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[post_content] => The following is an excerpt of a recent letter that Executive Director Reed Harwood sent to Dragons instructors, past and present. It offers some history on the new Bishop Paiute Scholarship, which is the result of a relationship between Dragons staff and the indigenous tribe that lives near the site of Dragons annual staff orientation in the Eastern Sierra Nevada mountains.
Dear Instructor Community:
“I believe in gatherings” said Paul Chaves, a member of the Bishop Paiute Tribe. “And when you gather good people… that’s powerful. This is powerful.” We shared a canopy of stars, the dusty forest floor, and the piñon breeze. We gathered in the current and ancestral home of the Paiute: the Payahuunadu, aka the Owens River Valley, aka the annual site of Dragons Staff Orientation in the Eastern Sierra.
Dragons and the Bishop Paiute forged a connection in June of 2018, when a small group of Dragons instructors visited the Paiute tribe on their land in Bishop. The Dragons delegation had collected seeds from Bolivia, Peru, Guatemala, Madagascar, Thailand, India, Laos, and Mexico for the Paiute’s Food Sovereignty Program. Later that week, a small group of Paiute representatives visited Dragons Orientation at the mouth of Rock Creek. We broke bread, they wondered and laughed at our “Talent Show,” and in Paul’s words a “friendship and allyship” was born. This year, we again participated in their Food Sovereignty program. They shared a meal with us at the our orientation campground, performed traditional songs and spoken word poetry at our talent show, and returned the next day to sell artisan goods at our global market.
Paul told me the ancient myths of the condor and the eagle, and the connections between his people and the people where the Andean condor flies. His people have always been global travelers. “The Paiute are a sovereign nation,” he said, “and our voice is needed at the global table. We’re getting there, but our youth need more global perspective and connection.” I felt the call of reciprocity pulse through my body. The ancestral home of the Paiute has held us for decades, and the Dragons community can now support the Paiute in gaining access to global engagement.
This fall, the Dragons Fund created a scholarship: the Bishop Paiute Scholarship. This annually-awarded, full-ride scholarship will support Bishop Paiute youth on Dragons programs.
As a Dragons staff member, you have received inspiration and solace from the Payahuunadu, the land of the Paiute. You believe in the power of global education. You know how vital it is to have indigenous representation at the table, as we navigate the survival of our collective history.
Over the next four months, Courtney Zenner Campbell* and Briana Bellamy* will guide the Dragons Fund’s “Ten Scholarships in 2020” campaign, which includes our goal to provide one full-ride summer scholarship to a Bishop Paiute student. Their campaign is just beginning, and they will need your help. If the spirit moves you to support this scholarship, whendonating, simply write “Bishop Paiute Scholarship” in the “Add Special Instructions” section.
You will hear from Briana and Courtney soon about this important initiative. Thank you, in advance, for considering this effort.
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[post_content] => Maybe you’ve done a group travel program with Dragons or another organization. Maybe you’re feeling ready for a more independent experience abroad...
But here’s what you’re wondering:
How can I avoid the backpacker tourist traps?
How do I get an authentic learning service experience that avoids the pitfalls of the “voluntourism” industry?
How do I build authentic connections with individuals when I don’t know anyone?
How do I find a homestay family that’s been vetted and recommended?
How do I avoid feeling like I’ve been “placed” without in-country mentorship and guidance?
Who do I call on for support when I have questions or if something goes wrong?
It can be hard to know where to even start. We’ve heard from many past Dragons students that the travels they pursued on their own after a group program left them feeling lost, unsupported, or even conflicted about the ethics and efficacy of their presence and projects. So we’ve launched the Dragons Independent Spring Experience (ISE). Here’s what our ISE Programs offer:
Meaningful cross-cultural engagement outside the structure of a group semester, but still with the support of Dragons local (in-country) resources and mentorship.
Aco-created, personalized, and self-directed gap year or study abroad experience.
Direct Support from Dragons international network of trained in-country staff and vetted resources.
Access to Dragons Administrative Team & our decades of expertise in managing international risk and emergency response.
MORE DETAILS: What does an ISE program consist of?
ISE programs are offered in places where Dragons has long-established and active community networks. We are currently offering ISE options in:
Each program site is staffed by a Dragons On-Site Coordinator: a veteran Dragons instructor with expertise in the country and extensive experience working with Dragons Gap Year students and to our standards of excellence.
The On-Site Coordinator has weekly face-to-face meetings with each student, conducts a multi-day orientation focused on safety, cultural norms, and strategies for engagement, and acts as a cultural facilitator and mentor throughout. ISE programs have a strong emphasis on cultural and language immersion and in-depth exploration of critical issues. Participants are placed with a trusted homestay family for the duration of the program, receive intensive language instruction (as desired), and are paired with local mentors for an Independent Study Project (ISP). In addition, participants have 24/7 access to our in-country and international emergency response resources. ISE programs have two start dates (January 15 and February 12) with a 6-week minimum length and the option for weekly extensions (up until May 1st). ISE programs were created specifically for those who have previously completed a group travel program (international or domestic), of one month or longer, with any provider.
*Application deadline: August 19th.Where There Be Dragons is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, genetic information, or status as a protected veteran.
[post_title] => Want to work for Dragons? We're adding to our team...
[post_excerpt] => Want to work for Dragons? We're adding to our team! Learn more about our newest employment opportunities...
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It wasn’t easy, but we narrowed down the hundreds of submissions received from our Spring 2019 Gap Year students down to just 9 finalist images.
Now we need your help.
Please cast your vote for the photos you like best (you can vote once every 24 hours).
The three photos with most likes/votes win. Winners will be announced on Dragons Blog on July 25th, 2019.