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Jake Speirs

Macau, Macao S.A.R., China

Macalester College '16
Major in International Studies and Chinese Language & Culture
Hometown: Cottage Grove, MN

In the mere year since my graduation from the wonderful little liberal snowflake that is Macalester College, I have bounced between no less than three jobs. I’ve decided it’s finally time to flee the country and hold down a position that actually utilizes my skills and passions. In addition to teaching my students how to pronounce their vowels with a Minnesotan inflection, I hope to learn enough of Macau’s four languages to at least order a beer and make a few friends. Two down, two to go!

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Robin Spiess

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Princeton University '17
Major in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
Hometown: Lacombe, LA

Robin is a big fan of all sorts of cuisine and human rights activism. As a lover of good food, she's pumped to be in Cambodia soon! As a lover of the written word, she's beyond excited to be writing for the English newspaper, the Phnom Penh Post, this upcoming year.

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Allison Staumont

Vientiane, Laos

University of La Verne '17
Major in International Studies and Law
Hometown: La Habra Heights, CA

Allison is a music loving LA native, documentary aficionado, and aspiring lawyer hoping to eat her way through Asia. She is ready for the adventures and bad hair days Laos has promised to deliver.

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Christina Sue

Beijing, China

Princeton University ‘17
Major in Chemical and Biological Engineering
Hometown: Queens, NY

Student by day, Sue-perstar by night.

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Emma Svoboda

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Northwestern University '16
Majors in History and Science in Human Culture
Hometown: Boston, MA

Fresh off a year of English teaching in tropical French Guiana, Emma is ready to return to somewhere with winters to rival her native Boston or adoptive Chicago. Catch her out and about, losing her tan faster than you can spell "Kyrgyzstan." Proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel.

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Isabelle Taft

Hanoi, Vietnam

Yale University '17
Major in History
Hometown: Atlanta, GA

Isabelle took off in her raft,
She wanted to hone her craft
To write in Vietnam,
Now that is the bomb!
Take that! she bellowed at those who laughed.

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Hilary Tang

Bangkok, Thailand

University of California Berkeley '16
Major in Integrative Biology
Hometown: San Francisco, CA

Hilary lives in SF diving into her many medical and health tech interests. You can find her dreaming of new ideas and inventions, reveling about a new activity she's trying, and slowing down to talk about the beauty of life, culture, and community. Social justice, public + global health, and innovation move her to pieces. Hilary grasps just how much studying abroad in Mexico City and Hong Kong has shaped her global view and is thrilled to take her next JUMP! of faith to Bangkok.

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Zoe Toledo

Jishou, China

Princeton University ‘18
Major in Architecture
Hometown: Logan, UT

Zoë adores smiles, deep belly laughter and anything that involves sweet things, like ice cream and pie. She enjoys watching movies with her family, who she loves dearly. Zoë is thrilled for the opportunity to live, eat and learn new things this summer in China.

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Rebecca Tripp

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Temple University ‘15
Major in Graphic and Interactive Design
Hometown: St. Paul, MN

Although she’s a Minnesotan at heart, Becca is looking forward to trading the cold winters of the North for the heat of Thailand. When she’s not working as a graphic designer/making creative wonders, Becca enjoys exploring whatever city she’s currently in, downhill skiing, dry humor and trying new food/restaurants. She's excited to work with the awesome CMRCA crew, sample as much Thai cuisine as possible, and to switch from skiing down rocks to climbing up them. Not as excited about: inevitably facing her arachnophobia.

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Andrew Tweedy

Can Tho, Vietnam

University of Southern California '17
Major in Print and Digital Journalism
Hometown: Redwood City, CA

The sunshine seeped listlessly through the clouds, casting a muted glow on her ponytail as she twirled it, studying the map. She had gone too far.

Go climb a rock. Or read a book. Or eat some pho.

Bring on the chocolate rivers of the Delta.

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