc%84%e0%bc%8b%e0%bd%84%e0%bc%8b%e0%bd%9a%e0%bd%a0%e0%bd%b2%e0%bc%8b%e0%bd%82%e0%bd%93%e0%bd%a6%e0%bc%8b%e0%bd%a0%e0%bd%87%e0%bd%a3%e0%bc%8d%e0%bc%8d-our-journey-2 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2016-05-23 17:49:33 [post_modified_gmt] => 2016-05-23 23:49:33 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.wheretherebedragons.com/blog/ [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [categories] => Array ( [0] => WP_Term Object ( [term_id] => 553 [name] => SUMMER: North India 6-Week [slug] => summer-2016-north-india-6-week [term_group] => 0 [term_taxonomy_id] => 553 [taxonomy] => category [description] => [parent] => 536 [count] => 9 [filter] => raw [term_order] => 0 [object_id] => 142587 [cat_ID] => 553 [category_count] => 9 [category_description] => [cat_name] => SUMMER: North India 6-Week [category_nicename] => summer-2016-north-india-6-week [category_parent] => 536 [link] => https://www.wheretherebedragons.com/category/summer-2016/summer-2016-north-india-6-week/ ) ) [category_links] => SUMMER: North India 6-Week )
View post

༄༄་ང་ཚའི་གནས་འཇལ།། (Our Journey)

Instructor Team,SUMMER: North India 6-Week

Description

Greetings Students and Families, Finally, the moment you have all been waiting for: our itinerary! The instructor team has been hard at work dreaming up a course that will give us a deep experience of the culture, landscape, and religious traditions of North India, and below you will find the fruits of our collective envisioning. Please […]

Posted On

05/23/16

Author

Instructor Team

WP_Post Object
(
    [ID] => 142540
    [post_author] => 2
    [post_date] => 2016-05-23 13:49:12
    [post_date_gmt] => 2016-05-23 19:49:12
    [post_content] => 

Dear comrades,

A decade ago I stood in your shoes. Sixteen-years-old, with all the excitement of the unknown bubbling up from underneath the undeniable knot in my stomach, I teetered on the edge of adventure, like you, about to take the plunge.  In my case, the leap was a year as a high school exchange student in the ancient city of Istanbul, Turkey. Packing up my suitcase, I said goodbye to my small Alaskan hometown and ventured forth into the bustling streets of a city of 16 million. To this day, I maintain that my choice to learn and travel abroad at a young age was the best and most influential decision I have ever made. That choice, much like yours to join us this summer, opened my eyes to the power of cross-cultural connection, and instilled in me lessons of self-confidence, humility, and compassion that have guided and defined the rest of my life.

The love for people and cultures I discovered while traveling drew me to the study of History in college, as I strove to understand the world through its stories. However, at the end of each school year I left feeling unbalanced and sapped. With a brain weary from learning, I would escape the hustle and bustle of New England and return home to Alaska to join family and friends in the commercial salmon fishery. There, afloat on the ocean, with salty lips and cracked hands, I was at peace. Working most recently as part of an all-women crew, I’ve spent my past 11 summers riding the currents along the remote shores of Alaska’s harsh and beautiful coastline harvesting its rich and vibrant wild resources.

After my college graduation, I was awarded a Watson Fellowship, a grant that allowed me to combine my passions, and explore my love for the ocean, its power and its people, in places new to me. Traveling independently I voyaged to the remote shores of New Zealand, Madagascar, Northern Norway, the Faroe Islands, and finally, Indonesia. It was the latter, abuzz with mystery, which captured my curiosity and my heart. In Indonesia I found myriad languages, religions, ethnicities, and traditions jumbled and perched upon thousands of islands, surrounded, separated, and intertwined by the sea. It was complex. It was fascinating. I was hooked.

The four months of learning I did while living with the traditional whale hunters of Lamalera and the Bajo seafarers of Wakatobi opened my eyes to the ways in which culture and community are shaped by our natural environments. From these gracious, warmhearted experts I learned how to check a fish trap, pop corn over a whale-blubber fire, and carve out a dugout canoe. The parallels I found in these maritime communities caused me to think deeply about how my own culture has been shaped by landscape and seascape: lessons that I hold dear to me and am passionate about sharing.

