EIGHTEEN students (Year 8 to Year 13) from Jerudong International School (JIS) made an educational visit to Beijing and Tianjin, China last month.
While in Beijing, the students visited local attractions and the museum, enjoyed cultural performances, tasted delicious food and even practised their bargaining skills in Chinese at local markets. In Tianjin, they attended morning classes at Tianjin No 1 High School and culture lessons in the afternoon at Tianjin Polytechnic University. They also spent time with their homestay families after school.
For the students, it was a real eye opener on Chinese society and everyday life. Students were warmly welcomed by the Chinese families who volunteered to host them for four days in their homes. Prior to the trip, both parties had exchanged information using e-mails and social networks.
The host families had been carefully selected to match the students’ gender and religion.
Kylie, one of the students who took part in the nine-day, eight-night trip, said, “When I was in Tianjin and Beijing, I learnt a lot, especially about the culture there and their traditional dishes. In addition, it has also helped me improve my Chinese speaking and listening skills. I think it was fascinating how we went to amazing places like the Great Wall of China and the Forbidden City.
“I thought the trip was a really memorable and unforgettable experience, especially when we had to stay with our homestay friend in Tianjin.”
Another student, Sei Ya, meanwhile, said the education trip China was truly a memorable one.
“Starting with Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, and the Great Wall of China to Tianjin’s Ancient Cultural Street, Italian Street and the Tianjin Eye, every sight was the perfect once in a lifetime experience.”