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Mekong: The Tibetan Plateau to the Heart of Southeast Asia

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Mekong: The Tibetan Plateau to the Heart of Southeast Asia

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Pushing On

Ben, Participant

Here we were, sitting on some rocks in the small cave near Vang Vieng, and a thought occurred to me – how did I get here? How did I go from my nice cushy life in Suburban America to being in a small pool of water in rural Central Laos? Let’s......Read More

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Naga Dreaming

I-Team, Participant

Our mid-course aligned with the full moon and Boun Ork Phansa (The End of Buddhist Lent). Candlelight processions are held in many temples across the country followed by Lay Heua Fai. Rivers illuminate as small boats carry candles down waterways.......Read More

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New York Times Article: ‘Our River Was Like a...

Jessica Armstrong, Dragons Admin

Hi all, A parent just sent me the below article from the New York Times that is very relevant to our Mekong program and our student’s experience. Link to article here: ‘Our River Was Like a God’: How Dams and China’s Might Imperil the......Read More

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Mekong: The Tibetan Plateau to the Heart of Southeast Asia

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Sand Kingdom

Eleanor, Participant

Night fell swiftly over the shores of the Mekong. The group had recently landed on a secluded area in Pakbang, Laos, and after a long day of lounging on the boat — reading, sipping hot chocolate, or (in Mikey’s case) hammocking — along......Read More

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Banana

Brit, Participant

On a fine day drifting down the Mekong, Anna and I decided to taste test all the bananas that were on our boat. Remarkably there were four different kinds of bananas with us. We sat and I put the bananas in front of me. I gave my predictions about......Read More