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Landed in LA!

Dragons Administration, Instructor

The Group, along with Language-B Group Instructor, Avery, have landed in LA where students are headed towards onward flights, or to the hotel with Avery. Wishing everyone a happy reunion with family and friends soon!...Read More

China: Mandarin Language Intensive (4-week) - Group A, China: Mandarin Language Intensive (4-week) - Group B

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International Return Group Flight Information

Carin, Dragons Admin

Dear Families & Friends, It is hard to believe that almost four weeks 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 anxiously......Read More

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Welcomed to Nanyao

Lillian Ellis, Participant

I am currently writing this Yak from the bustling kitchen of my host mom’s sister’s house. Relatives, friends, and neighbors gather as eggplants and mushrooms of all shapes and sizes sizzle in giant pots on the stove top. The vibrant environment......Read More

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China: Mandarin Language Intensive (4-week) - Group B

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My Nanyao Nainai

Ryann, Participant

It’s been incredible experiencing the day to day routine of the Naxi people in the small community of Nanyao. The city life we had become accustomed to is a stark contrast to the courtyard homes nestled on the side of a mountain which we now call......Read More

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China: Mandarin Language Intensive (4-week) - Group B

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Hidden Gems

Jake Birdwell (Editor: Eli Harrel), Participant

Hidden Gems   Throughout my time in Kunming, I focused on the aspects of business that couldn’t be experienced from an outside perspective. Through this exploration, I discovered good, bad, and definitely some ugly. While my time in Kunming......Read More

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Nanyao Village

Nichos Molnar, Participant

Hi. This village, the village of Nanyao, only has 1500 people living inside it. 1500 people, in a country with the largest population on the face of this earth. When taken into perspective, this really is a small town. Each of us lives at furthest......Read More

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China: Mandarin Language Intensive (4-week) - Group B

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Kunming homestay thank you party

Marcus Larsen-Strecker, Instructor

A few days ago our group of seven students and three instructors hastily cleaned and arranged the program house in preparation for our thank you party for our Kunming homestay families. Some of us wielded cleaning supplies while others arranged the......Read More

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Eli Transmission 2 (July 15)

Eli Harrel, Participant

Eli Transmission 2 (July 15)   As the rain poured over Kunming, we tidied the Program House for Language Group 4A, sweeping floors, organizing the library, and hanging artwork on the walls. Night fell as we rode public bus to Kunming Station,......Read More

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China: Mandarin Language Intensive (4-week) - Group B

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Leaving Kunming

Daniel Loughney & Spencer Crandall, Participant

As our 10 days in Kunming come to an end we are struck with the realization that our trip in China is almost halfway finished. It also gives us a chance to reflect on our days here spent with our home stay families, each other,  on ISPs, and......Read More

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China: Mandarin Language Intensive (4-week) - Group B

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New Experiences

Jake, Participant

Dear Family and Friends, I am writing to you from my host family’s home, a modest and well kept apartment in the heart of Kunming. The last several days have been amazing – riddled with new experiences. For example, last Saturday I was......Read More

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China: Mandarin Language Intensive (4-week) - Group B

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Norming

Nichos Molnar, Participant

So, I’m writing a yak post for anyone that has access to a computer and knows about the Dragons website. No pressure, no pressure. I’m not sure how clearly it has been articulated how much this trip has felt both infinitely long and......Read More

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Beijing and Kunming

Lillian and Ryann, Participant

Hello friends and family! We are sitting in the program house in Kunming writing after yet another delicious lunch. We arrived to the big city on Wednesday and have loved our time here so far. Before entering Yunnan, we spent an amazing few days in......Read More