joined our projects in Winnerway Foreign Language School, Dongguan (specifically Richwood Foreign Language School)
Please you us about some of your most enjoyable moments of the trip?
I particularly enjoyed the mud bath at the Golden Cave in Yangshuo. It was something I had never experienced before and it was fun and surprisingly refreshing!
Yet my favourite moments were undoubtedly with the children I taught; their energy was infectious and they were lovely to teach. One of the most enjoyable moments was when I taught my classes the Macarena and the whole class (about 40 children) were doing it simultaneously.
Which were the highlights of the lessons, cultural excursions and outdoor activities?
The highlights of the lessons were when the children all got involved and were responding and learning new words. For instance, when I was teaching shapes, some of the children took it upon themselves to identify the shapes in the classroom.
A trip to an adventure park in Guangzhou with the children was particularly enjoyable as we got to try a variety of activities including archery and quadbiking.
How would you say the overall experience has benefited you?
It has made me ultimately more grateful for not only the lifestyle I have back home and what I am accustomed to. It also made me appreciate how hard it is to move about in a country where your language is not widely spoken or at least understood. This was something I had not really experienced until I came to China.
Teaching and meeting the children also improved my confidence and adaptability skills as often I would have to improvise in the lessons if the children got through the content quicker than expected.
What was the best thing about your experience in China?
Meeting and teaching the children at the school. It made me feel like I was really immersing myself in China and learning about it and helped me understand further what it was like to live there.
Would you recommend participating to a friend and if so why?
I would definitely recommend participating as the children were so lovely and it was so rewarding and humbling to teach them.