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Alethea Cook

Kathmandu, Nepal

Grinnell College '16
Major in Chinese and Economics
Hometown: Grinnell, Iowa

From the rolling hills of rural Iowa to the "hills" (read: mountains) surrounding Kathmandu Valley, Alethea is ready to to get lost running through the trails in Nepal. While Alethea's time in Iowa was sandwiched between stints living in far-off places--Taiwan, Mainland China, Singapore, and not so far-off North Carolina--this will be her first time in South Asia. It has been a lifelong dream of hers to live in a country where drinking milk tea multiple times a day is not only acceptable, but also encouraged, and in between cups of Nepali chiya Alethea looks forward to wandering the streets of historic Patan.

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Sam Corey

Soc Trang, Vietnam
University of Michigan ‘16
Major in Political Science and Psychology
Hometown: Birmingham, MI
Sam loves talking about conflict resolution (but really just debating conflict). He’s finishing up his tenure as a student in Ann Arbor, but never plans on retiring from studying. Sam is now moving to Soc Trang, where he will teach Eng- lish hopefully after learning it himself.
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Samuel Curtis

Almaty, Kazakhstan
Whitman College ‘16
Major in Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology
Hometown: Corvallis, OR

Some ferrets go to birthday parties. This ferret spends his time munching on Nutella-dipped Juanitas, practicing the recorder, and creating food critique vlogs of the various Chinese restaurants that populate the Walla Walla Valley. Though he has had the poor fortune of never living anywhere close to a mountain, he is an avid Nordic skier, and looks forward to shredding the slopes at Shymbaluk.

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Maddy Dahm

Vientiane, Laos
University of California, Santa Barbera ‘16
Major in Physical Geography
Hometown: Palo Alto, CA
Dahm the torpedoes, full speed ahead!
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William Danforth

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Bowdoin College ‘16
Major in Economics
Hometown: Vienna, VA
Just using this blurb as a little Mongolia PSA, y’all. In Mongolia, they’re called ger, not yurts.
He isn’t Genghis. He’s Chinggis.
And no, it’s not part of China.
The more you know...
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Shalila de Bourmont

Chiang Rai, Thailand
Yale University ‘16
Major: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Hometown: Hilo, HI
From the homeland of Colombia, I took a little hop across the Pacific Ocean and found myself in one of the most re- mote land masses in the world, Hawaii. It was there that the palm trees taught me to be flexible, where the ocean taught me to respect nature, and where the mango season taught me about the bounty of the Earth. So now I’m off to foreign lands, hoping that they too will teach me something else.
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Alex DeCorrevont

Chiang Rai, Thailand
Northwestern University ‘16
Major in Economics
Hometown: Oak Park, IL
Alex is an avid golfer, has been to a professional Scrabble tournament (read: last place), and dabbles in thrown ceramics. He lives in Chicago but can’t wait to spread hype about the Cubs throughout northern Thailand. He also dreams of hiking in Yukon and riding the Trans-Siberian Railway.
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Alicia Ding

Singapore, Singapore
Yale University ‘16
Majors: History of Science, Medicine and Public Health; Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
Hometown: Rochester, NY
Alicia retains a perpetually optimistic outlook on life, for better and for worse. She loves music and dance, and is amazed by how the humanities informs her understanding of science. As such, she is excited to be teaching biology in Singapore for the coming year.
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Christina Djossa

Kathmandu, Nepal
George Washington University ’14
Major in International Affairs
Hometown: Long Island, NY
Always ready to get into Beyoncé’s formation, Christina is an experienced connoisseur of all things Japan, a comic book nerd and a podcast enthusiast. She is thrilled to start a new adventure in Nepal, to eat anything put in front of her and to get lost a lot. Hopefully she will find her way back and make some awesome friends along the way.
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Yufei Du

Beijing, China
Tufts University ‘15
Majors in International Relations and Economics
Hometown: Shandong, China
When Yufei applied to PiA, he wanted to test one thing: would PiA let Asian Asian to work in Asia? Eventually PiA directors did the following: they placed Chinese Chinese to work in China. Yufei is very excited about his next year with JUMP! Founda- tion in Beijing and will be JUMP!ing all over Asia.
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