Today is Sunday, after an important Sunday meeting we began testing our students to see what level of learning they would best be suited for. Our team of 25 worked like a well getting 171 students tested. YES I said 171. Thankful we have 25 professionals here and a CEO guiding every step.
The Beijing team arrived safely. Everyone was in good spirits and ready for the orientation on Friday. Orientation was long and tiring but we think it helped all of us understand what the Chinese are learning through learning our language. We had fun in the evening singing silly songs and eating ice cream.
On Saturday, we were able to get our rooms ready. Some of us went into town and explored the area and had dinner there. The rest of us prepared for the coming of the Chinese students.
Our team all made it to Beijing yesterday along with our luggage. After a "fast food" meal at the airport we all traveled to a school in Beijing where we had a good nights rest.
Today we are with the Beijing team going through orientation with Woody and Chris. Woody is teaching us Chinese in the manner we will teach English. This helps us better understand what some of our students will feel when we teach them.
Our team is doing great and the weather is clear and cool. Usually the weather is hot and humid. A nice break.
Just a few short weeks to go...3 to be exact and our Qiqihar team will be heading to Beijing! We will meet up with the two first session teams to Tour and fellowship with each other, then on to Qiqihar! Woo Hoo, we are all getting so excited and are hoping you all are ready to show us your support!
Dear family, friends and interested VIP's
Our team is all set and we are thankful for the opportunities that await us in the great city of Datong. We leave July 10 for Beijing. After 2 nights in Beijing for orientation with the other teams, we will head west by bus for 4 to 6 hours to our camp.
A 2018 XIn Fuxue camp participant second session participant had this to say about camp:
The trip has challenged me in many different ways. My comfort, my giving out when I missed family.I think because the goal was different for me. This was pouring out to a group of kids I might not see again. It opened my eyes to see children in China differently. I will definitely go home thinking and remembering diligently for a nation I hadn’t before. Thank you for the opportunity.
Linyi Camp participant: “This trip has truly impacted my life in ways I never expected.It changed me for the better. Being in another country, talking to the people there really shows you and makes you realize that there is a whole world out there. It is easy to feel like all life is happening where you are, but this made me realize there is so much more going on…”
Tammy – “China, WOW!! It was life changing. I came back a different person; a person with renewed hope... I went with great expectations, and was pleasantly surprised when they were far surpassed in every way, shape, and form.
Bridging the World is all about building relationships through the use of conversational English. Class begins in a somewhat awkward teacher/ student environment with a simple introduction, “Hi, my name is…” and commences with tearful good-byes among dear friends…
We had a great weekend meeting with our camp directors. While discussing what worked and what can work better this year we had good discussions about new ideas for everything from morning classes to evening activities.
We are looking forward to what this years summer ESL camps will bring in new ways to teach the spoken English language to the Chinese students who will be a part of our camps in three cities in China.
The BTW China office staff
English is one of the hardest languages to learn to speak. Here is a funny but true picture of how hard it is for non-native English speakers to learn to apeak English.