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    [post_date] => 2018-10-25 10:15:36
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    [post_content] => Our Alumni Ambassadors are an integral part of the Dragons community and work alongside the Boulder Admin Team to reinvigorate our alumni network and help brainstorm and offer feedback on the direction of Dragons development initiatives.

Congratulations to our 2019 team of Ambassadors! We're so excited to collaborate with you. And even more excited to HOST you this month at our HQ in Boulder!
PS. Rumor has it our Ambassadors might take over Dragons Instagram feed during their Ambassador Retreat from Nov. 2nd - 5th. So keep your eye out more from these faces...

"I live in Boulder, Colorado, and while I love waking up to the sight of the Rocky Mountains every morning, this summer I was given the opportunity to trade my mountains with the rolling green hills, covered with tea plants, of northeast India."

SOPHIE REEVESEASTERN HIMALAYAS: WEST BENGAL TO SIKKIM

 

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"I am Lithuanian, Russian, and American. Traveling, discovering new places, and adapting has defined my life since I moved to a new country when I was 10 and dived into the unknown."

ANNA DUDINA,  BOLIVIA: SPIRIT OF THE ANDES

 

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"Be afraid, it’s normal. Be nervous and worry about things that might go wrong, it’s normal. But be yourself, it’s all you can wholeheartedly be, and before you know it the things that once made you uncomfortable, will be your favorite stories to tell."

IVAN GARCIABOLIVA: SPIRIT OF THE ANDES

 

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"I didn’t realize how much I would learn beyond improving my language. I was amazed by the generosity of my host families, and there was never a moment I wasn’t learning something new from my group of awesome students and instructors."

LILLIAN ELLISCHINA: MANDARIN LANGUAGE INTENSIVE

 

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"Being an artist, I have been trying to figure out ways to merge my love for creating with my desire to bring awareness on global issues to my friends and family at home. Therefore, as part of my senior art show, I am dedicating my time to making a piece that tells the story of the different hardships and struggles facing our world today."

VANESSA PAYNEGUATEMALA: SPANISH LANGAUGE INTENSIVE

 

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"I currently live in San Francisco, am a senior at Redwood High School in the Bay Area, and have been fortunate enough to go on two trips with Dragons. One to Peru for 6 weeks at age 14, and another to China along the Silk Road at age 16. I’m a strong believer in the idea that the most growth an individual can do is outside of their comfort zone."

TIM KOENCHINA: SILK ROAD & PERU: SACRED MOUNTAIN

 

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"I would like to leave you with a simple, but significant saying that one of my instructors often said to our group: “La vida es loca y todo puede pasar.” That is, life is crazy, and anything can happen, so please do not mute the voice inside you and instead embark on a journey that connects you to a world beyond the one you now know."

LINDSEY O'NEILLGUATEMALA: SPANISH LANGAUGE INTENSIVE

 

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"Personally, when I venture into the unknown I like to turn up the introspection and challenge my brain to see the bigger, more global picture. I’ve often found that I discover myself only when I am “lost.”

EMMA BAILEYPERU: SACRED MOUNTAIN & INDONESIA: COMMUNITY, CULTURE, AND CONSERVATION

 

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"To me, nothing can compare to the thrill of discovering the unknown, then diving deep into it, and learning all I can from it.  Why should I reuse my old habits when new ones are far more exciting?"

SETH FISHER-OLVERAGUATEMALA: SPANISH LANGAUGE INTENSIVE

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Again, look for more from our 2019 Student Ambassadors via their Instagram Takeover Nov. 2nd - 5th!

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    [post_date] => 2018-10-18 12:13:02
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Selected by peers, family, friends and strangers, we're proud to announce the winners of Dragons Summer 2018 Photo Contest!
FIRST PLACE: PHOEBE WONG 
Eastern Himalayas, Summer 2018
"My Amma's Puja."
SECOND PLACE: TESSA DENISON
Thailand, Summer 2018
"Elephants getting a bath."
 