Needless to say, I am thrilled at the chance to return with you this summer to this vibrant and verdant archipelago. To dig deep below the surface, to ask the questions that jump at us, and engage with the answers. To encounter the people, the creatures, and the stories, which make this watery corner of the world so unique. I hope to meet you there with wide-eyes, curious minds, and open hearts. I promise you, we will find treasures to fill them all.

Sampai jumpa,

Lindsay

[post_title] => Letter of Introduction [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => letter-of-introduction-20 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2016-05-23 13:49:12 [post_modified_gmt] => 2016-05-23 19:49:12 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.wheretherebedragons.com/blog/ [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [categories] => Array ( [0] => WP_Term Object ( [term_id] => 557 [name] => SUMMER: Indonesia [slug] => summer-2016-indonesia [term_group] => 0 [term_taxonomy_id] => 557 [taxonomy] => category [description] => [parent] => 536 [count] => 6 [filter] => raw [term_order] => 0 [object_id] => 142540 [cat_ID] => 557 [category_count] => 6 [category_description] => [cat_name] => SUMMER: Indonesia [category_nicename] => summer-2016-indonesia [category_parent] => 536 [link] => https://www.wheretherebedragons.com/category/summer-2016/summer-2016-indonesia/ ) ) [category_links] => SUMMER: Indonesia )
View post

Letter of Introduction

Lindsay Olsen,SUMMER: Indonesia

Description

Dear comrades, A decade ago I stood in your shoes. Sixteen-years-old, with all the excitement of the unknown bubbling up from underneath the undeniable knot in my stomach, I teetered on the edge of adventure, like you, about to take the plunge.  In my case, the leap was a year as a high school exchange […]

Posted On

05/23/16

Author

Lindsay Olsen

WP_Post Object
(
    [ID] => 142552
    [post_author] => 2
    [post_date] => 2016-05-23 13:02:53
    [post_date_gmt] => 2016-05-23 19:02:53
    [post_content] => More photos from the homestay party!
    [post_title] => Transference (photos continued...)
    [post_excerpt] => 
    [post_status] => publish
    [comment_status] => open
    [ping_status] => open
    [post_password] => 
    [post_name] => transference-photos-continued-2
    [to_ping] => 
    [pinged] => 
    [post_modified] => 2016-05-23 13:02:53
    [post_modified_gmt] => 2016-05-23 19:02:53
    [post_content_filtered] => 
    [post_parent] => 0
    [guid] => https://www.wheretherebedragons.com/blog/
    [menu_order] => 0
    [post_type] => post
    [post_mime_type] => 
    [comment_count] => 0
    [filter] => raw
    [categories] => Array
        (
            [0] => WP_Term Object
                (
                    [term_id] => 107
                    [name] => Princeton Bridge Year Senegal 2015-16
                    [slug] => princeton-bridge-year-senegal-2015-16
                    [term_group] => 0
                    [term_taxonomy_id] => 107
                    [taxonomy] => category
                    [description] => 
                    [parent] => 263
                    [count] => 76
                    [filter] => raw
                    [term_order] => 4
                    [object_id] => 142552
                    [cat_ID] => 107
                    [category_count] => 76
                    [category_description] => 
                    [cat_name] => Princeton Bridge Year Senegal 2015-16
                    [category_nicename] => princeton-bridge-year-senegal-2015-16
                    [category_parent] => 263
                    [link] => https://www.wheretherebedragons.com/category/princeton-bridge-year/princeton-bridge-year-senegal-2015-16/
                )

        )

    [category_links] => Princeton Bridge Year Senegal 2015-16
)
View post

Transference (photos continued…)

I-Team,Princeton Bridge Year Senegal 2015-16

Description

More photos from the homestay party!

