Andres Barrera

China Instructor

B.A. Economics and International Relations, Wheaton College

M.S. Candidate, Economic Development, Yunnan University of Finance and Economics

Andres first visited China in 2007. He immediately fell in love with its people and its magnificent landscapes. Since then, Andres has become passionate about Chinese history and culture, especially its rich cuisine. Andres has spent close to four years living and traveling in China. Recipient of the Chinese Government Scholarship, Andres is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Economic Development at the Yunnan University of Finance and Economics, a degree taught exclusively in Mandarin. Before joining Dragons, Andres also worked as a teacher and a language instructor. He loves sharing his experiences and academic knowledge with his students.

Andres has an adventurous spirit. He enjoys taking on new challenges and learning new languages. Andres has traveled to more than 30 countries and speaks Mandarin, Spanish and French. Andres grew up in Ecuador, surrounded by the astounding Andes mountains. Andres developed a deep interest in helping the needy when he volunteered at a children’s hospital. In college, he did an internship with France’s leading social volunteering organization and conducted research while living with nomadic herders in Mongolia. This finally led him to China, where he is writing a thesis about Chinese government policies that have helped lift millions of people out of poverty.