Orientation

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The YI fall 2018 Asia team in Rocky Mountain National Park. (Front Row, L to R: Hayley, Charlotte, Elliott, Meghan, Hayden, Lauren.  Back Row, L to R: Mike, William, Hugh, Augie, Simon, Jules, Marco, Annie, Mia, Brendan.

After meeting up with leaders at Denver airport, we drove back to beautiful Estes Park. We were all buzzing with excitement and nerves as we got to know the people who would be our family for three months. The next few days consisted of meetings where we talked about everything from health and safety to cultural sensitivity and meditation.

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Elk at YMCA in Estes Park
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Quick yoga break between meetings
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Planning an educational workshop to run with children in Nepal and India.
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Dinner time in Estes Park.
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William helps Simon play his breath powered keyboard.

On the second day of orientation, the team went on a hike in Rocky Mountain National Park. Augie dove into the freezing waters of Emerald lake without hesitation, and a few other brave souls followed suit, but I dipped my feet in and decided that was good enough.

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Augie takes the plunge into the icy waters of Emerald Lake.
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Marco at Dream Lake
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Brendan
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William
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Hayden
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Hugh and Brendan
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Hanging out and enjoying Emerald Lake
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On the hike
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Dream Lake, on the way to Emerald Lake
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The team poses for a picture on the hike.
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Elliot, Brendan, and Hugh in Emerald Lake

We had to put what we learned in the meditation workshop to good use and go with the flow when Brad told us that our flight to Hong Kong had been canceled because of a typhoon. Luckily, the amazing Alex, who works behind the scenes, was able to coordinate a new flight schedule for us. So, at 5 AM Saturday morning, we stuffed our packs into the cars and set out to the airport for our flight to Chicago.

-Mia

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Early morning in Denver airport
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Team Leaders Mike and Hayley (during leader preparations in Colorado)

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  1. Well done Hailey. Wherehave the years gone mom. No wonder you are proud. Our grandkids are 18,14 & 12. I haven’t aged at all lol. Sandy Jeapes

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