The syncretism of Catholicism and Maya spirituality, Maya cosmo-vision, cycles of time, Latin American Protestantism, community based movements.
Modernization and globalization, impact of education and tourism on indigenous culture, exploration of minority empowerment issues, sustainable agriculture, social justice issues.
Focus Of Inquiry
Land use, grass roots organizing, sustainable agriculture, globalization, indigenous rights, social justice movements.
Spend 3 days with a local family in the town of Pachitulul on the south edge of lake Atitlan at the base of the volcano Santiago
Independent Study Project (ISP)
In Pachitulul and San Juan Cotzal, interview locals about topics of personal interest; projects often revolve around photojournalism, comparative analyses, personal experience and interviews
Instruction to basic Mayan and Spanish from a native speaker with regular opportunities to practice with locals
Examine service through a critical lens; help with group roles and assist your host family with daily household chores.
Dragons participants are travelers not tourists. We respect cultural norms by staying in family-owned accommodations and taking local transportation when possible. The most profound learning moments often arise in the spaces in between, and traveling alongside locals creates space for un-orchestrated moments of engagement.
On any program you choose, you can expect that Dragons instructors will guide you into the wilderness, exposing you to the pristine beauty of nature, undisturbed by the advances of modern development.