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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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China: South of the Clouds

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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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China: South of the Clouds

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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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China: South of the Clouds

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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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China: South of the Clouds

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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

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Hiking on the Gansu/Sichuan Border!

Maddie Melton, Instructor

We had been watching the clouds swirl and sun set over this mountain across the valley for the first four days of our second homestay in Diebu and finally decided to hike it! A steep climb up to 12,000ft with hawks flying overhead and the clouds......Read More

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China: South of the Clouds

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The Case For Simple Living: Reflections on the...

Miles Bader, Participant

The word “village” threw me off. Driving down the road into our first homestay in a rural Tibetan nomadic community, I was immediately struck by the mere emptiness–the simplicity. The landscape was sparse: grassy hills under a cloudy......Read More

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China: South of the Clouds

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Our first homestay

Jordana, Participant

Our time in Garkush (our first Tibetan Homestay) was incredible. We stayed with nomadic families, who primarily only spoke a Tibetan dialect. Going into the homestay, I was nervous about communication, as they did not speak any English or Chinese,......Read More

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Homestays in Amdo

Jody, Dragons Admin

Dear Families & Friends, On behalf of the group, we want to apologize for the sparse communication so far! Yesterday was the 70th Anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. As a result, blocks on the internet have made......Read More

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A Recap by Caroline feat a Haiku by Carolina

Caroline, Participant

After meeting our instuctors in the Beijing airport, we drove for hours in a tiny van with people that once seemed like strangers, but even from the beginning we were an outgoing group who shared music and food tastes. We arrived at the guest house......Read More

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Enjoying Beijing…Internet Challenges

Jody, Dragons Admin

Hello Families and Friends – Just sharing a quick update to let everyone following the Yak Board at home know that the group is doing well and off to a great start, now in Beijing. As many of you are aware, unfortunately, accessing the......Read More