Yesterday afternoon activities went great. I have to give a big shout out to Music and Dance. They started practicing with the students "You raised me up". Carol, Kate and Frankye lead them through the song two times with lyrics on the board. By the third time the students were singing loud and proud. The expressions on their faces was priceless and as our team heard this echo through the halls, they all had to come see and hear. Not a dry eye as we processed what He had allowed us to see and hear. All 135+ students will sing at our closing.
Our first day of classes went very smoothly and our students were happy and smiling! We dodged rain showers most of the day as we went from place to place.
Our evening activity Monday night was "Find the American." These students are very competitive and worked hard to complete the information sheets they had about us as they tried to match up a personal fact with the correct American. Twenty students received prizes by completing their list within the time allotment.
We are loving our sweet new friends and look forward to the joy of being with them in the coming days!
Had a great first day of camp. Each member of the team put forth a lot of energy and effort today. The morning classes were focused mainly around "Getting to Know You" and also gaging the English levels of the students. The students consist of small elementary students who know virtually no English at all to older middle school and high school students who have good English. Some have even attended our summer camps in the past.
We are done with day one!
We started our day with breakfast, which was delicious. Our gracious hosts gave us raw fruits and vegetables, milk with oats, and sushi sandwiches!
Then, we moved to meet the kids for the first time. We were so grateful to have 30 kids attend our first day of camp, which was quite an upgrade from the few we had expected. We were introduced to students like Sudy, Water, Johnny, Betty, and Leo. We also have a rascal named Daniel who we are sure will make camp quite an experience for us!
Our students have arrived, been tested, and assigned to their classes. We officially began camp at 9 am this morning.
The school put on a very lively and energetic opening ceremony to officially begin camp. For those of you who are reading this and know Randi, I'm sure you can imagine exactly what I am talking about!
This opening ceremony was the biggest production I have ever seen at a BTW summer camp. It was great fun!
We are excited to get to know our students and share many special days ahead with them.
We officially started classes this morning with 137 students. Tina and team Red have 44, Jana and team Yellow have 33, Nick and team Green have 30 and Karla and team Blue have 30. The sounds of student voices coming from the classroom tells me our team came well prepared and the students are confidant in trying to speak English. A rain has moved in from the mountains and we are benefiting from some cool breezes.
After a 3 hour bullet train ride and a 2 hour bus ride, we made it safely to Linyi on Saturday. We have very nice accommodations here. The only downside is that it is very hot here, averaging at least 95 degrees plus humidity.
Today, Sunday, all the students arrived. There are about 40 in all. We began with placement testing and then had an opening ceremony. Each member of the team jumped right in and started interacting with the students. We have a great team. Looking forward to this camp!
We arrived in Datong Saturday afternoon and were treated to a great lunch. The people at our school are overjoyed to have Americans in their school and city. Our host, Rebecca is a teacher and says she dreamed of this day for months and never thought her school and city would ever have the opportunity to have American here.
Our classrooms are beautifully decorated. Each class has a color that is uniquely their own and our team did a spectacular job making their rooms look so inviting. The students will be arriving this afternoon and as part of our preparation for camp, the boys and girls will be tested which will determine the class they will be assigned to.
We started our morning as the sun rose, ready to hit the road! We traveled by bus to the train station and enjoyed a speedy 5 hour trip to Shanghai. Some of our team even made a new friend on the way: 9-year-old Jessie who taught herself English by using an app. It was certainly an encouraging introduction that prepared their mind for camp.