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McCallie Dragons re on their way home

I-Team, Participant

Dear Parents, After an amazing journey of two weeks in China we just said goodbye to the students and teachers at Beijing Capital Airport.   It was a truly inspiring journey for all of us. We spent time together to go deep into  cultural......Read More

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Day 3!!!

Kacey Cooper, Participant

Today, the bulldogs took on the task of attending our first Chinese classes. We all started out the day meeting with our host students and their classmates. We met in an assembly room and were officially introduced to our Chinese classmates. We were......Read More

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Peking Opera mask art

Jasmine Brown, Participant

Today we went to Beijing’s art museum where we learned how they make different kinds of traditional Chinese art. We made masks that represent good people. The red on the mask signifies courage, black represents reckless but straightforward, and......Read More

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Guided Tour of Beijing

Sydney Beverly, Participant

Today we went many places in Beijing such as the Forebidden City, Tiananmen Square and the Beijing art museum. At the Tiananmen Square it is a big square and you can tell the different artitecture styles. We saw one building dedicated to Mao......Read More

WTBD Yaks from China

Norfolk Academy China

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My Host Family

Sammi Jacobs, Participant

I am currently staying with Rainbow and her parents who have been so amazing to me. They have welcomed me as part of their family. When she picked me up at the airport, Rainbow greeted me with flowers and a huge hug. I know Rainbow is very friendly......Read More

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Experiencing the Forbidden City

Virginia Chandler, Participant

New cultures never fail to shock a person. A different language, a strange food, everything fails to be recognizable as familiar. For me, China has been breathtakingly shocking and full of beauty. Beijing has by far been the greatest culture change......Read More

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First Days in China

Kacey Cooper, Participant

This trip so far has been everything I knew it would be and so much more. My host family has been nothing but sweet to me these past few days and I am so happy to be here. I have already experienced so many new things, like trying the new foods,......Read More

WTBD Yaks from China

Norfolk Academy China

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China; A First Impression

Guil Ware, Participant

To be in a place that is so different, yet so similar is indescribable. In Beijing I find myself in a place where I am completely lost, I can not read the language, write it, or find my way among the crowds. Yet, I am still enjoying it. My host......Read More

WTBD Yaks from China

Norfolk Academy China

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Tian’anmen Square

Courtney Kilduff, Participant

Today our group of 14 students, 3 teachers, and one tour guide walked through the crowded Tian’anmen Square. While learning the history of this famous site in Beijing, we took pictures of the landmarks, and learned that Chinese tourists also like......Read More

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shopping day

rose steingold, Participant

Yesterday Heidi and I went shopping for the day in the town area. We walked around the whole day with a couple other students and their hosts. We stopped at the cat cafe for a little while and then went to lunch at a market style restaurant.......Read More

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first days in china

Sofia Wachtmeister, Participant

I have just arrived in Beijing and met up with my exchange student, Alice. We spent our first day shopping! I have been trying many new foods here (good and bad). The driving here is quite crazy and in my opinion reckless. It is the next day now and......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Bolivia

HIES Bolivia

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Tiquipaya Homestay: Student Voices

Erik Vincent, Participant

Tiquipaya Homestay – Student Voices Greg Hays: To say the least, living with our host families has been a life changing experience. I have spent time in South America before, and have seen the way people live, but never have experienced it. On......Read More

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Student Intros & Pre-Course Assignment

Instructors, Participant

Hello everyone! Now that you know where the Yak Board is, Guy and I would like for us all to start using it. Firstly, we’d like for each of you to introduce yourselves on this Board. Tell us a little about yourself: what your hobbies and......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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Trekking: from Sucre to Maragua and Back

Erik Vincent, Instructor

There is an interesting thing that happens when you take time to slow down, to walk instead of run, to take in the landscape—the trees, the brush, the birds, the colors—at a more leisurely pace and in sharper detail than the technicolor blur......Read More

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Tiger Leaping Gorge Photos

Marcus, Participant

A breath-taking and strenuous first day hiking beneath Yulongxue mountain. Supposedly the peak is shrouded by clouds most days, but we had a very beautiful hike. Tomorrow we push on for Tiger Leaping Gorge!...Read More