Posted On

05/23/16

Author

I-Team

WP_Post Object
(
    [ID] => 142358
    [post_author] => 2
    [post_date] => 2016-05-23 12:55:34
    [post_date_gmt] => 2016-05-23 18:55:34
    [post_content] => As my days in Senegal are “burriaatul” (no longer a lot), the questions I receive most are along the lines of “Do you want to go?” “Do you want to stay?” “What do you miss? Do you miss your family?” To all those questions: Yes. I want to go. I want to stay longer. I miss my family, but that isn’t to say that I won’t miss my family here too. A question that I’ve gotten since we’ve first arrived but I’ve had enough experience to honestly think about is “Which do you prefer: Senegal or the US?” Given that most of the people who ask me this are from Senegal, my knee-jerk reaction is to say of course that Senegal is certainly much better than the US. However most people you ask in Senegal will tell you Senegal isn’t a very great place. I discussed with my older cousin his thoughts on why I- and other American students- consistently say I prefer Senegal. We both agreed that it has something to do with the sense of newness. That each day is different and you wake up not knowing what to expect by the end of the day. While initially that was very much the case, but the longer I’ve been here the more I come to love it. For me it’s a variety of things: a sense of liberty, an evasion of impending responsibilities, a chance to learn somethings completely new, making new friends, but most of all the sense of community.
In ways, Yoff (our neighborhood in the capital of Dakar) is a bit of a safe haven in a busy city. This is not so say, that it’s the only place in Dakar like this but neighbors all know each other, and even borrow each other’s kitchen materials. Wherever you go, you can strike up conversation with people you’ve never met before and might not see again. People will offer old ladies their seat on the bus. The feeling of complete safety, and familiarity is one that I haven’t felt in a long time, in fact since my family moved from a town of approximately 5,000 people in the middle of Iowa.
As my older sister said: “Senegalese people like to be in the alleys”. That’s where conversation happens, that’s where children play, and it’s where old men sit out and sunbathe, drinking tea from small glass cups. It’s simply where the neighborhood comes together.
I know when I leave Senegal this is what I’ll miss the most. Even as there are some days where I don’t feel like chit chatting, that fact that there is always someone who will spare their time for you, and most days when I come in the house there’s a smiling face to greet me means a lot coming from a country where “time is money”.
    [post_title] => End of the Year thoughts
    [post_excerpt] => 
    [post_status] => publish
    [comment_status] => open
    [ping_status] => open
    [post_password] => 
    [post_name] => end-of-the-year-thoughts
    [to_ping] => 
    [pinged] => 
    [post_modified] => 2016-05-23 12:55:34
    [post_modified_gmt] => 2016-05-23 18:55:34
    [post_content_filtered] => 
    [post_parent] => 0
    [guid] => https://www.wheretherebedragons.com/blog/
    [menu_order] => 0
    [post_type] => post
    [post_mime_type] => 
    [comment_count] => 0
    [filter] => raw
    [categories] => Array
        (
            [0] => WP_Term Object
                (
                    [term_id] => 107
                    [name] => Princeton Bridge Year Senegal 2015-16
                    [slug] => princeton-bridge-year-senegal-2015-16
                    [term_group] => 0
                    [term_taxonomy_id] => 107
                    [taxonomy] => category
                    [description] => 
                    [parent] => 263
                    [count] => 76
                    [filter] => raw
                    [term_order] => 4
                    [object_id] => 142358
                    [cat_ID] => 107
                    [category_count] => 76
                    [category_description] => 
                    [cat_name] => Princeton Bridge Year Senegal 2015-16
                    [category_nicename] => princeton-bridge-year-senegal-2015-16
                    [category_parent] => 263
                    [link] => https://www.wheretherebedragons.com/category/princeton-bridge-year/princeton-bridge-year-senegal-2015-16/
                )

        )

    [category_links] => Princeton Bridge Year Senegal 2015-16
)
View post

End of the Year thoughts

Sharon Musa,Princeton Bridge Year Senegal 2015-16

Description

As my days in Senegal are “burriaatul” (no longer a lot), the questions I receive most are along the lines of “Do you want to go?” “Do you want to stay?” “What do you miss? Do you miss your family?” To all those questions: Yes. I want to go. I want to stay longer. I […]

