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Waking up
to a different ceiling and scent
is at first a little disorienting.
How can I be 6,000 miles away from yesterday?
How are these people so unaware of the world out there?
Perhaps airports are portals that transport us too quickly,
causing E-motion sickness,
making my stomach feel the loneliness
and longing for what was once in our hands just a few hours ago.
Now, the sand is shaking off the pockets of my daypack,
scent of tea seeping out through my stuff sacks,
the odor of Tide in my hand-washed T-shirts,
red soil continues to penetrate in my boots and skirts,
and memories begin to unpack itself as I emptied my backpack.
 
Poem by Anna Apilado, Summer 2017 Alumni of the Morocco Program
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    [post_content] => Even though Steven is a well-traveled photographer (it's his third time traveling to Africa) and an experienced film maker, he still doesn't feel like this fully represents the Madagascar he experienced.

He says:
The Madagascar I remember is filled with rice paddies, host families and times when we rested on each other’s shoulders during the long, painful Taxi Brousses ride, the time when we shared whatever we owned with each other, when we pulled pranks, told jokes, and acted funny, the time when we marched down the street of Morondava at the Baobab festival singing and dancing, and the time sitting on top of our camp, watching the earth forming beneath our feet.
Steven says that he hopes, "everyone should at least at one point of their lives, take a trip like this, travel as a traveler." We hope you enjoy his film as much as we did at Dragons HQ! [post_title] => A Short Film by Madagascar Student, Steven Gu [post_excerpt] => A short film made by one of our Madagascar summer abroad students. Steven GU created this video with the hope to share with everyone his 6-weeks in Madagascar... [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => a-short-film-made-by-summer-madagascar-student-steven-gu [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-03-07 08:36:13 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-03-07 15:36:13 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.wheretherebedragons.com/news/ [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 2 [filter] => raw [categories] => Array ( [0] => WP_Term Object ( [term_id] => 638 [name] => From the Field [slug] => from_the_field [term_group] => 0 [term_taxonomy_id] => 638 [taxonomy] => category [description] => Featured Yaks, Reflections, Quotes, Photo Spreads and Videos from the Four Corners. [parent] => 0 [count] => 75 [filter] => raw [term_order] => 4 [cat_ID] => 638 [category_count] => 75 [category_description] => Featured Yaks, Reflections, Quotes, Photo Spreads and Videos from the Four Corners. [cat_name] => From the Field [category_nicename] => from_the_field [category_parent] => 0 [link] => https://www.wheretherebedragons.com/news/category/from_the_field/ ) [1] => WP_Term Object ( [term_id] => 700 [name] => For Parents [slug] => for_parents [term_group] => 0 [term_taxonomy_id] => 700 [taxonomy] => category [description] => Blog posts specifically curated for parents wishing to know more about Dragons culture, programs, company, and community. [parent] => 0 [count] => 48 [filter] => raw [term_order] => 5 [cat_ID] => 700 [category_count] => 48 [category_description] => Blog posts specifically curated for parents wishing to know more about Dragons culture, programs, company, and community. [cat_name] => For Parents [category_nicename] => for_parents [category_parent] => 0 [link] => https://www.wheretherebedragons.com/news/category/for_parents/ ) [2] => WP_Term Object ( [term_id] => 646 [name] => Alumni Spotlight [slug] => alumni_spotlight [term_group] => 0 [term_taxonomy_id] => 646 [taxonomy] => category [description] => Featured Student Alumni and their projects/organizations/visions. [parent] => 0 [count] => 47 [filter] => raw [term_order] => 10 [cat_ID] => 646 [category_count] => 47 [category_description] => Featured Student Alumni and their projects/organizations/visions. [cat_name] => Alumni Spotlight [category_nicename] => alumni_spotlight [category_parent] => 0 ) [3] => WP_Term Object ( [term_id] => 654 [name] => Mixed Media [slug] => mixed_media [term_group] => 0 [term_taxonomy_id] => 654 [taxonomy] => category [description] => Featured Photography, Videos, Podcasts, Photo Contest Winners, Films & Art [parent] => 0 [count] => 52 [filter] => raw [term_order] => 12 [cat_ID] => 654 [category_count] => 52 [category_description] => Featured Photography, Videos, Podcasts, Photo Contest Winners, Films & Art [cat_name] => Mixed Media [category_nicename] => mixed_media [category_parent] => 0 ) ) [category_links] => From the Field, For Parents ... )
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    [post_content] => Dragons best source of inspiration and vision comes from the voices of past participants and our Alumni Ambassadors are an integral part of the Dragons community. Our Student Ambassadors work alongside the Boulder Admin Team on several development initiatives including everything from catalog consulting, to website development, to marketing campaigns. If you’re an alumni and you’d like to help us strengthen the Dragons community, this is your opportunity.

