joined our projects in Lan Scouting Camp
Please you us about some of your most enjoyable moments of the trip?
Meeting the other participants and travelling with them after. Staying with a wonderful homestay family (I got on so well with my homestay sister, Zoe). Getting to see the real and authentic China.
Which were the highlights of the lessons, cultural excursions and outdoor activities?
Teaching my own class was pretty rewarding, especially seeing them grow in confidence with their English. I enjoyed the dodgeball and Segway polo too. Sharing personal stories and learning about Chinese culture was a massive highlight.
How would you say the overall experience has benefited you?
I would say that I am a much more independent person after travelling out to China alone and dealing with all of these new and exciting experiences. Also, as I want to be a teacher after university it was great experience for me to teach a class of my own.
What was the best thing about your experience in China?
Perhaps watching my class (and my fellow leaders' classes) perform in the talent show after the camp at Weifang Foreign Languages school. I felt so proud of them and what they had achieved. Although the best part of all was the people I met. I got on so well with the other leaders and we travelled around together once the camps were done which was brilliant.
Would you recommend participating to a friend and if so why?
Probably not, due to the lack of communication and organisation. Also, we were really misled with the camp situation. We had been told we were teaching maximum of 13 children, but ended up teaching a class of 30-35 almost all on our own. Furthermore we signed up for 6-8 hours of volunteering per day, when we actually ended up leaving our hotel at 730am in the morning and not arriving till after 7 in the evening, leaving little time to plan future lessons or socialise as we were too exhausted.