Posted On

05/23/16

Author

Sharon Musa

WP_Post Object
(
    [ID] => 141889
    [post_author] => 2
    [post_date] => 2016-05-23 12:53:16
    [post_date_gmt] => 2016-05-23 18:53:16
    [post_content] => For more than six months now, I have been a member of the Senegalese theater organization "NitThéâtre," which literally translates as "People's Theater." With our dynamic and constantly shifting team of young artists, we have put on a number of projects since last Fall, and each one has been more engaging than the last. I think my work with the troupe reached its apotheosis last week, when we executed our long-in-the-works project "Le Marathon de Lecture (The Reading Marathon)."

 

The idea of the project was simple: throughout the week, a shifting team of actors, authors, and volunteers held events in schools and at cultural centers throughout Dakar in which we presented excerpts from great works of literature, much of it hailing from Senegal or West Africa. As a member of the team, I had the privilege of organizing and taking part in many of these events. Throughout the week, I and the other team-members went into schools--ranging in level from elementary school to university--and lead workshops with students focusing on the importance of reading and the particular vitality of the West African literary tradition. In addition, I took part in numerous public events at theaters and cultural centers in which we invited engaged audience members (frequently professionals of theater and literature themselves) to join us onstage to share an excerpt from one of their favorite books.

 

It was a remarkable series of events, an overwhelming whirlwind of performance, language, and ideas. I spent the week searching for the most effective way to engross a classroom of 10-year-olds in great children's literature, taking part in scintillating discussions with Senegalese university students about the complicated questions of language and African identity, and skirting around the city with a remarkable group of artists. Like all events of its kind, "Le Marathon de Lecture" was not always stress free--but it was truly a privilege to take part in.

 

For more information on NitThéâtre, check out our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/nittheatreofficiel/
    [post_title] => A Reading Marathon
    [post_excerpt] => 
    [post_status] => publish
    [comment_status] => open
    [ping_status] => open
    [post_password] => 
    [post_name] => a-reading-marathon
    [to_ping] => 
    [pinged] => 
    [post_modified] => 2016-05-23 12:53:16
    [post_modified_gmt] => 2016-05-23 18:53:16
    [post_content_filtered] => 
    [post_parent] => 0
    [guid] => https://www.wheretherebedragons.com/blog/
    [menu_order] => 0
    [post_type] => post
    [post_mime_type] => 
    [comment_count] => 0
    [filter] => raw
    [categories] => Array
        (
            [0] => WP_Term Object
                (
                    [term_id] => 107
                    [name] => Princeton Bridge Year Senegal 2015-16
                    [slug] => princeton-bridge-year-senegal-2015-16
                    [term_group] => 0
                    [term_taxonomy_id] => 107
                    [taxonomy] => category
                    [description] => 
                    [parent] => 263
                    [count] => 76
                    [filter] => raw
                    [term_order] => 4
                    [object_id] => 141889
                    [cat_ID] => 107
                    [category_count] => 76
                    [category_description] => 
                    [cat_name] => Princeton Bridge Year Senegal 2015-16
                    [category_nicename] => princeton-bridge-year-senegal-2015-16
                    [category_parent] => 263
                    [link] => https://www.wheretherebedragons.com/category/princeton-bridge-year/princeton-bridge-year-senegal-2015-16/
                )

        )

    [category_links] => Princeton Bridge Year Senegal 2015-16
)
View post

A Reading Marathon

Nicholas Judt,Princeton Bridge Year Senegal 2015-16

Description

For more than six months now, I have been a member of the Senegalese theater organization “NitThéâtre,” which literally translates as “People’s Theater.” With our dynamic and constantly shifting team of young artists, we have put on a number of projects since last Fall, and each one has been more engaging than the last. I think […]

