joined our projects in Shantou BOB DZ/CY campus
Please you us about some of your most enjoyable moments of the trip?
I had many enjoyable moments of the trip. For me, the highlight was the teaching. I had never done it before and I didn't know what to expect so I wasn't sure if I was going to enjoy it. I found it rewarding as I could see the kids were learning something. I threw a party for my classes in my last class which was an enjoyable way to celebrate what the students have achieved.
Which were the highlights of the lessons, cultural excursions and outdoor activities?
At BOB I had a really good time and I throughly enjoyed my stay and teaching there. Enjoyable moments included the the opening and closing parties which made me feel very welcomed. We went to Nanao island on one of our days off. Michelle looked after us and she is truly a lovely person who cared for our safety. As well as this, we went to a xiemi which was a lovely lake and had bamboo rice and rafted the whole day away.
How would you say the overall experience has benefited you?
This has to be one of the best experiences I have ever done. Prior to coming to China I would say I wasn't open to opportunities and trying out new things. I had low confidence and doubted many of the things I would do. However, this trip has benefitted me so much as it has taught me to go for it and try out new things. Before I was told I would be teaching a class of 30 I was so nervous. But I went for it and I had such a good time. It has definitely boosted my confidence. I would definitely refer back to this experience again.
What was the best thing about your experience in China?
The best thing about my experience in China is the people who I was with. I was glad I was in a big group of people and the experience wouldn't be the same if it wasn't for them. It wasn't just the people I was with but the staff at the school. They were so caring, even when I fell ill for a bit they looked after me and made me feel at home. All in all the hospitality of BOB was the best thing about my experience in China.
Would you recommend participating to a friend and if so why?
Yes, I would definitely recommend this trip to my friend. Simply because you learn so much about it. It's a good way to explore China and the learn new customs and traditions.