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Namaste everyone!

I want to start off by saying how excited I am to be an instructor on this program. This will be my 2nd program with Dragons, I just wrapped up an excellent course with Sharon in Nepal this Spring.

Although this will be my first time heading to this part of India, I been living in Nepal for almost 6 years. I first arrived in Nepal in 2012 and quickly became fascinated with the linguistic, ethnic, and geographic diversity of the region and its people. For nine months I lived with a host family in Gorkha district and taught English at a local government school. From there, my passion for the region only expanded and I strived to find a way to stay after my grant ended.

Luckily, I was able to find a job that not only allowed me to live in Nepal full-time, but also combined three of my passions. For four years, I taught Anthropology (my college major) at a Nepali high school in Kathmandu Valley. Additionally I was an academic counselor, helping my students with the international college application process. On the weekends, I would also lead hiking, climbing, and camping trips.

Leading up to my first Dragons program, I took six months off. During that time was able to explore the Sierra in my home state of California, catch up with friends and family, and spend a few months cycle touring through Patagonia.

One of the reasons why I was drawn to work for Dragons and why I am so excited to be an instructor is because of the core values. They have been core to a lot of the ways in which I have traveled and lived my life.

I know you all must be a mixture of nervous and excited and that’s ok. That is exactly how I was when I first came to Nepal. I ask though that you come with an open mind and be ready to challenge yourself.

I look forward to meeting you very soon and please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns that you may have.