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Best Week Ever!

Posted by weareelic on Apr 6, 2021 1:50:26 PM

April is a special month for Lao people as it holds the biggest holiday of the year. This holiday is called Lao New Year and honestly it’s beyond description. Just imagine what it would be like for every person, both child and adult alike, to be armed to the teeth with anything that could get you wet and you would have a small idea of what it’s like. It doesn’t matter who you are, no one is safe from being drenched. Carrying a wedding cake down the street? Wet. Wearing a 3-piece suit (who does that in Laos anyway)? Wet. Delivering an ancient manuscript holding the secrets of the universe? Wet. You’re also going to be baby soft for a couple of days from all the baby powder being thrown at you.

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Topics: People, Culture, travel, life, laos

When a TCK Returns

Posted by weareelic on Mar 9, 2021 12:25:02 PM
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Topics: Culture, foreigner, TCK, childhood, Third Culture Kid

Language Blunders

Posted by weareelic on Feb 11, 2021 10:39:01 AM

 
The ability to laugh at yourself is critical when you move to another country, especially when you start to learn a new language. Jenn, one of our teachers in Vietnam, shares some of her most memorable “language blunders.” If you have ever learned, or tried to learn, a new language you will likely understand the embarrassment and humor of the following situations. While Jenn has made some funny mistakes, she sets a great example in that she is able to shake off her “language blunders” and keep trying.
 
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Topics: travel, life, foreigner, Language

First Day of Class in a Foreign Country

Posted by weareelic on Jan 7, 2021 6:00:00 AM
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Topics: English, travel, Teacher, foreigner, professional

International Travel — Bridges of Friendship

Posted by weareelic on Nov 19, 2020 1:00:00 AM

Much of my international travel is in support of humanitarian work, so, as a result, I see difficult places and hear gut-wrenching stories. I meet with people who are exhausted, yet full of joy. I dine with people who have given up everything, but have gained more than they could ever ask or imagine.

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Topics: People, travel, life, leader

20 Lessons in Leadership

Posted by weareelic on Sep 14, 2020 6:01:32 PM

In my early morning hours, with a cup of coffee in hand, I stopped to think about what I have learned about leadership. What I have learned is not necessarily what I do. Rather, it is what I have seen to be true, and what I aspire to do. So, here then, is what I have learned:

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Topics: development, life, leadership, professional, lessons, tips, leader

Our Top 4 Favorite Chinese Dishes

Posted by weareelic on Aug 31, 2020 11:10:21 AM

Gathering together for a meal has a deeper meaning than satisfying your hunger. In China, having a meal builds relationships or establishes new friendships. Curious what our favorite Chinese dishes are? We asked one of our long-term teachers what her favorite Chinese dishes are. Here is her response:

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Topics: People, Culture, travel, life, food, china, Chinese

How Growing up Overseas Has Opened My Eyes

Posted by weareelic on Aug 13, 2020 1:00:00 AM

Anndrea Scroggins

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Topics: Culture, development, travel, life, foreigner, overseas, TCK, childhood, Third Culture Kid

Enjoying the Spectacle

Posted by weareelic on Jul 20, 2020 1:00:00 AM

 

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Topics: People, Culture, travel, foreigner

Well, I can't be gone that day...

Posted by weareelic on Jul 8, 2020 3:08:34 PM
 
He pulled open the calendar on his phone, swiping to the days when he would be gone. It would only be four weeks, but… Well, I can’t be gone that day, he dropped his phone on his bed. It was time to cancel the trip. His mother would want him home on the 30th, and it was smack-dab in the middle of his trip overseas.
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Topics: development, travel, plans, life, Teacher

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