Every spring, our Grade 7 students participate in a 2-week study tour to China. In addition to cultural and historical study around China, our students spend 5 days with our Chinese partner, the HD School, an innovative private bilingual school in Ningbo, China. Our students participated in their middle school classes, experienced dorm life, and collaborated with 45+ Chinese 7th graders on a model bridge design-and-build challenge, and stayed with host families to experience Chinese home life. Students also spent time at Sou Shi Primary School in the countryside near Yangshuo, where they engaged in community service for this village school.
On international trips and service projects like this, our students utilize their Chinese skills in an immersive way. Moreover, students develop a deeper understanding and connection with Chinese culture. Students become more open-minded and empathetic, and learn to apply their learnings to real life.