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Did you catch this episode of Dragons podcast featuring a mother and daughter who have both been on a Dragons course in Nepal?

Bub Vernon (Dragons Indonesia Semester Alumni) and this mother-daughter duo discuss:

  • Seva goes to Nepal for a Dragons semester. Years later, her mother goes on a Dragons Program for adults.

  • The differences & similarities in Dragons experiences for a student & adult.

  • What “immersion” really involves and looks like.

  • The nature of time and depth of relationships built on programs.

  • The difference between “going on vacation” and building relationships with people who have lives and culture different from your own.

  • Favorite moments & mishaps.

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    [post_content] => [caption id="attachment_153725" align="aligncenter" width="431"] Photo by Elke Schmidt, Senegal Program.[/caption]

  

As I meander down a sandy path in the Senegalese neighborhood of Yoff, I hear someone shout, “Kai Lekk!” I look up knowing that this familiar Wolof phrase meaning “Come Eat!” is in fact an invitation. A smiling face glows at me from a circle of people who are gathered around a silver bowl, their right hands beholding greasy rice. They are participating in an ageless afternoon African tradition of gathering amongst friends and family to enjoy a home cooked meal. In this case, they are eating my favorite, thieboudienne, Senegal’s National Dish, which consists of a scrumptious mélange of cooked vegetables, spicy stuffed white fish, and rice cooked with tomato paste.
thieboudienne, Senegal’s National Dish, consists of a scrumptious mélange of cooked vegetables, spicy stuffed white fish, and rice cooked with tomato paste  
[caption id="attachment_153726" align="alignleft" width="420"] Plates of cheb (rice), by Elke Schmidt, Senegal Program.[/caption] In any language in Senegal you will find the same message to come eat called out time and time again.  In a country where people have so little in terms of material items, where the entirety of a person's belongings can sometimes fit into a recycled aluminum can trunk, it shocks me that generosity and hospitality are offered without hesitation.  A personal example that elucidates this happened over a decade ago. In 2006, I was guiding a group of a dozen adventurous Dragons students through the rolling green hills of southern Senegal. We wanted to explore this seldom-visited nook of West Africa on foot in an attempt to witness and experience rural life first hand. One particularly beautiful afternoon, we came upon a remote village of earthen round, hobbit-like, thatched roof huts perched in a cluster amongst a vibrant parade of rainy season greenery.  Weary from a day of hiking uphill under the relentless West African sun, we stumbled towards the Chief’s abode to inquire about lodging. Without missing a beat he exclaimed, “Bismililaye! You are welcome to stay in my village but you must be my guest!” With his large smile and readiness to share, he exuded terranga, a Wolof word roughly translating to outrageous hospitality. [caption id="attachment_153727" align="alignright" width="408"] Mbouille & friends with plate of Mafe Gerte. Photo taken by Babacar Mbaye.[/caption] For me, “Kai lekk” and terranga are Senegal’s national pride. I’ve spent 18 years now traversing the Atlantic at any opportunity that arises to find myself in a country I continue to find a delightful amalgam of the challenging and the inspiring. On the one hand, I struggle with the oppressive heat that inspires rivulets of sweat to run down my stomach, the piles of trash on the urban beaches, and the barefoot children in tattered clothes with outstretched tomato paste cans begging for a sugar cube or a few coins. On the other hand, I am moved by the Senegalese ability to laugh, to be adorned in vibrant colors, and the way a stranger is called over to take a handful of rice or share rounds of sweet mint tea with neighbors.  Through the trials and joys of nearly two decades of a tumultuous love affair with Senegal, she has been my greatest teacher of gratitude, generosity, and the enormous potential of the human spirit. If you’d like to experience the way of Senegalese hospitality and eat delicious thieboudienne while you’re at it, consider joining us on one of our West African adventures. For adults, warm up from winter this February on our Music & Mysticism trip. For students, we offer In The Shade of the Boabob Tree, a 4-week summer program, and Rhythms of Senegal, a vibrant gap year semester program in West Africa.   

Ps. If you'd like to know how to make a simple and incredibly delicious Senegalese staple, read how to make the peanut sauce Mafé Gerte!

CO-DIRECTOR OF ADULT PROGRAMS
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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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Have you heard that we now offer Dragons experiences for adult travelers?

If there's someone in your life, who upon hearing about Dragons, has said, "I wish there were programs like that for adults..." please share this digital catalog with them! (Or request a catalog sent by mail.) The catalog below includes details on the adult travel programs we'll be offering in PeruNorth India, Senegal, Guatemala, Cambodia and Nepal in 2018-2019. (And if our catalog courses don't fit, we can always work with you to design a custom course!) On our adult excursions, you can expect the same caliber of expertly crafted small group travel that has made us the leaders in the field of cross-cultural education for the past two decades.
Ps. Those referred to Dragons by friends or family of past Dragons participants receive a 20% discount off tuition on our upcoming August Peru: Sacred Valley program if they sign up by July 1st, 2018. Just include the name of your reference in your application
Like many Dragons parents, we had always hoped to experience that intangible Dragons elixir of immersive and transformative cultural experience on a trip of our own. So glad we did; our family of Dragons at home now shares this fabulous spirit together. –MARK BAUHAUS, PARTICIPANT & ALUMNI PARENT
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