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La Yue Village Homestays

Petal Niles, Instructor

Our second morning in La Yue Shan again saw trails of mist hugging the lush mountainside. From the stream at the bottom of the village we followed Yang Laoshi up the trails towards the clouds. We passed outcrops of rock roses, rhododendron not yet......Read More

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Finishing up rural homestay

Simon, Dragons Admin

We’re halfway through our first rural homestay. We are accompanying families into the rice fields, biking to a nearby river with homestay siblings, taking language classes, and engaging in conversations about contemporary culture and religion with......Read More

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Day 6

Khalil Bland, Dragons Admin

On the sixth day of our Cambodian trip we had a range of good experiences. It started off with a few group members waking up early than expected because their clocks were off and coming to the camp early. They helped the clean up because the had......Read More

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Arrived and well

Matt and Jamie, Instructor

Our group is together and traveling through the initial orientation phase of our course surrounded by beautiful rice paddies and many smiles. More updates will come as we settle in. Internet connectivity has been slow out here so we appreciate your......Read More

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Norfolk Academy Dragons in Lijiang

Luke and Mark, Instructor

Fresh faces on a sunny morning in Lijiang! We’re stoked to have our Norfolk Academy friends here in this remote region of Northwestern Yunnan Province. Tiger Leaping Gorge and Nanyaocun await us!   Luke, Mark and the Dragons Community...Read More

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Chambok Ecotourism Community Stay

Mara and Jan, Instructor

We have arrived here at Chambok Ecotourism Community. This community was a National Geographic World Legacy award finalist in 2017. The community is located at Kirirom National Park. As we arrived, we were welcomed to the community by traditional......Read More

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Goodbye Huashang, Hello Hot Pot

Simon, Dragons Admin

After saying goodbye to Huashang this morning the group returned to Chengdu. The students explored People’s Park and got to try hot pot for the first time. Finally, lead panda researcher Jake Owens talked with us about his work and the biology of......Read More

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Arrived safe and sound!

Mara and Jan, Instructor

We scooped up our new crew of intrepid travelers at the airport and are on our way! We’re excited for orientation and activities in the bustling and fascinating city of Phnom Penh – Cambodia!   Thanks for following along our......Read More

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ISP

Itzá and Luis, Instructor

Hello Families, Here are some photos of our students engaged in Independent Study activities which included cooking, weaving and music lesson. Students are doing great, and we’re excited to immersed in Tiquipaya.  ...Read More

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Successful Trek! Travel Day to Tiquipaya

Simon, Dragons Admin

Hello HIES Families, The crew completed a successful trek and is spending their final night in Sucre. Tomorrow they’ll drive up to Tiquipaya, Dragons program base outside the city of Cochabamba. Here is a photo from tonight’s dinner.......Read More

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Panda Huggers and Dragon Slayers

Joseph Vincent, Instructor

“Panda-hugger” and “dragon-slayer” have become popular terms in recent years for describing two different kinds of China-watchers. Rob Gifford defines the terms as follows: “A panda-hugger is someone who says that......Read More

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Bolivia Bound!

Luis and Itza, Instructor

Hello Students , Families and Friends of HIES! This is a note from your Dragons instructors Itza and Luis to say hello from Santa Cruz! We’re here in Bolivia’s largest city preparing everything for your arrival tomorrow. We’re enjoying the......Read More

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Pre-Departure Readings and Themes

Simon Hart, Dragons Admin

Readings and Materials Before the Course Over the next six weeks, Gina, Stephen and Iván will share readings and media links on this Yak Board for you to review, reflect and share your observations and thoughts.  The materials will be based on......Read More