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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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Emma Saraff

Chiba, Japan

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor '16
Major in Biopsychology
Hometown: Valencia, Spain

Emma delights in the ocean, crossword puzzles, and long conversations that stretch into the night. (Also, anything with copious amonts of chocolate.) She spent the past six months working on rural development topics in India. She is excited to get to know the community in Chiba, explore its environs, and eat her weight in Japanese onigiris.

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Mayumi Sato

Chiang Mai, Thailand

McGill University '17
Major in Geography and Minors in Arabic and East Asian Studies
Hometown: Montreal, Quebec

Mayumi is excited to travel and live in Chiang Mai, Thailand for the next year. She can't wait to abandon -40 degree winters to meet other fellows and explore mountains in Southeast Asia. Most of all, she is eager to learn Thai and work as a part of The Life Skills Development Foundation team!

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Eileen Saunders

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Colorado College '16
Major in Political Science
Hometown: Columbus, OH

Eileen enjoys getting outside, exploring the world by bike, and crafting the perfect breakfast taco. She is thrilled to be heading back to Chiang Mai after an amazing semester there in college, and will be working to promote children's rights throughout Northern Thailand.

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