Posted On

05/23/16

Author

Nicholas Judt

WP_Post Object
(
    [ID] => 141695
    [post_author] => 2
    [post_date] => 2016-05-23 12:51:58
    [post_date_gmt] => 2016-05-23 18:51:58
    [post_content] => A few weeks ago on our student led excursion we visited a town in the south called Niodior. There, we witnessed the effects of this clandestine refugee crisis first-hand. Every household had a least one man who tried to escape his plight for a better life for himself and his family. They told us about the journey in the dark waves aboard long and narrow, shallow pirogues to the north. Where they would strip themselves of their identity, throw away their papers so they couldn't be sent home and submit themselves to the will of whomever they trusted to lead them through the desert towards Europe, the land of excessive milk and honey. The women talked about the ensuing "feminization of the economy" since having witnessed a massive gender exodus. And aside from all of the social and economic pressures we could stipulate contributed to their decision to risk it all, the environmental reality mostly escaped our discussion. We are past the tipping point. We've broken our planet, and now we must face the consequences headstrong. Communities and humanity's wellbeing are at risk. What can we do about it?

Here's a great, concise article that articulates these issues really well. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/20/opinion/out-of-africa-part-ii.html?_r=0
    [post_title] => Climate and Refugees...
    [post_excerpt] => 
    [post_status] => publish
    [comment_status] => open
    [ping_status] => open
    [post_password] => 
    [post_name] => climate-and-refugees
    [to_ping] => 
    [pinged] => 
    [post_modified] => 2016-05-23 12:51:58
    [post_modified_gmt] => 2016-05-23 18:51:58
    [post_content_filtered] => 
    [post_parent] => 0
    [guid] => https://www.wheretherebedragons.com/blog/
    [menu_order] => 0
    [post_type] => post
    [post_mime_type] => 
    [comment_count] => 0
    [filter] => raw
    [categories] => Array
        (
            [0] => WP_Term Object
                (
                    [term_id] => 107
                    [name] => Princeton Bridge Year Senegal 2015-16
                    [slug] => princeton-bridge-year-senegal-2015-16
                    [term_group] => 0
                    [term_taxonomy_id] => 107
                    [taxonomy] => category
                    [description] => 
                    [parent] => 263
                    [count] => 76
                    [filter] => raw
                    [term_order] => 4
                    [object_id] => 141695
                    [cat_ID] => 107
                    [category_count] => 76
                    [category_description] => 
                    [cat_name] => Princeton Bridge Year Senegal 2015-16
                    [category_nicename] => princeton-bridge-year-senegal-2015-16
                    [category_parent] => 263
                    [link] => https://www.wheretherebedragons.com/category/princeton-bridge-year/princeton-bridge-year-senegal-2015-16/
                )

        )

    [category_links] => Princeton Bridge Year Senegal 2015-16
)

Princeton Bridge Year Senegal 2015-16

View post

Climate and Refugees…

Caleb Visser,Princeton Bridge Year Senegal 2015-16

Description

A few weeks ago on our student led excursion we visited a town in the south called Niodior. There, we witnessed the effects of this clandestine refugee crisis first-hand. Every household had a least one man who tried to escape his plight for a better life for himself and his family. They told us about the […]

Posted On

05/23/16

Author

Caleb Visser

WP_Post Object
(
    [ID] => 142563
    [post_author] => 2
    [post_date] => 2016-05-23 12:50:48
    [post_date_gmt] => 2016-05-23 18:50:48
    [post_content] => IEA and homestay photos!
    [post_title] => Transference (photos continued...)
    [post_excerpt] => 
    [post_status] => publish
    [comment_status] => open
    [ping_status] => open
    [post_password] => 
    [post_name] => transference-photos-continued
    [to_ping] => 
    [pinged] => 
    [post_modified] => 2016-05-23 12:50:48
    [post_modified_gmt] => 2016-05-23 18:50:48
    [post_content_filtered] => 
    [post_parent] => 0
    [guid] => https://www.wheretherebedragons.com/blog/
    [menu_order] => 0
    [post_type] => post
    [post_mime_type] => 
    [comment_count] => 0
    [filter] => raw
    [categories] => Array
        (
            [0] => WP_Term Object
                (
                    [term_id] => 107
                    [name] => Princeton Bridge Year Senegal 2015-16
                    [slug] => princeton-bridge-year-senegal-2015-16
                    [term_group] => 0
                    [term_taxonomy_id] => 107
                    [taxonomy] => category
                    [description] => 
                    [parent] => 263
                    [count] => 76
                    [filter] => raw
                    [term_order] => 4
                    [object_id] => 142563
                    [cat_ID] => 107
                    [category_count] => 76
                    [category_description] => 
                    [cat_name] => Princeton Bridge Year Senegal 2015-16
                    [category_nicename] => princeton-bridge-year-senegal-2015-16
                    [category_parent] => 263
                    [link] => https://www.wheretherebedragons.com/category/princeton-bridge-year/princeton-bridge-year-senegal-2015-16/
                )

