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A student practices working the fields with a water buffalo. Photo by Ming-Jiu-Li, China Summer Program.

Sakor Village Homestay

To me the part of any Dragons course that holds the greatest potential for personal growth and cross cultural learning is the homestay component. This part brings the rawest and most intense emotions in students. Many of those comforts the students may have been accustomed to are stripped away. You’re no longer with the group, speaking English. You’re with relative strangers having to navigate a culture and language vastly different from your own. Yet despite the challenge or maybe because of it you grow. You grow in a way you never could playing it safe and sticking to what your comfortable with. To the people of Sakor and to our beloved homestay coordinator, Sham, I want to say a heartfelt thank you for welcoming 14 once strangers, now friends into your community and into your homes. Here’s a short video that attempts to capture the beauty of Sakor.