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2000年北塘计划活动情况


信息来源:医学部 发布时间:2012-04-27

REPORT ON THE BEITANG PROJECT 2000…
The first English summer camp in Beitang has been a month of madness, brilliant fun and the experience of a lifetime.

There were 6 students from China and 5 from England. We met for the first time in Guangzhou, Sun Yat Sen University of Medical Sciences, welcomed warmly and all very excited. On arriving in the little village of Beitang I was amazed to see the difference in the house from last year. Sponsored by the University of Bristol Medical Alumni foundation, the family has renovated a whole wing of the house for students to stay in, which includes 5 large rooms, a meeting and dining area, shower and toilets and a central courtyard. The project accommodation is better than their own quarters,and we lived much more comfortably than expected.

全营合影

The team gelled together immediately. Every member was bursting with enthusiasm, ideas and energy. I was surprised and touched at the hunger on both sides to learn more of the opposite culture and language.

We were expecting about 100 students, and ended up teaching 400. The children were curious and all desperate to learn English. With flexibility and hard work the team managed to teach three weeks of secondary school in the mornings, and primary school in the evenings. Each English student was paired with a Chinese student and each pair developed their own style of teaching. We used music, drama and games to teach English and also taught some basic microbiology, parasitology, dentistry, insects and art.

支教队成员合影

The villagers of Beitang and the surrounding area made us feel like celebrities and we even appeared on local television and press. Most rewarding were the friends we made with the children, who were so enthusiastic and many of whom cycled distances in the rain to attend the camp.

支教队与当地部分学生合影
 
We managed to visit the main clinics and hospitals. There was not enough time to learn Chinese medicine but we interviewed several doctors. A local health survey was piloted but we were unable to get permission to carry it out. The idea to do a public health promotion day was unrealistic that month, as all our energy was devoted to teaching. However, we have made many contacts and learnt some valuable information for future projects.


支教队员表演英文小品

The team found out some fascinating information on the culture, customs and rich history of the area and the family home itself, which is connected with a famous historical figure Zhang Bi She. We are in the process of writing an article on the house and also a guide to the area for future teams and visitors to Beitang.