Location: China

Welcome to the China blogs page! Below is a little bit about the staff that will be leading this summer. Enjoy!

Libby McCarthy hails from New Zealand. Her first taste of the outside world came as a high school student when she attended the United World College of Hong Kong. During this time she fell captive to the spell of Asia. She’s spent the past six years either in Asia, studying Asia, or figuring out a way to get back to Asia. Her highlights include her summers living in a Burmese refugee camp, grant writing in Laos, backpacking through India, and working in a Vietnamese orphanage. Libby strongly believes that the best way to travel and understand a culture is by way of giving back.

Hannah Hunter became involved with Lifeworks during the summer of 2009 when she participated as a student on our China program. This experience changed her outlook on life and increased her passion for making a positive impact on the world. Currently, she is a student at SUNY Geneseo majoring in Childhood/Special Education with a concentration in Women’s Studies and a minor in Asian Studies. Hannah loves to dance, learn about new cultures, attend concerts, spend time with family and friends, and make s’mores over a country bonfire.

Tashi Hadekel became a Tibetan Buddhist monk at the age of 9. He spent the earlier years of his life as a monk on the Gelugpa (yellow hat sect) of Tibetan Buddhist tradition. Tashi lived in Dharamsala for many years, before ultimately deciding to leave the monastery to pursue things that he dreamed to achieve in his life. Tashi is passionate about sharing his personal life as a Tibetan in exile. He currently lives in NYC and going to Brooklyn College to study film. Tashi’s hobbies are biking, singing, and hip hop dancing. People say his momos (Tibetan dumplings) are irresistible.