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    [post_date] => 2019-03-11 13:35:07
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Did you know that Dragons now offers College Study Abroad SUMMER programs in Bolivia and China?

Like all our College Study Abroad Programs, our approach to these new 4-week long summer offerings is to provide high-quality academic experiences in unconventional places. In addition to rigorous academic exploration, we learn by doing, travel like locals, live with families, and get dirty for the sake of discovery.

These programs offer college study abroad students the opportunity to dive into the heart of either Bolivia or China. We do so through language study, homestays, and workshops focused on pressing local and cultural issues. Students earn 4 semester credits in Spanish or Mandarin and receive a transcript from our School of Record. Both programs run from July 10 - August 8, 2019 and language learners at all levels are welcome to apply.

Here is a snapshot of each program:

Bolivia - 4-week Language and Cultural Exploration: Students expand their Spanish language abilities through interactive instruction, investigate Bolivian culture in an extended rural homestay, and learn first-hand from local communities. To learn more about the Dragons Bolivia summer program, visit the Bolivia Summer College Abroad Program page.

China - 4-week Language and Cultural Exploration: Students experience life in rural and urban China while improving their Mandarin language skills, engage in multiple homestays, and examine complex cultural issues. To learn more about the Dragons China summer program, visit the China Summer College Abroad Program page.

We hope you enjoy exploring these new options for college students! Feel free to be in touch with questions anytime.

Sincerely,

Cara Lane-Toomey and Shino Yoshen

 

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    [post_date] => 2019-02-21 12:21:03
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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_date] => 2019-01-22 10:49:57
    [post_date_gmt] => 2019-01-22 17:49:57
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Where There Be Dragons has been selected for a Community Choice Award as one of the Top Gap Year Providers of 2018 in the category of Housing by GoOverseas.com.

Winners were named by the community of travelers at GoOverseas where Dragons has 109 participant reviews, 21 interviews, and a 98% average review grade.
 
GoOverseas says: 
We're thrilled to recognize Where There Be Dragons as one of the best travel organizations in 2018 through this merit-based award.

Thanks for the award GoOverseas!

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    [post_date] => 2018-08-23 09:46:37
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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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    [post_date] => 2018-08-16 10:56:40
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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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    [post_date] => 2018-07-26 12:11:20
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We LOVE IT when we get news (and photos) of Alumni student groups re-uniting in new locations.

Here's a photo and caption from Jennie Adler (Madagascar/Senegal Semester Fall 2017) in which seven of the original nine students in the group were able to meet up in Amsterdam for a 10-day reunion. She says the best part was just...
...being able to go to sleep and wake up to seeing each others faces once again like we did on our Dragons trip. Dragons Student Group Reunion in Netherlands
"When we said goodbye in the DC airport no one anticipated that just we were just 7 weeks from the majority of us meeting again at the Schiphol airport in the Netherlands to spend 10 days with each other and explore the city of Amsterdam. People arrived at the airport over the span of three days and as the greeting party increased so did our celebration each time one more of our friends walked through the gates and into our arms. Amsterdam is a great city, with roads that let you wander without getting bored and without feeling that you're lost even though you’ve come to a dead end twice and have no idea where the bus station is. But the highlight of our trip was not the museums or the canals, (though it might have been biking for Grace); the whole trip was ultimately about being able to go to sleep and wake up to seeing each others faces once again like we did on our Dragons trip. We all went our separate ways when we left, to different states and even different countries, and couldn’t help but wonder if things would be the same upon our reunion. But our time together is a testament to the bond you create on a Dragons program. All together again, our trip was filled with smiles and laughter, as though no time had passed.  This isn’t our last reunion, and I can’t wait to have all of us to be together again by a fire laughing over stories from Temanto Samba and Ranomofana, and to keep that part of ourselves we left in those two countries very much alive."

Have YOU had a post-course reunion? Send us a photo and caption! We'd love to share it.

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