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Exploring Lhasa

Jody, Dragons Admin

The group is now enjoying their third day in Lhasa and excited as they learn more about the region and Tibetan Buddhism. All students are healthy and doing well! A few photos from the instructor team, below:...Read More

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End of Kunming Homestay

Sophie, Participant

Last night we had a goodbye party, marking the end of our Kunming homestay. Our Chinese language teachers, most of our host families, and some of our ISP teachers came. Crowed into the tiny program house, everyone listened as we introduced ourselves......Read More

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Painting ISPs

Team China, Instructor

Students learning traditional Chinese painting as part of their Independent Study Project (ISP)...Read More

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Upcoming Itinerary

Team China, Instructor

Hello Families and Friends! Next Thursday morning, Nov 14th our team will head to Lhasa for a one-week stay in the Tibetan Autonomous Region. We will visit Potala Palace, Johkang Temple, and Barkor Street to name a few of the destinations on our......Read More

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Homestay Visit

Tindy Chen, Instructor

It’s our last week in Kunming, we are ready to move to the next adventure-Lhasa, I’m surprised how athletic this group is, students all signed up the same gym near the program house, and went to do training at anytime they could find. The......Read More

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Nighttime

Casimir, Participant

Sometimes, well past the hour at which my host-parents retreat upstairs, after the car horns have subsided and the lonely stray dogs have let out their final, somber barks, I lie awake on my ever-absent host-bother’s bed and ponder nothing in......Read More

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The Stone Cutter

Aiden Woodard, Participant

Once there was a stone cutter. He lived a simple life, cutting and carving stone for those who requested it of him. Each and every day he would repeat this simple life. Today was no different from any other day and he woke up as the sun shone......Read More

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A Quick Homestay Story

Miles Bader, Participant

So my host family ordered hot pot for dinner the other night, which is a novel idea in itself. That is to say, my mother placed an order online, and not long after, a delivery man knocked on our apartment door with a massive box, containing all the......Read More

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Short But Necessary

Jordana, Participant

This afternoon, a Tuesday – a day we usually do group activities in the afternoon, as we have ISPs on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday – we were trying to watch a movie about the student uprisings in Hong Kong in 2014, but the VPN is a bit......Read More

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Thoughts on the Journey So Far

Alex Billingsley, Participant

We are now in Kunming after one month of travel. One month doesn’t sound like a long time, but each day feels like a week when you are in a country you’ve never been to before. Every restaurant is new, every town a surprise, and things......Read More

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First Night in Kunming

Jordana, Participant

After a six hour bullet train ride, from Chengdu to Kunming train station, a subway ride, and a taxi ride, we finally arrived at the Dragon’s program house 🙂 Our host families awaited our arrival, along with our three Chinese teachers, who......Read More

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MUJERES Y MADRES PODEROSAS

Adriana, Participant

Gracias Isa, Fe y Caro Por las reflexiones que nos comparten y por los sentimientos hacia nosotras, ser mujer es un regalo de Dios y ser madre el doble, el amor con que entregamos todo a nuestros hijos sin esperar nada a cambio es el amor mas puro......Read More

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Mothers of China

Carolina, Faith and Isa, Participant

Yak of the Week

Carolina/Isa/Faith Yak (Carolina) My first homestay mother was called Zhouma.  When she first welcomed us into her home she seemed beautiful in a quiet, unobtrusive type of way.  It wasn’t until the next morning, when she dragged us out of bed......Read More