Want to be an Alumni Ambassador? Read more about the program and fill out our application. We’d love to hear from you!

Want to know more? Here's what some of last year's Alumni Ambassadors have to say about the program:

 
The weekend trip to Boulder is one of the best parts of the Ambassador Program! Meeting the other ambassadors and participating in workshops with staff members was amazing. Walking into the office for the first time and being greeted by hugs and travel tales was enchanting - I knew I had found "my people." I have a much better connection to Dragons knowing some of the most important behind-the-scenes staff members.
       
The best part of being an Alumni Ambassador is reconnecting with the Dragons community. After my trip I wasn't able to talk to or connect with people about my experiences abroad, but meeting all of the ambassadors gave me that opportunity. We had all had such similar experiences despite our different journeys, and it was comforting to know that I wasn't alone in my experience.
         
It is a great experience becoming an Ambassador. It was a chance for me to become more connected with an inspiring community and learn the marketing, presentation and leadership skills that keep Dragons running behind the scenes! It felt so rewarding to contribute back to a program that has given me so much.
       
I liked having a say in the website and brochure development. And I also liked getting involved with Dragons at my own school as well as outside of it. I think the outreach is very important because it lets you explain the trip to someone from one teen to the other.
         
Being an ambassador is a great way to give back to Dragons and try and make it possible for more students like you to find Dragons and be able to participate - through recruitment in your area and by contributing with feedback and helping Dragons effectively reach out to prospective students.
         
The best part of being a Dragons Ambassador has been connecting with prospective students, and assisting our incoming students with whatever challenges may come their way. For instance, who remembers how perplexed they were when they first saw their packing list in the CPM or on the yak board? And so, being able to assist students as an alum who has gone through the Dragons experience is something special.
         
To continue actively participating in the Dragons family; to feel inspired; to never cease being fueled by the longing of adventure; to connect with others that share this same passion. This, this is where the true beauty of being an Ambassador lies...

       
Where There Be Dragons was a life changing experience and being able to be part of the team made my experience even more fulfilling and valuable. I credit much of who I am today from my trip and from being an ambassador, and I am forever thankful. 
       
Being an Alumni Ambassador and representing Dragons in my community has been an amazing experience. After an incredible summit in Boulder, I felt I was able to continue my connection with Dragons’ global reach through sharing my experiences with others. I was also able to make lifelong friends and meet other amazing alumni all over the country. - Benjamin Renton
   
The Where There be Dragons Ambassadorship program is an incredible opportunity to learn and acquire new skills. At the same time you help give back to the office that enabled you to go on your chosen program. It is also a chance to reconnect with the Dragon's community after your program and help improve all programs as much as you can. I highly recommend signing up and you might just be chosen to be a part of an amazing team.

Ready to apply? Here's the application.

