Amy Gooch joined our projects in Lan International Scouting Camp
Please you us about some of your most enjoyable moments of the trip?
Enjoyable moments of the trip include going tea tasting with the other volunteers, going to the sculpture park with my host family and visiting a cat café. Other moments that are particularly memorable include going to karaoke for the first time and learning how to make dumplings!
Which were the highlights of the lessons, cultural excursions and outdoor activities?
Some of the highlights of the scouting camp include the time my camper won a challenge to use spaghetti and cellotape to get a marshmallow the highest. Another highlight was helping my camper learn and practise an English song to perform at the talent show.
A meaningful moment for me was during the ending ceremony of the camp, when the campers had to say what they enjoyed and learned from the camp in front of the parents. Seeing how much the campers gained from the experience and how downhearted they were to leave was extremely rewarding.
How would you say the overall experience has benefited you?
My experience as a camp leader at the Lan International Scouting Camp taught me how to interact with young children, and build their skills and confidence in speaking English. I learned how to guide them in learning new skills and undertaking difficult tasks.
What was the best thing about your experience in China?
The best part of visiting China was staying with a host family. The families I stayed with were so welcoming and accommodating, making me feel like I was really part of the family. I have many wonderful memories of the time spent with my host family and by staying with a host family I feel I got to experience a more authentic side of QingDao, for example, by tasting the local cuisine and visiting historic sites.
One of my goals of coming to China this year was to learn more of the language. The family made this possible by spending time teaching me new words and phrases. I am very grateful to them as they made my time in China very special.
Would you recommend participating to a friend and if so why?
I would definitely recommend the programme to my friends, as it was such an amazing and unique experience. The camp was well organised, and teaching and guiding the campers was a pleasure. Furthermore, many fun activities were planned for the camp leaders outside of camp time.