We finally arrived in Qiqhar camp today. Everyone is a little tired from being up early for our flight here from Beijing. We were greeted by our host with a lot of fanfare at the airport and lot of pictures taken. We are settling into our rooms, and getting our classrooms ready. We also met our Chinese assistants and had dinner with them this evening. Tomorrow the students arrive in camp for testing and opening ceremony. Time for us to get rested up！
Summer Camp blogs
Hello from Xin Fuxue Beijing Session 2,
We are here at camp after a great weekend of touring famous sites around Beijing. The team is busy getting their rooms decorated and ready for the children, who will be arriving tomorrow afternoon. We will test them and place them in their classes and our camp Host will put on an elaborate opening ceremony for us!
Arizona people are all well and having a great time!
Karla is doing great.
JP is loving it!
Everyone will be getting some shout outs done starting tomorrow.
One final picture of our classes at closing ceremony singing "You raised me up".
We departed Datong Friday morning and arrived in Beijing in time to see a traditional Chinese Kung Fu show that evening. This morning, Saturday, we were treated to a fantastic breakfast buffet then off to the Great Wall, followed by a traditional lunch then to the Pearl market for some serious shopping and bargaining for deals. Jewelry, Star wars toys and scarfs were the big hit. Well, and Dairy Queen, McDonalds and Starbucks too.
Camp is officially over.
Last night we held our closing ceremony. Each class gave a presentation which showcased their English. Certificates were given to each student and awards were given to the best English speaker from each class. There were two special awards given to the best boy camp speaker and the best girl camp speaker. Each of these recipients gave a speech to the rest of the camp. Their speeches were quite eloquent!
This morning we said goodbye to our students as they were picked up by their families. It is always very emotional for the Chinese and the Americans to say goodbye.
Jana's class practicing closing.
Nick's class practicing Little red riding hood skit.
Karla's class practicing "Take me out to the ballgame"
Last nights practice for closing was over the top great. The teachers have challenged the students with their part in the program and they have met that challenge. Class individual programs will be first, then speeches by our 2 best students in camp, then all 135+ will sing "Lean on me" and "You raised me up". Our program starts at 4:00 here, so if you're up or reading this before you go to bed, we all would appreciate a lift.
Session 2 Team is ready to leave the USA tomorrow and head to Beijing!! I'm so excited to get over there and meet with my team. The first sessions are winding up their time and we are prepared for our time over there. I can't wait to see what adventures await. I will keep you all posted!
Pictures of our mentor group digital scavenger hunt. Dave Williams, Datong
Janet and her group with a couple of friends.
Michaels group and a new friend.
Jaden trying to find her group. :)