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China group on the way home! Thank you!

Jody, Dragons Admin

All students on the group flight home are now through security in Beijing and on their way home. Students traveling independently are also making their way to their next destinations, with the help of instructors and traveling family members. A huge......Read More

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China: South of the Clouds

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Reflection from Mai Gang

Jack Kreisler, Participant

At one point during our stay in the Tibetan village of Mai Gang, we did an exercise in map-making and creativity. Below is what I wrote as I walked around the village, observing and reflecting. I wrote this without using my eraser. We sat in a......Read More

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China: South of the Clouds

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Return International Group Flight Information

Carin, Dragons Admin

Dear Spring 2018 China Semester Families, It is hard to believe that 3 months have passed since your student embarked on this incredible adventure! It won’t be long until students will be boarding their planes back home. We are sure you are......Read More

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Jack Kicks a Football

TTTWJ&T: EPISODE #8, Participant

Tiny Table Talks with Jack & Tio: Episode #8 Jack Kicks a Football: VIEW HERE A chat about Mai Gang and Jack kicks a football. Enjoy!...Read More

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Chengdu

TTTWJ&T: Episode #7, Participant

Tiny Table Talks with Jack and Tio: Episode #7 Chengdu, Sichuan: Filmed on April 8, 2018   Notes from the Chengdu subway as we head to Songpan and the Tibetan Plateau.  ...Read More

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Hiking Check-In

TTTWJ&T: Episode #6, Participant

Tiny Table Talks with Jack and Tio: Episode #6 (Filmed on April 1, 2018) Hiking Check In: VIEW HERE After leaving the pottery workshop in Jinhong, we were ready to fill our new Dai-style tea cups with all kinds of Puer! After a five hour hike......Read More

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Pottery in Jinhong

TTTWJ&T: Episode #5, Participant

Tiny Table Talks With Jack and Tio: Episode #5 Filmed on March 31, 2018 VIEW HERE Episode #5 details the final weeks in Kunming, Thailand adventures, some fun dances, and our trip to Xishuangbanna....Read More

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EPISODE #4 IS NOW VIEWABLE

TTTWJ&T, Participant

TINY TABLE TALKS WITH JACK AND TIO [APRIL 18, 2018] EPISODE #4: VIEW HERE (from March 18th) A note from the producer (Kristen): Well, it’s been over a month since you last heard from Jack & Tio… However, the beautiful tea hills of......Read More

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China: South of the Clouds

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Can You See the Wind: a poem about a village in...

Clara Gardner, Participant

Can You See the Wind? By Clara Gardner I feel it as a chilly breeze, That greets the rising sun. I feel it as the afternoon heat That bakes the drying clothes. I hear it in the laughter of the children That rings throughout the village And in the......Read More

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China: South of the Clouds

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Unstoppable Force Meets Immovable Object

Julia, Participant

This is an edited journal entry that I wrote on April 18, 2018 on a bus ride to a village called Song Pan. It has a lot of lists. – Up until this trip, I can only recall a few instances where I’ve fallen asleep on transportation. Now, even a......Read More

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Photos from Amdo

Jody, Dragons Admin

Picture of the Week

The group is now living with Tibetan families in the village of Mai Gang, Sichuan Province, near the border of Gansu and about an hour from two large Tibetan Buddhist (Gelug) monasteries in the town of Langmusi. This region is historically part of the Tibetan region of Amdo. Their access to internet is limited, but they’ve shared some beautiful photos….

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No mud, no lotus.

Gregory Pettys, Participant

There is a saying in Buddhism that goes, “No mud, no loutus.” On a literal level this is referring to the symbiotic relationship between muddy ponds and the breathtaking brilliance of the fabled lotus flowers found throughout Asia. On a......Read More

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X-Phase Day 1: Chengdu

Isha and Noelly(with an accent!), Participant

For those who don’t know, X-Phase is the student led expedition phase during the gap semester. During this time, students take charge of the daily itinerary as well as the responsibilities usually undertaken by the instructor team (I-Team).......Read More

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China: South of the Clouds

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Photos from Xishuangbanna, Yunnan

Jody, Dragons Admin

The group’s month of travel is now underway and their most recent days have been spent visiting an ethnically Aini village in the forested hills of Xishuangbanna. This is tea picking season, so they’ve been learning a lot about the......Read More

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China: South of the Clouds

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Episode #4: We Found the Show

Tiny Table Talks With Jack and Tio (TTTWJ&T), Participant

TINY TABLE TALKS WITH JACK AND TIO (TTTWJ&T) : EPISODE #4 VIEW HERE! Filmed about a week ago, we’re a little late posting! Sorry, folks! We don’t have any notes from your producer or vlogcasters today. We need to head to the airport......Read More