Hi Carpe Mundi friends and family!
Today we had our last cohort meeting with our Luem Dtaa students. Luem Dtaa means to open the eyes in Thai. We are so excited to support our students as they open their eyes to the world of experiences that awaits us in Southeast Asia! During our cohort meeting we watched a movie about a Thai boxer and played some games to help us get to know each other a little better. We also went over last minute questions to ensure that everyone is feeling good about packing and prepared to leave soon.
Topher and Anya are very excited about leading the Luem Dtaa cohort for 2 months in SE Asia! Topher is leading his 4th Southeast Asia semester program and this is his 3rd year working directly with the PDXchange program. Anya has been leading programs in Southeast Asia for about 5 years and has spent time living in Thailand. We are both super excited to be going back to the region we love so much and continue exploring and learning.
Here are a few fun facts about Topher and Anya:
Topher not only plays the guitar, but also the ukulele. He's had his Toyota truck for 16 years and they've been through a lot together. His favorite book in 100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
Anya recently spent 7 days on a 30 foot boat with 12 people. Her mom is one of her most inspiring people in her life and Anya is passionate about dance (she's got some pretty sweet dance moves).
Together we hope to make this trip to Cambodia and Thailand the adventure of a lifetime!