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Hunter Dong

Manila, Philippines

Princeton University '17
Major in Operations Research and Financial Engineering
Hometown: Manhasset, NY

Hunter submitted this blurb very late as he was figuring out a way to apply his senior thesis to find the optimal path to eat his way through the Philippines next year. The code is still running, he'll get back to you on that. He's wanted to be a PiA fellow since getting stuck on the side of a mountain in Cambodia after running out of gas on a moto. He also pays special attention to fuel gauges now.

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Tabatha Donley

Chiang Mai, Thailand

George Mason University ’17
Major in Global Affairs and Social Justice
Hometowns: Yokosuka, Japan and Honolulu, HI

Four years in D.C. was plenty for Tabatha: she’s ready to connect back to da `aina (earth) and spread aloha (okay, more like English grammar) across Chiang Rai – soaking up the Thai sun and avoiding any talk of snow. When she’s not dismantling white supremacy, you can find her vibin’ to Oddisee, concocting natural remedies, or ballin’ with the fellas. She’s excited to teach…and to upgrade her ride: good-bye D.C. Metro, helloooo motorbike! (yes, dad, I will be careful).

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Patrick Drown

Kathmandu, Nepal

Georgetown University '17
Major in Foreign Serve & Culture and Politics, Minor in Arabic
Hometown: Easton, MA

Patrick Drown is graduating from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in 2017. He hails from a suburb of Boston called Easton, Massachusetts, which is most known for its history of shovel production. For the last two years of high school he attended an international boarding school in New Mexico called United World College.

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Celeste Endlich

Khon Kaen, Thailand

The College of Wooster ‘15
Major in Sociology
Hometown: Seattle, WA

Celeste enjoys napping in the sun and spontaneous swimming opportunities. She has spent the past year in Seattle chillin at senior centers to coordinate transportation options for the elderly. Celeste is ready to take on Thailand and build up her pathetically low spice tolerance.

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Galen Erickson

Vientiane, Laos

University of Southern California '17
Major in International Relations
Hometown: Knoxville, TN

Galen loves adventure, whether it be climbing mountains or exploring a new city. He's lived in a USC fraternity house for three years and is looking forward to trading the omnipresent smell of stale beer for the sights and sounds of Vientiane. While in Laos he will be helping to support the Lao Rugby mission and hopes to learn what a ruck is.

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Larry Evans

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Tufts University '17
Major in English
Hometown: Boise, ID

Larry is fond of not-too-hot, not-too-cold tea and musing over inanimate objects. When he's not working for a literary agent in his spare time, he wanders through the suburb streets north of Cambridge and Boston. He's excited to move to Ulaanbaatar where he'll teach English and hike in the high steppes.

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Patrick Farrell

Yangon, Myanmar

University of Pittsburgh '15
Major in Economics, Political Science, and Chinese
Hometown: Summerfield, NC

Pat is mainly going to Myanmar to learn how to paddle a boat using only one leg, to complement his only current talent (clapping with one hand). Aside from that, he is excited to learn how, precisely, a writing system made up entirely of nearly identical circles works. He is pretty confident his Burmese days will go better than Flory's.

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Donald Gayou

Hong Kong, Hong Kong S.A.R., China

George Washington University '16
Major in International Affairs
Hometown: St. Louis, MO

A regular Don Juan, the kind of Gayou'd like to take home to mama.

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Mallory Graves

Hanoi, Vietnam

Sewanee: The University of the South '16
Major in Environment & Sustainability
Hometown: Nashville, TN

Three broken bones (so far) but no food poisoning (yet), so who’s really winning?

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Shannon Griffin

Shanghai, China

Bates College ’16
Major in Chinese & Psychology
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA

Shannon has enjoyed navigating life in the suburbs of Shanghai. When she’s not trying to avoid going insane from trying to remain dairy and gluten free in China (yes, this is no way to live – but it’s not by choice), she’s attempting to find a balance between playing “good cop” and “bad cop” when working with her students. Shannon enjoys running and quoting Harvey Specter from Suits – but don’t worry it’s just a bluff, she’s a kind person.

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