Anna Patteson joined our projects in Yanghsou Summer Camp 2017
Please you us about some of your most enjoyable moments of the trip?
Being able to travel around at the weekends were a highlight, and I also loved getting to know my class.
Which were the highlights of the lessons, cultural excursions and outdoor activities?
By the end of my trip, we had visited the attractions multiple times, and so the novelty of them had worn off. This was perhaps something I would change. We were taken around the outdoor activities and told to listen to the narration given by the guides, so that we could speak to the children about the attractions. We couldn't understand the speaker, so when we went round the places with the students, we weren't able to discuss it with them.
How would you say the overall experience has benefited you?
Visiting China was amazing, and I would absolutely love to go back. The experience give fascinating insight into Chinese culture which, and the experience of teaching was also very enjoyable.
What was the best thing about your experience in China?
Hard to say! Yangshou was a stunning place to live and was probably the highlight of my placement. I have never been somewhere so beautiful, and being able to spend time there and get to know the city was amazing.
Would you recommend participating to a friend and if so why?
Yes. I have already recommended it to a friend who is now applying. I recommended it to her because she was looking for a challenge, but for something that would be rewarding and exciting. I felt volunteering with GOTOCO would tick all of those boxes.