THIRD PLACE: ELLIOTT BLOOM
North India, Summer 2018
"During a day of trekking, we stop to take a break on the top of the pass where past trekkers hung up prayer flags. Sending Buddhist mantras off into the wind."

Congratulations Phoebe, Tessa, and Elliott!

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    [post_date] => 2018-10-04 09:30:02
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    [post_content] => It was extremely hard for the committee to choose only three winners, but we've posted the 1-minute videos selected as our three top #dragonsvisualstory contest winners on Instagram this week.

You can watch the videos on instagram by clicking on the videos below...

[caption id="attachment_153754" align="aligncenter" width="460"] 1-minute visual story video by Katherine Marcus of Dragons Guatemala: Community in Action program.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_153752" align="aligncenter" width="460"] 1-minute visual story video made by Jenna Einhorn, a student on Dragons Summer 2018 Nepal - Traditions of the Himalayas Program.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_153753" align="aligncenter" width="459"] 1-minute video from Vanessa Payne with imagery and sounds from this summer’s Guatemala Spanish Language Intensive 4-week course.[/caption]

Congratulations Vanessa, Jenna, and Katherine!

And thank you to ALL those who put love into their beautiful video contest submissions. They were an honor to watch! Sincerely, Dragons HQ [post_title] => Announcing our Three 1-minute "Visual Story" Video Contest Winners! [post_excerpt] => It was extremely hard for the committee to choose only three, but we're thrilled to announce and share with you the top three 1-minute videos selected as the #dragonsvisualstory contest winners... [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => announcing-our-three-1-minute-visual-story-video-contest-winners [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-10-18 12:18:25 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-10-18 18:18:25 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.wheretherebedragons.com/news/ [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [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] => 39 [filter] => raw [term_order] => 2 [cat_ID] => 638 [category_count] => 39 [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] => 28 [filter] => raw [term_order] => 3 [cat_ID] => 700 [category_count] => 28 [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] => 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] => 29 [filter] => raw [term_order] => 10 [cat_ID] => 654 [category_count] => 29 [category_description] => Featured Photography, Videos, Podcasts, Photo Contest Winners, Films & Art [cat_name] => Mixed Media [category_nicename] => mixed_media [category_parent] => 0 ) [3] => WP_Term Object ( [term_id] => 651 [name] => Announcements [slug] => announcements [term_group] => 0 [term_taxonomy_id] => 651 [taxonomy] => category [description] => Announcements on: New Programs, Surveys, Jobs/Internships, Contests, & Behind-the-Scenes Activity. [parent] => 0 [count] => 31 [filter] => raw [term_order] => 12 [cat_ID] => 651 [category_count] => 31 [category_description] => Announcements on: New Programs, Surveys, Jobs/Internships, Contests, & Behind-the-Scenes Activity. [cat_name] => Announcements [category_nicename] => announcements [category_parent] => 0 ) ) [category_links] => From the Field, For Parents ... )
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    [post_date] => 2018-09-20 10:53:31
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Did you know Dragons now offers an advanced level course for alumni of Dragons and other expedition, leadership, and international experiences?

The new program is for participants ages 18-25 and runs from Feb 7 - Apr 29, 2019. The itinerary was handcrafted by veteran Dragons instructor Tim Hare and includes wilderness exploration, Andean culture, Spanish language, and rock climbing. The course was developed in shared-vision and collaboration with the High Mountain Institute.

Read on for a bit of Tim's inspiration in designing the course:

TIM HARE
DIRECTOR OF RISK MANAGEMENT
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ON THE ANDES LEADERSHIP SEMESTER*
"The Andes mountains have captivated me for over 15 years, drawing me back to climb granite spires in southern Argentina, or walk through spacious wilderness of Patagonia or high glaciated peaks of Bolivia. The diversity of landscapes and cultures along the Andes Mountain range is breathtaking and I continue to learn so much from the various mountain communities and ways that humans have learned to relate to their natural surrounding in this region. "
ANDES LEADERSHIP SEMESTER*
PATAGONIA TO PERU
*The Andes Leadership semester is for students who have participated on a prior travel program or HMI course. 
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    [post_date] => 2018-09-13 11:21:48
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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] => [caption id="attachment_152682" align="aligncenter" width="431"]Guatemala Program Photo by Sydney Yang, Guatemala Summer Program.[/caption]

