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Jake Poepping

Vientiane, Laos

University of Wisconsin-Madison '16
Major in Biology & African Studies
Hometown: Long Lake, MN

Jake is a bioluminescence enthusiast currently based in Tanzania, who somehow found his way into a state of perpetual fellaoship. Next year, you’ll most likely find him jamming out to bongo flava while floating down the Mekong. He might teach a little English as well, but not enough that his students start making fun of his last name.

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Francis Policastri

Singapore, Singapore

Rutgers University '17
Major in English & Psychology
Hometown: Kensington, MD

When Frank was 6, he won the part of St. George in a reenactment of St. George and the Dragon at the Maryland Renaissance Festival by huzzahing the loudest. He's spent every waking moment since trying to relive that fantasy. He currently tilts at windmills in New Brunswick, NJ, the most wretched hive of scum and villainy in the galaxy. If Frank were a Disney princess, he would be Rapunzel.

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Kalea Power

Almaty, Kazakhstan

Princeton University '17
Major in Slavic Languages and Literatures
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

Kalea enjoys reading Dostoevsky and doing ballet. You can often catch her Skyping with her host family in St. Petersburg or her dog, Scoobie. She is thrilled to be moving to Almaty, where she'll be teaching English and learning the Kazakh ways of language, culture, and food.

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Danielle Purkey

Yangon, Myanmar

Kalamazoo College ‘17
Major in Religion & Critical Ethnic Studies
Hometown: Lake Orion, MI

Eager to discover the Purks of living and working at Dhamma Moli, Dani is excited to hone her teaching skills over the course of the year #MasterOfNun.

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Maddie Rawding

Beijing, China

Pitzer College '17
Major in Public Policy Analysis and Economics
Hometown: Seattle, WA

Maddie is an avid pick up sports player. She doesn't take losing lightly. She spent the last three years in California exploring the desert and suburbia but is excited to transition to sprawling Beijing.

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Natalie Reid

Bangsak, Thailand

Bowdoin College, '17
Major in Neuroscience
Hometown: Placitas, New Mexico

Natalie enjoys sunshine, spicy food, books from obscure authors, music from non-obscure musicians, and loves people who love puns. She currently lives in Maine but often wonders why she left New Mexico sunshine. Now she is excited to teach kids in Bangsak and find a way to sneak in cool facts about neuroscience into an english grammar lecture...

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Colin Reilly

Taichung, Taiwan

Haverford College '15
Double Major in Comparative Literature & German
Utrecht University '17
Major in (also) Comparative Literature
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY

Colin has never been on a scooter before, but feels that if he can survive rush hour on a bike in the Netherlands, he can survive Taiwan. Let's see how this ends for him.

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Adam Revello

Jakarta, Indonesia

Pomona College '17
Major in Politics
Hometown: Sherman Oaks, CA

I shake it like Revello make the boys say hello cause they know I'm rockin' the beat.

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Harris Risell

Soc Trang, Vietnam

Dickinson College '16
Major in English
Hometown: Blue Bell, PA

Some say that being with Harris is comparable to eating kumquats—sweet, tangy, weird—while others claim it's more like watching Steven Universe and reading critical theory at the same time. He'll probably say that he likes to play the ukulele and thinks often about what education is and how and for whom it happens. I can't tell you who is right. But he's very excited to know he'll soon be heading to Soc Trang to teach, learn, and live.

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Erica Rodriguez

Beijing, China

Princeton University '16
Major in Psychology
Hometown: Woodbridge, VA

A girl looking out to look in, and looking in to look out // A woman who thinks "and if ever there should be a chance, I shall, of course, grasp it" // A person in love with the logic (beauty) in beauty (logic).

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