For­eign­ers get a taste of China

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - YOUTH -

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.

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