A New Format for Expat Youth Camp

DATE 2012/07/23 VISITORS 4091

Most language and culture summer camps in Taiwan involve learning about the Chinese language and culture, and sometimes incorporate an element of physical education. The 2012 Language Study Program for Expatriate Youth, however, is different.

This year, apart from the usual cultural courses that focus on Kung Fu, Chinese knotting, Diablo spinning, and Chinese calligraphy, as well as a variety of sports classes, participants have also visited several local high schools to interact with students and gain a closer understanding of the local culture.

In total, 240 students have taken part in the summer camp. They have visited seven junior high schools, including three from Tamsui. At each of the high schools, local students prepared cultural activities to engage and educate the visiting students. At Pali Junior High School, for example, participants were shown how to make mouthwatering dumplings and pearl milk tea.

The foreign students also introduced their hometown to the local Taiwan students. Shao Hsiang, a camp participant from North California, talked about some of the beautiful sights that he has seen in California. He was delighted to be able to meet so many Taiwanese students and to learn how to cook rice dumplings.