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Hey guys! I’m Morgan

Morgan Foster, Participant

Hey guys! My name is Morgan and I am from Orlando, Florida. The way I got involved with Mandarin is pretty boring but the experiences have been incredible. In 7th grade, students were able to chose from Mandarin, Spanish, Latin, or French. Up until......Read More

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China: Mandarin Language Intensive (6-week)

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Packing

Ulysses Atkeson, Participant

Hello Ross, Ben, and Patricia, I noticed that shorts are not listed on the packing list. Is this correct? If not how many should I pack? Also do we need a bathing suit? Thanks, Uly...Read More

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China: Mandarin Language Intensive (6-week)

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Departure Day Details & Reminders!

Carin, Dragons Admin

Dear Dragons Students & Parents, Your journey is right around the corner and we can’t wait to meet you! Below is a reminder about your day-of travel details. Should you need to reach our staff during students’ travel days (both during AND......Read More

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China: Mandarin Language Intensive (6-week)

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The Electronics Policy

Ross Killion, Participant

Da Jia Hao, The following is a summary of our electronics policy. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions. We know this may be painful at first, but the trip will really better this way. You will look back with no regrets.......Read More

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China: Mandarin Language Intensive (6-week)

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Suggestions for Gifts to Homestay Families

Ross Killion, Participant

Hello everyone, In less than 3 weeks we will set off for the summer. As the exciting day approaches fast, you must have lots of questions piling up in your head. That’s why we are here to help and answer your questions. We will also be sharing......Read More

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Packing Guidelines and Tips

benjamin reitz, Participant

Dear 6-week Mandarin Intensive Students, I once heard some sage advice from a friend about packing: “bring half the stuff you think you’ll need and twice as much money”. While you won’t need to spend a lot of money on this trip (see the note......Read More

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China: Mandarin Language Intensive (6-week)

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First Assignment: Your China Story

benjamin reitz, Participant

Dear 6-week Mandarin Intensive Students, In the next few days before our course begins, we would like to ask you to complete one pre-trip assignment to help us instructors learn a little more about you. We’re asking that each student write an......Read More

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China: Mandarin Language Intensive (6-week)

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TENTATIVE ITINERARY–GET READY!

Patricia Li, Instructor

Hello Language Six Students! In less than a month, we will embark on our summer adventures together. As we eagerly await your introductions here on the Yak Board, we want to present you and families and friends with a proposed itinerary for our......Read More

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Instructor Introduction

Benjamin Reitz, Participant

Dear 6-week Mandarin Language Intensive Students, 大家好!Hello from Andover, Mass. I’m currently finishing up my second year of teaching Chinese language and culture classes at Andover Phillips Academy. I couldn’t be more excited......Read More

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China: Mandarin Language Intensive (6-week)

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A Note on Social Networking

Carin, Dragons Admin

Dear Summer 2018 Travelers, It’s great to see your Yak Board come to life! This is a very exciting time of year for all of us, and while we understand that you’re likely anxious to meet your traveling companions, we have a request for you:......Read More

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Welcome from China Program Director Jody Segar

Jody, Dragons Admin

Hello China Summer 2018 Students & Families! Welcome to the Yak Board! Going forward, this will be our main forum for sharing information about preparing for the summer, a place for instructors and students to introduce themselves, a place to......Read More

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China: Mandarin Language Intensive (6-week)

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Welcome to the Yak Board!

The Dragons Admin Team, Dragons Admin

Dear Summer 2018 students, Welcome to the Dragons community and your course’s Yak Board! You can think of your course’s Yak Board as a online group journal and virtual bulletin board. Pre-course, your instructors will use the board to......Read More