Foreigners get a taste of China
University Confucius Institute’s Cultural Exchange Department and a manager of the summer camp, says: “Here, students not only learn about Chinese language and culture. They also learn how peers from other countries learn Chinese.”
One of the students’ favorite programs is the Meetand-Greet.
It is an icebreaker, during which students from different countries form groups and compete in games and team building.
Mark van Couwenberghe from Belgium, the coordinator of Broedersschool SintNiklaas Chinese Language Courses and leader of the Belgian students at the camp, says: “It is like a mini Olympic Games or mini United Nations.”
There are also activities such as Cultural Corner, which involves students introducing traditional food and cultural products from their countries, and flag-design, which requires students to draw a flag that integrates both elements from their own cultures and China.
Group Activities Without Borders is the biggest difference of this year’s camp, according to Chang Bingyu of Beijing Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press, also a manager of the summer camp.
“This is the 10th year of the program. We wanted to break boundaries,” says Chang.