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2007 Inner City Kids in China Program

---- An Interactions Focused Travel-study Summer Program

The 2007 Inner City Kids in China Program brought 7 Boston students and 3 teachers from Snowden International School to Beijing , Pingyao in Shanxi Province and Xinglong in Hebei Province . This is the 3 rd China trip sponsored by the Phelex Foundation and Freeman Foundation for Snowden International School . It ran from June 21 through July 5.

During this period of intense immersion in the Chinese language and cultural environment, the participants experienced maximum exposure to various level of cultural understanding from visiting ordinary farmer families in the countryside to elite school academic settings in the city.

Community service and language immersion are the highlights of this year's program. In the countryside of Xinglong Vocational School , participants helped raise funds for the school's sustainable tuition program for local needy students. Unlike other years the participants this year were engaged in active practice of their Chinese language skill. They initiated conversations with newly acquainted friends and total strangers, and very much enjoyed the feeling of being understood or being able to express themselves in Chinese.

House visit
Community Service
Chen Shuang (in the middle) is a computer science major at the Xoinglong Vocational School . He and his family warmly welcome us for a house visit.
At the Dandelion School in Daxing we played an outdoor game with the local students. We also presented donated books to the school library on behalf of Snowden sociology class.
Again this year, our goal in the countryside is to help Xinglong Vocational School sell Bonsais on the street to raise funds for needy students.
Fun Activities
Historical Site
Dandelion School
In Xinglong, basketball was a very intense game. Everyone tried his hardest! It felt like we were playing on behalf of America. (see video clips on the web)
Pinyao, an ancient city in Shanxi Province , is an attraction for learning Chinese history. There are many Chinese proverbs that originated here in this historical site.
Interacting with Dandelion School students in class, we tried to speak Chinese with the help of occasional character writing to engage in meaningful communication.

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2007 Inner City Kids in China Program

Thomas Saccardi,a visitor from Wall Street,inspected Dripping Water project and Xieshan project

American volunteers' teaching activity in Xinglong County during the May Day Holiday

In April 2006,The Raybin Q.Wong Educational Foundation’s representative Ms.Shaopeizhen visited the tuition-aid project in Xinglong Vocational School.

In April 2006,UPM representative Ms.Soile visited the tuition aid project in Lukou, Jiangsu Province, accompanied by Phelex staff.

In March 2006,community council elelction meeting was held Sichuan and Guizhou Province.

Between November 22 and 28, 2005,visit elementary schools in Henan Province.

2004 Inner City Kids in China Program

In 2004,report from the Ansi Elementary School in Yanan.

In August 2003,Making Connections-- City Youngsters meet Rural Children.

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