Luis Gabriel Alvarado

Latin America, United States & Himalaya Instructor

B.A. Spanish Language and Literature, B.A. Fine Arts, Truman State University

Born in Denton, Texas where he started off life running around in the sun and drawing pictures, at an early age Luis moved with his siblings and mother to her home state Missouri in the Great Plains where he continued to fill his time drawing, painting and sculpting. Through exposure to new ideas and people at a high school which specialized in visual and performing arts, Luis became actively interested in politics, music and youth activism.

Luis attended Truman State University where he studied Latin American Studies and Fine Arts, then spent his sophomore year of college studying in Mexico and traveling in Central America.  A fascination with indigenous culture, language and history led Luis back to Guatemala during the summers and after graduating from college.  Before working for Dragons, he worked as a group leader for a non-for-profit in the Kaqchiquel Maya region of Lake Atitlan, organizing and carrying out sustainable and appropriate development projects in indigenous communities.  He has also worked as an outdoor guide, a job in which he had the privilege of exploring some of the most beautiful and remote parts of Guatemala.  Luis’ current interests include Permaculture and strategies for sustainable living.  When not working or traveling he can usually be found playing the guitar somewhere in the farmlands of Northeast Missouri with a smile on his face.

Luis has led Dragons summer and semester courses in Central America, Bolivia, and Peru. He is a certified Wilderness First Responder.