China Trip Reflection From A Teacher Chaperone

China Trip Reflection From A Teacher Chaperone
Posted on 05/12/2019

In April, GEMS students and teachers flew half way around the world to immerse themselves into the Chinese culture. The first half of their trip was spent in Lanzhou, China, where students stayed with host families and got to experience what it is like to attend a Chinese high school. Every day, students attended classes at Northwestern High School and learned many different skills including how to write their name using Chinese characters, how to count to ten and say the date in mandarin, and the history of Chinese Kung fu. Throughout the day, students were exposed to a different kind of school culture than what they are used to in the United States. They reflected on the intensity of Chinese educational values and how their education sets them up for their futures. At the end of each day, students went to stay with their host sisters and learned about other aspects of Chinese culture including family traditions, gender roles, exercise practices, and beauty standards. While in Lanzhou, students also toured the city and took in beautiful views of the Yellow River and the skyline from the top of Five Spring Mountain.


The second half of the trip was spent in Beijing, China, where the group did a lot of sightseeing. They climbed many stairs to take in the view of the Great Wall, walked around Tienanmen Square, and tested their bartering skills while shopping at Pearl Market. They also got to visit the giant pandas at the Beijing zoo, which was a highlight for everyone. This was an incredible educational experience for all who went!

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