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If you did not already see it, we highly recommend you head over to Dragons Instagram feed to check out the truly impressive visual artistry of the Bridge Year Bolivia group...
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Selected by peers, family, friends and strangers from the Dragons community, we're proud to announce the winners of the Photo Contest from our Fall 2018 Gap Year Programs!
FIRST PLACE: LIVANA HILL 
"One of the most extraordinary cities I've ever seen. El Alto, La Paz is full of life, passion and character."
Livana Hill_ Andes _ Amazon Fall 2018_ Where There Be Dragons
SECOND PLACE: DARIAFARMAN-FARMAIAN
Mekong Semester, Fall 2018
"Pre-Marriage Photoshoot in Jinghong."
 
Daria Farman-Farmaian_ Mekong_ Fall 2018_ Where There Be Dragons
THIRD PLACE: BENNETT VERDERAME
"Looking out over Tibetan countryside from a pagoda."
Bennett Verderame_ China_ Fall 2018_ Where There Be Dragons
Congratulations to all the winners!  
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Where There Be Dragons has been selected for a Community Choice Award as one of the Top Gap Year Providers of 2018 in the category of Housing by GoOverseas.com.

Winners were named by the community of travelers at GoOverseas where Dragons has 109 participant reviews, 21 interviews, and a 98% average review grade.
 
GoOverseas says: 
We're thrilled to recognize Where There Be Dragons as one of the best travel organizations in 2018 through this merit-based award.

Thanks for the award GoOverseas!

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This week at Dragons HQ, we're quite busy with our annual Admin retreat. In our administrative absence, we offer you this lovely image, from India, by Michael Woodard.

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We love to feature the projects that keep our instructors inspired and busy when they aren't leading Dragons trips. Read on to learn about REISA (which stands for Independent Network of Educator for Food Sovereignty) from Erick Torres, one of Dragons Central America Instructors....

Hello Dear Dragons Community and Friends!

I want to share with you all a project I have been working for the last four years, between Dragons and my time in Central America working with SERES organization. (I have been working with SERES sharing Permaculture and Agroecology intensive courses and workshops for young community leaders from Central America since 2014.) Now I am working and coordinating a project with four other Guatemalan educators and one from the US, to offer more educational programs to our young people, mostly in Guatemala and El Salvador. We have created REISA, which stands in Spanish for Red de Educadores Independientes por la Soberania Alimentaria or Independent Network of Educator for Food Sovereignty in English. This project has been created by the need to offer and share safe spaces of environmental and agroecology education for our young people. In this way, they can have tools and alternatives to develop and manage Agro-ecological projects in their communities and generate more opportunities for work, economic income, and environmental awareness. We hope that they won't leave their communities trying to go to the US. We all know how difficult that situation is and we need those young leaders staying in our countries in order to improve the life of their families and their communities. I want to invite you all to visit our REISA website, to see what we have done and what we want to do this year. We already start a crowdfunding campaign and I would like to ask you a huge favor, if you could please help us by sharing the project with your family, friends, and coworkers via Facebook and Instagram. We will deeply appreciate it and we will be grateful for your help to aiding us to share more Agroecological education for young community leaders in Central America! Un abrazo grande! Les deseo lo mejor para el año 2019! Maltiox Chawe ! Urpillay Sonkollay ! Muchas Gracias! Thanks ! Erick Torres

Head on over to the REISA website for more videos and details on the project. And here's the crowdfunding campaign if you'd like to financially support this good work!

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This is how we at Dragons HQ are heading into 2019.

Happy New Year to all. And thank you, Amrit Ale, for this lovely image summing up it up (and keeping it sacred)...

[caption id="attachment_154233" align="aligncenter" width="429"] Photo by Amrit Ale, @himalayanquests. Nepal.[/caption]

Captioned: "Offering butter lamps is the most powerful offering because their light symbolizes wisdom. Just as a lamp dispels darkness, offering light from a butter lamp represents removing the darkness of ignorance in order to attain Buddha’s luminous clear wisdom."

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The WSJ forgot to give us exact credits, but none-the-less we are excited to see our Bridge Year Program featured in the education section of the Wall Street Journal.

The piece is titled, Welcome to College. Take a Year Off.

Here's an excerpt:

"Peter Scharer, a freshman at Princeton, spent last year studying Hindi and Urdu and volunteering at a school in northern India as part of Princeton’s Bridge Year program.

The university launched that offering for 20 students in 2009, and this year it is funding 38 students doing service projects in Bolivia, China, India, Indonesia or Senegal. Princeton covers basic living expenses and offers need-based aid for travel and incidentals like visa paperwork.

“I was stepping away from the cycle that I had been in,” said Mr. Scharer, now 19 years old. He said the program was “a powerful way to get a different perspective on the world, better understand myself, [and] better understand what I might be interested in studying.”

Mr. Scharer said he has a new outlook on things like consumption and waste after seeing an open dump in India, and on the best way to offer aid to a needy community. He just finished a class on the interplay between national identity and language."

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