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Potatoes with my Host Family

Josh Ostrower, Participant

By now we have left the homestay village. In fact, I am writing this on a train to Dali, but I figured I’d get in one more homestay experience to the Yak while I still can. I returned to my homestay house after a few afternoon activities for......Read More

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Thoughts of a Slackpacker

Ava Gilmour, Participant

Note: Slackpacking is when you hike to a camping location but you don’t actually carry any camping gear. In this case, we hiked to a cave but some other guys drove our tents there. I have never really been a very physically active person. Sports......Read More

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Awakening Qi with Morning Tea

Grady Clark, Participant

As a frequent tea drinker I have always been aware that the tea I drink provides both a deeply calming and awakening effect. Only in these last few days have I learned that this is caused by a great amount of positive Qi held within the tea leaves.......Read More

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First Day in Rural Homestay

Grady Clark, Dragons Admin

Today is our first day in our rural homestay village, we are living in a Miao ethnicity village high in the Zhaotong mountains. So far the village could not be more welcoming. Our first night here they performed a traditional welcoming ceremony just......Read More

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Village Arrival

Jody, Instructor

I’m woken early this morning to the croons of dozens of roosters etching out an audio geography in the predawn cool fog of this village. For my morning pee I need to grab a headlamp, try not to step on the half chickens roosting on the rail......Read More

WTBD Yaks from China

China: Mandarin Language Intensive (6-week)

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Photos of the trip so far…

Jody, Dragons Admin

June 30, 2019 The first photo was taken the evening of June 30, 2019 after we had dinner at the guest house we had arrived at that noon. This quaint, cozy guest house was in the mountains north of Beijing with a view of the Great Wall of China. The......Read More

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We’re Here!

Victoria, Participant

Everyone on our group flight is now gathered in LA! We kicked off the fun with a couple of card games, but we’re just missing Matthew! We can’t wait to meet up with him, Patricia and Maddie in China!...Read More

WTBD Yaks from China

China: Mandarin Language Intensive (6-week)

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A note about Gmail access from China

Ian Connelly, Participant

Hello all! We’re on the eve of most of us converging in LA to launch off across the world, I’m hoping everyone’s taking care of their needs in their final moments with family. We want to post a note about access to personal emails......Read More

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Hey, I’m Victoria!

Victoria, Participant

I can’t wait to go to China and meet all of you! I go to the Hotchkiss School, a boarding school in Connecticut, but I’m from the Bronx. I’m 17 and I’m going to be senior next year. I have two younger sisters and an older......Read More

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Hi i’m Jaid!

Jaid, Participant

Hello 你好 my name Jaid i’m 17 and I am from Oklahoma. I have lived in Oklahoma for most of my life however, I attended a co-ed boarding school in Connecticut for two years which is where i began learning 中文. I have recently moved back to......Read More

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Hello from LA!

Maddie, Patricia, and Ian, Participant

大家好!Hello everyone! We are all together in LA and excited to meet you very soon! Patricia and Maddie are headed back to Beijing tonight to get everything ready for your arrival and Ian is preparing to meet you at the airport for the group......Read More

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Hi everyone, I’m Josh!

Josh, Participant

大家好! I’m Josh (中文名字:刘杰), and I’m a sophomore in high school. I’m 16 years old, and have been living and going to school in Massachusetts for my whole life. I have no one in my life who speaks mandarin, but in......Read More