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Please you us about some of your most enjoyable moments of the trip?
I loved getting to know the students. They love to learn and really enjoy speaking, all it takes is a little encouragement and acceptance that its okay to make mistakes. I loved when they became comfortable and confident in their English speaking skills to tell me about themselves. Hearing what the students hobbies are, their opinions and what their goals in life are is extremely inspiring. I hope to keep in contact with the students and I would love to see where all their hard work and aspirations take them.
Which were the highlights of the lessons, cultural excursions and outdoor activities?
The highlights of the lessons were when the student was completely involved in the lesson and wanted nothing but to voice their opinion and learn more about the subject. I loved hearing students views on subjects and issues, it meant they were actually involved in the lesson.
The highlight of a cultural excursion I went on was actually when I was feeling very sick. I went out to dinner with some Chinese friends we made. I was very sick the past few days so they decided to take me to a nice healthy restaurant and paid for everything. After the restaurant they took me to a Chinese pharmacy to help me get medicine for my stomach and they paid for that as well. They were unbelievably kind to me and patient as they helped me get the help I needed.
The highlight of a outdoor activity was when we climbed the Yellow mountains. It was unbelievably difficult because were actually on the hardest trail of the mountain. But the Chinese people who were also climbing the mountain were constantly encouraging and energetic and helped us climb one of the most beautiful mountains in the world.
How would you say the overall experience has benefited you?
Teaching English in China was unbelievably beneficial to me. It helped me gain confidence in my traveling ability by allowing me to travel by myself in a country that I barley knew the language. It allowed me to gain confidence in myself, having to teach in front of as many as 30 students and gain conversational and public speaking skills I never knew I had. It also taught me to roll with the punches and to think on my feet when something didn't go as plan, such as a taxi driver not understanding a word I was saying or when a lesson plan isn't getting students involved or interested. It taught me how to be confident in my personality and how to think positively while learning about a culture that seems drastically different from my own. It made me realize there are many differences between China and America but there's just as many similarities that allowed me to make friendships that I know will last me a lifetime.
What was the best thing about your experience in China?
The best thing about my experience in China was gaining confidence in myself. I have just graduated from Ohio University and I really was confused about where I want to go in life. Standing in front of a class teaching English and having to rely only on myself when traveling around China gave me the much needed confidence to go into the work force in America with poise , determination and enthusiasm.
Would you recommend participating to a friend and if so why?
I would definitely recommend participating in a teaching English program in China or just traveling around China in general. China is beautiful country, with rich history and charismatic citizens. Teaching English allows you to get to know the students and see a part of Chinese life that one can not normally see when on a vacation. traveling around China is an adventure in itself, seeing exotic parts of China and meeting amazing people.