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    [post_content] => Loving this sentiment so beautifully articulated by Jiwon Yun in her Yak titled, "New Horizons"...
I reconnected to a part of myself that was buried by years of strict schedules and iPhones and the ever present need to get from one place to another. [...] I was in a constant sense of awe and self-reflection; sitting in a boat in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by nothing but miles of water stretching into the distant horizon, a place so far from solid land and a sense of control I’d come to rely on..."
"I came on Bridge Year to widen my perspective, to discover parts of the world and parts of myself that were previously unknown, and to push myself to do things I might otherwise never get the chance to do. And everything I brought back with me – the sand in my clothes and the sunburn on my legs – they all remind me of the memories I made on this trip and the lessons I’ve learned as I reconnected to a part of myself that was buried by years of strict schedules and iPhones and the ever present need to get from one place to another. I was able to take a moment just to breathe. To see. To laugh. To exist without worrying. To learn. Like a child experiencing everything for the first time, I was in a constant sense of awe and self-reflection; sitting in a boat in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by nothing but miles of water stretching into the distant horizon, a place so far from solid land and a sense of control I’d come to rely on, I became comfortable with having nothing to do but sit with my thoughts. I realized that every step I have taken in my past had brought me to that one moment, and that every step I took in my future would take me to one of the horizons far ahead. I was overcome with a sense of possibility and gratitude, both for the moment and the many moments to come, and my ability to recognize my own opportunities and be grateful for them."

Read her full reflection on the Yak board.

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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_content] => We recently asked five people what they love about Guatemala and why they return year after year.

Here's what they said:

ON LEARNING SPANISH

"As an intermediate Spanish learner, I love traveling to Guatemala because it's a great place to practice my speaking and listening skills. The people are friendly, laid back and patient. It's also a short flight from the States and since Guatemala is on the same time zone as Colorado, I can dive right in without needing to recover from jet lag." - LIZ WIIG, Partnerships Program Coordinator

ON THE BEAUTY OF THE EVERYDAY

"Guatemala is a place that holds so much history, tragedy, joy and renewal in one land that it's sometimes hard to take in. Waking up to the smell of woodsmoke and the sound of tortillas being made is my idea of home, a sensation I get no where else in the world. The small beauty of the everyday held within the bigness of her story is what makes Guatemala a land I will always return to in my heart." - LUIS ALVARADO, Guatemala Instructor

ON ART AND CULTURE

"From turquoise blue hot springs to riotously painted chicken buses; from cemeteries color-coded in symbolic pigments to celebrating the dead with enormously vibrant kites; from ancient tales of the underworld to modern weavings of exquisitely patterned textiles... It's impossible not to be inspired by the people, land, spirit, and culture that make Guatemala so uniquely prismatic." - ERIN KING, Graphic & Multimedia Designer Guatemala & Nicaragua Dragons Gap Year Program

ON COMMUNITY ACTIVISM

"Movements towards social and environmental justice are alive and thriving!  Communities actively resist the commodification of land, water, and culture and are working to reshape the globally dominant narrative of materialism, wealth, and poverty." - SIMON HART, Director of School Partnerships To heal a land scorched by 36 years of civil war, this man planted 20,000 trees by hand. Meet Armando Lopez, founder of the Chico Mendes Reforestation Project in Pachaj, Guatemala. Photo by Cate Brown, Guatemala Summer Program.

ON HOMESTAYS

"In my weeks traveling to communities around the country and staying with host families, I was introduced to concepts of hospitality and generosity in a way that I had yet to witness in the world. These lessons in the meaning of connection ended up having a lasting, powerful, and profound affect on my perspective and worldview." - CARA LANE-TOOMEY, Director of College Study Abroad

Did you know we are offering a 10-day journey to Guatemala for Adults this fall?

October is the perfect time of year to venture to Central America. It marks the beginning of the dry season and yet avoids the hustle of peak tourism. So, if slowing down and taking the time to experience an authentic cultural exchange in Guatemala sounds enticing, we have an special offer just for you.

SAVE 25%*

(Tuition was $3495, with 25% discount, Now $2621)

ON GUATEMALA: LAND & SPIRIT USE YOUR DISCOUNT BY SEPTEMBER 25, 2018 * 25% off tuition only. Airfare not included.

 
WE'RE HERE TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS
We know you're the kind of person in search of a meaningful adventure. We also know that busy schedules, financial responsibilities, and other real-life obligations can hinder your ability to make planning for international travel a priority. That's why we've created Dragons programs for adults, and you're exactly the person we've created them for.
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Let us know how we can help you plan the experience of a lifetime.
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If you haven't seen our Instagram Story on our move to a new HQ, here's some shots of the action...

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If you missed it, or needed a reminder, we're hosting a 1-minute Visual Story contest for our Summer Programs 2018 Community.

#DragonsVisualStory submissions are due Sept. 1st and here's all the guidelines and details! The following submission, from Elliott Bloom, is from the North India: Roof the The World 4-Week Summer Program.

Ps. Here's a link for those wanting to know more about the North India: Roof the The Word program!

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Hopefully you know by now that Dragons offers College Study Abroad programs for university students?

And our newest catalog is fresh off the press. Check you home mailbox, order a new one, or take a peak at this digital version to check out our College Study Abroad course offerings:
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