        )

    [category_links] => Princeton Bridge Year Senegal 2015-16
)
View post

Transference (photos continued…)

I-Team,Princeton Bridge Year Senegal 2015-16

Description

IEA and homestay photos!

Posted On

05/23/16

Author

I-Team

WP_Post Object
(
    [ID] => 142561
    [post_author] => 2
    [post_date] => 2016-05-23 12:50:13
    [post_date_gmt] => 2016-05-23 18:50:13
    [post_content] => When the field notes become few and far between, you know we are counting down the months and weeks until the end of the program. Busy visiting friends, stocking up on fabric at the market, cooking with homestays.

When we start talking about transference, you know we are counting down the days - just a little over a week left. It's been a wild ride, and it's hard to believe that we've already been here 9 months!

This past month has been busy with independent enrichment activity (IEA) performances, projects at service sites, and parties with homestays. Browse through the photos to see what we've been up to!

Monday May 23 - Saturday May 28, we'll finally be slowing down and taking a breadth. We'll be traveling to Toubab Dialaw, a peaceful town along the petite cote for Transference - a time to focus on review, reflection, reintegration, and recognition. This coming week we'll be with little to no internet access - but we'll be back in touch soon!

Best,

Babacar and Elke
    [post_title] => Transference
    [post_excerpt] => 
    [post_status] => publish
    [comment_status] => open
    [ping_status] => open
    [post_password] => 
    [post_name] => transference-9
    [to_ping] => 
    [pinged] => 
    [post_modified] => 2016-05-23 12:50:13
    [post_modified_gmt] => 2016-05-23 18:50:13
    [post_content_filtered] => 
    [post_parent] => 0
    [guid] => https://www.wheretherebedragons.com/blog/
    [menu_order] => 0
    [post_type] => post
    [post_mime_type] => 
    [comment_count] => 0
    [filter] => raw
    [categories] => Array
        (
            [0] => WP_Term Object
                (
                    [term_id] => 107
                    [name] => Princeton Bridge Year Senegal 2015-16
                    [slug] => princeton-bridge-year-senegal-2015-16
                    [term_group] => 0
                    [term_taxonomy_id] => 107
                    [taxonomy] => category
                    [description] => 
                    [parent] => 263
                    [count] => 76
                    [filter] => raw
                    [term_order] => 4
                    [object_id] => 142561
                    [cat_ID] => 107
                    [category_count] => 76
                    [category_description] => 
                    [cat_name] => Princeton Bridge Year Senegal 2015-16
                    [category_nicename] => princeton-bridge-year-senegal-2015-16
                    [category_parent] => 263
                    [link] => https://www.wheretherebedragons.com/category/princeton-bridge-year/princeton-bridge-year-senegal-2015-16/
                )

        )

    [category_links] => Princeton Bridge Year Senegal 2015-16
)
View post

Transference

I-Team,Princeton Bridge Year Senegal 2015-16

Description

When the field notes become few and far between, you know we are counting down the months and weeks until the end of the program. Busy visiting friends, stocking up on fabric at the market, cooking with homestays. When we start talking about transference, you know we are counting down the days – just a […]

Posted On

05/23/16

Author

I-Team

Where There Be Dragons on Instagram

1 2 3 2,365

Global Citizenship & Leadership Programs

Along the Map's Edge