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The Great Wall

Jessica Parker, Participant

On June 27, our last day in Beijing, we visited the Great Wall of China. We got to eat lunch and dinner with a local family who lived by the section we went to. The family’s father used to be a well known chef in Beijing who moved to this village......Read More

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Communication

Allie Kapuchuck, Participant

We woke up with a breathtaking view that we would remember for the rest of our lives. As we ate breakfast that morning, we sat around the table talking and laughing while being surrounded by the mountains. Following our breakfast, we met at the base......Read More

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Naxi homestay

Alexandra Kerr, Participant

The Naxi homestay was definitely one that frightened me in the beginning of the trip. I think I was extremely afraid that I wouldn’t be able to connect with my family, because of language and lack of a shared culture. This was not the case with......Read More

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Tiger Leaping Gorge day 1

Leo Kamer, Participant

Today was the first and longest leg of the Tiger Leaping Gorge trek. We had an early start to keep within our timeframe for the hike, and, after breakfast, we loaded into a small bus, which dropped the group off at the beginning of the trail.......Read More

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Naxi homestay

Jessica Parker, Participant

We arrived at the village on June 16, and my host grandma picked me up and brought me home. Every night, me and my host grandparents would watch their favorite tv show, which was about the Chinese Civil War. My host mom lived in a different house......Read More

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Late night dancing

Graham Webb, Participant

My home stay in Nanyao village was so incredible it would take to long to describe all of the wonderful experiences I had while a part of my homestay family. One moment in particular though describes the entire trip. That moment was during the last......Read More

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Naxi homestay

Franklin Wetmore, Participant

I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Nanyao village with my home stay family. I felt that I was of great help to them, and I feel that I came to understand their culture more than I already been briefed on. Our instructors has warned us that the Naxi......Read More

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Naxi homestay

Allie Kapuchuck, Participant

We drove up those narrow roads that would make your stomach drop at every turn. Arriving at the base house where the teachers would be staying, we met a member of our host family to show us where we would be staying. An old man, with a cigarette......Read More

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Naxi homestay

Michela Jones, Participant

My experience in the Nanyao village was absolutely incredible. The connection I had with my host grandmother was something special. When I first arrived at her house, I attempted to ask where I could go use the bathroom. However, she thought the way......Read More

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Tourism in Lijiang

Michela Jones, Participant

After leaving our Nanyao homestay families, we traveled to explore the streets of Lijiang. We did a culture lesson that consisted of all of us being put into groups and given an article. All of the articles were about how the old town of Lijiang is......Read More

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Culture shock

Blake Brown, Participant

As soon as I walked through the gates of my homestay family’s house, I quickly felt the culture shock. This new way of living presented itself in many forms. Transitioning from never owning a pet to living with a dog, cats, multiple chickens, and......Read More

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Naxi homestay

Harrison Summers, Participant

My home stay with my Naxi family was very fun however it was also very challenging. I had a blast doing everything from playing basketball, working in the fields and even watching Game of Thrones in Chinese. These were all very fun however the best......Read More

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Enjoy the silence

Jack Lynch, Participant

Today, our group went to a Tibetan Buddhist Temple about 30 minutes away from the village we are staying at. Tibetan Buddism is named after the lands of Tibet in China. Our instructors gave us about one hour to explore the temple; the catch was our......Read More

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Nanyaocun homestay

Trey Mills, Participant

June 16 was our arrival into the Nanyao village. Some host families from the village came and picked us up in vans from the train station and took us to breakfast. After our breakfast, we were taken to the village where we met our host families. My......Read More

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Open Doors

Graham Webb, Participant

There is one minute aspect about this village that has had a tremendous impact on the day to day life of me and my fellow students in the village. That detail is the open doors and the lack of phones. Due to the fact that most of us have the......Read More

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Exploring Kunming

Jessica Parker, Participant

On June 16, everyone split up and went on a scavenger hunt. We split up into 3 groups of 3 and one group of 4, and were given a list of things and places we had to find and go to. My group successfully completed all the mandatory actions, which......Read More