Hainan Student Exchange Summer Camp

Hainan - China

Only 120€ per week!

Learn more about China, and yourself through this international student exchange program with primary middle school to college-aged students in China.

This program provides you the opportunity to fully delve into Chinese culture, history, language, and tradition. You will leave this program with a true sense of what it means to be a student in China, a greater understanding of the Chinese lifestyle, appreciation for intercultural dialogue and exchange, and, most importantly, lasting friendships!

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Program Description

This International Summer Camp is a special, annual program aimed at helping Western participants understand Chinese culture, tradition and lifestyle, and, conversely, to help Chinese students learn more about life outside of China.

In the end, participants will leave this program with a true sense of what it means to be a student in China, a greater understanding of the Chinese lifestyle, an appreciation for intercultural dialogue and exchange, and, most importantly, lasting friendships!

Every day on this program is different and jam-packed with events, forums, tours, and lessons… All designed to give you a comprehensive introduction to China and Chinese culture!

Some of the activities you may be involved in include:

  • Engaging in discussions of cultural differences and their implications
  • Assisting Chinese students with their English
  • Touring significant historical sites and cities in the surrounding area
  • Learning different Chinese art forms, such as calligraphy
  • Learning about the Chinese education system and teaching style

Aims & Objectives

  • To increase your knowledge about China’s culture, language and heritage
  • To improve the English conversation skills of local Chinese students
  • Develop insight into the Chinese education system and teaching methods

Schedule

Monday to Friday

You will meet different Chinese students and take part in the program with them together.

You will have the opportunity to teach half-days from Monday to Friday, either in the morning or the afternoon for about 2.5 – 3 hours. You will also have lots of time to explore the local area on your own and discover the many hidden treasures within this region.

For the other half day there will be time for lesson planning and a variety of activities that will be arranged, which may include: Walking around the Meimei village; Visiting Arcade Streets; Local Farm Experience; Relaxing on the Beach.

Saturday to Sunday

  • Free time

   Note:   This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

Minimum age: 16

Maximum age:

Minimum English level: Intermediate

CRB required: On Signup

Passport copy required: On Signup

Resume copy required: On Signup

Required qualification: None

Additional Requirements

  • A motivation letter and CV
  • International insurance

Additional Equipment

No specific requirements for this program.

Location

Hainan is a lovely island province located at the southernmost end of China. With a spectacular coastline that measures 1,500 km long, the beaches and the mountains in this region are breathtaking. Some have called it the “Hawaii of China”, because the weather is tropically warm and humid all year, as it has no real winter season. It’s a place that is rich in history and natural resources, where there are numerous seafood delicacies to be found on the menu. If you love hiking, there are scenic trails in the rainforest to enjoy local suspension bridges and cascading waterfalls. Hainan has something for anyone who wants to relax and chill and/or be adventurous.

About the Accommodation

Our accommodation is located within Meimei Village, and it has standard rooms (4-6 people per room), which are male and female separated. It has hot showers, western style bathrooms and limited WIFI (the signal may be affected according to local conditions). There are public areas for participants to relax.

Food Arrangements

Participants can expect to have three meals a day served at the accommodation (two on weekends). Meals will be typical for the region and will likely include lots of rice, noodles and vegetables. Meat or fish may be served on occasion as well.

Facilities

There are limited facilities in Meimei village. A small shop where you can buy some basic items, a playground and a clinic. It takes 20 minutes to get to the town where you can find ATM’s and restaurants and just about anything else you might need. Once  week a transfer to the town for shopping will be provided.

Activities & Events

No scheduled activities outside the program.

Sights & Surroundings

It’s around 35 minutes from Meimei Village to Haikou, which is the capital city of the Hainan Province. With beautiful scenery, numerous natural and cultural relics, during your stay you can experience the life of the local’s life and visit vivid statues of famous officials from the Tang and Song Dynasties in Five Ancestral Temple (Wugong Ci). You can also explore streets that are hundreds of years old, by bicycle to experience its unique architectural style and historical culture. Haikou People’s Park is another must-see, that is also a great place for you to relax yourself, as it’s covered with old-flourishing trees and vibrant greenery.

Transportation

From this location we do not provide free transport to other locations.

