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November 6, 2011

Upon leaving Nanbu on Monday evening, Jo-Ann and Joe went on to Langzhong, about a 30-minute ride to the north and checked into the same hotel we all had stayed at during our National Holiday excursion to this beautiful city. In Langzhong, our students are teaching in two teams at “Duowei” one of four campuses of the middle school here. (Goshen students also taught here in 2008.) They are working with the junior middle school students (grades 6-8). Several days before our arrival, we learned that there would be school-wide exams on the day of our visits, so we located…

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November 4, 2011

Nanbu site visit

A rainy week of site visits began on Monday in Nanbu. Teaching schedules for our students here are concentrated in the mornings, and by the time Jo-Ann and Joe arrived from Nanchong two of the five students had already completed their teaching days. Each of our students teaches alone, 12 different classes a week. Since all live with families of teachers, they are in close proximity to the school campus. With a student population of more than 10,000, the Nanbu middle school seems to be the largest of the four service sites. Located near the top of a large hill,…

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October 19, 2011

Langzhong

Five students are in Langzhong, returning to this beautiful city that all of us visited several weeks ago.  Students here still remember the SSTers who taught at the same school in 2008.

October 19, 2011

Nanbu

Located between Xichong and Langzhong, Nanbu is welcoming SSTers for the second time.  All five of our students here are living with teacher families, most near the foot of the stairs you see in one of the pictures here.  (The school is located at the top of the stairs.)

October 19, 2011

Xichong

Three students are here in Xichong, less than an hour’s drive north of Nanchong.  In 2008, SSTers also taught in Xichong but at a different school than where we are this year.

October 19, 2011

Yilong

Six students moved here on Saturday.  This is the first time we have had students at Yilong and school officials welcomed us warmly.  A long and winding road took us into increasingly hilly country northeast of Nanchong.  Enroute we passed through the new population center being created for Yilong County at a lower elevation.  We still had about 30 km to go before reaching the original population center where our school’s campus is located.

October 19, 2011

Off to service

On the weekend of Oct. 15 & 16, students traveled to their new service locations. All are now safely at the places that will be “home” until Nov. 20. The group is divided among four “middle schools” (grades 7-12) across the northern part of Nanchong prefecture. Here are a few pictures from our Nanchong departure. We will post separate blog entries to group pictures from each of the different schools. The setup is slightly different at each school, but all SSTers will be assisting with the English-language instruction in the schools. Many of the new host families are teachers at…

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October 17, 2011

Farewell party

Friday, Oct. 14.  Language exam is over.  We spent all- day at Sea Turtle Center getting ready to enter Chinese middle school (grades 7-12) classrooms to teach English.  Can we transform our careless “Whaddya wanna do” to more careful “What do you want to do”?  What kind of activities can we devise to keep our students focused on learning?  Interspersed with sessions of the language-teaching workshop were periods of planning and practice for the evening farewell party. At 4 p.m. we headed over to a nearby hotel to set up the room for the farewell party.  We lugged cookies, cake,…

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October 17, 2011

Our final week of classes in Nanchong ranged from Chinese demographics, to traditional medicine, music and calligraphy.  During the afternoons we continued reviewing for our Thursday language exam.  Although we took no pictures at the lecture on traditional medicine, it was one of the most interesting lectures we have had.  Professor Zhou gave good information about both the history of medical practices and current research into the underlying science. The music lecture introduced us to the range of wind, string (bowed & plucked) and percussion instruments used in China.  Able performers demonstrated the beauty of many instruments and helped us…

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October 11, 2011

On Oct. 6, we undertook a miscellany of cultural activities in Nanchong.  Andrew S.’s host brother met us in Beihu park for some very public tai ji.  Not only was the China West student film crew back with us, but a good-sized crowd of morning park visitors surrounded us as well.  Some of the onlookers offered enhancements to what we were doing.  Two men wanted to demonstrate how to transfer the force from another person through their  bodies to the ground.  To do this they asked first one, then two students from our group to try to push them over….

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