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[post_content] => Our Alumni Ambassadors are an integral part of the Dragons community and work alongside the Boulder Admin Team to reinvigorate our alumni network and help brainstorm and offer feedback on the direction of Dragons development initiatives.
Congratulations to our 2019 team of Ambassadors! We're so excited to collaborate with you. And even more excited to HOST you this month at our HQ in Boulder!
PS. Rumor has it our Ambassadors might take over Dragons Instagram feed during their Ambassador Retreat from Nov. 2nd - 5th. So keep your eye out more from these faces...
"I live in Boulder, Colorado, and while I love waking up to the sight of the Rocky Mountains every morning, this summer I was given the opportunity to trade my mountains with the rolling green hills, covered with tea plants, of northeast India."
"Be afraid, it’s normal. Be nervous and worry about things that might go wrong, it’s normal. But be yourself, it’s all you can wholeheartedly be, and before you know it the things that once made you uncomfortable, will be your favorite stories to tell."
"I didn’t realize how much I would learn beyond improving my language. I was amazed by the generosity of my host families, and there was never a moment I wasn’t learning something new from my group of awesome students and instructors."
"Being an artist, I have been trying to figure out ways to merge my love for creating with my desire to bring awareness on global issues to my friends and family at home. Therefore, as part of my senior art show, I am dedicating my time to making a piece that tells the story of the different hardships and struggles facing our world today."
"I currently live in San Francisco, am a senior at Redwood High School in the Bay Area, and have been fortunate enough to go on two trips with Dragons. One to Peru for 6 weeks at age 14, and another to China along the Silk Road at age 16. I’m a strong believer in the idea that the most growth an individual can do is outside of their comfort zone."
"I would like to leave you with a simple, but significant saying that one of my instructors often said to our group: “La vida es loca y todo puede pasar.” That is, life is crazy, and anything can happen, so please do not mute the voice inside you and instead embark on a journey that connects you to a world beyond the one you now know."
"Personally, when I venture into the unknown I like to turn up the introspection and challenge my brain to see the bigger, more global picture. I’ve often found that I discover myself only when I am “lost.”
Did you know Dragons now offers an advanced level course for alumni of Dragons and other expedition, leadership, and international experiences?
The new program is for participants ages 18-25 and runs from Feb 7 - Apr 29, 2019. The itinerary was handcrafted by veteran Dragons instructor Tim Hare and includes wilderness exploration, Andean culture, Spanish language, and rock climbing. The course was developed in shared-vision and collaboration with the High Mountain Institute.
Read on for a bit of Tim's inspiration in designing the course:
DIRECTOR OF RISK MANAGEMENT
ON THE ANDES LEADERSHIP SEMESTER*
"The Andes mountains have captivated me for over 15 years, drawing me back to climb granite spires in southern Argentina, or walk through spacious wilderness of Patagonia or high glaciated peaks of Bolivia. The diversity of landscapes and cultures along the Andes Mountain range is breathtaking and I continue to learn so much from the various mountain communities and ways that humans have learned to relate to their natural surrounding in this region."
Did you know Dragons now offers an advanced level course for alumni of Dragons and other expedition, leadership, and international experiences? The new program is for participants ages 18-25 and runs… Read More
In Alumni News, Kendall George, of the Andes and Amazon Semester in 2011, will be embarking on a seriously interesting adventure this fall. Here's her update...
"If you didn’t know, now you know. Monks ball hard. Some say Nomads ball harder.
On September 1st, I am journeying half way across the world to find out for myself, and capture a story of traditions, centuries in the making, grappling with changes of the modern world. The common language: basketball.
At a cement court, 10,500ft high on the Tibetan Plateau, 60 teams from surrounding clans and monasteries are gathering for a sport they only recently discovered. In a unique showdown of diametric communities, top Tibetan Nomad and Buddhist Monk teams will battle in a tournament against foreigners.
The twist…I was invited to play on the women’s foreign team."
If you want to learn more, or even support Kendall's journey, head over to her GoFundMe page.
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[post_excerpt] => In Alumni News, Kendall George, of the Andes and Amazon Semester in 2011, will be embarking on a seriously interesting adventure this fall. Here's her update...
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We're hosting a 1-minute Visual Story contest for our Summer Programs 2018 Community. The following video, from Elliott Bloom, offers a beautiful glimpse of her experience on the North India Summer… Read More