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Please you us about some of your most enjoyable moments of the trip?
The most enjoyable moments of my trip were mostly in the final week of teaching. I had well behaved students, who were willing and eager to learn. It was great to be able to see their progress and to watch their confidence grow. I also really enjoyed some of the Saturday activities, including the trip to Baiyun mountain. Our guide, Erica, took us around Guangzhou on the Saturday’s and it was interesting to hear about life in China from a student and to learn more from her.
Which were the highlights of the lessons, cultural excursions and outdoor activities?
The highlight of the cultural excursions, which took place on Saturday’s, was the cable car up Baiyun mountain. This allowed us to view all of Guangzhou from above and was a nice break from working in a busy city. The Chen Clan Academy was definitely also one of my favourite places as it was stunning and filled with history. I enjoyed most of our activities as they provided us with a glimpse of the history of Guangzhou, and we could learn more about the present through our guide.
How would you say the overall experience has benefited you?
The overall experience has benefited me as I have gained confidence in my teaching ability, and improved my skills by working with a variety of ages and class sizes. It was also a great opportunity to learn more about China and understand the culture by immersing yourself in it fully, by actually working in Guangzhou. I think I was able to connect with the students and help boost their confidence too, which was great to see.
What was the best thing about your experience in China?
The best thing about my experience in China was being given the opportunity to learn more about their culture and to gain a glimpse into the reality of working life. It gave me a chance to improve students’ skills, whilst also having a tour guide on Saturday’s to show us around. It was great to be able to see a mix of historical and cultural aspects of Guangzhou, whilst also understanding the reality of daily life there.
Would you recommend participating to a friend and if so why?
I would recommend participating in this programme to a friend, if they were interested in a teaching profession. I think that it was useful to understand the roles and responsibilities of a teacher and to comprehend the reality of working life. However, it is also a lot of time to dedicate to teaching, and if it is not something that they are looking to pursue then it can be quite overwhelming to have to teach for so long, especially with some more difficult students. But, this is also useful to anyone contemplating a teaching profession, in order to test their ability to teach.