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Photo by Ryan Kost, Andes & Amazon Semester.


Hi everyone! My name is Ryan. I’m from the US but grew up in Singapore and Beijing. I was a sophomore at Georgetown University until this fall when I came home to California to take care of my Dad who was undergoing a bone marrow transplant for leukemia. I’ve also been applying to transfer universities. Thankfully, my Dad’s recovery has gone incredibly well thus far, and so I have the opportunity to take part in this amazing trip. Since I grew up in Asia, I’ve never been to South America and speak zero Spanish, so I’m looking forward to the totally new and exciting journey ahead. Other things about me: I love basketball, books, surfing, running and hiking. Can’t wait to meet you guys in Miami!