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Julia Mitchell

in Vientiane Lao People's Democratic Republic

I moved to Laos in 2010 planning to only stay for a year. Almost instantly, this country won my heart and has become truly home for me. Of course, there have been many bumps in the road, language mistakes, laughable moments and cultural realizations along the way. But through it all, I have been so blessed to form deep relationships with Lao friends, becoming a sister, aunt and daughter. In fact, most people jokingly refer to me as "ກຊອດ" half Lao. Though I came to teach, I feel I have been the learner, gleaning invaluable lessons by living life with Lao people.

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Seven Years in Laos - A Teachers Learning Journey

BY JULIA MITCHELL
@ VOL 7 ON SEP 14, 2017

The often quoted maxim, “I went out as a teacher and came back a student” so aptly pertains to Julia Mitchell ‘s life in Laos, the country she has made her home. Embracing the culture and language, and forming lasting bonds with friends, transformed her stay from one year to seven. Julia’s vibrant story is infused with humour and pathos as she tells why this country has won her heart.

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PAST VOL 7

Vientiane @ Naked Espresso 3
Sep 14, 2017