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Please you us about some of your most enjoyable moments of the trip?
I loved the fact that I was able to really immerse myself into authentic China away from commercialised centres. I found everyone to be extremely hospitable and the children extremely adorable !! living with fellow volunteers was extremely fun and created a sense of 'family' as we were all in this together. I also loved being able to learn mandarin and going on trips at the weekend being able to see more of China as well as practice my mandarin!!
Which were the highlights of the lessons, cultural excursions and outdoor activities?
Being able to play games with the students and teach them a song to perform in at their end of summer show. I was also lucky enough to go on an 8 day trip away with a selection of students which was AMAZING!!!
How would you say the overall experience has benefited you?
I've gained a greater understanding of Chinese life that is rarely depicted in the media. I've made some great friends and feel on a whole that I've grown in maturity and have a greater understanding of what it is like to be a teacher.
What was the best thing about your experience in China?
Developing relationships with the students and being able to have fun with them. I also loved living with the other volunteers and getting to know them and now having friends from all over the world.
Would you recommend participating to a friend and if so why?
I must definitely would !! I came with an open mind as I wasn't too sure on what to expect, but I was amazed at how friendly the staff were at the school and the local people. Being able to learn a new language as well as going on trips at the weekend.