A lovely landing-home reflection from Guatemala Summer Student, Rose Fitzgerald:

As my final flight touches down, the bump of the wheels shudders through me and I let out a breath I didn’t know I was holding.
It’s over. It’s all over. I’m home.
I step off the plane, down through the airport and into the waiting arms of my family. Pressed against my mother’s chest, I cry unashamedly. In a flurry of moments, we’re picking up my bags, walking out of the airport, piling into cars- real cars! – and driving away. In the New York night, surrounded by air conditioning and English, Guatemala feels like some sort of fantastic and hazy dream. I can’t quite tell what is fiction and what is fact, like maybe I made it all up in my head. At home, I stumble into the apartment and promptly dump everything into the washing machine. I shuck off my clothes, reeking of travel and sweat, and once I remember how to turn it on the shower feels like being reborn. In the hot water, I lather up my hair and body with soap and shampoo, caring for my countless cuts and bug bites and cleaning the last remnants of dirt from under each nail. Curled up on the shower floor, I silently wonder if my host mother from Cotzal has ever had a shower like this. I think of the square-meter shack of a bucket shower, laundry soap and a torn curtain hung so low I’d had to crouch. I have to keep myself from crying a second time. When I emerge from the shower, dripping wet and gloriously not-dirty, I pass the mirror in my room and have to stop and stare. I do not at first recognise the person staring out at me. While the changes are minor, they are changes all the same, and my eyes gobble them up, reading differences like a book. There are new scars on my body- long thin scrapes up my leg from a fall while swimming, now-permanent rub marks on my ankle from when I was too stubborn to tie my boot right, a single line on my right arm- a burn from an iron, the very first night in the Miami airport. Along my stomach, thighs and back, hundreds of fading bites dot my skin and I grimace, remembering the flea fiasco in Cotzal. And all over my body is the patchy, uneven tan that comes with wearing a strange mixture of swimsuits and hiking pants every day. The final thing I notice is that the way I hold myself has changed. I can picture the me of a month ago, probably stooped beneath the weight of a bag, wringing her hands and talking everyone’s ear off from nerves. Now, my back is straight, and when I squeeze my thigh I feel muscle, most likely from carrying that same heavy bag every single day. I feel stronger than I’ve ever been. My family ushers me to the table, eager to hear my stories and force food down my throat, regardless of the late hour. On the table in front of me they lay out toast, corn flakes, cookies, tea, a slice of cold cheese pizza- a veritable American feast. They grill me for details, asking about my host families, the food, the other students, the trek, on and on and on. It’s nearly one A.M. by the time I go to bed. I am wrapped up in clean clothes and cozy blankets and surrounded by everything that I love and I am so deeply exhausted but I cannot seem to sleep. I am startlingly aware of the ridiculous excess I find myself drowning in. There is wi-fi at my constant disposal, and a phone and a computer and a TV to use whenever I like. Our kitchen if stuffed to the brim with food, food and more food, some of which we will never eat. I own more than twenty different products, lipsticks and concealers and eyeshadows and liners that I can press over freckles and dark circles, to hide my face away, and I own more clothes than I could possibly need. Again, I am reminded of my family in Cotzal, who I did not see change their clothes once during my visit. I am disgusted with myself. In the dark of my room, my mattress soft and springy beneath me, the night is eerily quiet. Even the ever-present hum of the AC cannot replace the trucks and wagons and barking I expect to hear in the street below. It feels like there is a hole in my chest, aching and raw. Where there once were butterflies, nervous and bright in my chest there is now an empty ache. I want to feel them again, fluttering against my ribcage, their wings whispering adventure and yes.
I am still Rose. I am still that same person, silly and impulsive and alive.
But in my heart, I know that everything has changed. ~Fin

Read more featured student reflections on our Yak of the Week board.

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