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Please you us about some of your most enjoyable moments of the trip?
I really enjoyed the classes in which it was clear the children were both having fun and actually learning something. The water fight was good fun, and the activities in Yangshuo were worth the hard work in Dongguan!
Which were the highlights of the lessons, cultural excursions and outdoor activities?
The lessons were most rewarding when the children enjoyed themselves and benefitted. I really liked horse riding, and the time in Yangshuo was one big cultural experience.
How would you say the overall experience has benefited you?
I am now more confident talking in front of big groups, I feel my leadership skills have improved and navigating my way around a new country, with totally different cultural norms and expectations was a challenge in itself, which has made me more independent and responsible.
What was the best thing about your experience in China?
The best thing was the freedom. In lessons you could choose what to teach the children and how to teach it, you could choose how to spend your free time, what food to try, what to do in Yangshuo. Having said that, the people were amazing and the experience would have been nowhere near as memorable without them.
Would you recommend participating to a friend and if so why?
I would recommend the experience if you aren't afraid of a bit of adversity and thinking on your feet. The culture shock is huge but the experience is incredible.