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...even though it may seem like there is nothing better in the whole world than your dog, your bed, or the front door to your house, a hot bath, a Chipotle burrito, or getting re-connected on social media or with friends, I hope that I can convince you that those things won’t be what you actually care about when you get home. You will care about sharing your experience and your changes.
It was finally over. I’d been in China a month, and my life had turned upside-down. My perspective, my experiences, and how I saw myself and others. They’d all changed. It was one of the best things I’d ever done, but I was also ready to be home. I couldn’t wait for cold water (to drink), western toilets, my own shower, and, at the top of my list, some Jamba Juice. Also, I wanted to see all of my friends and family and tell them about my many adventures. These were the type of things I was constantly thinking about one year ago at the end of my first Dragons trip. But then my instructors began to mention a word I had never heard before: transference. At that time, it seemed pointless to help transition us BACK to the United States. Why would I need help with that? That was home; that was what is normal. One year later, and I’m preparing for my second round of Dragons transference. Just like before, I’m having those same fantasies of my own shower, bed, and being able to Google anything anytime I want, but I’m also thinking back on the experience of returning home last time, and I can only describe it as mania. I was given my cell phone back in Hong Kong International Airport, and I immediately and obsessively updated myself on all the most recent happenings, as well as posting on Snapchat and other social media. I only relaxed when I got into my best friend’s car at the Denver International Airport, and then I realized that it was truly over. The transition had happened fast; too fast. My mom and my best friend bombarded me with questions and told me about what had been happening in their lives for the past month. I think I was in shock, and I think that at some point I told them to shut up. I couldn’t make myself be interested in anything that they were saying. I felt awful. I know now that this was the reverse culture shock that my instructors had tried to prepare me for. I hardly remember my first few days back, but I do remember publicly crying at a Jamba Juice. I finally took that hot shower I had been wanting so badly too: it wasn’t as good as I thought it would be. Everything I had been dreaming for was right there in front of me— smoothies, hot showers, Western toilets, fresh salads— but I suddenly didn’t crave it the same way I thought I would. I understood then that those 13 strangers that I had just spent a month with, along with other Dragons alumni, might be the only people in the world that could understand what I was going through. On my way home from my previous Dragons program, I had a layover in LAX on my return journey. There was another Dragons student there who had just finished a different Dragons program. I had only said two words to this guy before, and I didn’t know him at all, but we sat together in the LAX airport California Pizza Kitchen as if we had known each other for years. We asked each other “So, how was your trip?”, a question that we would both get asked many more times soon thereafter. But unlike when non-Dragons folks asked me, it was easy to answer him. We had a bizarre common language and a common motivation and objective in traveling to the other side of the world: Where There Be Dragons. I didn’t have an answer for him exactly, but the struggle in trying to package my experience for him, he understood that. Even though I couldn’t fully express it, the trip was life changing. It was spectacular. I could go on and on for hours talking about it, but as I found out during my transition home, people didn’t really want to hear about it. Dragons had told me that when people ask me how my trip was, depending on the person and the circumstances, they will either be looking for the 10 second account, the 30 second account, or, perhaps, an even longer version. The person that wants a full account, a true account, and can understand the account, that type of person is very rare. To this day, a year after the end of my first Dragons course, I’m not sure I’ve really told anyone about it in its entirety, not even my own mother. So this is what I want to share with my current fellow Dragons students: even though it may seem like there is nothing better in the whole world than your dog, your bed, or the front door to your house, a hot bath, a Chipotle burrito, or getting re-connected on social media or with friends, I hope that I can convince you that those things won’t be what you actually care about when you get home. You will care about sharing your experience and your changes. Although your formal Dragons course is soon coming to an end, your experience has just begun. Savor your last few days abroad and welcome into your life the possibility of a new way of looking at the world, because you won’t fit the same in your old one.   NICOLETTE GORDILLO-LARIVIERE is on Dragons Summer: China Language 4-week Program (Group B). She is also a Student Ambassador for Dragons. You can read more on Nicolette's Ambassador Profile.   [post_title] => TRANSFERENCE [post_excerpt] => "...my instructors began to mention a word I had never heard before: transference. At that time, it seemed pointless to help transition us BACK to the United States. That was home; that was what is normal. Why would I need help with that?" 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    [post_content] => Chris Temple, Andes & Amazon Semester Alumni and the co-creator of Living on One, embarked on his latest adventure to inspire action around the Syrian refugee crisis. His award-winning film Salam Neighbor gives a raw and relatable glimpse into everyday life in Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan, as well as a better understanding of the people most affected by the crisis. Both his films are now available globally on Netflix!

Watch the trailer...


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