Gabrielle Kohl joined our projects in Xiangtan No. 1 Middle School
Please you us about some of your most enjoyable moments of the trip?

I loved meeting the students and fellow teachers.

Which were the highlights of the lessons, cultural excursions and outdoor activities?

I loved the creativity that I was able to use in the creation of the lesson plans. The cultural excursions were enjoyable and educational (I did have one issue with the third camp I worked at, but that was more of a problem with GYAP, so I addressed that with their representative). The outdoor activities were fun and enjoyable.

How would you say the overall experience has benefited you?

I learned more about the language, culture, and people of China. This experience also landed me a job! One of the schools I worked at offered my a full-time teaching position after graduation. It was a dream come true! In August, I’ll be working in Xiangtan No. 1 Middle School as an English teacher!

What was the best thing about your experience in China?

The best part was the people. I was able to have fulfilling conversations with my fellow teachers and students that allowed me to learn more about the Chinese culture, food, and traditions.

Would you recommend participating to a friend and if so why?

Yes! Yes yes yes! I would recommend this to a friend. The affordability of the program cannot be beat! Plus, the assistance offered to students while in China is amazing, and I felt like I was able to get help when I needed it. I loved the safety and security that the program brought my learning experience.