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Not many of our instructors have, "Rwanda, China, and Latin America Instructor" written on their instructor biography...

But Zach Siddall does! As if the scope of his world knowledge weren't enough, he's now impressing us all with his videographer skills. We invite you to explore the world of our China and South America semesters via the lens and mic of @zsiddall:

China Semester Videos...

South America Semester Videos...

Head over to his @zsiddall's Instagram profile for more!

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We hope you enjoy this featured yak written by Fernanda Zorrilla, a student on the Mekong Semester:

 

For a short period of time I worked as an assistant teacher in a Montessori school, the same school that I went to as a child. I was working with kindergarten kids, children from four to six years old. Everyday was a little adventure, somehow they managed to fill every hour with drama, tears, and fights, and then quickly switch to laughter, games, and a lot of love.

I really believe I learned more from them that they did from me. One day, the teacher made a circle with the students and placed a pencil in the middle. Then she simply asked, “What is this?”

They all answered the logical way and said it was a pencil, then kept silent. The teacher asked again, “What else is this?” The 5 year old students where thinking, some where questioning what she meant, and some others started to get distracted with whatever they found.

Suddenly a boy said, “It is also wood!” Then another added that it also has yellow paint. And so on, and so forth, with all the materials and elements of the pencil. Another kid screamed (he even stood up from his chair), that pencil needs a tree because it’s wood, and that tree needs water to grow.

One clever kid concluded: This pencil is everything.

With little help from the teacher, the children where able to imagine the trees that needed to be cut down by a lumberjack, who needed food to be strong, so therefore someone had to grow the food and transport it to a supermarket so the lumberjack could buy it and eat it to cut the trees and make the wood to have a pencil. They imagined more and more. They had no limits, they started to question each other on what else needed to exist for that pencil to be there. Their imagination went so far that they ended up talking about planets. One clever kid concluded: This pencil is everything.

Watching 5 year olds explore and understand the concept of oneness left me in complete awe. Most people may not think about this in their entire life, and others (including me) tend to forget easily. This past month has constantly reminded me of this exercise, watching those kids understand something so complex, and yet so simple.

My time here has made me see this more clearly and closer than ever. It has also made me realize how frightening this idea is, especially since we act like individuals that are not integrated. When in reality, it is inevitable that everything is connected, and everything to be one. But it is beautiful too, being here in this little piece of land surrounded by water, that same water that marks the border between Laos and Thailand, that same water that feeds millions and kills some others, the water we pollute and then consume. The Mekong River is one, but it is not been treated as that.

how would we treat a pencil if every time we used it we saw the entire world participating on its existence?

So then I wonder, how would we treat a pencil if every time we used it we saw the entire world participating on its existence? How would we treat our rivers and resources? How would we treat each other and ourselves? I really don’t know the answer to this, but I’m a challenging myself to be more conscious, and right here and right now is the perfect time to practice. To be aware of this beautifully fragile concept of oneness. And I think to myself that if kindergarten children where able to do it, I must be capable too.

You can read more from the Mekong participants on the program Yak Board.

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    [post_content] => It was not easy, but we picked 7 (+2 Bonus) winners from our #dragonsalum photo contest this week! Congrats to all our mug winners and thanks to everyone who shared beautiful images!

        

And here's an IG Story showcasing many of the #DragonsAlum photo entries!
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Attention Alumni: This week on Instagram, we're giving away SEVEN Dragons hot drink mugs (pictured) to Dragons Alumni.

Want your chance at one?  This is easy.  1. Just post your favorite photo from your Dragons trip to Instagram by 2/27 with the hashtag #dragonsalum (so we can find and re-share your photo). You're welcome to post/enter as many times as you'd like, but you can only win one mug. :) 2. On Feb 28th, we'll announce our favorite SEVEN photos (AKA mug winners) on Dragons Instagram Profile and Dragons Blog. (Check out the #dragonsalum photos/shoutouts already coming in!)  Can’t wait to see and re-share your photos. Good luck, Dragons HQ
Ps. Instagram only lets us see photos that are posted to public accounts, but if you have a private profile and still want to participate: 1. Follow @wheretherebedragons 2. Post your photo to your IG profile 3. DM the photo on Instagram to us @wheretherebedragons.
Pss. If you prefer to post an IG story you can — just be sure to include @wheretherebedragons on your story so we’ll get notified. If your account is set to private, you’ll need to re-follow us and then accept our request to follow you before posting the story (or else we’ll never see it, and that would be sad.)
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    [post_content] => If you did not already see it, we highly recommend that you head over to Dragons Instagram feed to check out the truly impressive visual artistry of the Bridge Year Bolivia group....


    [post_title] => Featured Instagram Photos & Videos from the Princeton 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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