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Hi!

Hello everyone!

My name is Laetitia van Kippersluis and I’m 17 years old. I live in Bussum, which is a small town near Amsterdam in the Netherlands. I live with my parents and my two brothers (one of them is in the picture). I graduated from high school last spring and I’ll be going to college in the Netherlands after my gap year. In my spare time I like playing field hockey and spending time with my family and friends.

I’m really excited about this trip because I love traveling and learning more about different people, places and cultures. Also, being in a group with a lot of Americans has the benefit for me that I can improve my English and learn about your culture as well. I have traveled to Asia with my family a little bit before this but having been to a few places only made me want to see a lot more!

For these last few weeks I had in mind to read as much as possible about the region we’re going to, but it turns out finding the books on the suggested reading list is surprisingly hard here so I’m going to have to work on that a bit harder..

I’m looking forward to meeting all of you!!

Laetitia