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一路顺风!

Marcus Larsen-Strecker, Instructor

Our group has just begun their journey home after spending our final days together at the foothills of the Great Wall. During these final days, we reflected on our time together, processed our experiences, and discussed how we might articulate our......Read More

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

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Ready to Board in Beijing

Jody, Dragons Admin

All students and instructors returning to Los Angeles on the group flight are now at their gate in Beijing and ready for the flight back to LA. Thanks so much to all students, parents, instructors, homestay families, language teachers, ISP mentors,......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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China: Mandarin Language Intensive (4-week) - Group A

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Next stop: x-phase!

Alexa Behdjet, Participant

Currently we are on our way to Kunming from our rural stay in Bangdong. In Kunming we will be having our X-phase before we fly to Beijing for our final days on this course. Our X-phase is a day that is completely directed by us students. We have......Read More

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

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Last day in Bangdong

Alexa Behdjet, Participant

Today was our last full day in Bangdong. Despite being sad about our approaching departure, we had a great day. It started off with our last Chinese class of this course, which led to an amazing lunch made by a local family and ended with a......Read More

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Clara Isnard Campos

Clara Isnard Campos, Participant

This morning I followed my Chinese mother and sister to work to get the experience of their everyday lives. We went very early to the fields to pick up tea and later brought it back, after 2 hours, to the tea house. We set the tea on pans in order......Read More

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

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Meeting Matt

Nathan Leibowitz, Participant

Yak of the Week

Yesterday afternoon we had the chance to meet Matt, an American from Washington state spending two years in Bangdong as part of the ICWA (institute of current world affairs) program. Meeting Matt was perhaps the most anticipated event of the......Read More

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

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Alexa Behdjet

Alexa Behdjet, Participant

Today we had the opportunity to experience a day in the life of a local Chinese family. We were able to shadow our families, helping out in any way we could while getting to know each other a little more. Most families work in the field picking tea......Read More

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Isaac Karliner-Li

Isaac Karliner-Li, Participant

A light hit the left side of my face. My friend pointed out the strange shadow it created. She commanded me to stay motionless or else I would disturb the shadow. I strained with my eyes to see it without moving my head. It could not be done. If I......Read More

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

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To Those Back Home

Coltrane Liu, Dragons Admin

To Those Back Home,I know I promised to send you updates. This is my first after two weeks. Sorry about that. My time in China has been eventful so far. I’m not to sure what to tell you guys. I could tell you about our orientation period,......Read More

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

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Group updates!

Marcus, Participant

Group updates! Marcus: we are adjusting to a new pace of life, getting to know our home stays, and learning about local life (tea harvesting, markets, etc.) Gus – We just arrived at the village a couple days ago. At the moment, I’m......Read More