Quick Facts

Name: People’s Republic of China

Population: 1.37 billion

Capital: Beijing

Language: Standard Chinese

Currency: Renminbi (Yuan) (CNY)

Time zone: CST (UTC +8)

Country Information

China covers approximately 9.6 million square kilometers making it the 2nd largest country by land area. It is not only the country with the largest population in the world but it is also one of the largest economies laying claim to being the world’s largest exporter and 2nd largest importer of goods.

It is a country of incredible cultural history boasting one of the earliest ancient civilisations dating back to around 2800 BC. Its landscape is equally rich in diversity, ranging from its forest steppes, its deserts in the north and subtropical forests in the south to its 14,500km long stretch of Pacific Ocean coastline. All of this makes China an incredible and exciting place to be, both in what it has to offer today and the story of its past.

Climate

Due to the vast expanse of land that China covers both in terms of longitude and latitude, the climate varies greatly from place to place. Generally, the climate pattern in China is characterised by dry seasons and wet monsoons. The rainy seasons mainly span from May to september but this pattern is less consistent in the some areas such as the dry northwest.

The difference in season causes a pronounced disparity in temperatures between winter and summer. Whilst the summer offers warm temperatures almost everywhere, the winter can cause temperatures to drop significantly, especially in the northern areas of China.

The Monsoon

The southern provinces start to experience the monsoons first, starting in April and May. The winds start to blow north in June meaning that northern provinces receive the rains around July and August, and the rains start to come to an end in September and are generally completely over in October. The northwest of China is the only area that avoids the monsoon climate.

Culture

China is one of four great ancient civilizations with 3,600 years of written history, and its culture both past and present is incredibly profound. Whilst Chinese cultural identity has many common, unifying elements, it is a country that represents 56 ethnic minority groups, the largest of which is the Han Chinese (900 million people), with other groups including the Tibetans, Mongols, Naxi etc. The significance of this is that each group to an extent creates their own culture and so within the vast expanse of China, depending on where you are, cultural variety is plentiful and there to be explored!

The country is currently ruled by The Chinese Communist Party. It is officially atheist, but is slowly and surely becoming more tolerant towards the practice of religion. The five official religions in China are Buddhism, Taoism, Islam, Catholicism and Protestantism. Due to the fact that it is only in recent years that tolerance of religion has made any progress, the practice of other religions is not formally recognised, although are often tolerated especially in the case of ancient Chinese beliefs. Currently about a quarter of the population practice Taoism, Confucianism and other traditional religions.

Gastronomy

There are 8 different styles of traditional Chinese cuisine, and traditional food can be found everywhere in China. Other styles adopted into Chinese cuisine and that might be found in China include Singaporean, Malaysian, Indonesian, Indian and American cuisine.

The staple foods used in Chinese cooking include exactly what you would expect: rice, noodles, and vegetables with sauces and seasonings.

The attitude regarding food in China is generally “waste not, want not” meaning that it not just uses a wide variety of both plants and animals, but every part of these plants and animals are used in some way. For westerners this might mean that there are a few things on the menu that you may not be used to and might want to avoid.

Due to the scale of the country, it isn't surprising that each area of China has a unique style of cooking and the ingredients very much depend on the natural agricultural produce of the specific region. For example the south of China uses far more rice than the north, where wheat is its main ingredient, a reason why noodles and dumplings are much more common. Southern food is also typically more spicy than that of the north.

Common Chinese dishes include: Sweet and Sour Pork, Gong Bao Chicken, Ma Po Tofu, Wontons, Dumplings, Chow Mein, Peking Roasted Duck and Spring Rolls

Transportation

Like its economy, China’s transportation network has rapidly expanded over recent years and now houses the longest road network in the world as well as the busiest train network

Air

Although the most expensive means of transportation, it is by far the most convenient and can save a lot of time travelling the longer distances across China.

The main ports of air travel are Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Hong Kong although all major cities within the country host domestic flights.

Rail

This is the primary mode of transportation in China and most major cities have their own metro systems. As well as its standard vast rail network, China boasts over 7000 km of high-speed rail.

Bus

For local travel, buses are a very affordable way of getting around and a good alternative mode of transport where metro is not available.

Taxi

Taxis are generally cheap and easy to find. Meters are generally used in towns and cities. If your driver does not want to use a meter, common for longer trips out of town, be sure to negotiate a price before the journey.

Other Alternatives

Motor pedicabs, pedicabs and motorbikes can all be found in China and are a cheap way of getting around. We recommend you set a price before using this form of transport.

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