Today started with us all teaching our lesson plans as usual. After teaching, everyone had lunch and then we went to visit a different school. Based on the experience we had at the other boarding school, I expected this visit to be similar, but I was wrong.
We started with a brief meeting in a conference hall to introduce the heads of each school/program and talked a little bit about the school we were visiting. Once we finished the meeting, each of us were assigned to a group of students and from there we started to tour the school and did a bunch of fun activities.
First we listened to a music teacher play Lin Qin, which is a musical instrument similar to a guitar, then we watched the dance teacher perform as well. After that we were taken to a room where students were practicing their calligraphy skills, and we were given the chance to try writing some Chinese characters ourselves which was very fun and entertaining.
We then went to another room to try Chinese paper cutting. This activity was also very fun and creative. The students were able to make some very incredible designs. Once we finished our designs we glued them onto a fan, so now not only did we make beautiful art, but it was functional too!
After the paper cutting, we went to make a functional model plane in one of the science labs. Once we finished all of our activities we all gathered to take a picture together. After the photo our cohort went to have dinner with some of the faculty and left the students behind. I had a really great time at this school and had a pretty special bond with the students I was with. Leaving those students was kind of hard for me, but I will cherish the memories I made with them.
Another goodbye is to Dr. Smith and Dr. Duh who are both leaving to head back to the U.S. tomorrow morning. Thank you both for all of your help and encouragement throughout this program. You will both be missed for the rest of the time we are here!!