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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

WTBD Yaks from China

China: Mandarin Language Intensive (6-week)

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Second Pre-Course Assignment: China and the...

Maddie, Patricia, and Ian, Instructor

Hello again from your instructor team! The three of us have gathered now in California where we’re making final preparations for your arrival! We have really enjoyed speaking with you over the phone the past week and are getting excited to meet......Read More

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Yo I’m Ava

Ava Gilmour, Participant

Hey dudes. I’m Ava (or 蔡欣文). I’m from LA and I’m 16. I’ve been taking Chinese outside of school since I was a kid but have only been learning it in school for the past three years. My mom, who originally pushed me to......Read More

WTBD Yaks from China

China: Mandarin Language Intensive (6-week)

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Hi, I’m Claire!

Claire, Participant

Hi everyone, I’m Claire and I cannot wait to go on this trip with all of you. I’m from NYC and I can’t wait to be in a completely different setting on the other side of the globe. I have been taking Mandarin for a number of years......Read More

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Carter Wagner Introduction

Carter Wagner, Participant

Hi Everyone, My name is Carter Wagner, I’m from Chicago Illinois and I am super excited to join you all on this trip. As far as Mandarin experience I have close to none. I began in 6th grade when I lived in Michigan just outside Detroit. I......Read More

WTBD Yaks from China

China: Mandarin Language Intensive (6-week)

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First Pre-Course Assignment: “The Danger of...

Maddie, Patricia, and Ian, Instructor

Hello again from your instructor team! As departure day draws closer, the three of us are hard at work on both sides of the Pacific, eagerly preparing for your arrival! Each time we finalize a new detail about the summer ahead, we think of all of......Read More

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Dragons 1-Minute Visual-Story Contest

Dragons HQ, Dragons Admin

Hello Summer Students! Just wanted to share with you the details of our annual “1-Minute Visual Story” Contest… The goals of Dragons Visual-Story contest are to: Share visual story through student and in-the-field perspectives.......Read More

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Ready, Set…. (A Note from a Past Dragons...

Carin, Dragons Admin

Future Dragons, I hope you’re getting excited for the enlightening adventure that awaits you! I can tell you from experience that there is nothing quite like the feeling of being on a Dragons trip. From filling out the application and beginning to......Read More

WTBD Yaks from China

China: Mandarin Language Intensive (6-week)

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Departure Day Details & Reminders

Carin, Dragons Admin

Dear Dragons Students & Parents, Your journey is right around the corner and we can’t wait to meet you! Below is a reminder about your day-of travel details. Should you need to reach our staff during students’ travel days (both during AND......Read More

WTBD Yaks from China

China: Mandarin Language Intensive (6-week)

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Packing Considerations!

Ian, Instructor

Hello from your instructor team! We hope you are all taking care of yourselves and getting geared up (and excited!) for our incredible summer in China together starting just a few weeks. This Yak covers some packing considerations. You already have......Read More

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Tentative Itinerary

Instructor Team, Instructor

As we eagerly await your introductions here on the Yak board, we wanted to present you and your families with a tentative itinerary for your summer in China! Note—this itinerary will change. The intended flexibility allows us to travel with the......Read More

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Electronics Policy

Ian, Instructor

大家好! I hope everyone is doing well and staying above water in this wild season of transition, wrapping up the school year and prepping to launch out of routine and into unfamiliar territory this summer. It’s been a pleasure reading a few......Read More