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September 4, 2011

Host families

The first 48 hours in China were busy ones. This morning (Sunday) we boarded a fast train for Chengdu. We packed as much of our luggage as we could in Wang Ying’s minivan and then took a small fleet of taxis to the Haigui/Sea Turtle Language Learning Center. After a lunch of fried rice, a devotional and some singing, we got ready to meet our host families. This is a time of some trepidation on both sides, but we know that hundreds of other SSTers have preceded us with similar feelings. As the families began arriving, excitement replaced (at least…

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September 2, 2011

Safe arrival

Just a quick entry today: All 19 students arrived safely and on schedule in Chengdu. Jo-Ann and Joe were glad to see their smiles. Joining us at the airport and for the ride back to our hostel were our May term language teacher Betty Z. and her colleague Jeanette H. Both reside in Chengdu and helping enrich our first days in China. Today’s agenda: an afternoon nap, and some initial exploration. Tomorrow: a visit to the panda reserve and meeting with Chinese students who will help us learn to navigate public transportation.

August 11, 2011

Joe and Jo-Ann arrived in China on August 2 and have had a rewarding experience so far. We flew into Beijing, and after a brief night’s rest on to Chengdu. In Chengdu we are participating in the orientation for new Mennonite Partners in China teachers. We have Mandarin language instruction in the mornings and cultural orientation in the afternoons. We feel like we are on SST! Our residence here is at the Foreign Affairs Office (waiban) residence hall that was home to all GC China SST groups prior to 2008. We were able to take two days off at the…

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