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Photo by Sampor Burke, Mekong Semester.


Hi guys! My name is Joya and I’m from London, England. I’m 18, I just graduated high school, and I’m taking a gap year before going to college in the US next year.

I love playing soccer and basketball, cooking, and listening to music. I also really like to read, so you can catch me trying to squeeze as many books into my backpack as I can 🙂

I have spent the past weeks leading up to the trip traveling and hanging out with my siblings (my step-sister is in the pic with me).

I have never been to Asia before, so I’m super excited to have the opportunity to experience so many new countries and cultures! I’m also looking forward to learning more about the geo-politics and environmental issues around the Mekong.

Can’t wait to meet everyone soon!!