Dragon Tales: Stories from the Field

Want to adventure with us? Check out our fellows' blogs from the field and follow their journeys through Asia!

Quote of the Week

"The world is a complicated beast. But it’s beautiful, too. It’s not something to “figure out” or “hack” – it’s something to explore, and to enjoy, and to challenge in every day actions." --Anna Seeman (PiA 2015), World Education Laos

119 Years of Service in Asia

On the occasion of PiA's 115th anniversary (in 2013), we commissioned a documentary film to illuminate what is at the core of the PiA experience: service, community, and a change in perspective.

Our Mission

PiA’s mission is to foster mutual appreciation and cultural understanding by connecting service-minded graduates and partner organizations in Asia through immersive work experiences that transform perspectives and cultivate long-lasting friendships.

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Alex Coulston's Eight(ish) Years of PiA

"Looking back on almost eight years of PiA, the only piece of advice Coulston would have given to his twenty-three year-old self (and to all those current Fellows poised for a year abroad) was to go with the flow, to 'say yes to everything—to get to know where you are as much as you can—have an open heart and be open to everything around you': to be deliberate in how your actions further your goals, but to also be open to change."

Read on to celebrate PiA alum, former PiA Program Director, and Summer of Service Director Alex Coulston and his 8 years of involvement in PiA! 


Alum of the Fortnight

Patrick Dowd
Patrick Dowd was an Ajahn at Payap University in Chiang Mai in 2010, and has never really left Asia since then. He's currently living in the culturally Tibetan region of Ladakh and working on a Tibetan/Ladakhi language ethical education children’s book for Ladakhi youth.

Fellow of the Fortnight

Michelle Laws
Michelle Laws, a PiA Fellow at Marie Stopes in Dili, Timor Leste, speaks making friends in the office, breaking out the Bachata moves in her first month in Dili, and a neighbor that makes her smile.
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