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Mingalarbar !!!

This summer, I’m so honored to work with Ei Shwe Sin and Micah. I will be one of your instructors. I cannot tell you how excited I am about the adventures we will have together in the coming months. This summer will be my 3rd times leading Dragons course, and 2nd times summer course. I look forward to meeting each and every one of you and getting to know you better as we travel through Myanmar. Here is a little something about me until we meet in person!

My name is Ngun Siang Kim but people called me ‘Siang’. Unlike Western Myanmar people do not have the family name, so we just pick a nickname for ourselves which in a way we want people to call us.

I was born and raised in small town called “Falam”, in Chin State, it’s in the North-west part of Myanmar. When I was 13 years old, I moved to Yangon (the former capital of Myanmar), to have access better education. I finished my high-school and University in Yangon. I want to express my sincere gratitude on United State Department program and the country itself. It plays a vital role in my life turning point. During my senior year in college, I was selected for student exchange in the US. Also, State Department supported me to run “Civic Education’ projects different states in Myanmar, which have the high impact of my trainee’s life.

As I spend most of my adulthood in the city, I’ve always considered myself a city person and was never that interested in the countryside or nature really. But since I started working as a Dragons instructor, I have had a few opportunities to visit rural Myanmar and being closer to nature than I have ever been before. I discovered a different side of me that I didn’t even know existed. I love spending time with our rural home-stay family, taking a walk around the village by myself and chatting with the neighbors. I learned to slow down and appreciate the beauty of life in smaller details which I have missed before. I realized that I can be perfectly happy without a lot of stuff and constant entertainment. In fact, I am actually happier without them. I learned a great deal about myself through learning about a new culture and a new way of life. That’s the magic of travel.

We will spend one month together, we will go through the highs and lows of traveling. We will be challenged and pushed out of our comfort zones as individuals and as a group. There will be laughter, tears, and sweat, but there won’t be regrets! Let’s embrace Myanmar together with open minds and unprecedented curiosity. Let’s explore, discover, think, question, learn and most importantly, have fun, a lot of fun!

Looking forward to seeing some self-introductions here soon.

If you have questions you can also reach me out my personal email;

[email protected]

 

Best,

Siang