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Jessica Arce

Vientiane, Laos
Temple University ‘13
Major in Film and Media Arts
Hometown: Silver Spring, MD
Jessica is a funk music enthusiast who enjoys dismantling the model minority myth over ice cream. She currently works as a youth mentor and media instructor in Philadelphia. Jessica can’t wait to move to Laos, where she’ll be working with the Luang Prabang Film Festival and happily eating papaya salads.
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Tom Athan

Jishou, China
The College of New Jersey ‘16
Major in Finance, minor in Chinese
Home town: Springfield, NJ

Tom is a human male from planet Earth who is passionate about leaving this planet better than he found it. This September Tom will morph from college student to college teacher as he embarks on his next adventure in Jishou, China to teach English. Also, he likes ultimate frisbee and magic tricks.

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Michael Augustine

Can Tho, Vietnam
Whitman College ‘16
Major in Politics
Hometown: Palo Alto, CA
What would you get if you froze time, put it in a blender, and added six cups of pomegranate juice? No clue, but I sure can’t wait to slow things down living the Delta life. Just a goofy California kid, juggling sweet onions and a sweet passion for making memories teaching the youth. Shout out to Chef Bob, you’re my guy!
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Reed Benoit

Almaty, Kazakhstan
Lewis & Clark College ‘15
Major in International Affairs
Hometown: Arcata, CA
My name is Reed, I dress in tweed,
My favorite lead? The singer from Creed!
Be sure to heed as I pass your steed!
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Isabella Bersani

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Princeton University ‘16
Major in Religion
Hometown: Hong Kong, SAR
Isabella has heard Mongolia is cold. She has also heard that Mongolians are blunt. Therefore she thinks she will fit right in.
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Aly Beveridge

Nan, Thailand
Princeton University ‘16
Major in Geoscience
Hometown: Edina, MN
Minnesota’s state bird: the Cirrplecreek Crow
Minnesota’s state flower: the lake-frost geranium
Minnesota’s state dish: the cheeseplate
Minnesota’s state beveridge: the Alyson
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Bailey Binke

Nan, Thailand
University of Michigan ‘16
Major in Anthropology and French
Hometown: East Lansing, MI
Bailey Binke enjoys long walks on all types of terrain, humor (especially of the dry and British varieties) and chatting in close proximity. She hopes to live by the motto “If you sleep on my couch I’ll sleep on yours” this next year and beyond. One day she would like to own a bed & breakfast and appear as an ‘expert’ in something on the History Channel.
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Kaylin Blount

Jishou, China
Princeton University ‘16
Major in English
Hometown: Richmond, VA
Kaylin is an English Major who is incredibly happy not to have to spend the next year stuck in a cubicle. She enjoys reading stories originally written for small children, making stuff up (otherwise known as writing fiction), and kicking people in the taekwondo ring. She is super excited to explore Jishou next year! Among other things, a few of her goals are: learning the local dialect, eating the spiciest food available, learning to roller skate on top of buildings, and conquering her arachnophobia.
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Emma Bonga Bikele

Hong Kong, Hong Kong S.A.R., China
St. John’s University ‘13, Georgetown University ‘16
Major in Sociology
Hometown: Bronx, NY
I am a Congolese songbird studying Conflict Resolution in Washington, DC with a regional concentration on East Asia. In the event that Policy Analysis and Rhetoric do not work out as potential career avenues, a future as either a gospel singer or a Kpop star (in that order) constitute plans B and C. I am beyond excited to tussle with Cantonese and Mandarin while attempting to maintain my Korean. Here’s to an life changing year!
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Kat Boyd

Vientiane, Laos
University of Pittsburgh ‘16
Major in Microbiology
Hometown: Bethlehem, PA
I can’t feel my face when I’m in Laos. But I like it.
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