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China: South of the Clouds

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Introduction

Will, Participant

Nihao everyone! I’m will, and I’m super excited for this 3 month adventure with you all. So excited to learn Mandarin, because currently I know zero, and soak in this foreign land. A little about me, I love to read love music and enjoy......Read More

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Intro from Noélly

Noélly Flôr, Participant

Hi everyone! My name is Noélly and I’m from São Paulo, Brazil. I graduated from high school in December of 2016 (Brazil’s educational system is different from the American one) and will start college in the US this fall. This past year......Read More

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Introduction

Clara Gardner, Participant

Hi Everyone, My name is Clara. I was born in Vietnam and adopted. I grew up in NYC. I’m currently on a gap year and will be starting college in the fall. I hope to continue studying Mandarin in college. I started learning Mandarin in high......Read More

WTBD Yaks from China

China: South of the Clouds

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Final Departure Reminders!

Carin, Dragons Admin

The time has finally arrived – you’re heading off to China for an amazing 3 month adventure! We are so excited for you! Please read the following information carefully, as it contains all the details you’ll need for a successful,......Read More

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Introduction

Zoe, Participant

Hi everyone! My name is Zoe and I’m from Burlingame, California, a suburb just south of San Francisco. I graduated from high school last spring and I’ll be starting college in the upcoming fall. I spent three months this past fall in Ireland......Read More

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Intro from Jack

Jack Kreisler, Participant

你好 everyone! My name is Jack, and I’m from Boston. I went to boarding school and graduated last spring, and I start college this fall. So far on my gap year has been very eventful: I biked across Europe over the summer and then did a NOLS......Read More

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Student Introduction

Julia Schwedock, Participant

Hi Everyone! My name is Julia Schwedock and I’m really excited/nervous/mostly excited for this adventure! I live in the greater Los Angeles area with my parents, younger brother, and two cats. I graduated from high school in 2017 and will be......Read More

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Intro from Izzy

Izzy Schmitt, Participant

Hi everyone! I’m Izzy. I live near Lake Champlain in one of Vermont’s many small towns, although I lived in Arizona for the first six years of  my life, and was born in China. I haven’t been back since I was born, but have......Read More

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Our Tentative Itinerary!

Instructor Team, Dragons Admin

Hello All! Greetings from Chiang Mai, Thailand where we’ve joined Dragons Mekong and Indonesia instructors and Dragons Administrators for spring semester Instructor Training and Orientation. We’ve been thinking about you! And we’ve......Read More

WTBD Yaks from China

China: South of the Clouds

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Clara’s Question about New Year’s

Jody, Dragons Admin

Hi Clara & Everyone – Thanks for your patience over the last few days as we’ve been a bit slower to respond. We (Gong, Kristen & Greg, along with China Program Director, Jody, and other Dragons instructor teams and staff) are......Read More

WTBD Yaks from China

China: South of the Clouds

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Homestay: Lunar New Year?

Clara Gardner, Participant

In response to Kristen Gianaris’s post concerning homestays, will we be with a family for Lunar New Year? If so, can/should we bring red envelopes with a dollar for their kids, if they have children. Thanks....Read More

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HELLO!

Vivienne Le, Participant

Hi everyone!   My name is Vivienne. I live in a small, quiet town in Connecticut, about an hour-long train ride from New York City, and have spent almost all of my life here. My family is Vietnamese, but I’ve never been to Asia or ventured......Read More

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Independent Study Projects

Kristen, Participant

Dear Fellow Travelers, Along with making new friends, having fun, and exploring new places, a huge part of this experience will be centered around the endless opportunities to learn. We will learn from each other, learn from each community that we......Read More

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Pre-Course assignment

Gregory Pettys, Participant

Dear China Students, In the next few days we would like to ask you to complete one small task to help us instructors learn a little more about you. We’re asking that each student write an informal letter to your instructors (Greg, Kristen and......Read More

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Homestays!

Kristen Gianaris, Participant

Can you believe we are already nearing our departure date for China? As we begin working on our final travel preparations, we wanted to give a bit of guidance and a few notes regarding an exciting component of our adventure: homestays! As one of our......Read More