Program Details

The Weekly Morning Class and Afternoon Activities Program is intended for students interested in learning Mandarin Chinese on their own schedule. Students can begin on any Monday throughout the year and have the flexibility to decide upon the length of th
Location:
Kunming, China
Program Type:
Volunteer Abroad
Degree Level:
Undergraduate
Work Types:
Translation
Duration:
1-2 weeks, 1-3 months, 4-6 months, 1 year

Program Overview

Program Description:
Students can begin on any Monday throughout the year and stay as many weeks as they choose-from two to 50. Morning class is supplemented by afternoon interning or volunteering.

The Weekly Morning Class and Afternoon Activities Program is intended for students interested in learning Mandarin Chinese on their own schedule. Students can begin on any Monday throughout the year and have the flexibility to decide upon the length of their course. Students can enroll for a minimum of two weeks to one year or more. Classes are held for beginner through advanced students and run for 3 hours 45 minutes of classes in the mornings per day, Monday to Thursday, for a total of 15 hours per week. This program is open to students of all ages. However, college students may be able to earn credits back to their own home institutions, depending upon their policies. The morning Mandarin classes can be complemented with a variety of afternoon activities. There are two options for which students do not have to pay any additional fees. They can either participate in volunteer service learning placements at local non-profit organizations in Kunming or take part in language exchange activities with local students, completely free of cost. Alternatively, for an added fee, students can also engage in one-on-one tutorial sessions with their Mandarin instructors to hone their Mandarin skills or intern at companies in Kunming in order to gain an understanding of the business environment of one of the newest economic superpowers in the world. Over the weekends, from Friday to Sunday, students can opt to travel to various places of cultural and historic interest in and around China. We organize educational excursions over weekends during summers. For the rest of the year, they can travel independently.

-Small class sizes, normally 2-4 students but with a maximum of 7 students -University transfer credit available -All teachers have degrees in teaching Chinese to foreigners and years of experience -Four options for afternoon activities – either free language exchange or volunteer placements or, for an extra fee, one-on-one tutorial or internship placement -Long three day weekends, Friday through Sunday, to allow independent travel around Yunnan and China -All meals during weekdays -A cell phone, SIM card, and a small initial credit for in-country calling - Unlimited public transport (via buses) for all program activities while in Kunming -Detailed in-country orientation within the first few days of arrival -24/7 staff support throughout the program
Setting Description:
Our Weekly Morning Class and Afternoon Activities program are open for students who want to stay and study Chinese for an extended period of time. These classes are for beginners, intermediate and advanced learners. After class, we also offer free volunteering, interning or language exchange in the afternoon. For beginners our aim is to provide them with the basic Chinese language skills that they need to more fully enjoy and experience their time in China. Knowing basic Chinese will not only enable them to do simple tasks but will also give them the confidence and skills they need to interact with Chinese people on a daily basis. Intermediate or advanced students will learn more about Chinese usage and pick up nuances of language usage with other students in this program or with language exchange partners. To ensure the best possible student-teacher interaction, classes are limited to usually 2-4 students with a maximum of 7 students. In this program, students will study Mandarin, i
Cost:
Discounted Fall/Winter/Spring Price (August 15 to May 14): $398/week package which includes: - $299/week for morning class and meals in our office - $99/week for accommodations in a shared bedroom (optional, students can arrange on their own) Four optional afternoon activities: - $499 one time internship placements fee - $18.99/hour for one-on-one tutorial $199 for a one time enrollment fee $49 for an airport pickup fee (optional) for 9 AM – 7 PM; $89 before 9 AM or after 7 PM - Free volunteer p

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